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Here's Why We're Not Too Worried About ABx Group's (ASX:ABX) Cash Burn Situation

There's no doubt that money can be made by owning shares of unprofitable businesses. For example, biotech and mining exploration companies often lose money for years before finding success with a new treatment or mineral discovery. But while history lauds those rare successes, those that fail are often forgotten; who remembers Pets.com?

So should ABx Group (ASX:ABX) shareholders be worried about its cash burn? In this report, we will consider the company's annual negative free cash flow, henceforth referring to it as the 'cash burn'. We'll start by comparing its cash burn with its cash reserves in order to calculate its cash runway.

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Does ABx Group Have A Long 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. In June 2021, ABx Group had AU$3.4m in cash, and was debt-free. In the last year, its cash burn was AU$2.3m. So it had a cash runway of approximately 18 months from June 2021. That's not too bad, but it's fair to say the end of the cash runway is in sight, unless cash burn reduces drastically. Depicted below, you can see how its cash holdings have changed over time.

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How Is ABx Group's Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

Whilst it's great to see that ABx Group has already begun generating revenue from operations, last year it only produced AU$2.2m, so we don't think it is generating significant revenue, at this point. Therefore, for the purposes of this analysis we'll focus on how the cash burn is tracking. While it hardly paints a picture of imminent growth, the fact that it has reduced its cash burn by 29% over the last year suggests some degree of prudence. In reality, this article only makes a short study of the company's growth data. You can take a look at how ABx Group is growing revenue over time by checking this visualization of past revenue growth.

How Easily Can ABx Group Raise Cash?

Even though it has reduced its cash burn recently, shareholders should still consider how easy it would be for ABx Group to raise more cash in the future. Companies can raise capital through either debt or equity. Commonly, a business will sell new shares in itself to raise cash and drive growth. We can compare a company's cash burn to its market capitalisation to get a sense for how many new shares a company would have to issue to fund one year's operations.

Since it has a market capitalisation of AU$31m, ABx Group's AU$2.3m in cash burn equates to about 7.2% of its 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 ABx Group's Cash Burn?

ABx Group appears to be in pretty good health when it comes to its cash burn situation. One the one hand we have its solid cash burn reduction, while on the other it can also boast very strong cash burn relative to its market cap. While we're the kind of investors who are always a bit concerned about the risks involved with cash burning companies, the metrics we have discussed in this article leave us relatively comfortable about ABx Group's situation. On another note, we conducted an in-depth investigation of the company, and identified 5 warning signs for ABx Group (1 is a bit unpleasant!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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