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What Does Meta Materials' Debt Look Like?

Benzinga · 11/15/2022 12:10

Over the past three months, shares of Meta Materials' Inc. (NASDAQ:MMAT) increased by 119.49%. Before we understand the importance of debt, let's look at how much debt Meta Materials' has.

Meta Materials' Debt

Based on Meta Materials''s balance sheet as of November 9, 2022, long-term debt is at $2.43 million and current debt is at $742 thousand, amounting to $3.17 million in total debt. Adjusted for $30.61 million in cash-equivalents, the company's net debt is at $-27 million.

Let's define some of the terms we used in the paragraph above. Current debt is the portion of a company's debt which is due within 1 year, while long-term debt is the portion due in more than 1 year. Cash equivalents includes cash and any liquid securities with maturity periods of 90 days or less. Total debt equals current debt plus long-term debt minus cash equivalents.

To understand the degree of financial leverage a company has, investors look at the debt ratio. Considering Meta Materials''s $482.65 million in total assets, the debt-ratio is at 0.01. As a rule of thumb, a debt-ratio more than 1 indicates that a considerable portion of debt is funded by assets. A higher debt-ratio can also imply that the company might be putting itself at risk for default, if interest rates were to increase. However, debt-ratios vary widely across different industries. For example, a debt ratio of 40% might be higher for one industry, but normal for another.

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Why Debt Is Important

Besides equity, debt is an important factor in the capital structure of a company, and contributes to its growth. Due to its lower financing cost compared to equity, it becomes an attractive option for executives trying to raise capital.

Interest-payment obligations can impact the cash-flow of the company. Having financial leverage also allows companies to use additional capital for business operations, allowing equity owners to retain excess profit, generated by the debt capital.

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