Can someone help me with this question? How did they get to $188 and how is interest coverage is justified?
Q. A company’s debt covenant requires it to maintain an interest coverage of 2.25; the ratio is calculated using total interest paid. The following information is taken from the company’s 2014 financial statements:
|Cost of goods sold (COGS)||9,898|
|Selling and administrative expense (S&A)||872|
|Earnings before tax||267|
Note 11: Property and Equipment (all figures in $ thousands)
Depreciation expense for 2014 is $388. This amount includes capitalized interest of $34.
Interest is allocated and capitalized to construction in progress by applying the firm’s cost of borrowing rate to qualifying assets. Interest capitalized in 2014 is $66.
Note 13: Long-Term Debt
All bonds were issued at par.
The most appropriate statement about the company’s debt covenant restriction in 2014 is that the firm:
- just satisfied it.
- failed to meet it by at least 5%.
- exceeded it by at least 5%.
Solution: A is correct.
|EBIT = Net sales − COGS − S&A = 11,159 − 9,898 − 872 =||389|
|Add back depreciation related to capitalized interest||34|
|Interest expense: Income statement||122|
|Add capitalized interest: Notes to financial statement||66|
|Total interest paid||188|
The interest coverage ratio requirement has been exactly achieved.
Because the bonds were issued at par, no amortization of premiums or discounts is included in interest paid.