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United States Steel Corp (NYSE:X)
Interest Coverage
At Loss (As of Mar. 2016)

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. United States Steel Corp's Operating Income for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $-261 Mil. United States Steel Corp's Interest Expense for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $-53 Mil. United States Steel Corp did not have earnings to cover the interest expense. The higher the ratio, the stronger the company’s financial strength is.

Note: If both Interest Expense and Interest Income are empty, while Net Interest Income is negative, then use Net Interest Income as Interest Expense.


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

The company did not have earnings to cover the interest expense.

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

The company had no debt.


Note: If both Interest Expense and Interest Income are empty, while Net Interest Income is negative, then use Net Interest Income as Interest Expense.

United States Steel Corp's Interest Coverage for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2015 is calculated as

Here, for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2015, United States Steel Corp's Interest Expense was $-214 Mil. Its Operating Income was $-1,202 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt was $3,116 Mil.

United States Steel Corp did not have earnings to cover the interest expense.

United States Steel Corp's Interest Coverage for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 is calculated as

Here, for the three months ended in Mar. 2016, United States Steel Corp's Interest Expense was $-53 Mil. Its Operating Income was $-261 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt was $3,076 Mil.

United States Steel Corp did not have earnings to cover the interest expense.

* 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.

United States Steel Corp Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
interest_coverage 15.667.9818.16At LossAt Loss1.391.15At Loss1.76At Loss

United States Steel Corp Quarterly Data

Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16
interest_coverage At Loss2.000.58At Loss7.09At LossAt LossAt LossAt LossAt Loss
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