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Are Affimed NV’s (AFMD) Interest Costs Too High?

Sean Barnes

Investors are always looking for growth in small-cap stocks like Affimed NV (NASDAQ:AFMD), with a market cap of USD $87.88M. However, an important fact which most ignore is: how financially healthy is the company? There are always disruptions which destabilize an existing industry, in which most small-cap companies are the first casualties. Here are few basic financial health checks to judge whether a company fits the bill or there is an additional risk which you should consider before taking the plunge. View our latest analysis for Affimed N.V

How does AFMD’s operating cash flow stack up against its debt?

NasdaqGM:AFMD Historical Debt Oct 28th 17

While failure to manage cash has been one of the major reasons behind the demise of a lot of small businesses, mismanagement comes into the light during tough situations such as an economic recession. These catastrophes does not mean the company can stop servicing its debt obligations. Can AFMD pay off what it owes to its debtholder by using only cash from its operational activities? Last year, AFMD’s operating cash flow was -4.01x its current debt. This means what AFMD can generate on an annual basis, which is currently a negative value, does not cover what it actually owes its debtors in the near term. This raises a red flag, looking at AFMD’s operations at this point in time.

Does AFMD’s liquid assets cover its short-term commitments?

What about its other commitments such as payments to suppliers and salaries to its employees? During times of unfavourable events, AFMD could be required to liquidate some of its assets to meet these upcoming payments, as cash flow from operations is hindered. We should examine if the company’s cash and short-term investment levels match its current liabilities. Our analysis shows that AFMD is able to meet its upcoming commitments with its cash and other short-term assets, which lessens our concerns for the company’s business operations should any unfavourable circumstances arise.

Is AFMD’s level of debt at an acceptable level?

While ideally the debt-to equity ratio of a financially healthy company should be less than 40%, several factors such as industry life-cycle and economic conditions can result in a company raising a significant amount of debt. For AFMD, the debt-to-equity ratio is 17.53%, which indicates that its debt is at an acceptable level.

Next Steps:

Are you a shareholder? Although AFMD’s debt level is relatively low, its cash flow levels still could not copiously cover its borrowings. This may indicate room for improvement in terms of its operating efficiency. Though, the company will be able to pay all of its upcoming liabilities from its current short-term assets. Given that its financial position may be different. You should always be researching market expectations for AFMD’s future growth on our free analysis platform.

Are you a potential investor? Affimed N.V currently has financial flexibility to ramp up growth in the future. Furthermore, its high liquidity ensures the company will continue to operate smoothly should unfavourable circumstances arise. To gain more confidence in the stock, you need to also analyse the company’s track record. As a following step, you should take a look at AFMD’s past performance analysis on our free platform in order to determine for yourself whether its debt position is justified.

To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.