We’re Not Worried About Razer’s (HKG:1337) Cash Burn

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. For example, biotech and mining exploration companies often lose money for years before finding success with a new treatment or mineral discovery. 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 Razer (HKG:1337) shareholders should be worried about its cash burn. In this article, we define cash burn as its annual (negative) free cash flow, which is the amount of money a company spends each year to fund its growth. Let’s start with an examination of the business’s cash, relative to its cash burn.

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Does Razer Have A Long Cash Runway?

A cash runway is defined as the length of time it would take a company to run out of money if it kept spending at its current rate of cash burn. When Razer last reported its balance sheet in June 2019, it had zero debt and cash worth US$533m. In the last year, its cash burn was US$67m. That means it had a cash runway of about 7.9 years as of June 2019. Importantly, though, analysts think that Razer will reach cashflow breakeven before then. In that case, it may never reach the end of its cash runway. Depicted below, you can see how its cash holdings have changed over time.

SEHK:1337 Historical Debt, January 22nd 2020
SEHK:1337 Historical Debt, January 22nd 2020

How Well Is Razer Growing?

Razer actually ramped up its cash burn by a whopping 60% in the last year, which shows it is boosting investment in the business. But the silver lining is that operating revenue increased by 34% in that time. Considering the factors above, the company doesn’t fare badly when it comes to assessing how it is changing over time. While the past is always worth studying, it is the future that matters most of all. For that reason, it makes a lot of sense to take a look at our analyst forecasts for the company.

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

There’s no doubt Razer 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. Companies can raise capital through either debt or equity. 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$1.6b, Razer’s US$67m in cash burn equates to about 4.3% 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.

How Risky Is Razer’s Cash Burn Situation?

As you can probably tell by now, we’re not too worried about Razer’s cash burn. For example, we think its cash runway suggests that the company is on a good path. While its increasing cash burn wasn’t great, the other factors mentioned in this article more than make up for weakness on that measure. There’s no doubt that shareholders can take a lot of heart from the fact that analysts are forecasting it will reach breakeven before too long. Taking all the factors in this report into account, we’re not at all worried about its cash burn, as the business appears well capitalized to spend as needs be. While it’s important to consider hard data like the metrics discussed above, many investors would also be interested to note that Razer insiders have been trading shares in the company. Click here to find out if they have been buying or selling.

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