A printable cheatsheet with calculations
Instead of calculating each ratio individually
Solvency and sustainability
The equity ratio indicates how much of a company’s assets are financed by investors. The inverse of this calculation shows the percentage of assets that were funded by debt.
Note: expanded calculation
Divide total equity by total assets.
M&M reported total assets of $150,000 and total liabilities of $50,000, and based on the accounting equation; we can assume the total equity is $100,000.
Equity ratio = $100,000 / $150,000 = .67
Shareholders currently own 67 percent of the company’s assets, meaning shareholders, not creditors, financed more assets.
BENCHMARK: HA, PG, EB, ROT
A “good” ratio varies by industry, but most companies aim for an equity ratio of around 50%.
Typically, companies with higher equity ratios are seen as more favorable because the company is considered more sustainable and less risky to lend money to in the future.
On the other hand, if the company’s debt far exceeds its equity, this lower ratio signifies that it may be at risk of insolvency.
ROT: Rule of thumb
HA: Historical Average (organization’s historical average)
PG: Peer Group average
EB: Economic Benchmark
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