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Mastercard Inc  (NYSE:MA) Financial Strength: 7 (As of Mar. 2019)

Mastercard Inc has the Financial Strength Rank of 7. It shows strong financial strength and is unlikely to fall into distressed situations.

GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company's financial situation is. It is based on these factors:

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest Coverage (current year). The higher, the better.
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better.
3. Altman Z-Score.

Mastercard Inc's Interest Coverage for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2019 was 48.13. Mastercard Inc's debt to revenue ratio for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2019 was 1.62. As of today, Mastercard Inc's Altman Z-Score is 12.08.


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Calculation

GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company's financial situation is. It is based on these factors

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest Coverage (current year). The higher, the better.

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

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:

Mastercard Inc's Interest Expense for the months ended in Mar. 2019 was $-46 Mil. Its Operating Income for the months ended in Mar. 2019 was $2,214 Mil. And its Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2019 was $5,799 Mil.

Mastercard Inc's Interest Coverage for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2019 is

Interest Coverage=-1*Operating Income (Q: Mar. 2019 )/Interest Expense (Q: Mar. 2019 )
=-1*2214/-46
=48.13

The higher the ratio, the stronger the company's financial strength is.

2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better.

Mastercard Inc's Debt to Revenue Ratio for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2019 is

Debt to Revenue Ratio=Total Debt (Q: Mar. 2019 ) / Revenue (Q: Mar. 2019 )
=(Current Portion of Long-Term Debt + Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation) / Revenue
=(500 + 5799) / 3889
=1.62

3. Altman Z-Score.

Z-Score model is an accurate forecaster of failure up to two years prior to distress. It can be considered the assessment of the distress of industrial corporations.

The zones of discrimination were as such:

When Z-Score is less than 1.81, it is in Distress Zones.
When Z-Score is greater than 2.99, it is in Safe Zones.
When Z-Score is between 1.81 and 2.99, it is in Grey Zones.

Mastercard Inc has a Z-score of 12.08, indicating it is in Safe Zones. This implies the Z-Score is strong.

Good Sign:

Altman Z-score of 12.08 is strong.

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


Explanation

The maximum rank is 10. Companies with rank 7 or higher will be unlikely to fall into distressed situations. Companies with rank of 3 or less are likely in financial distress.

Mastercard Inc has the Financial Strength Rank of 7. It shows strong financial strength and is unlikely to fall into distressed situations.


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