Just because a business does not make any money, does not mean that the stock will go down. For example, although Amazon.com made losses for many years after listing, if you had bought and held the shares since 1999, you would have made a fortune. 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 this risk, we thought we’d take a look at whether AxoGen (NASDAQ:AXGN) shareholders should be worried about its cash burn. For the purpose of this article, we’ll define cash burn as the amount of cash the company is spending each year to fund its growth (also called its negative free cash flow). First, we’ll determine its cash runway by comparing its cash burn with its cash reserves.
Does AxoGen Have A Long Cash Runway?
You can calculate a company’s cash runway by dividing the amount of cash it has by the rate at which it is spending that cash. When AxoGen last reported its balance sheet in March 2020, it had zero debt and cash worth US$83m. In the last year, its cash burn was US$29m. So it had a cash runway of about 2.9 years from March 2020. That’s decent, giving the company a couple years to develop its business. You can see how its cash balance has changed over time in the image below.
How Well Is AxoGen Growing?
AxoGen reduced its cash burn by 4.3% during the last year, which points to some degree of discipline. And operating revenue was up by 12% too. Considering the factors above, the company doesn’t fare badly when it comes to assessing how it is changing over time. Clearly, however, the crucial factor is whether the company will grow its business going forward. So you might want to take a peek at how much the company is expected to grow in the next few years.
How Easily Can AxoGen Raise Cash?
There’s no doubt AxoGen 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. Generally speaking, a listed business can raise new cash through issuing shares or taking on debt. Many companies end up issuing new shares to fund future 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).
Since it has a market capitalisation of US$482m, AxoGen’s US$29m in cash burn equates to about 6.0% of its market value. That’s a low proportion, so we figure the company would be able to raise more cash to fund growth, with a little dilution, or even to simply borrow some money.
Is AxoGen’s Cash Burn A Worry?
As you can probably tell by now, we’re not too worried about AxoGen’s cash burn. For example, we think its cash runway suggests that the company is on a good path. Its weak point is its cash burn reduction, but even that wasn’t too bad! Considering all the factors discussed in this article, we’re not overly concerned about the company’s cash burn, although we do think shareholders should keep an eye on how it develops. Readers need to have a sound understanding of business risks before investing in a stock, and we’ve spotted 2 warning signs for AxoGen that potential shareholders should take into account before putting money into a stock.
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