The direct benefit for MIND C.T.I. Ltd (NASDAQ:MNDO), 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 MNDO 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 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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Is financial flexibility worth the lower cost of capital?
Debt funding can be cheaper than issuing new equity due to lower interest cost on debt. Though, the trade-offs are that lenders require stricter capital management requirements, in addition to having a higher claim on company assets relative to shareholders. MNDO’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. Opposite to the high growth we were expecting, MNDO’s negative revenue growth of -0.4% hardly justifies opting for zero-debt. If the decline sustains, it may find it hard to raise debt at an acceptable cost.
Can MNDO pay its short-term liabilities?
Given zero long-term debt on its balance sheet, MIND C.T.I has no solvency issues, which is 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$3.7m, it seems that the business has maintained a safe level of current assets to meet its obligations, with the current ratio last standing at 4.59x. However, a ratio greater than 3x may be considered by some to be quite high, however this is not necessarily a negative for the company.
Having no debt on the books means MNDO 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. Moving forward, its financial position may be different. This is only a rough assessment of financial health, and I’m sure MNDO has company-specific issues impacting its capital structure decisions. You should continue to research MIND C.T.I to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for MNDO’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MNDO’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is MNDO 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 MNDO is currently mispriced by the market.
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