Here's Why We're Not Too Worried About Globe Metals & Mining's (ASX:GBE) Cash Burn Situation

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 14, 2021

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. Indeed, Globe Metals & Mining (ASX:GBE) stock is up 206% in the last year, providing strong gains for shareholders. But while history lauds those rare successes, those that fail are often forgotten; who remembers Pets.com?

So notwithstanding the buoyant share price, we think it's well worth asking whether Globe Metals & Mining'scash burn is too risky 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. We'll start by comparing its cash burn with its cash reserves in order to calculate its cash runway.

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When Might Globe Metals & Mining 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 June 2020, Globe Metals & Mining had AU$5.2m in cash, and was debt-free. In the last year, its cash burn was AU$2.2m. Therefore, from June 2020 it had 2.4 years of cash runway. Arguably, that's a prudent and sensible length of runway to have. You can see how its cash balance has changed over time in the image below.

ASX:GBE Debt to Equity History January 15th 2021

How Is Globe Metals & Mining's Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

Because Globe Metals & Mining isn't currently generating revenue, we consider it an early-stage business. So while we can't look to sales to understand growth, we can look at how the cash burn is changing to understand how expenditure is trending over time. With the cash burn rate up 11% in the last year, it seems that the company is ratcheting up investment in the business over time. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but investors should be mindful of the fact that will shorten the cash runway. Admittedly, we're a bit cautious of Globe Metals & Mining due to its lack of significant operating revenues. We prefer most of the stocks on this list of stocks that analysts expect to grow.

Can Globe Metals & Mining Raise More Cash Easily?

While Globe Metals & Mining 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. Companies can raise capital through either debt or equity. 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 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).

Globe Metals & Mining has a market capitalisation of AU$27m and burnt through AU$2.2m last year, which is 8.0% of the company's market value. Given that is a rather small percentage, it would probably be really easy for the company to fund another year's growth by issuing some new shares to investors, or even by taking out a loan.

How Risky Is Globe Metals & Mining's Cash Burn Situation?

As you can probably tell by now, we're not too worried about Globe Metals & Mining's cash burn. For example, we think its cash runway suggests that the company is on a good path. Although its increasing cash burn does give us reason for pause, the other metrics we discussed in this article form a positive picture overall. Based on the factors mentioned in this article, we think its cash burn situation warrants some attention from shareholders, but we don't think they should be worried. An in-depth examination of risks revealed 2 warning signs for Globe Metals & Mining that readers should think about before committing capital to this stock.

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