Companies Like European Metals Holdings (ASX:EMH) Can Afford To Invest In Growth

Published
June 09, 2022
ASX:EMH

Just because a business does not make any money, does not mean that the stock will go down. For example, biotech and mining exploration companies often lose money for years before finding success with a new treatment or mineral discovery. But the harsh reality is that very many loss making companies burn through all their cash and go bankrupt.

So should European Metals Holdings (ASX:EMH) shareholders 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). Let's start with an examination of the business' cash, relative to its cash burn.

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How Long Is European Metals Holdings' Cash Runway?

A company's cash runway is calculated by dividing its cash hoard by its cash burn. As at December 2021, European Metals Holdings had cash of AU$6.9m and no debt. In the last year, its cash burn was AU$1.8m. Therefore, from December 2021 it had 3.8 years of cash runway. There's no doubt that this is a reassuringly long runway. The image below shows how its cash balance has been changing over the last few years.

ASX:EMH Debt to Equity History June 9th 2022

How Is European Metals Holdings' Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

In our view, European Metals Holdings doesn't yet produce significant amounts of operating revenue, since it reported just AU$1.1m in the last twelve months. Therefore, for the purposes of this analysis we'll focus on how the cash burn is tracking. As it happens, the company's cash burn reduced by 11% over the last year, which suggests that management are maintaining a fairly steady rate of business development, albeit with a slight decrease in spending. While the past is always worth studying, it is the future that matters most of all. 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 European Metals Holdings Raise Cash?

Even though it has reduced its cash burn recently, shareholders should still consider how easy it would be for European Metals Holdings to raise more cash in the future. Companies can raise capital through either debt or equity. Commonly, a business will sell new shares in itself to raise cash and 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).

European Metals Holdings has a market capitalisation of AU$156m and burnt through AU$1.8m last year, which is 1.2% of the company's market value. 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.

So, Should We Worry About European Metals Holdings' Cash Burn?

As you can probably tell by now, we're not too worried about European Metals Holdings' 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! After considering a range of factors in this article, we're pretty relaxed about its cash burn, since the company seems to be in a good position to continue to fund its growth. Separately, we looked at different risks affecting the company and spotted 5 warning signs for European Metals Holdings (of which 2 don't sit too well with us!) you should know about.

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