iRhythm Technologies (NASDAQ:IRTC) Is Carrying A Fair Bit Of Debt

Simply Wall St · 5d ago

Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett famously said that 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' When we think about how risky a company is, we always like to look at its use of debt, since debt overload can lead to ruin. We can see that iRhythm Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRTC) does use debt in its business. But the real question is whether this debt is making the company risky.

What Risk Does Debt Bring?

Debt assists a business until the business has trouble paying it off, either with new capital or with free cash flow. In the worst case scenario, a company can go bankrupt if it cannot pay its creditors. While that is not too common, we often do see indebted companies permanently diluting shareholders because lenders force them to raise capital at a distressed price. Having said that, the most common situation is where a company manages its debt reasonably well - and to its own advantage. When we examine debt levels, we first consider both cash and debt levels, together.

See our latest analysis for iRhythm Technologies

What Is iRhythm Technologies's Debt?

You can click the graphic below for the historical numbers, but it shows that as of March 2024 iRhythm Technologies had US$644.1m of debt, an increase on US$34.9m, over one year. On the flip side, it has US$569.1m in cash leading to net debt of about US$75.0m.

NasdaqGS:IRTC Debt to Equity History May 13th 2024

How Strong Is iRhythm Technologies' Balance Sheet?

The latest balance sheet data shows that iRhythm Technologies had liabilities of US$96.8m due within a year, and liabilities of US$722.6m falling due after that. Offsetting this, it had US$569.1m in cash and US$89.7m in receivables that were due within 12 months. So it has liabilities totalling US$160.7m more than its cash and near-term receivables, combined.

Given iRhythm Technologies has a market capitalization of US$3.08b, it's hard to believe these liabilities pose much threat. Having said that, it's clear that we should continue to monitor its balance sheet, lest it change for the worse. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. But ultimately the future profitability of the business will decide if iRhythm Technologies can strengthen its balance sheet over time. So if you're focused on the future you can check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

Over 12 months, iRhythm Technologies reported revenue of US$513m, which is a gain of 19%, although it did not report any earnings before interest and tax. That rate of growth is a bit slow for our taste, but it takes all types to make a world.

Caveat Emptor

Over the last twelve months iRhythm Technologies produced an earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) loss. Indeed, it lost US$97m at the EBIT level. When we look at that and recall the liabilities on its balance sheet, relative to cash, it seems unwise to us for the company to have any debt. So we think its balance sheet is a little strained, though not beyond repair. Another cause for caution is that is bled US$113m in negative free cash flow over the last twelve months. So suffice it to say we do consider the stock to be risky. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. However, not all investment risk resides within the balance sheet - far from it. Be aware that iRhythm Technologies is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...

When all is said and done, sometimes its easier to focus on companies that don't even need debt. Readers can access a list of growth stocks with zero net debt 100% free, right now.