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” We’re Interested to See How Hastings Technology Metals (ASX: Has) Utilizes Its Cash Reserves to Develop”

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” We’re Interested to See How Hastings Technology Metals (ASX: Has) Utilizes Its Cash Reserves to Develop”

We can readily understand why investors are attracted to unprofitable companies. For example, biotech and mining exploration companies often lose money for years before finding success with a new treatment or mineral discovery. 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.

Given this risk, we thought we’d take a look at whether Hastings Technology Metals (ASX:HAS) 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’. First, we’ll determine its cash runway by comparing its cash burn with its cash reserves.

Does Hastings Technology Metals 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. As at June 2021, Hastings Technology Metals had cash of AU$110m and no debt. Looking at the last year, the company burnt through AU$8.9m. That means it had a cash runway of very many years as of June 2021. Notably, however, analysts think that Hastings Technology Metals will break even (at a free cash flow level) before then. If that happens, then the length of its cash runway, today, would become a moot point. Depicted below, you can see how its cash holdings have changed over time.

How Is Hastings Technology Metals’ Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

Hastings Technology Metals didn’t record any revenue over the last year, indicating that it’s an early stage company still developing its business. Nonetheless, we can still examine its cash burn trajectory as part of our assessment of its cash burn situation. The 58% reduction in its cash burn over the last twelve months may be good for protecting the balance sheet but it hardly points to imminent growth. 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.

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