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We're Keeping An Eye On K.B. Recycling Industries' (CVE:AKMY) Cash Burn Rate

·4 min read

We can readily understand why investors are attracted to unprofitable companies. 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. But while history lauds those rare successes, those that fail are often forgotten; who remembers Pets.com?

So, the natural question for K.B. Recycling Industries (CVE:AKMY) 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. Let's start with an examination of the business' cash, relative to its cash burn.

View our latest analysis for K.B. Recycling Industries

Does K.B. Recycling Industries Have A Long 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. When K.B. Recycling Industries last reported its balance sheet in September 2021, it had zero debt and cash worth US$6.6m. In the last year, its cash burn was US$4.0m. Therefore, from September 2021 it had roughly 20 months of cash runway. 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. The image below shows how its cash balance has been changing over the last few years.

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How Is K.B. Recycling Industries' Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

Whilst it's great to see that K.B. Recycling Industries has already begun generating revenue from operations, last year it only produced US$1.1m, 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. Over the last year its cash burn actually increased by a very significant 79%. While this spending increase is no doubt intended to drive growth, if the trend continues the company's cash runway will shrink very quickly. K.B. Recycling Industries makes us a little nervous due to its lack of substantial operating revenue. So we'd generally prefer stocks from this list of stocks that have analysts forecasting growth.

How Easily Can K.B. Recycling Industries Raise Cash?

While K.B. Recycling Industries 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. Many companies end up issuing new shares to fund future 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.

K.B. Recycling Industries has a market capitalisation of US$25m and burnt through US$4.0m last year, which is 16% of the company's market value. As a result, we'd venture that the company could raise more cash for growth without much trouble, albeit at the cost of some dilution.

How Risky Is K.B. Recycling Industries' Cash Burn Situation?

On this analysis of K.B. Recycling Industries' cash burn, we think its cash runway was reassuring, while its increasing cash burn has us a bit worried. 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. An in-depth examination of risks revealed 3 warning signs for K.B. Recycling Industries that readers should think about before committing capital to this stock.

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