Our New eBook is Ready

Top Financial Analysis Ratios has over 60 ratios divided into five sections:

  • Profitability and Return
  • Long-term Solvency
  • Short-term Solvency
  • Efficiency and Turnover Ratios
  • Shareholders’ Investment Ratios

Learn more at the Amazon Kindle store!

Learn More

Quick Definition

Estimates the interest rate a company is paying on its debt.

Interest Expense to Total Debt Formula

=
Interest Expense to Total Debt

Explanation of Interest Expense to Total Debt

The Interest Expense to Total Debt ratio measures the estimated interest rate the company is paying on its total debt. This ratio assumes both Short Term Debt and Long Term Debt are summed together, as the Interest Expense figure is usually shown on the income statement as a summation of short and long-term interest expenses.

Importance of Interest Expense to Total Debt

The Interest Expense to Total Debt ratio should not change very much from quarter to quarter, but you may see the ratio change from year to year. If this ratio rises quickly over a given time period, this may indicate the company is paying a higher than normal interest rate on this debt, and may point to credit problems within the company.

A decreasing Interest Expense to Total Debt ratio may indicate the company has either taken on more debt at a lower interest rate, or they have been able to renegotiate the terms of their debt. Acquisitions may also have a positive or negative affect on the overall interest rate, if the company takes over the acquired company’s debt.