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BHP Billiton Ltd (NYSE:BHP)
Short-Term Debt
$2,459 Mil (As of Dec. 2014)

Short-Term Debt is the portion of a company’s debt that needs to be paid within the next 12 months. This gives investors an idea of how much money the company needs to pay down for the principle of its debt. BHP Billiton Ltd's short-term debt for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 was $2,459 Mil.

Long-Term Debt is the debt due more than 12 months in the future. BHP Billiton Ltd's long-term debt for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 was $28,610 Mil.


Definition

This is the portion of a company’s debt that needs to be paid within the next 12 months. This gives investors an idea of how much money the company needs to pay down for the principle of its debt.

In the notes to balance sheet in annual (10-K) or quarterly (10-Q) reports, companies usually break down the details of the debt, their due dates, the interest rates etc.


Be Aware

Stay away from companies that ‘roll over the debt’ e.g. Bear Stearns

When investing in financial institutions, Buffett shies from those who are bigger borrowers of short term than long term debt.

His favorite ‘Wells Fargo’ has 57 cents short term debt for every dollar of long term

Aggressive banks (like Bank of America) has $2.09 short term for every dollar long term


Related Terms

Long-Term Debt


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

BHP Billiton Ltd Annual Data

Jun05Jun06Jun07Jun08Jun09Jun10Jun11Jun12Jun13Jun14
Short-Term Debt 1,2981,3681,6403,4611,0942,1913,5193,4015,0884,262

BHP Billiton Ltd Semi-Annual Data

Jun10Dec10Jun11Dec11Jun12Dec12Jun13Dec13Jun14Dec14
Short-Term Debt 2,1911,8313,5196,3543,4013,6505,0886,3334,2622,459
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