Companies Like 8common (ASX:8CO) Can Afford To Invest In Growth

Even when a business is losing money, it’s possible for shareholders to make money if they buy a good business at the right price. Indeed, 8common (ASX:8CO) stock is up 183% in the last year, providing strong gains for shareholders. But while the successes are well known, investors should not ignore the very many unprofitable companies that simply burn through all their cash and collapse.

Given its strong share price performance, we think it’s worthwhile for 8common shareholders to consider whether its cash burn is concerning. In this report, we will consider the company’s annual negative free cash flow, henceforth referring to it as the ‘cash burn’. The first step is to compare its cash burn with its cash reserves, to give us its ‘cash runway’.

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When Might 8common Run Out Of Money?

A company’s cash runway is calculated by dividing its cash hoard by its cash burn. In June 2019, 8common had AU$1.0m in cash, and was debt-free. Importantly, its cash burn was AU$130k over the trailing twelve months. That means it had a cash runway of about 7.9 years as of June 2019. While this is only one measure of its cash burn situation, it certainly gives us the impression that holders have nothing to worry about. You can see how its cash balance has changed over time in the image below.

ASX:8CO Historical Debt, December 17th 2019
ASX:8CO Historical Debt, December 17th 2019

How Well Is 8common Growing?

8common managed to reduce its cash burn by 75% over the last twelve months, which suggests it’s on the right flight path. Pleasingly, this was achieved with the help of a 32% boost to revenue. We think it is growing rather well, upon reflection. Of course, we’ve only taken a quick look at the stock’s growth metrics, here. You can take a look at how 8common is growing revenue over time by checking this visualization of past revenue growth.

How Hard Would It Be For 8common To Raise More Cash For Growth?

There’s no doubt 8common seems to be in a fairly good position, when it comes to managing its cash burn, but even if it’s only hypothetical, it’s always worth asking how easily it could raise more money to fund growth. Issuing new shares, or taking on debt, are the most common ways for a listed company to raise more money for its business. Commonly, a business will sell new shares in itself to raise cash to drive growth. By comparing a company’s annual cash burn to its total market capitalisation, we can estimate roughly how many shares it would have to issue in order to run the company for another year (at the same burn rate).

8common’s cash burn of AU$130k is about 0.8% of its AU$15m market capitalisation. So it could almost certainly just borrow a little to fund another year’s growth, or else easily raise the cash by issuing a few shares.

How Risky Is 8common’s Cash Burn Situation?

It may already be apparent to you that we’re relatively comfortable with the way 8common is burning through its cash. In particular, we think its cash runway stands out as evidence that the company is well on top of its spending. And even its revenue growth was very encouraging. After taking into account the various metrics mentioned in this report, we’re pretty comfortable with how the company is spending its cash. When you don’t have traditional metrics like earnings per share and free cash flow to value a company, many are extra motivated to consider qualitative factors such as whether insiders are buying or selling shares. Please Note: 8common insiders have been trading shares, according to our data. Click here to check whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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