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SUPERVALU Inc (NYSE:SVU)
Debt-to-Equity
-9.86 (As of Nov. 2016)

SUPERVALU Inc's current portion of long-term debt for the quarter that ended in Nov. 2016 was \$1,091 Mil. SUPERVALU Inc's long-term debt for the quarter that ended in Nov. 2016 was \$1,454 Mil. SUPERVALU Inc's total equity for the quarter that ended in Nov. 2016 was \$-258 Mil. SUPERVALU Inc's debt to equity for the quarter that ended in Nov. 2016 was -9.86.

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.

SUPERVALU Inc's Debt to Equity Ratio for the fiscal year that ended in Feb. 2016 is calculated as

 Debt to Equity = Total Debt / Total Equity = (Current Portion of Long-Term Debt + Long-Term Debt) / Total Equity = (124 + 2400) / -441 = -5.72

SUPERVALU Inc's Debt to Equity Ratio for the quarter that ended in Nov. 2016 is calculated as

 Debt to Equity = Total Debt / Total Equity = (Current Portion of Long-Term Debt + Long-Term Debt) / Total Equity = (1091 + 1454) / -258 = -9.86

* 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.

SUPERVALU Inc Annual Data

 Feb07 Feb08 Feb09 Feb10 Feb11 Feb12 Feb13 Feb14 Feb15 Feb16 deb2equity 1.79 1.48 3.29 2.65 5.04 297.91 -2.04 -3.76 -4.22 -5.72

SUPERVALU Inc Quarterly Data

 Aug14 Nov14 Feb15 May15 Aug15 Nov15 Feb16 May16 Aug16 Nov16 deb2equity -4.27 -4.91 -4.22 -4.75 -5.23 -6.00 -5.72 -6.36 -6.85 -9.86
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