Companies Like Carbiotix (NGM:CRBX) Are In A Position To Invest In Growth

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 27, 2021
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We can readily understand why investors are attracted to unprofitable companies. Indeed, Carbiotix (NGM:CRBX) stock is up 245% in the last year, providing strong gains for shareholders. But the harsh reality is that very many loss making companies burn through all their cash and go bankrupt.

In light of its strong share price run, we think now is a good time to investigate how risky Carbiotix'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. Let's start with an examination of the business' cash, relative to its cash burn.

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When Might Carbiotix Run Out Of Money?

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. When Carbiotix last reported its balance sheet in March 2021, it had zero debt and cash worth kr19m. In the last year, its cash burn was kr9.9m. That means it had a cash runway of around 23 months as of March 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. You can see how its cash balance has changed over time in the image below.

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NGM:CRBX Debt to Equity History August 28th 2021

How Is Carbiotix's Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

Whilst it's great to see that Carbiotix has already begun generating revenue from operations, last year it only produced kr3.5m, 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. With the cash burn rate up 8.9% in the last year, it seems that the company is ratcheting up investment in the business over time. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but investors should be mindful of the fact that will shorten the cash runway. Carbiotix 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 Carbiotix To Raise More Cash For Growth?

Since its cash burn is increasing (albeit only slightly), Carbiotix shareholders should still be mindful of the possibility it will require more cash in the future. 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.

Carbiotix's cash burn of kr9.9m is about 4.6% of its kr215m market capitalisation. 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.

How Risky Is Carbiotix's Cash Burn Situation?

Even though its increasing cash burn makes us a little nervous, we are compelled to mention that we thought Carbiotix's cash burn relative to its market cap was relatively promising. Based on the factors mentioned in this article, we think its cash burn situation warrants some attention from shareholders, but we don't think they should be worried. On another note, Carbiotix has 5 warning signs (and 2 which are a bit unpleasant) we think you should know about.

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