Carvana Capital Raise Not Enough

May 21, 2019 3:33 PM ETCarvana Co. (CVNA)30 Comments
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Bill Maurer


  • Company to sell equity and more bonds.
  • Dilution, interest just add to the story.
  • How long will this money last?

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed how auto retailer Carvana (NYSE:CVNA) was a cash incinerating machine. While the company has a recent history of strong revenue growth, it has also resulted in massive losses and cash burn. At the time, I questioned the balance sheet and discussed a need for more capital. After the bell on Monday, the company announced a capital raise, but I don't see it being a long-term solution.

Let me just remind you of the situation I discussed in my prior article. Last year saw $414 million of cash burned in operations, and that was before $150 million was spent on capex and acquisitions. In Q1 2019, the company burned through another $214.5 million in cash due to operations, up from $131.4 million a year ago. Capital expenditures also soared more than $15 million to $43.2 million, further weakening the balance sheet. As a result, here is what the company is offering to investors currently:

Carvana is proposing to sell 3,500,000 shares of Class A common stock and expects to grant the underwriters the right to purchase up to 525,000 additional shares of Class A common stock.

Concurrently with the proposed public offering of Class A common stock, Carvana is offering, subject to market conditions and other factors, $250.0 million of additional 8.875% senior notes due 2023 (the “new notes”) in a private offering. The new notes will be issued as additional notes under the indenture governing the outstanding $350.0 million in aggregate principal amount of Carvana’s 8.875% senior notes due 2023 that were issued on September 21, 2018.

The public offering of Class A common stock is not contingent upon the consummation of the concurrent new notes offering, and the concurrent new notes offering is not contingent upon the consummation of the public offering of

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