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Companies Like AAC Clyde Space (STO:AAC) Can Afford To Invest In Growth

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We can readily understand why investors are attracted to unprofitable companies. 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 while history lauds those rare successes, those that fail are often forgotten; who remembers Pets.com?

So, the natural question for AAC Clyde Space (STO:AAC) shareholders is whether they should be concerned by its rate of 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). Let's start with an examination of the business's cash, relative to its cash burn.

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When Might AAC Clyde Space 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 at September 2019, AAC Clyde Space had cash of kr60m and such minimal debt that we can ignore it for the purposes of this analysis. Importantly, its cash burn was kr38m over the trailing twelve months. So it had a cash runway of approximately 19 months from September 2019. Importantly, though, analysts think that AAC Clyde Space will reach cashflow breakeven before then. In that case, it may never reach the end of its cash runway. Depicted below, you can see how its cash holdings have changed over time.

OM:AAC Historical Debt, December 4th 2019

How Well Is AAC Clyde Space Growing?

On balance, we think it's mildly positive that AAC Clyde Space trimmed its cash burn by 16% over the last twelve months. On top of that, operating revenue was up 44%, making for a heartening combination It seems to be growing nicely. While the past is always worth studying, it is the future that matters most of all. So you might want to take a peek at how much the company is expected to grow in the next few years.

How Hard Would It Be For AAC Clyde Space To Raise More Cash For Growth?

AAC Clyde Space seems to be in a fairly good position, in terms of cash burn, but we still think it's worthwhile considering how easily it could raise more money if it wanted to. 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 comparing a company's annual cash burn to its total market capitalisation, we can estimate roughly how many shares it would have to issue in order to run the company for another year (at the same burn rate).

Since it has a market capitalisation of kr524m, AAC Clyde Space's kr38m in cash burn equates to about 7.2% of its 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 AAC Clyde Space's Cash Burn Situation?

As you can probably tell by now, we're not too worried about AAC Clyde Space's cash burn. In particular, we think its revenue growth stands out as evidence that the company is well on top of its spending. On this analysis its cash burn reduction was its weakest feature, but we are not concerned about it. There's no doubt that shareholders can take a lot of heart from the fact that analysts are forecasting it will reach breakeven before too long. After considering a range of factors in this article, we're pretty relaxed about its cash burn, since the company seems to be in a good position to continue to fund its growth. While it's important to consider hard data like the metrics discussed above, many investors would also be interested to note that AAC Clyde Space insiders have been trading shares in the company. Click here to find out if they have been buying or selling.

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