Is Jamf Holding (NASDAQ:JAMF) A Risky Investment?

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Jamf Holding

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Howard Marks put it nicely when he said that, rather than worrying about share price volatility, 'The possibility of permanent loss is the risk I worry about... and every practical investor I know worries about.' 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. As with many other companies Jamf Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:JAMF) makes use of debt. But the more important question is: how much risk is that debt creating?

When Is Debt Dangerous?

Debt and other liabilities become risky for a business when it cannot easily fulfill those obligations, either with free cash flow or by raising capital at an attractive price. Part and parcel of capitalism is the process of 'creative destruction' where failed businesses are mercilessly liquidated by their bankers. However, a more usual (but still expensive) situation is where a company must dilute shareholders at a cheap share price simply to get debt under control. Of course, debt can be an important tool in businesses, particularly capital heavy businesses. When we think about a company's use of debt, we first look at cash and debt together.

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How Much Debt Does Jamf Holding Carry?

As you can see below, Jamf Holding had US$367.0m of debt, at December 2023, which is about the same as the year before. You can click the chart for greater detail. However, it does have US$243.6m in cash offsetting this, leading to net debt of about US$123.4m.

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NasdaqGS:JAMF Debt to Equity History March 30th 2024

How Healthy Is Jamf Holding's Balance Sheet?

Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that Jamf Holding had liabilities of US$422.2m due within 12 months and liabilities of US$450.0m due beyond that. Offsetting this, it had US$243.6m in cash and US$108.2m in receivables that were due within 12 months. So its liabilities outweigh the sum of its cash and (near-term) receivables by US$520.3m.

Jamf Holding has a market capitalization of US$2.33b, so it could very likely raise cash to ameliorate its balance sheet, if the need arose. However, it is still worthwhile taking a close look at its ability to pay off debt. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But ultimately the future profitability of the business will decide if Jamf Holding can strengthen its balance sheet over time. So if you want to see what the professionals think, you might find this free report on analyst profit forecasts to be interesting.

Over 12 months, Jamf Holding reported revenue of US$561m, which is a gain of 17%, 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 Jamf Holding produced an earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) loss. Indeed, it lost US$105m at the EBIT level. Considering that alongside the liabilities mentioned above does not give us much confidence that company should be using so much debt. So we think its balance sheet is a little strained, though not beyond repair. For example, we would not want to see a repeat of last year's loss of US$110m. So to be blunt we do think it is risky. There's no doubt that we learn most about debt from the balance sheet. But ultimately, every company can contain risks that exist outside of the balance sheet. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for Jamf Holding you should be aware of.

At the end of the day, it's often better to focus on companies that are free from net debt. You can access our special list of such companies (all with a track record of profit growth). It's free.

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