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A Look Into Sysco's Debt


Shares of Sysco Inc. (NYSE: SYY) increased by 28.10% in the past three months. Before we understand the importance of debt, let's look at how much debt Sysco has.

Sysco's Debt

According to the Sysco’s most recent financial statement as reported on May 6, 2020, total debt is at $10.86 billion, with $10.02 billion in long-term debt and $831.91 million in current debt. Adjusting for $2.24 billion in cash-equivalents, the company has a net debt of $8.61 billion.

Shareholders look at the debt-ratio to understand how much financial leverage a company has. Sysco has $20.43 billion in total assets, therefore making the debt-ratio 0.53. As a rule of thumb, a debt-ratio more than 1 indicates that a considerable portion of debt is funded by assets. A higher debt-ratio can also imply that the company might be putting itself at risk for default, if interest rates were to increase. However, debt-ratios vary widely across different industries. For example, a debt ratio of 35% might be higher for one industry, whereas normal for another.

Importance of Debt

Besides equity, debt is an important factor in the capital structure of a company, and contributes to its growth. Due to its lower financing cost compared to equity, it becomes an attractive option for executives trying to raise capital.

However, due to interest-payment obligations, cash-flow of a company can be impacted. Having financial leverage also allows companies to use additional capital for business operations, allowing equity owners to retain excess profit, generated by the debt capital.


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