A company’s debt, liabilities and risk are very important factors in understanding the company. Having an understanding of a company’s debt and liabilities is a key component in understanding the risk of a company, thus helping aid in a decision to invest, not to invest or to stay invested in a company. There are many metrics involved in understanding the debt of a company, but for this article, I will look at The Boeing Company’s (BA) total debt, total liabilities, debt ratios and WACC.
Through the above-mentioned four main metrics, we will understand more about the company’s debt, liabilities and risk. If this summary is compared with other companies in the same sector, you will be able see which has the most debt and the most risk.
1. Total Debt = Long-Term Debt + Short-Term Debt
A debt is an amount of money borrowed by one party from another, and must be paid back. Total debt is the sum of long-term debt, which is debt that is due in one year or more, and short-term debt, which is any debt that is due within one year.
- 2007 – $7.455 billion + 762 million = $8.217 billion
- 2008 – $6.952 billion + $560 million = $7.512 billion
- 2009 – $12.217 billion + $707 million = $12.924 billion
- 2010 – $11.473 billion + $948 million = $12.421 billion
- 2011 – $10.018 billion + $2.353 billion = $12.371 billion