Over the past three months, shares of Ford Motor Inc. F moved lower by 14.05%. Before we understand the importance of debt, let's look at how much debt Ford Motor has.
Ford Motor's Debt
Based on Ford Motor's balance sheet as of October 27, 2022, long-term debt is at $84.28 billion and current debt is at $44.05 billion, amounting to $128.33 billion in total debt. Adjusted for $21.55 billion in cash-equivalents, the company's net debt is at $106.78 billion.
Let's define some of the terms we used in the paragraph above. Current debt is the portion of a company's debt which is due within 1 year, while long-term debt is the portion due in more than 1 year. Cash equivalents includes cash and any liquid securities with maturity periods of 90 days or less. Total debt equals current debt plus long-term debt minus cash equivalents.
Investors look at the debt-ratio to understand how much financial leverage a company has. Ford Motor has $246.92 billion in total assets, therefore making the debt-ratio 0.52. 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, but normal for another.
Why Debt Is Important
Debt is an important factor in the capital structure of a company, and can help it attain growth. Debt usually has a relatively lower financing cost than equity, which makes it an attractive option for executives.
However, interest-payment obligations can have an adverse impact on the cash-flow of the company. Equity owners can keep excess profit, generated from the debt capital, when companies use the debt capital for its business operations.
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