DEFINITION of 'EBITDAToInterest Coverage Ratio'
A ratio that is used to assess a company's financial durability by examining whether it is at least profitably enough to pay off its interest expenses. A ratio greater than 1 indicates that the company has more than enough interest coverage to pay off its interest expenses.
The ratio is calculated as follows:
Also known as EBITDA Coverage.
BREAKING DOWN 'EBITDAToInterest Coverage Ratio'
This ratio was first widely used by leveraged buyout bankers, who would use it as a first screen to determine whether a newly restructured company would be able to service its shortterm debt obligations.
While this ratio is a very easy way to assess whether a company can cover its interestrelated expenses, the applications of this ratio are also limited by the relevance of using EBITDA as a proxy for various financial figures.
For example, suppose that a company has an EBITDAtointerest coverage ratio of 1.25; this may not mean that it would be able to cover its interest payments, because the company might need to spend a large portion of its profits on replacing old equipment. Because EBITDA does not account for depreciationrelated expenses, a ratio of 1.25 might not be a definitive indicator of financial durability.

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