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Here's Why We're Not At All Concerned With Betmakers Technology Group's (ASX:BET) Cash Burn Situation

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We can readily understand why investors are attracted to unprofitable companies. Indeed, Betmakers Technology Group (ASX:BET) stock is up 637% 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.

So notwithstanding the buoyant share price, we think it's well worth asking whether Betmakers Technology Group's cash burn is too risky In this article, we define cash burn as its annual (negative) free cash flow, which is the amount of money a company spends each year to fund its growth. We'll start by comparing its cash burn with its cash reserves in order to calculate its cash runway.

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How Long Is Betmakers Technology Group's Cash Runway?

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. When Betmakers Technology Group last reported its balance sheet in December 2019, it had zero debt and cash worth AU$2.7m. In the last year, its cash burn was AU$602k. So it had a cash runway of about 4.5 years from December 2019. Importantly, though, the one analyst we see covering the stock thinks that Betmakers Technology Group will reach cashflow breakeven before then. If that happens, then the length of its cash runway, today, would become a moot point. Depicted below, you can see how its cash holdings have changed over time.

ASX:BET Historical Debt May 18th 2020

How Well Is Betmakers Technology Group Growing?

Betmakers Technology Group managed to reduce its cash burn by 92% over the last twelve months, which is extremely promising, when it comes to considering its need for cash. But it was a bit disconcerting to see operating revenue down 49% in that time. On balance, we'd say the company is improving over time. Clearly, however, the crucial factor is whether the company will grow its business going forward. So you might want to take a peek at how much the company is expected to grow in the next few years.

How Easily Can Betmakers Technology Group Raise Cash?

We are certainly impressed with the progress Betmakers Technology Group has made over the last year, but it is also worth considering how costly it would be if it wanted to raise more cash to fund faster growth. Issuing new shares, or taking on debt, are the most common ways for a listed company to raise more money for its business. Many companies end up issuing new shares to fund future 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).

Betmakers Technology Group has a market capitalisation of AU$126m and burnt through AU$602k last year, which is 0.5% of the company's market value. That means it could easily issue a few shares to fund more growth, and might well be in a position to borrow cheaply.

How Risky Is Betmakers Technology Group's Cash Burn Situation?

As you can probably tell by now, we're not too worried about Betmakers Technology Group's cash burn. For example, we think its cash burn reduction suggests that the company is on a good path. Although we do find its falling revenue 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. There's no doubt that shareholders can take a lot of heart from the fact that at least one analyst is forecasting it will reach breakeven before too long. After taking into account the various metrics mentioned in this report, we're pretty comfortable with how the company is spending its cash. Separately, we looked at different risks affecting the company and spotted 4 warning signs for Betmakers Technology Group (of which 1 shouldn't be ignored!) you should know about.

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