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Are Nxt-ID Inc’s (NASDAQ:NXTD) Interest Costs Too High?

David Rizzo

While small-cap stocks, such as Nxt-ID Inc (NASDAQ:NXTD) with its market cap of US$46.99M, are popular for their explosive growth, investors should also be aware of their balance sheet to judge whether the company can survive a downturn. Companies operating in the Software industry, in particular ones that run negative earnings, are more likely to be higher risk. So, understanding the company’s financial health becomes vital. Here are a few basic checks that are good enough to have a broad overview of the company’s financial strength. Nevertheless, this commentary is still very high-level, so I recommend you dig deeper yourself into NXTD here.

How does NXTD’s operating cash flow stack up against its debt?

NXTD’s debt levels have fallen from US$15.01M to US$12.65M over the last 12 months , which is made up of current and long term debt. With this reduction in debt, NXTD’s cash and short-term investments stands at US$5.64M , ready to deploy into the business. Moving onto cash from operations, its trivial cash flows from operations make the cash-to-debt ratio less useful to us, though these low levels of cash means that operational efficiency is worth a look. For this article’s sake, I won’t be looking at this today, but you can examine some of NXTD’s operating efficiency ratios such as ROA here.

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

Looking at NXTD’s most recent US$10.68M liabilities, the company has maintained a safe level of current assets to meet its obligations, with the current ratio last standing at 1.12x. Usually, for Software companies, this is a suitable ratio since there is a bit of a cash buffer without leaving too much capital in a low-return environment.

NasdaqCM:NXTD Historical Debt May 14th 18

Can NXTD service its debt comfortably?

NXTD is a relatively highly levered company with a debt-to-equity of 60.42%. This is not unusual for small-caps as debt tends to be a cheaper and faster source of funding for some businesses. But since NXTD is currently unprofitable, sustainability of its current state of operations becomes a concern. Running high debt, while not yet making money, can be risky in unexpected downturns as liquidity may dry up, making it hard to operate.

Next Steps:

NXTD’s debt and cash flow levels indicate room for improvement. Its cash flow coverage of less than a quarter of debt means that operating efficiency could be an issue. However, the company exhibits proper management of current assets and upcoming liabilities. I admit this is a fairly basic analysis for NXTD’s financial health. Other important fundamentals need to be considered alongside. I recommend you continue to research Nxt-ID to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for NXTD’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for NXTD’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has NXTD’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.