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Here's Why We're Watching Else Nutrition Holdings' (CVE:BABY) Cash Burn Situation

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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. For example, biotech and mining exploration companies often lose money for years before finding success with a new treatment or mineral discovery. But while the successes are well known, investors should not ignore the very many unprofitable companies that simply burn through all their cash and collapse.

So should Else Nutrition Holdings (CVE:BABY) shareholders be worried about its cash burn? 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. 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 Else Nutrition Holdings Run Out Of Money?

A company's cash runway is calculated by dividing its cash hoard by its cash burn. When Else Nutrition Holdings last reported its balance sheet in June 2021, it had zero debt and cash worth CA$17m. Looking at the last year, the company burnt through CA$16m. So it had a cash runway of approximately 13 months from June 2021. That's not too bad, but it's fair to say the end of the cash runway is in sight, unless cash burn reduces drastically. Depicted below, you can see how its cash holdings have changed over time.

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TSXV:BABY Debt to Equity History October 20th 2021

How Is Else Nutrition Holdings' Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

Whilst it's great to see that Else Nutrition Holdings has already begun generating revenue from operations, last year it only produced CA$3.2m, so we don't think it is generating significant revenue, at this point. Therefore, for the purposes of this analysis we'll focus on how the cash burn is tracking. In fact, it ramped its spending strongly over the last year, increasing cash burn by 167%. It's fair to say that sort of rate of increase cannot be maintained for very long, without putting pressure on the balance sheet. Clearly, however, the crucial factor is whether the company will grow its business going forward. 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 Else Nutrition Holdings To Raise More Cash For Growth?

Given its cash burn trajectory, Else Nutrition Holdings shareholders may wish to consider how easily it could raise more cash, despite its solid cash runway. 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 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.

Since it has a market capitalisation of CA$200m, Else Nutrition Holdings' CA$16m in cash burn equates to about 7.8% of its 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.

Is Else Nutrition Holdings' Cash Burn A Worry?

On this analysis of Else Nutrition Holdings' cash burn, we think its cash burn relative to its market cap was reassuring, while its increasing cash burn has us a bit worried. Even though we don't think it has a problem with its cash burn, the analysis we've done in this article does suggest that shareholders should give some careful thought to the potential cost of raising more money in the future. On another note, Else Nutrition Holdings has 4 warning signs (and 1 which is potentially serious) we think you should know about.

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