Plant-based diets are blooming in the 2020s, so seeing a SPAC deal in that domain was not surprising. However, shares of Tattooed Chef (NASDAQ: TTCF) remain range-bound after the first 10 months of listing on Nasdaq.
The company's last earnings report certainly didn't help the cause, so that we will be examining the cash burn rate of this yet unprofitable, sustainable healthy food player.
The latest earnings release failed to deliver as the decline in sales, quarter-over-quarter rang the alarm bells among the investors, despite the fact that year-over-year growth was over 45%. While it can be partially explained as a seasonality effect, continuous, predictable growth remains of extreme importance for unprofitable companies.
Furthermore, the company just announced that members of their management will participate at the Cowen Health, Wellness & Beauty Summit on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 3:20 pm ET. Investors and other interested parties can access the webcast at the company's investor relations page.
Examining the Cash Burn
So should the shareholders be worried about its cash burn? For this article, cash burn is the annual rate at which an unprofitable company spends cash to fund its growth; its negative free cash flow. The first step is to compare its cash burn with its cash reserves, to give us its 'cash runway.'
When Might Tattooed Chef 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.
As of June 2021, Tattooed Chef had cash of US$140m and rather low debt at US$5.3m, which we can ignore for this analysis.
Importantly, its cash burn was US$53m over the trailing twelve months. That means it had a cash runway of about 2.6 years as of June 2021. Arguably, that's a prudent and sensible length of the runway to have. You can see how its cash balance has changed over time in the image below.
How Well Is Tattooed Chef Growing?
We take a lot of comfort in the strong annual revenue growth of 54%, although only a few reported quarters are behind us.
In light of the data above, we're fairly sanguine about the business growth trajectory. Clearly, the crucial factor is whether the company will grow its business from now on. For that reason, it makes a lot of sense to take a look at our analyst forecasts for the company.
How Easily Can Tattooed Chef Raise Cash?
While Tattooed Chef seems to be in a fairly good position, it's still worth considering how easily it could raise more cash, even to fuel faster growth.
Generally speaking, a listed business can raise new cash through issuing shares or taking on debt. One of the main advantages of publicly listed companies is that they can sell shares to investors to raise cash and fund growth. By comparing a company's annual cash burn to its total market capitalization, we can estimate roughly how many shares it would have to issue to run the company for another year (at the same burn rate).
Tattooed Chef's cash burn of US$53m is about 2.9% of its US$1.8b market capitalization. That means it could easily issue a few shares to fund more growth and might well be in a position to borrow cheaply.
Is Tattooed Chef's Cash Burn A Worry?
As you can probably tell by now, we're not too worried about Tattooed Chef's cash burn. In particular, we think its revenue growth stands out as evidence that the company is well on top of its spending.
Although we do find its increasing cash burn to be a bit of a negative, once we consider the other metrics mentioned in this article together, the overall picture is one we are comfortable with. The company is expanding and reaching more and more customers every day, on the tailwind of a growing trend for a healthier, sustainable diet. If you are interested in the stock, we'd recommend you to go out and test their products, just like legendary Peter Lynch would advise. Investing in the company whose products you want to use every day is certainly one way to find outperformance.
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, Tattooed Chef has 3 warning signs (and 1 which is significant) we think you should know about.
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Simply Wall St analyst Stjepan Kalinic and Simply Wall St have no position in any of the companies mentioned. This article is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.