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Will Global Atomic (TSE:GLO) Spend Its Cash Wisely?
There's no doubt that money can be made by owning shares of unprofitable businesses. For example, although software-as-a-service business Salesforce.com lost money for years while it grew recurring revenue, if you held shares since 2005, you'd have done very well indeed. But the harsh reality is that very many loss making companies burn through all their cash and go bankrupt.
Given this risk, we thought we'd take a look at whether Global Atomic (TSE:GLO) 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'. The first step is to compare its cash burn with its cash reserves, to give us its 'cash runway'.
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How Long Is Global Atomic's Cash Runway?
A company's cash runway is calculated by dividing its cash hoard by its cash burn. When Global Atomic last reported its balance sheet in September 2022, it had zero debt and cash worth CA$18m. Importantly, its cash burn was CA$33m over the trailing twelve months. That means it had a cash runway of around 7 months as of September 2022. To be frank, this kind of short runway puts us on edge, as it indicates the company must reduce its cash burn significantly, or else raise cash imminently. You can see how its cash balance has changed over time in the image below.
How Is Global Atomic's Cash Burn Changing Over Time?
In our view, Global Atomic doesn't yet produce significant amounts of operating revenue, since it reported just CA$1.2m in the last twelve months. As a result, we think it's a bit early to focus on the revenue growth, so we'll limit ourselves to looking at how the cash burn is changing over time. In fact, it ramped its spending strongly over the last year, increasing cash burn by 183%. It's fair to say that sort of rate of increase cannot be maintained for very long, without putting pressure on the balance sheet. Global Atomic makes us a little nervous due to its lack of substantial operating revenue. So we'd generally prefer stocks from this list of stocks that have analysts forecasting growth.
How Hard Would It Be For Global Atomic To Raise More Cash For Growth?
Since its cash burn is moving in the wrong direction, Global Atomic shareholders may wish to think ahead to when the company may need to raise more cash. Companies can raise capital through either debt or equity. Commonly, a business will sell new shares in itself to raise cash and drive 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.
Global Atomic has a market capitalisation of CA$488m and burnt through CA$33m last year, which is 6.9% of the company's market value. That's a low proportion, so we figure the company would be able to raise more cash to fund growth, with a little dilution, or even to simply borrow some money.
How Risky Is Global Atomic's Cash Burn Situation?
On this analysis of Global Atomic's cash burn, we think its cash burn relative to its market cap was reassuring, while its increasing cash burn has us a bit worried. After looking at that range of measures, we think shareholders should be extremely attentive to how the company is using its cash, as the cash burn makes us uncomfortable. On another note, Global Atomic has 3 warning signs (and 2 which are concerning) we think you should know about.
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Global Atomic Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of uranium properties in Niger.
Flawless balance sheet and overvalued.