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Can Mmtec (NASDAQ:MTC) Afford To Invest In Growth?

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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. Nonetheless, only a fool would ignore the risk that a loss making company burns through its cash too quickly.

Given this risk, we thought we'd take a look at whether Mmtec ( NASDAQ:MTC ) shareholders should be worried about its cash burn. For the purpose of this article, we'll define cash burn as the amount of cash the company is spending each year to fund its growth (also called its negative free cash flow). We'll start by comparing its cash burn with its cash reserves in order to calculate its cash runway.

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Does Mmtec Have A Long Cash Runway?

A company's cash runway is calculated by dividing its cash hoard by its cash burn. When Mmtec last reported its balance sheet in December 2018, it had zero debt and cash worth US$94k. Looking at the last year, the company burnt through US$1.9m. That means it had a cash runway of around 1 months as of December 2018. It's extremely surprising to us that the company has allowed its cash runway to get that short! You can see how its cash balance has changed over time in the image below.

NasdaqCM:MTC Historical Debt, September 20th 2019

How Is Mmtec's Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

In our view, Mmtec doesn't yet produce significant amounts of operating revenue, since it reported just US$27k in the last twelve months. As a result, we think it's a bit early to focus on the revenue growth, so we'll limit ourselves to looking at how the cash burn is changing over time. During the last twelve months, its cash burn actually ramped up 96%. While this spending increase is no doubt intended to drive growth, if the trend continues the company's cash runway will shrink very quickly. Mmtec makes us a little nervous due to its lack of substantial operating revenue. We prefer most of the stocks on this list of stocks that analysts expect to grow .

How Hard Would It Be For Mmtec To Raise More Cash For Growth?

Since its cash burn is moving in the wrong direction, Mmtec shareholders may wish to think 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. 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.

Mmtec's cash burn of US$1.9m is about 2.9% of its US$66m market capitalisation. So it could almost certainly just borrow a little to fund another year's growth, or else easily raise the cash by issuing a few shares.

Is Mmtec's Cash Burn A Worry?

On this analysis of Mmtec's cash burn, we think its cash burn relative to its market cap was reassuring, while its cash runway has us a bit worried. Considering all the measures mentioned in this report, we reckon that its cash burn is fairly risky, and if we held shares we'd be watching like a hawk for any deterioration. While we always like to monitor cash burn for early stage companies, qualitative factors such as the CEO pay can also shed light on the situation. Click here to see free what the Mmtec CEO is paid. .

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