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Dow Chemical Co (NYSE:DOW)
Interest Coverage
5.35 (As of Jun. 2014)

Interest Coverage is a ratio that determines how easily a company can pay interest expenses on outstanding debt. It is calculated by dividing a company’s Operating Income (EBIT) by its Interest Expense. Dow Chemical Co's Operating Income for the three months ended in Jun. 2014 was $1,295 Mil. Dow Chemical Co's Interest Expense for the three months ended in Jun. 2014 was $-242 Mil. Dow Chemical Co's interest coverage for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2014 was 5.35. The higher the ratio, the stronger the company’s financial strength is.

DOW' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.31   Max: 8.82
Current: 3.88

0.31
8.82

During the past 13 years, the highest interest coverage of Dow Chemical Co was 8.82. The lowest was 0.31. And the median was 4.23.

DOW's Interest Coverageis ranked lower than
57% of the 669 Companies
in the Global Chemicals industry.

( Industry Median: 23.21 vs. DOW: 3.88 )

Definition

Interest Coverage is a ratio that determines how easily a company can pay interest expenses on outstanding debt. It is calculated by dividing a company’s Operating Income (EBIT) by its Interest Expense:

If Interest Expense is negative and Operating Income is positive, then

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income/Interest Expense

Else if Interest Expense is negative and Operating Income is negative, then

Dow Chemical Co did not have earnings to cover the interest expense.

Else if Interest Expense is 0 and Long-Term Debt is 0, or Interest Expense is positive, then

Dow Chemical Co had no debt.

Dow Chemical Co's Interest Coverage for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as

Here, for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013, Dow Chemical Co's Interest Expense was $-1,101 Mil. Its Operating Income was $4,276 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt was $16,820 Mil.

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income (A: Dec. 2013 )/Interest Expense (A: Dec. 2013 )
=-1*4276/-1101
=3.88

Dow Chemical Co's Interest Coverage for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2014 is calculated as

Here, for the three months ended in Jun. 2014, Dow Chemical Co's Interest Expense was $-242 Mil. Its Operating Income was $1,295 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt was $17,036 Mil.

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income (Q: Jun. 2014 )/Interest Expense (Q: Jun. 2014 )
=-1*1295/-242
=5.35

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

The higher the ratio, the stronger the company’s financial strength is.


Explanation

Ben Graham requires that a company has a minimum interest coverage of 5 with the companies he invested. If the interest coverage is less than 2, the company is burdened by debt. Any business slow or recession may drag the company into a situation where it cannot pay the interest on its debt.

Interest Coverage is an important factor when GuruFocus ranks a company’s overage financial strength.


Related Terms

Operating Income, Interest Expense, Financial Strength


Historical Data

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

Dow Chemical Co Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
interest_coverage 4.557.476.705.541.400.312.002.981.883.88

Dow Chemical Co Quarterly Data

Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14
interest_coverage 2.563.563.08At Loss4.574.392.983.475.875.35
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