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We're Not Very Worried About CV Check's (ASX:CV1) Cash Burn Rate

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There's no doubt that money can be made by owning shares of unprofitable businesses. For example, although Amazon.com made losses for many years after listing, if you had bought and held the shares since 1999, you would have made a fortune. But while history lauds those rare successes, those that fail are often forgotten; who remembers Pets.com?

Given this risk, we thought we'd take a look at whether CV Check (ASX:CV1) shareholders should be worried about its cash burn. In this report, we will consider the company's annual negative free cash flow, henceforth referring to it as the 'cash burn'. We'll start by comparing its cash burn with its cash reserves in order to calculate its cash runway.

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How Long Is CV Check's Cash Runway?

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. CV Check has such a small amount of debt that we'll set it aside, and focus on the AU$5.2m in cash it held at December 2020. Importantly, its cash burn was AU$232k over the trailing twelve months. So it had a very long cash runway of many years from December 2020. Even though this is but one measure of the company's cash burn, the thought of such a long cash runway warms our bellies in a comforting way. The image below shows how its cash balance has been changing over the last few years.

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ASX:CV1 Debt to Equity History June 3rd 2021

How Well Is CV Check Growing?

At first glance it's a bit worrying to see that CV Check actually boosted its cash burn by 13%, year on year. In light of that, the flat year on year operating leverage is a bit off-putting. Considering both these factors, we're not particularly excited by its growth profile. Of course, we've only taken a quick look at the stock's growth metrics, here. You can take a look at how CV Check has developed its business over time by checking this visualization of its revenue and earnings history.

Can CV Check Raise More Cash Easily?

Even though it seems like CV Check is developing its business nicely, we still like to consider how easily it could raise more money to accelerate growth. Issuing new shares, or taking on debt, are the most common ways for a listed company to raise more money for its business. Commonly, a business will sell new shares in itself to raise cash and drive 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.

CV Check has a market capitalisation of AU$51m and burnt through AU$232k last year, which is 0.5% 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.

How Risky Is CV Check's Cash Burn Situation?

It may already be apparent to you that we're relatively comfortable with the way CV Check 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. Although its increasing cash burn does give us reason for pause, the other metrics we discussed in this article form a positive picture overall. After taking into account the various metrics mentioned in this report, we're pretty comfortable with how the company is spending its cash, as it seems on track to meet its needs over the medium term. Readers need to have a sound understanding of business risks before investing in a stock, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for CV Check that potential shareholders should take into account before putting money into a stock.

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