Just because a business does not make any money, does not mean that the stock will go down. 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. Having said that, unprofitable companies are risky because they could potentially burn through all their cash and become distressed.
So, the natural question for Y-mAbs Therapeutics (NASDAQ:YMAB) 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.
How Long Is Y-mAbs Therapeutics’s Cash Runway?
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. In December 2019, Y-mAbs Therapeutics had US$207m in cash, and was debt-free. In the last year, its cash burn was US$75m. Therefore, from December 2019 it had 2.7 years of cash runway. That’s decent, giving the company a couple years to develop its business. Depicted below, you can see how its cash holdings have changed over time.
How Is Y-mAbs Therapeutics’s Cash Burn Changing Over Time?
Because Y-mAbs Therapeutics isn’t currently generating revenue, we consider it an early-stage 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. During the last twelve months, its cash burn actually ramped up 82%. While this spending increase is no doubt intended to drive growth, if the trend continues the company’s cash runway will shrink very quickly. While the past is always worth studying, it is the future that matters most of all. So you might want to take a peek at how much the company is expected to grow in the next few years.
How Hard Would It Be For Y-mAbs Therapeutics To Raise More Cash For Growth?
While Y-mAbs Therapeutics does have a solid cash runway, its cash burn trajectory may have some shareholders thinking ahead to when the company may need to raise more cash. Issuing new shares, or taking on debt, are the most common ways for a listed company to raise more money for its business. Commonly, a business will sell new shares in itself to raise cash to 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.
Y-mAbs Therapeutics’s cash burn of US$75m is about 5.4% of its US$1.4b 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.
So, Should We Worry About Y-mAbs Therapeutics’s Cash Burn?
As you can probably tell by now, we’re not too worried about Y-mAbs Therapeutics’s cash burn. For example, we think its cash runway suggests that the company is on a good path. While we must concede that its increasing cash burn is a bit worrying, the other factors mentioned in this article provide great comfort when it comes to the cash burn. 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. Readers need to have a sound understanding of business risks before investing in a stock, and we’ve spotted 3 warning signs for Y-mAbs Therapeutics that potential shareholders should take into account before putting money into a stock.
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