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Wisconsin Energy Corp (NYSE:WEC)
Interest Coverage
6.13 (As of Mar. 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. Wisconsin Energy Corp's Operating Income for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 was $382 Mil. Wisconsin Energy Corp's Interest Expense for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 was $-62 Mil. Wisconsin Energy Corp's interest coverage for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 was 6.13. The higher the ratio, the stronger the company’s financial strength is.

WEC' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.81   Max: 4.29
Current: 4.28

1.81
4.29

During the past 13 years, the highest interest coverage of Wisconsin Energy Corp was 4.29. The lowest was 1.81. And the median was 3.25.

WEC's Interest Coverageis ranked higher than
80% of the 489 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.38 vs. WEC: 4.28 )

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

Wisconsin Energy Corp 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

Wisconsin Energy Corp had no debt.

Wisconsin Energy Corp'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, Wisconsin Energy Corp's Interest Expense was $-252 Mil. Its Operating Income was $1,080 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt was $4,363 Mil.

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income (A: Dec. 2013 )/Interest Expense (A: Dec. 2013 )
=-1*1080.1/-252.1
=4.28

Wisconsin Energy Corp's Interest Coverage for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 is calculated as

Here, for the three months ended in Mar. 2014, Wisconsin Energy Corp's Interest Expense was $-62 Mil. Its Operating Income was $382 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt was $4,349 Mil.

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income (Q: Mar. 2014 )/Interest Expense (Q: Mar. 2014 )
=-1*381.8/-62.3
=6.13

* 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.

Wisconsin Energy Corp Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
interest_coverage 2.743.253.293.754.294.21At Loss3.764.034.28

Wisconsin Energy Corp Quarterly Data

Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14
interest_coverage 3.325.023.624.613.014.943.63At LossAt Loss6.13
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