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Strike Resources (ASX:SRK) Is In A Good Position To Deliver On Growth Plans

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We can readily understand why investors are attracted to unprofitable companies. For example, Strike Resources (ASX:SRK) shareholders have done very well over the last year, with the share price soaring by 306%. But the harsh reality is that very many loss making companies burn through all their cash and go bankrupt.

Given its strong share price performance, we think it's worthwhile for Strike Resources shareholders to consider whether its cash burn is concerning. For the purposes of this article, cash burn is the annual rate at which an unprofitable company spends cash to fund its growth; its negative free cash flow. The first step is to compare its cash burn with its cash reserves, to give us its 'cash runway'.

View our latest analysis for Strike Resources

How Long Is Strike Resources' Cash Runway?

A company's cash runway is calculated by dividing its cash hoard by its cash burn. In June 2020, Strike Resources had AU$3.4m in cash, and was debt-free. Importantly, its cash burn was AU$1.6m over the trailing twelve months. So it had a cash runway of about 2.1 years from June 2020. That's decent, giving the company a couple years to develop its business. You can see how its cash balance has changed over time in the image below.

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How Is Strike Resources' Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

Although Strike Resources reported revenue of AU$50k last year, it didn't actually have any revenue from operations. To us, that makes it a pre-revenue company, so we'll look to its cash burn trajectory as an assessment of its cash burn situation. As it happens, the company's cash burn reduced by 6.2% over the last year, which suggests that management are maintaining a fairly steady rate of business development, albeit with a slight decrease in spending. Strike Resources makes us a little nervous due to its lack of substantial operating revenue. We prefer most of the stocks on this list of stocks that analysts expect to grow.

How Easily Can Strike Resources Raise Cash?

Even though it has reduced its cash burn recently, shareholders should still consider how easy it would be for Strike Resources to raise more cash in the future. Generally speaking, a listed business can raise new cash through issuing shares or taking on debt. One of the main advantages held by publicly listed companies is that they can sell shares to investors to raise cash and fund 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$48m, Strike Resources' AU$1.6m in cash burn equates to about 3.4% 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.

Is Strike Resources' Cash Burn A Worry?

It may already be apparent to you that we're relatively comfortable with the way Strike Resources is burning through its cash. For example, we think its cash burn relative to its market cap suggests that the company is on a good path. Its weak point is its cash burn reduction, but even that wasn't too bad! Based on the factors mentioned in this article, we think its cash burn situation warrants some attention from shareholders, but we don't think they should be worried. Taking a deeper dive, we've spotted 5 warning signs for Strike Resources you should be aware of, and 2 of them make us uncomfortable.

Of course Strike Resources may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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