- FinThe amount of earnings available to make interest payments after all operating and nonoperating income and expenses—except interest and income taxes—have been accounted for.EXAMPLEInterest cover is regarded as a measure of a company’s creditworthiness because it shows how much income there is to cover interest payments on outstanding debt.It is expressed as a ratio, comparing the funds available to pay interest—earnings before interest and taxes, or EBIT—with the interest expense. The basic formula is:EBIT /interest expense = interest coverage ratioIf interest expense for a year is $9 million, and the company’s EBIT is $45 million, the interest coverage would be:45 million /9 million = 5:1The higher the number, the stronger a company is likely to be. A ratio of less than 1 indicates that a company is having problems generating enough cash flow to pay its interest expenses, and that either a modest decline in operating profits or a sudden rise in borrowing costs could eliminate profitability entirely. Ideally, interest coverage should at least exceed 1.5; in some sectors, 2.0 or higher is desirable.Variations of this basic formula also exist. For example, there is:Operating cash flow + interest + taxes/ interest = Cash-flow interest coverage ratioThis ratio indicates the firm’s ability to use its cash flow to satisfy its fixed financing obligations. Finally, there is the fixed-charge coverage ratio, which compares EBIT with fixed charges:EBIT + lease expenses/interest + lease expense = Fixed-charge coverage ratio “Fixed charges”can be interpreted in many ways, however. It could mean, for example, the funds that a company is obliged to set aside to retire debt, or dividends on preferred stock.
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