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Is Electromed, Inc.’s (NYSEMKT:ELMD) Balance Sheet A Threat To Its Future?

Daisy Mock

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The direct benefit for Electromed, Inc. (NYSEMKT:ELMD), which sports a zero-debt capital structure, to include debt in its capital structure is the reduced cost of capital. However, the trade-off is ELMD will have to adhere to stricter debt covenants and have less financial flexibility. Zero-debt can alleviate some risk associated with the company meeting debt obligations, but this doesn’t automatically mean ELMD 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.

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Does ELMD’s growth rate justify its decision for financial flexibility over lower cost of capital?

Debt funding can be cheaper than issuing new equity due to lower interest cost on debt. However, the trade-off is debtholders’ higher claim on company assets in the event of liquidation and stringent obligations around capital management. Either ELMD 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. ELMD’s revenue growth in the teens of 13% is not considered as high-growth, especially for a small-cap company. While its low growth hardly justifies opting for zero-debt, the company may have high growth projects in the pipeline to justify the trade-off.

AMEX:ELMD Historical Debt, February 23rd 2019

Can ELMD pay its short-term liabilities?

Since Electromed 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. But another important aspect of financial health is liquidity: the company’s ability to meet short-term obligations, including payments to suppliers and employees. With current liabilities at US$3.1m, it appears that the company has been able to meet these commitments with a current assets level of US$23m, leading to a 7.5x current account ratio. However, a ratio above 3x may be considered excessive by some investors, yet this is not usually a major negative for a company.

Next Steps:

Having no debt on the books means ELMD has more financial freedom to keep growing at its current fast rate. This may mean this is an optimal capital structure for the business, given that it is also meeting its short-term commitment. Going forward, ELMD’s financial situation may change. Keep in mind I haven’t considered other factors such as how ELMD has been performing in the past. I recommend you continue to research Electromed to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ELMD’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ELMD’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is ELMD 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 ELMD is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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