We Think DGB Asia Berhad (KLSE:DGB) Needs To Drive Business Growth Carefully

Just because a business does not make any money, does not mean that the stock will go down. For example, biotech and mining exploration companies often lose money for years before finding success with a new treatment or mineral discovery. 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 DGB Asia Berhad (KLSE:DGB) shareholders should be worried about its cash burn. For the purpose of this article, we’ll define cash burn as the amount of cash the company is spending each year to fund its growth (also called its negative free cash flow). The first step is to compare its cash burn with its cash reserves, to give us its ‘cash runway’.

Check out our latest analysis for DGB Asia Berhad

When Might DGB Asia Berhad 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. As at December 2019, DGB Asia Berhad had cash of RM20m and such minimal debt that we can ignore it for the purposes of this analysis. Importantly, its cash burn was RM11m over the trailing twelve months. So it had a cash runway of approximately 22 months from December 2019. 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.

KLSE:DGB Historical Debt April 6th 2020
KLSE:DGB Historical Debt April 6th 2020

How Is DGB Asia Berhad’s Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

Whilst it’s great to see that DGB Asia Berhad has already begun generating revenue from operations, last year it only produced RM3.0m, 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. Its cash burn positively exploded in the last year, up 2353%. With that kind of spending growth its cash runway will shorten quickly, as it simultaneously uses its cash while increasing the burn rate. DGB Asia Berhad 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 DGB Asia Berhad To Raise More Cash For Growth?

While DGB Asia Berhad 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. Generally speaking, a listed business can raise new cash through issuing shares or taking on debt. Commonly, a business will sell new shares in itself to raise cash to 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.

Since it has a market capitalisation of RM15m, DGB Asia Berhad’s RM11m in cash burn equates to about 72% of its market value. Given how large that cash burn is, relative to the market value of the entire company, we’d consider it to be a high risk stock, with the real possibility of extreme dilution.

How Risky Is DGB Asia Berhad’s Cash Burn Situation?

Even though its increasing cash burn makes us a little nervous, we are compelled to mention that we thought DGB Asia Berhad’s cash runway was relatively promising. 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. Taking a deeper dive, we’ve spotted 6 warning signs for DGB Asia Berhad you should be aware of, and 3 of them don’t sit too well with us.

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