Financial Leverage

Financial Leverage = Total Debt/ Shareholders Equity or Avg Total Assets/Avg Total Equity. Which one to use and what’s the difference ?

Financial Leverage is Assets/Equity. The other is Debt to Equity. They’re related, since A/E = 1 + D/E.

The Financial Leverage ratio (called the Equity Multiplier almost everywhere that’s NOT the CFA curriculum) typically shows up in the Dupont Ratios:

ROE = ROA x Leverage Ratio


ROE = Net Profit Margin x Total Asset turnover x Leverage Ratio.

Thanks a lot. :slight_smile:

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