IDT Australia (ASX:IDT) Is In A Good Position To Deliver On Growth Plans


There’s no doubt that money can be made by owning shares of unprofitable businesses. For example, although software-as-a-service business 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.

Given this risk, we thought we’d take a look at whether IDT Australia (ASX:IDT) 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). The first step is to compare its cash burn with its cash reserves, to give us its ‘cash runway’.

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When Might IDT Australia 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 2020, IDT Australia had AU$6.9m in cash, and was debt-free. In the last year, its cash burn was AU$2.6m. That means it had a cash runway of about 2.6 years as of June 2020. That’s decent, giving the company a couple years to develop its business. The image below shows how its cash balance has been changing over the last few years.


ASX:IDT Debt to Equity History January 12th 2021

How Well Is IDT Australia Growing?

IDT Australia reduced its cash burn by 2.4% during the last year, which points to some degree of discipline. Revenue also improved during the period, increasing by 17%. Considering the factors above, the company doesn’t fare badly when it comes to assessing how it is changing over time. In reality, this article only makes a short study of the company’s growth data. This graph of historic earnings and revenue shows how IDT Australia is building its business over time.

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

IDT Australia seems to be in a fairly good position, in terms of cash burn, but we still think it’s worthwhile considering how easily it could raise more money if it wanted to. Issuing new shares, or taking on debt, are the most common ways for a listed company to raise more money for its business. 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.

IDT Australia has a market capitalisation of AU$44m and burnt through AU$2.6m last year, which is 6.0% 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.

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