When Will Wisr Limited (ASX:WZR) Become Profitable?

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Simply Wall St
Published
July 25, 2021
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With the business potentially at an important milestone, we thought we'd take a closer look at Wisr Limited's (ASX:WZR) future prospects. Wisr Limited engages in the lending business in Australia. The AU$415m market-cap company posted a loss in its most recent financial year of AU$24m and a latest trailing-twelve-month loss of AU$20m shrinking the gap between loss and breakeven. As path to profitability is the topic on Wisr's investors mind, we've decided to gauge market sentiment. We've put together a brief outline of industry analyst expectations for the company, its year of breakeven and its implied growth rate.

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According to some industry analysts covering Wisr, breakeven is near. They expect the company to post a final loss in 2022, before turning a profit of AU$12m in 2023. The company is therefore projected to breakeven around 2 years from now. What rate will the company have to grow year-on-year in order to breakeven on this date? Using a line of best fit, we calculated an average annual growth rate of 98%, which signals high confidence from analysts. If this rate turns out to be too aggressive, the company may become profitable much later than analysts predict.

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ASX:WZR Earnings Per Share Growth July 25th 2021

Given this is a high-level overview, we won’t go into details of Wisr's upcoming projects, but, bear in mind that by and large a high forecast growth rate is not unusual for a company that is currently undergoing an investment period.

One thing we would like to bring into light with Wisr is its debt-to-equity ratio of over 2x. Typically, debt shouldn’t exceed 40% of your equity, which in this case, the company has significantly overshot. A higher level of debt requires more stringent capital management which increases the risk around investing in the loss-making company.

Next Steps:

There are key fundamentals of Wisr which are not covered in this article, but we must stress again that this is merely a basic overview. For a more comprehensive look at Wisr, take a look at Wisr's company page on Simply Wall St. We've also compiled a list of important factors you should further examine:

  1. Historical Track Record: What has Wisr's performance been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Wisr's board and the CEO’s background.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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