|Bid||0.00 x 3200|
|Ask||0.00 x 1300|
|Day's Range||6.61 - 7.04|
|52 Week Range||6.48 - 17.90|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||1.16|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||5.44|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Mar 31, 2020|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
Shares of CoreCivic (NYSE: CXW) fell 14.1% in September, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. REITs are required to return most of their profits to shareholders, but the 15% yield that CoreCivic's dividend was offering before the suspension suggested the market wasn't enamored with the setup. The private prison operator had ridden a wave of euphoria higher after President Trump won in 2016, but polling indicates former vice president Joe Biden has a lead and that could add more pressure to the shares.
Shares of CoreCivic (NYSE: CXW) moved lower by 15.22% in the past three months. Before we understand the importance of debt, let us look at how much debt CoreCivic has.CoreCivic's Debt According to the CoreCivic's most recent financial statement as reported on August 6, 2020, total debt is at $2.26 billion, with $2.23 billion in long-term debt and $37.24 million in current debt. Adjusting for $363.77 million in cash-equivalents, the company has a net debt of $1.90 billion.To understand the degree of financial leverage a company has, shareholders look at the debt ratio. Considering CoreCivic's $4.04 billion in total assets, the debt-ratio is at 0.56. Generally speaking, a debt-ratio more than one means that a large portion of debt is funded by assets. As the debt-ratio increases, so the does the risk of defaulting on loans, if interest rates were to increase. Different industries have different thresholds of tolerance for debt-ratios. A debt ratio of 35% might be higher for one industry and average for another.Why Shareholders Look At Debt? Debt is an important factor in the capital structure of a company, and can help it attain growth. Debt usually has a relatively lower financing cost than equity, which makes it an attractive option for executives.Interest-payment obligations can impact the cash-flow of the company. Having financial leverage also allows companies to use additional capital for business operations, allowing equity owners to retain excess profit, generated by the debt capital.See more from Benzinga * Options Trades For This Crazy Market: Get Benzinga Options to Follow High-Conviction Trade Ideas * Stocks That Hit 52-Week Lows On Thursday * Stocks That Hit 52-Week Lows On Monday(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
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