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The Scotts Miracle Gro Co (NYSE:SMG)
Debt-to-Equity
2.97 (As of Dec. 2016)

The Scotts Miracle Gro Co's current portion of long-term debt for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was \$42 Mil. The Scotts Miracle Gro Co's long-term debt for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was \$1,677 Mil. The Scotts Miracle Gro Co's total equity for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was \$580 Mil. The Scotts Miracle Gro Co's debt to equity for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 2.96.

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.

The Scotts Miracle Gro Co's Debt to Equity Ratio for the fiscal year that ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as

 Debt to Equity = Total Debt / Total Equity = (Current Portion of Long-Term Debt + Long-Term Debt) / Total Equity = (185 + 1131.1) / 715.2 = 1.84

The Scotts Miracle Gro Co'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 = (41.8 + 1677.2) / 579.8 = 2.96

* 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.

The Scotts Miracle Gro Co Annual Data

 Sep07 Sep08 Sep09 Sep10 Sep11 Sep12 Sep13 Sep14 Sep15 Sep16 deb2equity 2.33 2.29 1.39 0.83 1.42 1.30 0.80 1.42 1.87 1.84

The Scotts Miracle Gro Co Quarterly Data

 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 deb2equity 1.42 2.62 2.74 1.54 1.87 2.98 2.91 1.86 1.84 2.97
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