We’re Keeping An Eye On Incannex Healthcare’s (NASDAQ:IXHL) Cash Burn Rate

Even when a business is losing money, it’s possible for shareholders to make money if they buy a good business at the right price. For example, although Amazon.com made losses for many years after listing, if you had bought and held the shares since 1999, you would have made a fortune. 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 Incannex Healthcare (NASDAQ:IXHL) shareholders is whether they should be concerned by its rate of cash burn. In this report, we will consider the company’s annual negative free cash flow, henceforth referring to it as the ‘cash burn’. The first step is to compare its cash burn with its cash reserves, to give us its ‘cash runway’.

Check out our latest analysis for Incannex Healthcare

When Might Incannex Healthcare 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. In June 2023, Incannex Healthcare had AU$33m in cash, and was debt-free. Looking at the last year, the company burnt through AU$16m. Therefore, from June 2023 it had 2.0 years of cash runway. That’s decent, giving the company a couple years to develop its business. Depicted below, you can see how its cash holdings have changed over time.

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How Is Incannex Healthcare’s Cash Burn Changing Over Time?

Although Incannex Healthcare reported revenue of AU$1.0m last year, it didn’t actually have any revenue from operations. To us, that makes it a pre-revenue company, so we’ll look to its cash burn trajectory as an assessment of its cash burn situation. Over the last year its cash burn actually increased by 28%, which suggests that management are increasing investment in future growth, but not too quickly. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but investors should be mindful of the fact that will shorten the cash runway. Clearly, however, the crucial factor is whether the company will grow its business going forward. So you might want to take a peek at how much the company is expected to grow in the next few years.

How Easily Can Incannex Healthcare Raise Cash?

Given its cash burn trajectory, Incannex Healthcare shareholders may wish to consider how easily it could raise more cash, despite its solid cash runway. Generally speaking, a listed business can raise new cash through issuing shares or taking on debt. One of the main advantages held by publicly listed companies is that they can sell shares to investors to raise cash and fund 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.

Incannex Healthcare has a market capitalisation of AU$78m and burnt through AU$16m last year, which is 21% of the company’s market value. That’s fairly notable cash burn, so if the company had to sell shares to cover the cost of another year’s operations, shareholders would suffer some costly dilution.

So, Should We Worry About Incannex Healthcare’s Cash Burn?

Even though its increasing cash burn makes us a little nervous, we are compelled to mention that we thought Incannex Healthcare’s cash runway was relatively promising. Cash burning companies are always on the riskier side of things, but after considering all of the factors discussed in this short piece, we’re not too worried about its rate of cash burn. Separately, we looked at different risks affecting the company and spotted 5 warning signs for Incannex Healthcare (of which 3 shouldn’t be ignored!) you should know about.

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