## Debt to Equity Ratio

#### Shareholder's Equity

 \$ [+] \$ [+][-] Total Equity \$ 0

#### Liabilities

 \$ [+] \$ [+][-] Total Liabilities \$ 0

 Debt to Equity Ratio = Total Liabilites \$ 0 Shareholder's Equity \$ 0 Debt to Equity Ratio = 0

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# Debt To Equity Ratio

What is debt to equity ratio? By definition debt to equity ratio estimates the portion a company’s debt and equity used to finance its assets. It measures the potential risk a company might run into in terms of financial burden. The two components of debt to equity ratio, Total Liabilities and shareholder’s equity are taken from a company’s balance sheet. However, depending on the company sometimes market values are used. The equation/formula for debt to equity ratio is Total Liabilities or total debt divided by Shareholder’s equity.

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Importance:

Debt to equity has various importances in figuring out a company’s performance. A high debt to equity ratio signifies that the company is very aggressive in financing its growth and thus debt. This can not only lead to a higher interest charges but volatile earnings for the shareholder. However, if the high ratio can be justified by a higher earning than shareholders will receive a larger benefit per share.

Like all financial ratios, we can’t take a number and run with it. The debt to equity ratio needs comparative data to fully understand a company’s performance. The comparative data could be the company’s historic data and/or the industry data.

Use the calculator above to solve your debt to equity ratio questions. Below is an example of debt to equity ratio.

Example:

A company has \$350,000.00 worth of owner’s equity. It has long term debt of \$200,000.00. What is the debt to equity ratio for the company? Explain the company’s performance when the industry ratio is .65.

Debt to equity ratio = \$200,000/\$350,000 = .57.

Since the industry average is .65 the company is doing relatively well. .57 of debt to equity ratio means that the company is taking a more cautious method to do their financing.

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