Over the past three months, shares of Sensata Technologies (NYSE:ST) increased by 17.63%. Before having a look at the importance of debt, let us look at how much debt Sensata Technologies has.
Sensata Technologies's Debt
According to the Sensata Technologies’s most recent balance sheet as reported on July 28, 2020, total debt is at $3.66 billion, with $3.25 billion in long-term debt and $407.04 million in current debt. Adjusting for $1.24 billion in cash-equivalents, the company has a net debt of $2.41 billion.
Investors look at the debt-ratio to understand how much financial leverage a company has. Sensata Technologies has $7.08 billion in total assets, therefore making the debt-ratio 0.52. 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 35% might be higher for one industry and normal for another.
Why Investors 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.