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Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS)
Debt-to-Equity
2.25 (As of Dec. 2016)

Discover Financial Services's current portion of long-term debt for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was \$0 Mil. Discover Financial Services's long-term debt for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was \$25,443 Mil. Discover Financial Services's total equity for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was \$11,323 Mil. Discover Financial Services's debt to equity for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 2.25.

A high debt to equity ratio generally means that a company has been aggressive in financing its growth with debt. This can result in volatile earnings as a result of the additional interest expense.

Definition

Debt to Equity measures the financial leverage a company has.

Discover Financial Services's Debt to Equity Ratio for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

 Debt to Equity = Total Debt / Total Equity = (Current Portion of Long-Term Debt + Long-Term Debt) / Total Equity = (0 + 25443) / 11323 = 2.25

Discover Financial Services's Debt to Equity Ratio for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

 Debt to Equity = Total Debt / Total Equity = (Current Portion of Long-Term Debt + Long-Term Debt) / Total Equity = (0 + 25443) / 11323 = 2.25

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Explanation

In the calculation of Debt to Equity, we use the total of Current Portion of Long-Term Debt and Long-Term Debt divided by Total Equity. In some calculations, Total Liabilities is used to for calculation.

Be Aware

Because a company can increase its Return on Equity by having more financial leverage, it is important to watch the leverage ratio when investing in high Return on Equity companies.

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Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Discover Financial Services Annual Data

 Nov07 Nov08 Nov09 Nov10 Nov11 Nov12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 deb2equity 0.43 0.38 0.29 2.74 2.23 2.05 1.91 2.04 2.19 2.25

Discover Financial Services Quarterly Data

 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 deb2equity 1.86 2.04 2.06 2.15 2.11 2.19 2.19 2.17 2.37 2.25
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