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We're Hopeful That RealTech (ETR:RTC) Will Use Its Cash Wisely

Simply Wall St
·4-min read

There's no doubt that money can be made by owning shares of unprofitable businesses. 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 the harsh reality is that very many loss making companies burn through all their cash and go bankrupt.

So, the natural question for RealTech (ETR:RTC) shareholders is whether they should be concerned by its rate of 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. We'll start by comparing its cash burn with its cash reserves in order to calculate its cash runway.

See our latest analysis for RealTech

When Might RealTech Run Out Of Money?

You can calculate a company's cash runway by dividing the amount of cash it has by the rate at which it is spending that cash. As at December 2019, RealTech had cash of €5.9m and no debt. Importantly, its cash burn was €481k over the trailing twelve months. That means it had a cash runway of very many years as of December 2019. While this is only one measure of its cash burn situation, it certainly gives us the impression that holders have nothing to worry about. You can see how its cash balance has changed over time in the image below.

XTRA:RTC Historical Debt May 22nd 2020
XTRA:RTC Historical Debt May 22nd 2020

Is RealTech's Revenue Growing?

We're hesitant to extrapolate on the recent trend to assess its cash burn, because RealTech actually had positive free cash flow last year, so operating revenue growth is probably our best bet to measure, right now. Regrettably, the company's operating revenue moved in the wrong direction over the last twelve months, declining by 31%. Of course, we've only taken a quick look at the stock's growth metrics, here. You can take a look at how RealTech has developed its business over time by checking this visualization of its revenue and earnings history.

How Easily Can RealTech Raise Cash?

Since its revenue growth is moving in the wrong direction, RealTech shareholders may wish to think ahead to when the company may need to raise more cash. Companies can raise capital through either debt or equity. 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.

RealTech has a market capitalisation of €4.4m and burnt through €481k last year, which is 11% of the company's market value. 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 RealTech's Cash Burn?

It may already be apparent to you that we're relatively comfortable with the way RealTech is burning through its cash. In particular, we think its cash runway stands out as evidence that the company is well on top of its spending. Although its falling revenue does give us reason for pause, the other metrics we discussed in this article form a positive picture overall. Based on the factors mentioned in this article, we think its cash burn situation warrants some attention from shareholders, but we don't think they should be worried. Taking a deeper dive, we've spotted 2 warning signs for RealTech you should be aware of, and 1 of them makes us a bit uncomfortable.

If you would prefer to check out another company with better fundamentals, then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt or this list of stocks which are all forecast to grow.

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