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Ratio Analysis

Ratio Analysis

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Ratio Analysis

Ratio means arithmetical relationship between two figures. Ratio analysis is a widely used tool of financial analysis. The technique of ratio analysis as a technique for interpretation of financial statements deals with computation of various ratios from the information appearing on financial statements with the intention of drawing fruitful conclusions there from.


Interpretation of Ratios
Use of ratios as tools of financial analysis involves their comparison as single ratios like absolute figures are not of much use. Three types of comparisons are generally involved: 1. Trend analysis/Time series Analysis 2. Inter firm comparison 3. Comparison with standard or industry average.

Classification of Ratios
Ratios can be broadly classified into following four groups: 1.Liquidity Group 2.Solvency or Capital structure or Leverage. Group 3.Profitability Group 4.Turnover Group 5.Miscellaneous Group

Liquidity Ratios
Liquidity ratio measures the ability of the firm to meet its short term obligations and reflects its short term financial strength. Commercial banks and short term creditors may basically be interested in these ratios Imp Liquidity ratios are 1.Current Ratio 2.Quick or acid test ratio. 3. Absolute Cash Ratio

better will be the situation.Current Ratio It is the ratio of current assets to current liabilities. A higher current ratio may also indicate unnecessarily higher investments in current assets in form of inventory or receivables. Current Assets/ current liabilities Interpretations: It indicates rupees of current assets available for each rupee of current liability. As such Higher the current ratio. Current Ratio of 2:1 is supposed to be standard and ideal In this components of CA are not differentiated 5 .

Liquid assets Current liabilities Liquid assets includes all current assets except inventories and prepaid expenses. Interpretations: IT indicates rupees of quick assets available for each rupee of current liability. 6 . Liquid assets Liquid liabilities 2. A liquid ratio of 1:1is supposed to be standard and ideal. Liquid liabilities includes all current liabilities except bank overdraft or cash credit.Liquid ratio or Quick ratio It is 1.

7 . Interpretation: It indicates cash and marketable securities available for each rupee of current liability.Absolute Cash Ratio Absolute Cash Ratio is : Cash and Marketable Securities Current Liabilities Objective: the objective of this ratio is to measure the ability of enterprise to meet its short term obligations as and when due without relying upon realization of stocks and debtors.

They are two types of such ratio: 1.Solvency or Capital Structure or leverage Ratios This ratio indicates the long term solvency of the firm.Debts Equity: Assets based 2. 8 .Coverage Ratio: income based. This is indicated in its ability to assure the long term creditors with regards to periodic payment of interest and repayment of loan on maturity or in pre-determined instalment on due date.

Debt Equity OR Asset Based Ratios or Balance Sheet Ratios Debt Equity Ratio Proprietary Ratio Capital Gearing Ratio 9 .

Coverage Ratios 1. Debt Service Coverage Ratio 10 . Preference Dividend Coverage Ratio 3.Interest Coverage Ratios 2.

1.Long term Liabilities Shareholders funds Shareholders’ s funds means equity. Debt equity Ratio It may be calculated in two ways: 1. Total External liabilities Shareholders funds 2. 11 . .

A high debt equity ratio indicates that financial stake of creditors is more than that of owners. 12 .Indications: Debt equity ratio indicates the stake of shareholders or owners in the organization with respect to that of creditors. A very high debt equity ratio makes the proposition of investment in the organization a risky one. A low debt equity ratio indicates that borrowing capacity of the organization is underutilized.

Proprietary ratio= proprietors funds *100 total assets Interpretation: This ratio indicates the extent to which the assets of the enterprise have been financed out of Proprietors funds.2. Traditionally a proprietary ratio of 1:4 is considered satisfactory . 13 . Proprietary Ratio This ratio indicates the relationship between the owner’s funds( equity) and total assets.

long term loans. Capital Gearing Ratio It is calculated as : Funds bearing fixed financial payments Equity Shareholder Funds Fixed income bearing securities consists of preference share capital. debentures.3. 14 .

fixed income bearing securities are more in comparison to equity share capital.Indications: A high capital gearing ratio indicates that in capital structure. It also indicates the extent of risk to which company is subject and also the opportunity for trading on equity. It indicates the margin of safety available to the supplier of funds bearing fixed financial payments. 15 .

