The leverage ratio category is important because companies rely on a mixture of equity and debt to finance their business activities and operations, and knowing the amount of debt held by a company is useful in evaluating whether it can pay its debts off as they fall due.
- leverage ratios measure how much debt a company has relative to its capital. A company’s degree of leverage is one tool used to measure the risk of loans and its cost of borrowing.
- when the debt ratio is high, for example, the company has a lot of debt relative to its equity, the company is carrying a bigger burden due to the principal and interest payments take a significant amount of the company’s cash flows, and any obstacles in financial performance of the company or an increase in interest rates could result in default.
- when the debt ratio is low, principal and interest payments do not command such a large portion of the company’s cash flow and the company is not as sensitive to changes in business performance or interest rates. However, a low debt ratio can also indicate that the company has an opportunity to use leverage to increase borrowing as a means to grow the business.
- in general, a high debt-to-equity ratio indicates that a company may struggle to generate enough cash to satisfy its debt obligations. However, low debt-to-equity ratios may also indicate that a company is not taking advantage of the increased profits that financial leverage may bring.
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