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A Look Into Elbit Systems Debt

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Over the past three months, shares of Elbit Systems (NASDAQ:ESLT) increased by 7.37%. Before having a look at the importance of debt, let us look at how much debt Elbit Systems has.

Elbit Systems's Debt

Based on Elbit Systems's financial statement as of March 24, 2021, long-term debt is at $408.82 million and current debt is at $330.96 million, amounting to $739.78 million in total debt. Adjusted for $278.79 million in cash-equivalents, the company's net debt is at $460.99 million.

Let's define some of the terms we used in the paragraph above. Current debt is the portion of a company's debt which is due within 1 year, while long-term debt is the portion due in more than 1 year. Cash equivalents include cash and any liquid securities with maturity periods of 90 days or less. Total debt equals current debt plus long-term debt minus cash equivalents.

Investors look at the debt-ratio to understand how much financial leverage a company has. Elbit Systems has $8.06 billion in total assets, therefore making the debt-ratio 0.09. As a rule of thumb, a debt-ratio more than one indicates that a considerable portion of debt is funded by assets. A higher debt-ratio can also imply that the company might be putting itself at risk for default, if interest rates were to increase. However, debt-ratios vary widely across different industries. A debt ratio of 40% might be higher for one industry and average for another.

Why Investors Look At Debt?

Besides equity, debt is an important factor in the capital structure of a company, and contributes to its growth. Due to its lower financing cost compared to equity, it becomes an attractive option for executives trying to raise capital.

However, due to interest-payment obligations, cash-flow of a company can be impacted. Equity owners can keep excess profit, generated from the debt capital, when companies use the debt capital for its business operations.

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A Look Into Elbit Systems's Debt
A Look Into Elbit Systems's Debt

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