Shares of Porch Group Inc. PRCH decreased by 51.63% in the past three months. Before we understand the importance of debt, let’s look at how much debt Porch Group has.
Porch Group’s Debt
Based on Porch Group’s financial statement as of November 9, 2022, long-term debt is at $425.01 million and current debt is at $6.28 million, amounting to $431.29 million in total debt. Adjusted for $260.20 million in cash-equivalents, the company’s net debt is at $171.09 million.
Let’s define some of the terms we used in the paragraph above. Current debt is the portion of a company’s debt which is due within 1 year, while long-term debt is the portion due in more than 1 year. Cash equivalents includes cash and any liquid securities with maturity periods of 90 days or less. Total debt equals current debt plus long-term debt minus cash equivalents.
To understand the degree of financial leverage a company has, investors look at the debt ratio. Considering Porch Group’s $1.07 billion in total assets, the debt-ratio is at 0.4. As a rule of thumb, a debt-ratio more than 1 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, but average 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. Equity owners can keep excess profit, generated from the debt capital, when companies use the debt capital for its business operations.
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