Posts Tagged ‘debt’

Debt Coverage

In the posting Why Debt Ratios Matter we looked briefly at what debt really is, one way of measuring it, and how the mix of debt and equity played a role in how appropriately a business was financed. Now let’s look at servicing debt, also known as debt coverage.

What Determines Debt Coverage?

Think about this from a personal perspective. Imagine you took out a loan to buy some furniture for your home, and it was one of those loans where you only paid interest for the first year. Starting in the second year you would be required to start Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Debt Ratios Matter

If you don’t have a handle on your company’s debt you may find yourself without a company. Here are a few things to consider.

Types of Debt

There are two sources of capitalization for a company. One is owner equity and the other is debt. First let’s consider debt.

Debt may be in a number of forms, with bank loans to bonds being among them. An asset-based loan could be from a bank or other financing organization and Read the rest of this entry »

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Some Key Financial Indicators

If you are attempting to manage a business you must have timely and meaningful financial indicators. Many companies do this with some sort of financial dashboard, but whatever your method, here are a few things to be on top of.

Some Balance Sheet Data

Keep up with some key balance sheet data. This should be done at a minimum monthly, but preferably weekly or even daily, depending on the particular piece of information. Here are some of the key financial indicators to track: Read the rest of this entry »

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Balanced Approach to Financial Management

I remember a partner in a small CPA firm telling a story from early in his career. He said he had been given the task of creating a balance sheet for a client. When it was in balance he declared, “It balances, so it must be correct.” Of course the balance sheet must balance, but he quickly learned there was a lot more to it than that.

Balance Does Matter

One of the first areas where a company often displays a lack of balance is on the importance of the different financial statements. The income statement shows the results of activities over a specific period of time, while the Read the rest of this entry »

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Think Twice About Debt

Christmas has just passed and soon people will begin to see the consequences of their gift giving. Some of course have been very disciplined by either paying with cash or at least knowing they had the funds set aside to pay their credit card bill in total. Those who cannot pay their bill in tota Read the rest of this entry »

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4 Reasons the National Debt Matters

Several people have made the comment, “The national debt doesn’t matter.” Oh really? Here are 4 reasons they are seriously mistaken.

We Owe, We Owe

You may have heard the line, “I owe, I owe. It’s off to work I go.” Of course this is a take odd on the line in Read the rest of this entry »

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Excessive Debt

If you have not already heard, the city of Detroit, Michigan is planning to default on a large portion of its debt and probably reduce pension payouts. So what is the lesson for your business?

Borrow Carefully

There are times when a business really does need to borrow to continue growing. However, there are also times when a business may borrow for the wrong reasons. In the case of Detroit and many other municipalities, commitments were likely made that far exceeded reasonable expectations of tax collections. One reason this could have happened was to avoid the Read the rest of this entry »

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When an Asset is Not an Asset

When is an asset not an asset? Let’s start out with some basics before we get into the meat of this article.

Asset Defined

According to Merriamwebster.com one of the definitions of an asset is an item of value owned or item(s) on a balance sheet showing the book value of property owned. For accounting purposes this is a good working definition. It would include such things as cash, receivables, inventory, land and building, equipment, and pre-paid expenses. There are other things that can be classified as an asset, but this list does not need to be all inclusive for the purpose of this blog.

How Are Assets Used?

Assets are used to Read the rest of this entry »

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Unsustainable

Unsustainable

Author Chris S – Your Small Business CFO

Unsustainable – It’s a word with such a negative connotation. It also is a word heard often in regards to the debt of the United States and the on-going out-of-control spending. But what does that have to do with business? Before we look at that let’s first Read the rest of this entry »

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