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We're Hopeful That Kenadyr Mining (Holdings) (CVE:KEN) Will Use Its Cash Wisely

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Just because a business does not make any money, does not mean that the stock will go down. For example, biotech and mining exploration companies often lose money for years before finding success with a new treatment or mineral discovery. Having said that, unprofitable companies are risky because they could potentially burn through all their cash and become distressed.

So should Kenadyr Mining (Holdings) (CVE:KEN) shareholders be worried about its cash burn? 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'.

See our latest analysis for Kenadyr Mining (Holdings)

Does Kenadyr Mining (Holdings) Have A Long Cash Runway?

A company's cash runway is calculated by dividing its cash hoard by its cash burn. As at September 2019, Kenadyr Mining (Holdings) had cash of CA$1.2m and no debt. In the last year, its cash burn was CA$838k. So it had a cash runway of approximately 18 months from September 2019. While that cash runway isn't too concerning, sensible holders would be peering into the distance, and considering what happens if the company runs out of cash. You can see how its cash balance has changed over time in the image below.

TSXV:KEN Historical Debt, December 4th 2019

How Is Kenadyr Mining (Holdings)'s Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

Kenadyr Mining (Holdings) didn't record any revenue over the last year, indicating that it's an early stage company still developing its business. So while we can't look to sales to understand growth, we can look at how the cash burn is changing to understand how expenditure is trending over time. Notably, its cash burn was actually down by 83% in the last year, which is a real positive in terms of resilience, but uninspiring when it comes to investment for growth. Admittedly, we're a bit cautious of Kenadyr Mining (Holdings) due to its lack of significant operating revenues. We prefer most of the stocks on this list of stocks that analysts expect to grow.

How Easily Can Kenadyr Mining (Holdings) Raise Cash?

While we're comforted by the recent reduction evident from our analysis of Kenadyr Mining (Holdings)'s cash burn, it is still worth considering how easily the company could raise more funds, if it wanted to accelerate spending to drive growth. Issuing new shares, or taking on debt, are the most common ways for a listed company to raise more money for its business. One of the main advantages held by publicly listed companies is that they can sell shares to investors to raise cash to 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.

Kenadyr Mining (Holdings)'s cash burn of CA$838k is about 13% of its CA$6.6m market capitalisation. Given that situation, it's fair to say the company wouldn't have much trouble raising more cash for growth, but shareholders would be somewhat diluted.

So, Should We Worry About Kenadyr Mining (Holdings)'s Cash Burn?

Kenadyr Mining (Holdings) 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 relative to its market cap, while on the other it can also boast very strong cash burn reduction. 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: Kenadyr Mining (Holdings) insiders have been trading shares, according to our data. Click here to check whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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