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Long-term Debt and Solvency Analysis

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Solvency ratios also known as long-term debt ratios measure a company's ability to meet long-term obligations.


Ratios (Summary)

AT&T Inc., debt and solvency ratios

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Debt to equity
Debt to capital
Interest coverage

Source: Based on data from AT&T Inc. Annual Reports

Ratio Description The company
Debt-to-equity ratio A solvency ratio calculated as total debt divided by total shareholders' equity. AT&T Inc.'s debt-to-equity ratio improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.
Debt-to-capital ratio A solvency ratio calculated as total debt divided by total debt plus shareholders' equity. AT&T Inc.'s debt-to-capital ratio improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.
Interest coverage ratio A solvency ratio calculated as EBIT divided by interest payments. AT&T Inc.'s interest coverage ratio deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

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Debt to Equity

AT&T Inc., debt to equity calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Debt maturing within one year
Long-term debt, excluding maturing within one year
Total debt
Stockholders' equity attributable to AT&T
Ratio
Debt to equity1
Benchmarks
Debt to Equity, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Debt to Equity, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

Source: Based on data from AT&T Inc. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Debt to equity = Total debt ÷ Stockholders' equity attributable to AT&T
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Debt-to-equity ratio A solvency ratio calculated as total debt divided by total shareholders' equity. AT&T Inc.'s debt-to-equity ratio improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.

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Debt to Capital

AT&T Inc., debt to capital calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Debt maturing within one year
Long-term debt, excluding maturing within one year
Total debt
Stockholders' equity attributable to AT&T
Total capital
Ratio
Debt to capital1
Benchmarks
Debt to Capital, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Debt to Capital, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

Source: Based on data from AT&T Inc. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Debt to capital = Total debt ÷ Total capital
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Debt-to-capital ratio A solvency ratio calculated as total debt divided by total debt plus shareholders' equity. AT&T Inc.'s debt-to-capital ratio improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.

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Interest Coverage

AT&T Inc., interest coverage calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Net income attributable to AT&T
Add: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest
Add: Income tax expense
Add: Interest expense
Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT)
Ratio
Interest coverage1
Benchmarks
Interest Coverage, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Interest Coverage, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

Source: Based on data from AT&T Inc. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Interest coverage = EBIT ÷ Interest expense
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Interest coverage ratio A solvency ratio calculated as EBIT divided by interest payments. AT&T Inc.'s interest coverage ratio deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

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