When Will Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ:FLDM) Turn A Profit?

Fluidigm Corporation’s (NASDAQ:FLDM): Fluidigm Corporation creates, manufactures, and markets technologies and tools for life sciences research in the United States and Europe. The US$196.53m market-cap posted a loss in its most recent financial year of -US$60.53m and a latest trailing-twelve-month loss of -US$56.58m shrinking the gap between loss and breakeven. The most pressing concern for investors is FLDM’s path to profitability – when will it breakeven? Below I will provide a high-level summary of the industry analysts’ expectations for FLDM.

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Expectation from Life Sciences analysts is FLDM is on the verge of breakeven. They anticipate the company to incur a final loss in -1, before generating positive profits of US$0 in . So, FLDM is predicted to breakeven approximately a couple of months from now! What rate will FLDM have to grow year-on-year in order to breakeven on this date? Using a line of best fit, I calculated an average annual growth rate of 13.74%, which is relatively reasonable. Should the business grow at a slower rate, it will become profitable at a later date than expected.

NasdaqGS:FLDM Past Future Earnings June 14th 18
NasdaqGS:FLDM Past Future Earnings June 14th 18

Given this is a high-level overview, I won’t go into details of FLDM’s upcoming projects, but, take into account that generally life science companies, depending on the stage of product development, have irregular periods of cash flow. This means, a double-digit growth rate is not abnormal as the company is beginning to reap the benefits of earlier investments.

Before I wrap up, there’s one issue worth mentioning. FLDM currently has a debt-to-equity ratio of over 2x. Typically, debt shouldn’t exceed 40% of your equity, which in FLDM’s case, it has significantly overshot. A higher level of debt requires more stringent capital management which increases the risk around investing in the loss-making company.

Next Steps:

There are too many aspects of FLDM to cover in one brief article, but the key fundamentals for the company can all be found in one place – FLDM’s company page on Simply Wall St. I’ve also compiled a list of important aspects you should further examine:

  1. Historical Track Record: What has FLDM’s performance been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Fluidigm’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
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