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Here's Why We're Not Too Worried About Fram Skandinavien's (STO:FRAM B) Cash Burn Situation

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Even when a business is losing money, it's possible for shareholders to make money if they buy a good business at the right price. 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 the successes are well known, investors should not ignore the very many unprofitable companies that simply burn through all their cash and collapse.

So, the natural question for Fram Skandinavien (STO:FRAM B) shareholders is whether they should be concerned by its rate of cash burn. 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. First, we'll determine its cash runway by comparing its cash burn with its cash reserves.

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When Might Fram Skandinavien Run Out Of Money?

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 Fram Skandinavien last reported its balance sheet in June 2019, it had zero debt and cash worth kr63m. Looking at the last year, the company burnt through kr13m. Therefore, from June 2019 it had 4.9 years of cash runway. There's no doubt that this is a reassuringly long runway. Depicted below, you can see how its cash holdings have changed over time.

OM:FRAM B Historical Debt, October 13th 2019

How Well Is Fram Skandinavien Growing?

It was quite stunning to see that Fram Skandinavien increased its cash burn by 1121% over the last year. While that certainly give us pause, we take a lot of comfort in the strong annual revenue growth of 64%. Considering both these factors, we're not particularly excited by its growth profile. In reality, this article only makes a short study of the company's growth data. You can take a look at how Fram Skandinavien is growing revenue over time by checking this visualization of past revenue growth.

How Easily Can Fram Skandinavien Raise Cash?

We are certainly impressed with the progress Fram Skandinavien 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. Generally speaking, a listed business can raise new cash through issuing shares or taking on debt. 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).

Fram Skandinavien has a market capitalisation of kr224m and burnt through kr13m last year, which is 5.7% of the company's market value. 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.

So, Should We Worry About Fram Skandinavien's Cash Burn?

As you can probably tell by now, we're not too worried about Fram Skandinavien'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. Considering all the factors discussed in this article, we're not overly concerned about the company's cash burn, although we do think shareholders should keep an eye on how it develops. When you don't have traditional metrics like earnings per share and free cash flow to value a company, many are extra motivated to consider qualitative factors such as whether insiders are buying or selling shares. Please Note: Fram Skandinavien insiders have been trading shares, according to our data. Click here to check whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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