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Newfield Exploration Co (NYSE:NFX)
Interest Coverage
4.74 (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. Newfield Exploration Co's Operating Income for the three months ended in Jun. 2014 was $180 Mil. Newfield Exploration Co's Interest Expense for the three months ended in Jun. 2014 was $-38 Mil. Newfield Exploration Co's interest coverage for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2014 was 4.74. The higher the ratio, the stronger the company’s financial strength is.

NFX' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.76   Max: 34.12
Current: 2.76

2.76
34.12

During the past 13 years, the highest interest coverage of Newfield Exploration Co was 34.12. The lowest was 2.76. And the median was 9.40.

NFX's Interest Coverageis ranked higher than
65% of the 614 Companies
in the Global Oil & Gas E&P industry.

( Industry Median: 12.96 vs. NFX: 2.76 )

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

Newfield Exploration 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

Newfield Exploration Co had no debt.

Newfield Exploration 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, Newfield Exploration Co's Interest Expense was $-152 Mil. Its Operating Income was $419 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt was $3,694 Mil.

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income (A: Dec. 2013 )/Interest Expense (A: Dec. 2013 )
=-1*419/-152
=2.76

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

Here, for the three months ended in Jun. 2014, Newfield Exploration Co's Interest Expense was $-38 Mil. Its Operating Income was $180 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt was $3,077 Mil.

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income (Q: Jun. 2014 )/Interest Expense (Q: Jun. 2014 )
=-1*180/-38
=4.74

* 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.

Newfield Exploration Co Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
interest_coverage 17.2234.1213.939.65At LossAt Loss6.277.91At Loss2.76

Newfield Exploration Co Quarterly Data

Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14
interest_coverage 5.970.030.53At Loss2.112.413.363.104.554.74
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