Mach7 Technologies (ASX: M7T) Reports Strong Sales But Weak Cashflow

This morning radiology imaging software provider Mach7 Technologies (ASX: M7T) reported its cashflow for the second quarter of FY 2023. Receipts from cash flow were $6.39 million, and free cash flow was and outflow of $301,000. The chart below shows how Mach7’s receipts from customers and free cash flow can be quite volatile from quarter to quarter.

The good news for Mach7 shareholders this quarter was that the company reported sales of $22.4 million (a record result) and it “expects to remain operating cash flow positive for FY23 as it has in the preceding three financial years.” This suggests the company can fund itself from license sales, thus reducing the chance of a capital raising, despite loss-making status.

That said, the era of losses may soon come to a close. In H1 FY 2023 Mach7 expects revenue of $18.1 million and positive earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA). The $18.1 million revenue falls short of cumulative receipts from customers of just $9 million.

Questioned about this on the conference call, the new Mach7 CFO Dyan O’Herne explained that over 40% of the quarter’s revenue was recognised in December, and once a deal is signed they still need to invoice the customer and collect cash. Therefore, we could reasonably expect stronger cashflow inQ3 and Q4, depending on the payment terms of the recently signed contracts.

Sudden Departure Of Former CFO Steven Parkes

One slight concern I have about my investment in Mach7 was that the company announced on the 29th of December that the prior CFO Steven Parkes would leave the company on January 1. It said he left the company “to pursue other opportunities”. He had only became CFO in September 2021, so this announcement was a surprise, and therefore worth noting.

I asked about Parkes’ departure on the quarterly webinar, and didn’t get much detail, in response. The CEO did note that it was “a very mutual agreement” and the business is in good hands with the new CFO Dyan O’Herne, who has been with the company for several years.

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