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Is Lucid Diagnostics (NASDAQ:LUCD) In A Good Position To Deliver On Growth Plans?

Just because a business does not make any money, does not mean that the stock will go down. For example, although Amazon.com made losses for many years after listing, if you had bought and held the shares since 1999, you would have made a fortune. But while history lauds those rare successes, those that fail are often forgotten; who remembers Pets.com?

Given this risk, we thought we'd take a look at whether Lucid Diagnostics (NASDAQ:LUCD) shareholders should 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'. Let's start with an examination of the business' cash, relative to its cash burn.

See our latest analysis for Lucid Diagnostics

Does Lucid Diagnostics Have A Long Cash Runway?

A company's cash runway is calculated by dividing its cash hoard by its cash burn. When Lucid Diagnostics last reported its balance sheet in March 2022, it had zero debt and cash worth US$50m. Importantly, its cash burn was US$21m over the trailing twelve months. That means it had a cash runway of about 2.3 years as of March 2022. Importantly, analysts think that Lucid Diagnostics will reach cashflow breakeven in 3 years. Essentially, that means the company will either reduce its cash burn, or else require more cash. The image below shows how its cash balance has been changing over the last few years.

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How Is Lucid Diagnostics' Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

Whilst it's great to see that Lucid Diagnostics has already begun generating revenue from operations, last year it only produced US$689k, 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. In fact, it ramped its spending strongly over the last year, increasing cash burn by 170%. That sort of spending growth rate can't continue for very long before it causes balance sheet weakness, generally speaking. 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 Lucid Diagnostics To Raise More Cash For Growth?

While Lucid Diagnostics 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. 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. By looking at a company's cash burn relative to its market capitalisation, we gain insight on how much shareholders would be diluted if the company needed to raise enough cash to cover another year's cash burn.

Lucid Diagnostics' cash burn of US$21m is about 24% of its US$89m market capitalisation. That's not insignificant, and if the company had to sell enough shares to fund another year's growth at the current share price, you'd likely witness fairly costly dilution.

How Risky Is Lucid Diagnostics' Cash Burn Situation?

On this analysis of Lucid Diagnostics' cash burn, we think its cash runway was reassuring, while its increasing cash burn has us a bit worried. One real positive is that analysts are forecasting that the company will reach breakeven. We don't think its cash burn is particularly problematic, but after considering the range of factors in this article, we do think shareholders should be monitoring how it changes over time. Taking a deeper dive, we've spotted 4 warning signs for Lucid Diagnostics you should be aware of, and 1 of them is potentially serious.

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