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What does Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.'s (NYSE:CDAY) Balance Sheet Tell Us About Its Future?

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Small-caps and large-caps are wildly popular among investors, however, mid-cap stocks, such as Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NYSE:CDAY), with a market capitalization of US$7.0b, rarely draw their attention from the investing community. However, generally ignored mid-caps have historically delivered better risk adjusted returns than both of those groups. Let’s take a look at CDAY’s debt concentration and assess their financial liquidity to get an idea of their ability to fund strategic acquisitions and grow through cyclical pressures. Note that this commentary is very high-level and solely focused on financial health, so I suggest you dig deeper yourself into CDAY here.

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Does CDAY Produce Much Cash Relative To Its Debt?

CDAY has shrunk its total debt levels in the last twelve months, from US$1.1b to US$716m , which includes long-term debt. With this debt payback, CDAY's cash and short-term investments stands at US$206m to keep the business going. Moreover, CDAY has produced cash from operations of US$24m in the last twelve months, leading to an operating cash to total debt ratio of 3.4%, signalling that CDAY’s current level of operating cash is not high enough to cover debt.

Can CDAY meet its short-term obligations with the cash in hand?

With current liabilities at US$4.7b, it seems that the business has been able to meet these obligations given the level of current assets of US$4.9b, with a current ratio of 1.04x. The current ratio is the number you get when you divide current assets by current liabilities. For Software companies, this ratio is within a sensible range since there's a sufficient cash cushion without leaving too much capital idle or in low-earning investments.

NYSE:CDAY Historical Debt, May 24th 2019

Can CDAY service its debt comfortably?

With debt reaching 42% of equity, CDAY may be thought of as relatively highly levered. This is not uncommon for a mid-cap company given that debt tends to be lower-cost and at times, more accessible. However, since CDAY is presently loss-making, there’s a question of sustainability of its current operations. Maintaining a high level of debt, while revenues are still below costs, can be dangerous as liquidity tends to dry up in unexpected downturns.

Next Steps:

Although CDAY’s debt level is towards the higher end of the spectrum, its cash flow coverage seems adequate to meet obligations which means its debt is being efficiently utilised. Since there is also no concerns around CDAY's liquidity needs, this may be its optimal capital structure for the time being. I admit this is a fairly basic analysis for CDAY's financial health. Other important fundamentals need to be considered alongside. You should continue to research Ceridian HCM Holding to get a more holistic view of the mid-cap by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CDAY’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CDAY’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is CDAY 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 CDAY is currently mispriced by the market.
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