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Rand Logistics Inc (RLOG): Time For A Financial Health Check

Jonathon Baker

Rand Logistics Inc (NASDAQ:RLOG) is a small-cap stock with a market capitalization of USD $6.53M. While investors primarily focus on the growth potential and competitive landscape of the small-cap companies, they end up ignoring a key aspect, which could be the biggest threat to its existence: its financial health. Why is it important? A major downturn in the energy industry has resulted in over 150 companies going bankrupt and has put more than 100 on the verge of a collapse, primarily due to excessive debt. Thus, it becomes utmost important for an investor to test a company’s resilience for such contingencies. In simple terms, I believe these three small calculations tell most of the story you need to know. Check out our latest analysis for Rand Logistics

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

NasdaqCM:RLOG Historical Debt Oct 25th 17

There are many headwinds that come unannounced, such as natural disasters and political turmoil, which can challenge a small business and its ability to adapt and recover. Furthermore, failure to service debt can hurt its reputation, making funding expensive in the future. Can RLOG pay off what it owes to its debtholder by using only cash from its operational activities? In the case of RLOG, operating cash flow turned out to be 0.01x its debt level over the past twelve months. This means what RLOG can generate on an annual basis only covers less than a tenth of what it actually owes its debtors in the near term, which raises a red flag.

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

What about its other commitments such as payments to suppliers and salaries to its employees? During times of unfavourable events, RLOG could be required to liquidate some of its assets to meet these upcoming payments, as cash flow from operations is hindered. We should examine if the company’s cash and short-term investment levels match its current liabilities. Our analysis shows that RLOG is unable to meet all of its upcoming commitments with its cash and other short-term assets. While this is not abnormal for companies, as their cash is better invested in the business or returned to investors than lying around, it does bring about some concerns should any unfavourable circumstances arise.

Is RLOG’s level of debt at an acceptable level?

A substantially higher debt poses a significant threat to a company’s profitability during a downturn. For RLOG, the debt-to-equity ratio stands at above 100%, which means that it is a highly leveraged company. This is not a problem if the company has consistently grown its profits. But during a business downturn, as liquidity may dry up, making it hard to operate.

Next Steps:

Are you a shareholder? RLOG’s high debt levels is not met with high cash flow coverage. This leaves room for improvement in terms of debt management and operational efficiency. In addition to this, the company may not be able to pay all of its upcoming liabilities from its current short-term assets. Going forward, its financial position may change. I recommend keeping on top of market expectations for RLOG’s future growth on our free analysis platform.

Are you a potential investor? RLOG’s large debt ratio along with poor cash coverage as well as low liquidity coverage of near-term commitments may scare some investors away intially. Though, keep in mind that this is a point-in-time analysis, and today’s performance may not be representative of RLOG’s track record. I encourage you to continue your research by taking a look at RLOG’s past performance analysis on our free platform to conclude on RLOG’s financial health.

To help readers see pass 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.