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Village Super Market Inc (NAS:VLGEA)
Interest Coverage
6.98 (As of Apr. 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. Village Super Market Inc's Operating Income for the three months ended in Apr. 2014 was $6 Mil. Village Super Market Inc's Interest Expense for the three months ended in Apr. 2014 was $-1 Mil. Village Super Market Inc's interest coverage for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2014 was 6.98. The higher the ratio, the stronger the company’s financial strength is.

VLGEA' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.3   Max: 29.2
Current: 11.71

1.3
29.2

During the past 13 years, the highest interest coverage of Village Super Market Inc was 29.20. The lowest was 1.30. And the median was 8.95.

VLGEA's Interest Coverageis ranked higher than
64% of the 363 Companies
in the Global Grocery Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 13.31 vs. VLGEA: 11.71 )

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

Village Super Market Inc 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

Village Super Market Inc had no debt.

Village Super Market Inc's Interest Coverage for the fiscal year that ended in Jul. 2013 is calculated as

Here, for the fiscal year that ended in Jul. 2013, Village Super Market Inc's Interest Expense was $-4 Mil. Its Operating Income was $44 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt was $41 Mil.

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income (A: Jul. 2013 )/Interest Expense (A: Jul. 2013 )
=-1*44.177/-3.771
=11.71

Village Super Market Inc's Interest Coverage for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2014 is calculated as

Here, for the three months ended in Apr. 2014, Village Super Market Inc's Interest Expense was $-1 Mil. Its Operating Income was $6 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt was $42 Mil.

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income (Q: Apr. 2014 )/Interest Expense (Q: Apr. 2014 )
=-1*6.397/-0.916
=6.98

* 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.

Village Super Market Inc Annual Data

Jul04Jul05Jul06Jul07Jul08Jul09Jul10Jul11Jul12Jul13
interest_coverage 11.3812.4029.2012.7712.9815.7712.378.9512.5811.71

Village Super Market Inc Quarterly Data

Jan12Apr12Jul12Oct12Jan13Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14
interest_coverage 15.1310.7814.359.7516.648.6312.558.445.766.98
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