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Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN)
Debt-to-Equity
2.04 (As of Mar. 2017)

Nielsen Holdings PLC's current portion of long-term debt for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 was $236 Mil. Nielsen Holdings PLC's long-term debt for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 was $8,180 Mil. Nielsen Holdings PLC's total equity for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 was $4,123 Mil. Nielsen Holdings PLC's debt to equity for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 was 2.04.

A high debt to equity ratio generally means that a company has been aggressive in financing its growth with debt. This can result in volatile earnings as a result of the additional interest expense.


Definition

Debt to Equity measures the financial leverage a company has.

Nielsen Holdings PLC's Debt to Equity Ratio for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

Debt to Equity=Total Debt / Total Equity
=(Current Portion of Long-Term Debt + Long-Term Debt) / Total Equity
=(188 + 7738) / 4102
=1.93

Nielsen Holdings PLC's Debt to Equity Ratio for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 is calculated as

Debt to Equity=Total Debt / Total Equity
=(Current Portion of Long-Term Debt + Long-Term Debt) / Total Equity
=(236 + 8180) / 4123
=2.04

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.


Explanation

In the calculation of Debt to Equity, we use the total of Current Portion of Long-Term Debt and Long-Term Debt divided by Total Equity. In some calculations, Total Liabilities is used to for calculation.


Be Aware

Because a company can increase its Return on Equity by having more financial leverage, it is important to watch the leverage ratio when investing in high Return on Equity companies.


Related Terms

Current Portion of Long-Term Debt, Long-Term Debt, Total Equity, Return on Equity


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Nielsen Holdings PLC Annual Data

Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
deb2equity 0.004.713.092.961.461.341.161.351.661.93

Nielsen Holdings PLC Quarterly Data

Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16Mar17
deb2equity 1.351.541.601.681.661.701.871.871.932.04
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