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Zero-debt allows substantial financial flexibility, especially for small-cap companies like CooTek (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE:CTK), as the company does not have to adhere to strict debt covenants. However, it also faces higher cost of capital given interest cost is generally lower than equity. Zero-debt can alleviate some risk associated with the company meeting debt obligations, but this doesn’t automatically mean CTK has outstanding financial strength. I will go over a basic overview of the stock’s financial health, which I believe provides a ballpark estimate of their financial health status.
Does CTK’s growth rate justify its decision for financial flexibility over lower cost of capital?
There are well-known benefits of including debt in capital structure, primarily a lower cost of capital. But the downside of having debt in a company’s balance sheet is the debtholder’s higher claim on its assets in the case of liquidation, as well as stricter capital management requirements. Either CTK does not have access to cheap capital, or it may believe this trade-off is not worth it. This makes sense only if the company has a competitive edge and is growing fast off its equity capital. CTK delivered a strikingly high triple-digit revenue growth over the past year, so it is acceptable that the company is opting for a zero-debt capital structure currently as it may need to raise debt to fuel expansion in the future.
Can CTK pay its short-term liabilities?
Since CooTek (Cayman) doesn’t have any debt on its balance sheet, it doesn’t have any solvency issues, which is a term used to describe the company’s ability to meet its long-term obligations. However, another measure of financial health is its short-term obligations, which is known as liquidity. These include payments to suppliers, employees and other stakeholders. With current liabilities at US$22m, it seems that the business has maintained a safe level of current assets to meet its obligations, with the current ratio last standing at 2.55x. Generally, for Software companies, this is a reasonable ratio since there’s a sufficient cash cushion without leaving too much capital idle or in low-earning investments.
Having no debt on the books means CTK has more financial freedom to keep growing at its current fast rate. Since there is also no concerns around CTK’s liquidity needs, this may be its optimal capital structure for the time being. Going forward, its financial position may change. This is only a rough assessment of financial health, and I’m sure CTK has company-specific issues impacting its capital structure decisions. You should continue to research CooTek (Cayman) to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:
Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CTK’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CTK’s outlook.
Valuation: What is CTK worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether CTK is currently mispriced by the market.
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