Out of Cash Date

Date created: Oct 12, 2022  •   Last updated: Oct 12, 2022

What is Out of Cash Date?

Out of Cash Date gives you a rough estimate of when you will be out of cash. This metric is most often expressed as the number of months before Cash Out. This is a useful metric for CEOs and CFOs who are managing companies that are not profitable yet.

Out of Cash Date Formula

ƒ (Cash) / (Net Burn)

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What is a good Out of Cash Date benchmark?

For venture backed, growth oriented companies, Out of Cash Date is often between 9 and 24 months.

How to visualize Out of Cash Date?

Use a summary chart to visualize your Out of Cash Date and compare it to a previous time period.

Out of Cash Date visualization example

Out of Cash Date

15 months

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Summary Chart

Here's an example of how to visualize your current Out of Cash Date data in comparison to a previous time period or date range.
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Measuring Out of Cash Date

More about Out of Cash Date

Out of Cash Date is a simple predictive metric that should be top of mind for any CEO or CFO in charge of a company that is not cash flow positive. A business needs to fundraise, exit, or become profitable before the Out of Cash Date. The Out of Cash Date is a rough estimate, as it assumes Net Burn will not change in the future, but it’s still a useful gauge to monitor.

Especially if you are a venture backed company, if your Cash Out Date is too far in the future, you may not be using your capital aggressively enough to grow the business. However, anytime your Out of Cash Date dips below 12 months, you should should either be in fundraising mode, or be looking at ways to conserve cash.

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