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# Leverage Ratio

Fundamental Analysis Term

The leverage ratio is a financial metric that measures the degree to which a company's assets are financed through debt. It is calculated by dividing the company's total debt by its equity. The leverage ratio is an important indicator of a company's financial risk because increased debt can lead to higher interest payments and potentially make it more difficult for the company to meet its financial obligations.

The use of the leverage ratio is particularly important in fundamental analysis, a field of analysis that seeks to evaluate a company's underlying financial and economic factors. Investors often use leverage ratios to determine a company's ability to manage debt and to gauge its financial strength and stability. A higher leverage ratio indicates that a company has a greater amount of debt relative to its equity, which can result in a higher risk of default. Conversely, a lower leverage ratio suggests that a company has less debt and is therefore more financially stable.

The formula for the leverage ratio is:

Leverage Ratio = Total Debt / Equity

(total debt includes both short-term and long-term debt)

For example, if a company has total debt of \$300 million and equity of \$150 million, the leverage ratio would be:

Leverage Ratio = 300 / 150 = 2

This means that the company's total debt is twice as large as its equity. A leverage ratio of 2 is considered high, indicating that the company may carry a higher level of financial risk.

# Leverage Ratio

Fundamental Analysis Term

The leverage ratio is a financial metric that measures the degree to which a company's assets are financed through debt. It is calculated by dividing the company's total debt by its equity. The leverage ratio is an important indicator of a company's financial risk because increased debt can lead to higher interest payments and potentially make it more difficult for the company to meet its financial obligations.

The use of the leverage ratio is particularly important in fundamental analysis, a field of analysis that seeks to evaluate a company's underlying financial and economic factors. Investors often use leverage ratios to determine a company's ability to manage debt and to gauge its financial strength and stability. A higher leverage ratio indicates that a company has a greater amount of debt relative to its equity, which can result in a higher risk of default. Conversely, a lower leverage ratio suggests that a company has less debt and is therefore more financially stable.

The formula for the leverage ratio is:

Leverage Ratio = Total Debt / Equity

(total debt includes both short-term and long-term debt)

For example, if a company has total debt of \$300 million and equity of \$150 million, the leverage ratio would be:

Leverage Ratio = 300 / 150 = 2

This means that the company's total debt is twice as large as its equity. A leverage ratio of 2 is considered high, indicating that the company may carry a higher level of financial risk.

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