16 . Interest Coverage Ratios: EBIT (Earning before interest and taxes) Interest In this denominator considers the interest charges which is in the form of interest on long term borrowing and not the interest on working capital facilities.Coverage Ratios: Income based 1.

17 .Indications: This ratio indicates the protection available to lenders of long term capital in the form of funds available to pay interest charges.

Preference Dividend Coverage Ratio : Net profit after interest and taxes Preference Dividend Objective of this ratio is to measure the preference share servicing capacity of a firm so far as fixed dividend on preference shares is concerned. 18 .2.

net profit after taxes+ depreciation+ interest Interest on long term loans+ installment on long term loan 19 . Debt Service Coverage Ratio.3. (DSCR) This is one of the most imp ratios calculated by bankers giving long term finances to the organization.

Too low a DSCR indicates the insufficient earnings capacity of the organization to meet the obligations of long term borrowings. 20 .Indications: This ratio is calculated to ascertain the capabilities of organization to repay the dues arising as a result of long term borrowing.

3. Profitability of a firm is measured on the basis of this ratio. Some Profitability ratios based on sales are: 1. Such ratios can be computed either on sales or investments.Gross profit ratios 2 Operating Profit Ratio 3. Net profit ratio 21 . Profitability Ratios.

Return on equity share holders funds 22 .Return on capital Employed 2.Profitability ratio based on investments are: 1.Return on equity or return on share holders funds 3.

Gross profit ratio Gross profit ratio = Gross profit*100 Sales Gross profit is the difference between net sales and cost of goods sold. 23 . Objective: the main objective is to determine the efficiency with which production/ purchase and sales operations are carried on.

What portion of sales is left to cover operating and non operating expenses. 24 . Average gross margin earned on the sale of Rs 100 2.Interpretations: This ratio indicates: 1.

Objective: is to determine the operational efficiency of the management. 25 .Operating profit ratio It is Operating profit*100 Sales Operating Profit is the excess of Gross Profit over other operating expenses.

26 . It also indicates the portion of sales is available to cover non operating expenses.Interpretation:1. It indicates the operational margin earned on a sale of Rs 100 2.

27 . pricing etc. It measures the overall efficiency of all the functions of a business firm like production.Net Profit Ratio Net Profit ratio= Net profit*100 sales This ratio shows the earning left for shareholders as a percentage of net sales. financing. administration. selling. this ratio reveals the overall profitability of the concern. Higher the ratio better it is.

The higher this ratio. 28 . This ratio can be further analyzed to find out the percentage of each types of expenses to sales.Operating Ratio Cost of goods sold +operating expenses*100 Net sales This ratio is reciprocal to operating profit to sales ratio. the lower is the margin for operating profit. Non operating expenses and non operating incomes are excluded from this ratio.

This ratio should be compared with the ratio of other business in the same industry to find out exact position of that business. This is profit before interest & tax *100 Capital Employed Capital employed = Equity capital + preference capital +reserve and surplus+ long term debtfictitious assets This ratio is very important because it reflects the overall efficiency with which the capital is used.Return on capital employed. 29 .

Return on Equity This is Net profit after interest and Taxes *100 shareholders funds This ratio indicates the firms ability to generate profit per rupee of share holders funds. Higher the ratio the more efficient the management and utilization of share holders funds. 30 .

the ratio may show an upward trend as numerator represents current value and denominator shows historical values. This ratio indicates the productivity of owner’s capital employed in the firm. In inflationary period. tax and preference dividend . in judging the profitability of the firm.Return on Equity share holder funds This is Net Profit available for *100 Equity shareholders Equity shareholders funds Numerator is Net profit after interest . 31 .

