Will Wicket Gaming (NGM:WIG) Spend Its Cash Wisely?
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 while the successes are well known, investors should not ignore the very many unprofitable companies that simply burn through all their cash and collapse.
So, the natural question for Wicket Gaming (NGM:WIG) shareholders is whether they should be concerned by its rate of 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 Wicket Gaming Have A Long Cash Runway?
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. When Wicket Gaming last reported its balance sheet in September 2021, it had zero debt and cash worth kr15m. Looking at the last year, the company burnt through kr10m. That means it had a cash runway of around 17 months as of September 2021. That’s not too bad, but it’s fair to say the end of the cash runway is in sight, unless cash burn reduces drastically. Importantly, if we extrapolate recent cash burn trends, the cash runway would be noticeably longer. You can see how its cash balance has changed over time in the image below.
How Is Wicket Gaming’s Cash Burn Changing Over Time?
Whilst it’s great to see that Wicket Gaming has already begun generating revenue from operations, last year it only produced kr4.4m, so we don’t think it is generating significant revenue, at this point. 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. In fact, it ramped its spending strongly over the last year, increasing cash burn by 196%. It’s fair to say that sort of rate of increase cannot be maintained for very long, without putting pressure on the balance sheet. Wicket Gaming 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 Wicket Gaming To Raise More Cash For Growth?
While Wicket Gaming 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. 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.
Wicket Gaming has a market capitalisation of kr200m and burnt through kr10m last year, which is 5.1% of the company’s market value. Given that is a rather small percentage, it would probably be really easy for the company to fund another year’s growth by issuing some new shares to investors, or even by taking out a loan.
So, Should We Worry About Wicket Gaming’s Cash Burn?
On this analysis of Wicket Gaming’s cash burn, we think its cash burn relative to its market cap 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. On another note, Wicket Gaming has 3 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit concerning) we think you should know about.
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