OxySure De-Leverages to Improve Shareholder Value and Prepares for an Uplisting


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02/03/2014 [ACCESSWIRE] OxySure Systems Inc. (OTCBB: OXYS), a medical device innovator of life-saving, easy-to-use emergency oxygen solutions with its "oxygen from powder" technology, recently announced that it removed approximately $967,609 of claimed indebtedness from its balance sheet by converting notes and other indebtedness to restricted common stock at above-market conversion prices of between $0.76 and $1.50 per share.

In this article, we'll take a look at how this move impacts investors over the long-term.

Improving Liquidity Ratios

Most investors in early stage companies look at two key factors in their analysis: Operating cash flow growth and liquidity ratios. By discounting the value of future cash flow into today's dollars, investors can see how much a company is worth even if they're losing money right now. For instance, Taglich Brothers analysts estimates OxySure's intrinsic value to be approximately $2.10 per share even though it doesn't project meaningful free cash flow until the end of 2015.

Liquidity ratios are also very important. After all, future operating cash flows are meaningless if a company runs out of money and has to contract or cease operations. OxySure's removal of $967,609 from its balance sheet significantly improves its liquidity ratios and reduces risk. Taking last quarter's numbers, the removal of those obligations yield total liabilities of just $544,144 compared to total assets of $1,201,302 - a ratio of 2.2x.

Growing Pool of Capital

OxySure Systems' liquidity ratios will be further bolstered by a $750,000 private placement that it closed on January 2, 2014 with accredited institutional investors. Under the agreement, the company sold 750 units of preferred stock and warrants at a price of $1,000 per unit. Each unit consists of one Series B convertible preferred stock and a warrant to purchase 909 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $1.20 per share - a price that's significantly above-market.

According to Chairman and CEO Julian Ross, "We believe that this financing from fundamental institutional investors gets us to our next significant milestone and we are looking forward to proceeding with executing our business plan, which is now supported by a stronger balance sheet. We believe this investment led by an experienced and respected institutional health care investor is a significant endorsement of our product value proposition and growth trajectory."

Higher Stockholder Equity

The conversion of $967,609 in debt to common stock, combined with the addition of $750,000 in equity effectively means approximately $1,717,609 is added directly to the stockholder equity line on the balance sheet. This is significant because stockholder equity is a key criterion for uplisting to a more senior exchange, such as OTCQX, Nasdaq or NYSE. For example, OTCQX requires a $2,000,000 net worth and NYSE requires $5,000,000 in stockholder equity. OxySure has made it clear in prior communications that one of its goals is to uplist to a more senior exchange, and these recent moves are significantly positive steps towards that goal.

Lower Risk Enhances Returns

Most investors in early stage companies look for high risk-adjusted returns instead of just high total returns. The key difference is, of course, balancing the total return with the risk of loss, which is elevated in smaller companies compared to blue chip stocks like Medtronic Inc. (NYSE: MDT) or Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ). Using this equation, removing risk directly enhances risk-adjusted returns for investors.

OxySure's move to lower risk by de-leveraging its balance sheet and improving its liquidity ratios therefore does the same. Since the equity conversion and private placement both happened at above-market prices, there's no immediate disadvantage stemming from dilution for investors getting involved at current prices. In fact, the only long-term cost is a potential ceiling at the conversion prices, although these levels are up to a 127% premium.

Improving Financial Dynamics

OxySure Systems has also been improving its income statement, in addition to its balance sheet. During the quarter ended September 30, 2013, the company reported revenues that increased 428% to $545,820, interest expense that dropped 15% to $47,180, gross profits that increased 722% to $434,710, and a net loss that fell 38.2% to $82,613. By reducing expenses and increasing revenue, management is moving ever closer towards a breakeven point.

The increase in revenue was primarily due to an increase in U.S. product sales and products developed for the military as part of a teaming agreement, but new agreements with Medizon B.V. and Aero Healthcare should significantly expand its international reach. New U.S. distributors and complementary products could also cost effectively expand its revenue base by removing hurdles to customer adoption and increasing its domestic reach.

Conclusions

OxySure Systems represents an attractive investment opportunity, particularly after it de-leveraged its balance sheet to improve its risk profile. With analysts like Taglich Brothers projecting a $2.10 per share price target, investors may want to take a second look at the emergency oxygen provider as it continues to report strong progress on all fronts.

For more information, see the following resources: 

       -   Company Website - http://oxysure.com/
       -   Company Presentation - http://www.oxysure.com/aed/3q13_earnings_presentation/
       -   Recent SEC Filings - http://www.oxysure.com/aed/index.php/sec-filings
       -   OxySure Saves Baseball Player - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSSlxngn7eg
       -   Kylee Shea Save on Matt Lauer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGaTFFuRpDQ

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