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Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE:RIO)
Short-Term Debt
$2,684 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. Rio Tinto PLC's short-term debt for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 was $2,684 Mil.

Long-Term Debt is the debt due more than 12 months in the future. Rio Tinto PLC's long-term debt for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 was $22,535 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.

Rio Tinto PLC Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
Short-Term Debt 1,2021,5048,21310,0348471,0641,4472,2283,9162,684

Rio Tinto PLC Semi-Annual Data

Jun10Dec10Jun11Dec11Jun12Dec12Jun13Dec13Jun14Dec14
Short-Term Debt 9191,0647491,4471,7692,2284,8993,9162,4922,684
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