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What You Must Know About IsoRay Inc’s (NYSEMKT:ISR) Financial Strength

Liliana Gabriel

The direct benefit for IsoRay Inc (NYSEMKT:ISR), 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 ISR will have to adhere to stricter debt covenants and have less financial flexibility. While zero-debt makes the due diligence for potential investors less nerve-racking, it poses a new question: how should they assess the financial strength of such companies? I will take you through a few basic checks to assess the financial health of companies with no debt.

See our latest analysis for IsoRay

Is ISR right in choosing financial flexibility over lower cost of capital?

There are well-known benefits of including debt in capital structure, primarily a lower cost of capital. However, the trade-off is debtholders’ higher claim on company assets in the event of liquidation and stringent obligations around capital management. ISR’s absence of debt on its balance sheet may be due to lack of access to cheaper capital, or it may simply believe low cost is not worth sacrificing financial flexibility. However, choosing flexibility over capital returns is logical only if it’s a high-growth company. ISR’s revenue growth over the past year is a double-digit 26.1% which is considerably high for a small-cap company. Therefore, the company’s decision to choose financial flexibility is justified as it may need headroom to borrow in the future to sustain high growth.

AMEX:ISR Historical Debt September 7th 18
AMEX:ISR Historical Debt September 7th 18

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

Since IsoRay 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. Looking at ISR’s most recent US$1.1m liabilities, it appears that the company has been able to meet these commitments with a current assets level of US$6.3m, leading to a 5.63x current account ratio. However, anything above 3x is considered high and could mean that ISR has too much idle capital in low-earning investments.

Next Steps:

ISR is a fast-growing firm, which supports having have zero-debt and financial freedom to continue to ramp up growth. Since there is also no concerns around ISR’s liquidity needs, this may be its optimal capital structure for the time being. In the future, its financial position may be different. I admit this is a fairly basic analysis for ISR’s financial health. Other important fundamentals need to be considered alongside. You should continue to research IsoRay to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ISR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ISR’s outlook.

  2. Valuation: What is ISR 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 ISR 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.

To help readers see past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.