We're Hopeful That Adavale Resources (ASX:ADD) Will Use Its Cash Wisely

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 22, 2021
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Just because a business does not make any money, does not mean that the stock will go down. For example, Adavale Resources (ASX:ADD) shareholders have done very well over the last year, with the share price soaring by 439%. But the harsh reality is that very many loss making companies burn through all their cash and go bankrupt.

In light of its strong share price run, we think now is a good time to investigate how risky Adavale Resources' cash burn is. 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). We'll start by comparing its cash burn with its cash reserves in order to calculate its cash runway.

Check out our latest analysis for Adavale Resources

When Might Adavale Resources Run Out Of Money?

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. In December 2020, Adavale Resources had AU$2.3m in cash, and was debt-free. In the last year, its cash burn was AU$626k. So it had a cash runway of about 3.7 years from December 2020. A runway of this length affords the company the time and space it needs to develop the business. Depicted below, you can see how its cash holdings have changed over time.

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ASX:ADD Debt to Equity History May 22nd 2021

How Is Adavale Resources' Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

While Adavale Resources did record statutory revenue of AU$12k over the last year, it didn't have any revenue from operations. That means we consider it a pre-revenue business, and we will focus our growth analysis on cash burn, for now. In fact, it ramped its spending strongly over the last year, increasing cash burn by 153%. It's fair to say that sort of rate of increase cannot be maintained for very long, without putting pressure on the balance sheet. Admittedly, we're a bit cautious of Adavale Resources due to its lack of significant operating revenues. So we'd generally prefer stocks from this list of stocks that have analysts forecasting growth.

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

While Adavale Resources does have a solid cash runway, its cash burn trajectory may have some shareholders thinking ahead to when the company may need to raise more cash. Issuing new shares, or taking on debt, are the most common ways for a listed company to raise more money for its business. One of the main advantages held by publicly listed companies is that they can sell shares to investors to raise cash and fund growth. By looking at a company's cash burn relative to its market capitalisation, we gain insight on how much shareholders would be diluted if the company needed to raise enough cash to cover another year's cash burn.

Adavale Resources' cash burn of AU$626k is about 2.2% of its AU$28m 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.

Is Adavale Resources' Cash Burn A Worry?

It may already be apparent to you that we're relatively comfortable with the way Adavale Resources is burning through its cash. For example, we think its cash runway suggests that the company is on a good path. Although we do find its increasing cash burn to be a bit of a negative, once we consider the other metrics mentioned in this article together, the overall picture is one we are comfortable with. After taking into account the various metrics mentioned in this report, we're pretty comfortable with how the company is spending its cash. On another note, we conducted an in-depth investigation of the company, and identified 5 warning signs for Adavale Resources (3 don't sit too well with us!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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