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Is Sphere 3D Corp’s (NASDAQ:ANY) Balance Sheet A Threat To Its Future?

Daryl Painter

Sphere 3D Corp (NASDAQ:ANY) is a small-cap stock with a market capitalization of US$9.08M. 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? Software companies, especially ones that are currently loss-making, tend to be high risk. Evaluating financial health as part of your investment thesis is vital. Here are a few basic checks that are good enough to have a broad overview of the company’s financial strength. Nevertheless, since I only look at basic financial figures, I’d encourage you to dig deeper yourself into ANY here.

Does ANY generate enough cash through operations?

ANY has sustained its debt level by about US$44.81M over the last 12 months made up of current and long term debt. At this current level of debt, ANY’s cash and short-term investments stands at US$4.60M , ready to deploy into the business. Moving onto cash from operations, its operating cash flow is not yet significant enough to calculate a meaningful cash-to-debt ratio, indicating that operational efficiency is something we’d need to take a look at. For this article’s sake, I won’t be looking at this today, but you can take a look at some of ANY’s operating efficiency ratios such as ROA here.

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

At the current liabilities level of US$67.91M liabilities, it appears that the company has not maintained a sufficient level of current assets to meet its obligations, with the current ratio last standing at 0.39x, which is below the prudent industry ratio of 3x.

NasdaqCM:ANY Historical Debt Apr 3rd 18

Can ANY service its debt comfortably?

With total debt exceeding equities, ANY is considered a highly levered company. This is not uncommon for a small-cap company given that debt tends to be lower-cost and at times, more accessible. However, since ANY is currently loss-making, there’s a question of sustainability of its current operations. Running high debt, while not yet making money, can be risky in unexpected downturns as liquidity may dry up, making it hard to operate.

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ANY’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, its low liquidity raises concerns over whether current asset management practices are properly implemented for the small-cap. I admit this is a fairly basic analysis for ANY’s financial health. Other important fundamentals need to be considered alongside. You should continue to research Sphere 3D to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.