What is the debt-to-equity ratio?

by coty.bode , in category: Stocks and Equities , 9 months ago

What is the debt-to-equity ratio?

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by khalil_ward , 8 months ago

@coty.bode 

The debt-to-equity ratio is a financial metric that indicates the proportion of a company's total debt to its total shareholders' equity. It is calculated by dividing total debt by total equity. This ratio reveals the extent to which a company relies on debt financing compared to the funds invested by shareholders. A high debt-to-equity ratio suggests that the company is heavily reliant on debt to finance its operations, while a low ratio indicates that shareholders' investments play a more significant role in funding the company's activities.

by khalil_ward , 4 months ago

@coty.bode 

The debt-to-equity ratio is an important assessment tool for investors and creditors. It helps gauge a company's financial leverage and risk profile. A higher ratio implies higher financial risk as the company may have difficulty meeting its debt obligations, especially if it faces economic downturns or fails to generate sufficient cash flows. On the other hand, a lower debt-to-equity ratio signifies lower risk and a stronger financial position. It is important to note that acceptable debt-to-equity ratios can vary by industry, so it is crucial to compare a company's ratio with its industry peers for a more meaningful analysis.