1.Inventory turnover ratios 32 .Working capital turnover ratio 2. Debtors Turnover ratios 5. Higher turnover ratios indicates better utilization of resources. Capital turn over ratio 4.Turn Over Ratios These ratios are also known as activity ratios or asset management ratios. This ratios helps to find out how well the facilities at disposal are being used.Creditors turnover ratios 6. Fixed assets turnover ratios 3.

As such higher the ratio better will be the situation. Higher ratio indicates the capabilities of the organization to achieve maximum sales with minimum investment in working capital.Working capital Turnover Ratios It is Net Sales Net Working capital It indicates the ability of firm to generate sales per rupee of working capital. 33 .

34 It is . Higher this ratio better will be the situation. . A high fixed assets ratio indicates the capabilities of the organization to achieve maximum sales with minimum investment in fixed assets It is the indication of efficiency of using fixed assets in the business.Fixed asset turnover Ratio Sales (Net) Net Fixed Assets This ratio indicates firms ability to generate sales per Rupee of fixed assets.

Capital Turnover Ratio This ratio indicates the firms ability to generate sales per rupee of capital It is Sales(Net) Capital Employed Denominator includes Shareholder’s Fund+ Long term liabilities. 35 . Higher the ratio more efficiently is the capital used.

This ratio is Credit Sales(net) average debtors . Higher the ratio. It may mean efficient credit management or excessive conservatism in credit granting. An average collection period which is shorter than the credit period allowed by the firm needs to be analyzed carefully. 36 . This ratio indicates number of times debtors have made payments.Debtor Turnover Ratio This Ratio indicates the credit policy followed by the firm. lower is the collection period.

A low ratio indicates that payment to creditors is not quite prompt and it needs to be improved/ 37 .Creditors turnover Ratio This ratio indicates credit period allowed to the creditors. It is Credit Purchase Average accounts payable A high turnover ratio indicates that payment to creditors is quite prompt but it also implies that full advantage of credit allowed by creditors is not taken .

38 . Higher the ratio. A low turnover ratio is indicative of slow moving stock. The ratio determines the efficiency with which inventory is converted into sales.Inventory/ Stock turnover ratio It is Cost of Goods sold Average Stock during that period. better it is as it shows rapid turnover of stock.

Miscellaneous Group Earning Per share Price Earning Ratio Dividend Payout Ratio 39 .

Earning Per Share It is calculated as Net Profit after taxes-Preference Dividend Number of Equity shares outstanding indications: It is widely used ratio to measure the profit available to the equity share holders.However it does not indicates how much of the earning are paid to owners by way of dividend and how much is retained in business. 40 .

Price Earning Ratio It is calculated as: Market Price Per share*100 Earning Per share Indications: This ratio indicates the price currently being paid in the market for each rupee of EPS. The investors will be reluctant to invest in shares with low P/E ratio. It measures the expectations of Investors. 41 . This is important ratio from the point of view of investors.

42 .Dividend Payout Ratio It is calculated as Dividend Per Share *100 Earning Per share Indications: It measures the relationship between earnings belonging to equity shareholders and amount finally paid to them as dividend. It indicates the policy of management to pay cash dividend.

Operating Efficiency 4. Trend Analysis 43 . Overall profitability 5. Inter and Intra Firm Comparison 6.Importance of Ratio Analysis Ratio Analysis is helpful is assessing the performance of the firm in respect of the following aspects: 1. Long term Solvency 3. Liquidity Position 2.

8. 3. 2. 4. 7. 5.Limitations Of Ratio analysis 1. Only quantitative analysis and not qualitative analysis Historical Analysis Impact of Inflation Subjectivity Inadequate Only symptoms and not cure Accuracy of accounts to be considered Difference in Accounting policies 44 . 6.

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