Here's Why We're Not At All Concerned With Life360's (ASX:360) Cash Burn Situation

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Simply Wall St
Published
June 03, 2021
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Just because a business does not make any money, does not mean that the stock will go down. Indeed, Life360 (ASX:360) stock is up 204% in the last year, providing strong gains for shareholders. Nonetheless, only a fool would ignore the risk that a loss making company burns through its cash too quickly.

In light of its strong share price run, we think now is a good time to investigate how risky Life360's cash burn is. For the purposes of this article, cash burn is the annual rate at which an unprofitable company spends cash to fund its growth; its negative free cash flow. First, we'll determine its cash runway by comparing its cash burn with its cash reserves.

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Does Life360 Have A Long Cash Runway?

A company's cash runway is the amount of time it would take to burn through its cash reserves at its current cash burn rate. As at December 2020, Life360 had cash of US$56m and no debt. Looking at the last year, the company burnt through US$7.9m. Therefore, from December 2020 it had 7.1 years of cash runway. Notably, however, analysts think that Life360 will break even (at a free cash flow level) 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.

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ASX:360 Debt to Equity History June 3rd 2021

How Well Is Life360 Growing?

Happily, Life360 is travelling in the right direction when it comes to its cash burn, which is down 74% over the last year. And revenue is up 37% in that same period; also a good sign. Considering these factors, we're fairly impressed by its growth trajectory. 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 Hard Would It Be For Life360 To Raise More Cash For Growth?

We are certainly impressed with the progress Life360 has made over the last year, but it is also worth considering how costly it would be if it wanted to raise more cash to fund faster growth. Issuing new shares, or taking on debt, are the most common ways for a listed company to raise more money for its business. Many companies end up issuing new shares to fund future growth. We can compare a company's cash burn to its market capitalisation to get a sense for how many new shares a company would have to issue to fund one year's operations.

Life360's cash burn of US$7.9m is about 1.1% of its US$696m market capitalisation. That means it could easily issue a few shares to fund more growth, and might well be in a position to borrow cheaply.

How Risky Is Life360's Cash Burn Situation?

It may already be apparent to you that we're relatively comfortable with the way Life360 is burning through its cash. In particular, we think its cash runway stands out as evidence that the company is well on top of its spending. But it's fair to say that its revenue growth was also very reassuring. One real positive is that analysts are forecasting that the company will reach breakeven. 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. Readers need to have a sound understanding of business risks before investing in a stock, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for Life360 that potential shareholders should take into account before putting money into a stock.

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