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Darden Restaurants Inc  (NYSE:DRI) Interest Coverage: 14.80 (As of May. 2017)

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. Darden Restaurants Inc's Operating Income for the three months ended in May. 2017 was $170 Mil. Darden Restaurants Inc's Interest Expense for the three months ended in May. 2017 was $-12 Mil. Darden Restaurants Inc's interest coverage for the quarter that ended in May. 2017 was 14.80. The higher the ratio, the stronger the company's financial strength is.

NYSE:DRI' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.91   Max: 22.36
Current: 22.36

1.91
22.36

NYSE:DRI's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
51% of the 271 Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: 23.72 vs. NYSE:DRI: 22.36 )

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


Historical Data

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

* Premium members only.

Darden Restaurants Inc Annual Data

May08 May09 May10 May11 May12 May13 May14 May15 May16 May17
Interest Coverage Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 3.15 2.29 1.91 3.58 16.33

Darden Restaurants Inc Quarterly Data

Aug12 Nov12 Feb13 May13 Aug13 Nov13 Feb14 May14 Aug14 Nov14 Feb15 May15 Aug15 Nov15 Feb16 May16 Aug16 Nov16 Feb17 May17
Interest Coverage Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 19.08 9,999.00 12.26 24.68 14.80

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Calculation

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 & Capital Lease Obligation 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.

Darden Restaurants Inc's Interest Coverage for the fiscal year that ended in May. 2017 is calculated as

Here, for the fiscal year that ended in May. 2017, Darden Restaurants Inc's Interest Expense was $-42 Mil. Its Operating Income was $678 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $937 Mil.

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income (A: May. 2017 )/Interest Expense (A: May. 2017 )
=-1*677.5/-41.5
=16.33

Darden Restaurants Inc's Interest Coverage for the quarter that ended in May. 2017 is calculated as

Here, for the three months ended in May. 2017, Darden Restaurants Inc's Interest Expense was $-12 Mil. Its Operating Income was $170 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $937 Mil.

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income (Q: May. 2017 )/Interest Expense (Q: May. 2017 )
=-1*170.2/-11.5
=14.80

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


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