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We Think Celldex Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CLDX) Can Afford To Drive Business Growth

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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. By way of example, Celldex Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CLDX) has seen its share price rise 975% over the last year, delighting many shareholders. Having said that, unprofitable companies are risky because they could potentially burn through all their cash and become distressed.

In light of its strong share price run, we think now is a good time to investigate how risky Celldex Therapeutics' cash burn is. 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.

Check out our latest analysis for Celldex Therapeutics

When Might Celldex Therapeutics 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 March 2021, Celldex Therapeutics had cash of US$176m and such minimal debt that we can ignore it for the purposes of this analysis. In the last year, its cash burn was US$42m. That means it had a cash runway of about 4.2 years as of March 2021. A runway of this length affords the company the time and space it needs to develop the business. You can see how its cash balance has changed over time in the image below.

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How Well Is Celldex Therapeutics Growing?

On balance, we think it's mildly positive that Celldex Therapeutics trimmed its cash burn by 8.9% over the last twelve months. And operating revenue was up by 10% too. Considering the factors above, the company doesn’t fare badly when it comes to assessing how it is changing over time. Clearly, however, the crucial factor is whether the company will grow its business going forward. For that reason, it makes a lot of sense to take a look at our analyst forecasts for the company.

How Hard Would It Be For Celldex Therapeutics To Raise More Cash For Growth?

There's no doubt Celldex Therapeutics seems to be in a fairly good position, when it comes to managing its cash burn, but even if it's only hypothetical, it's always worth asking how easily it could raise more money to fund 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).

Celldex Therapeutics' cash burn of US$42m is about 4.1% of its US$1.0b market capitalisation. 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 Celldex Therapeutics' Cash Burn A Worry?

As you can probably tell by now, we're not too worried about Celldex Therapeutics' cash burn. In particular, we think its cash runway 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. After taking into account the various metrics mentioned in this report, we're pretty comfortable with how the company is spending its cash, as it seems on track to meet its needs over the medium term. On another note, we conducted an in-depth investigation of the company, and identified 3 warning signs for Celldex Therapeutics (2 are a bit concerning!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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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