Indebtedness & Cash Position of SBITOP Companies

Today, we bring you our updated overview of the indebtedness and capital structure of Slovenian companies that comprise the SBITOP index using the FY 2023 results. It should be noted that we excluded NLB Banka, Triglav, and Sava Re from this comparison due to the nature of their business operations.

At the same time, Cinkarna Celje and Krka operate at a negative net debt, meaning their cash position (short-term financial assets + cash and cash equivalents) exceeds their financial debt. Because of this, they were excluded from the net debt/EBITDA graph. Of the remaining Slovenian blue chips, Petrol has the highest net debt/EBITDA ratio of 1.7x. Overall, results are even better than in years when there was no regulation, but Petrol didn’t have Crodux then so we can say that consolidation effects are finally showing results. To remind you, Petrol expanded to the Croatian market by buying Crodux in 2021. They are also investing in energy transition projects and 44% of their EUR 130m envisaged investment in 2024 is going to be spent on these projects. In recent quarters, due to an improvement in EBITDA, Petrol reported a declining trend in net debt to EBITDA in each following quarter.

Further, Telekom Slovenije has a net debt/EBITDA ratio of 1.6x. Considering that Telekom Slovenije operates in the telecommunications industry, where investments into new infrastructure (and thus the need for a lot of cash to finance these projects) are taken in the form of debt, the Company’s net debt is at a higher level in comparison to their EBITDA. Finally, Luka Koper showed a positive net debt level in FY results (which was not the case with Q1 results for example). However, we must note that net debt is barely positive and therefore, the company’s net debt/EBITDA amounted to 0.4x, lowest among the all observed companies.


Source: LJSE, InterCapital Research

We looked at how much additional debt the companies could take in order to reach 3x EBITDA, which in the region is considered a breaking point and a red flag in terms of indebtedness. Further, we note that Petrol’s deviation obviously comes from much lower TTM results due to government regulation. The situation should further stabilize and improve in the upcoming period. Taking H1 results into account, Petrol broke the “red flat” limit, which improved with Q3 & Q4 results. However, from a valuation perspective, one can conclude that the market already priced in expected further recovery/growth in Petrol’s profitability, taking the Group’s current P/E ratio of 8.2x into account.

Potential Additional Debt (EURm) to reach 3x EBITDA

Source: LJSE, InterCapital Research

We also took a look at the capital structure of the observed companies. Cinkarna Celje leads the way with virtually 100% equity, followed by Krka with 99.5%, Luka Koper with 82.4%, Telekom Slovenije with 61.5% and Petrol with 61.5% of equity in its structure of financing. Taking only the latest quarter into account, no major changes occurred in the capital structure of Slovenian blue chips.

Capital Structure of Select SBITOP Companies

Source: LJSE, InterCapital Research

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