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General Dynamics Corp  (NYSE:GD) Interest Coverage: 44.00 (As of Jun. 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. General Dynamics Corp's Operating Income for the three months ended in Jun. 2017 was $1,056 Mil. General Dynamics Corp's Interest Expense for the three months ended in Jun. 2017 was $-24 Mil. General Dynamics Corp's interest coverage for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2017 was 44.00. The higher the ratio, the stronger the company's financial strength is.

NYSE:GD' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.55   Max: 45.02
Current: 45.02

4.55
45.02

NYSE:GD's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
70% of the 147 Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: 12.39 vs. NYSE:GD: 45.02 )

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.

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General Dynamics Corp Annual Data

Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16
Interest Coverage Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 4.55 35.82 37.76 42.63 43.53

General Dynamics Corp Quarterly Data

Sep12 Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17
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 44.65 46.48 48.57 41.40 44.00

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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.

General Dynamics Corp's Interest Coverage for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

Here, for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016, General Dynamics Corp's Interest Expense was $-99 Mil. Its Operating Income was $4,309 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $2,988 Mil.

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income (A: Dec. 2016 )/Interest Expense (A: Dec. 2016 )
=-1*4309/-99
=43.53

General Dynamics Corp's Interest Coverage for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2017 is calculated as

Here, for the three months ended in Jun. 2017, General Dynamics Corp's Interest Expense was $-24 Mil. Its Operating Income was $1,056 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $2,989 Mil.

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income (Q: Jun. 2017 )/Interest Expense (Q: Jun. 2017 )
=-1*1056/-24
=44.00

* 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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