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What Does Southern Copper's Debt Look Like?

Benzinga · 01/06/2023 14:04

Over the past three months, shares of Southern Copper Inc. (NYSE:SCCO) rose by 42.77%. When understanding a companies price change over a time period like 3 months, it could be helpful to look at its financials. One key aspect of a companies financials is its debt, but before we understand the importance of debt, let's look at how much debt Southern Copper has.

Southern Copper Debt

According to the Southern Copper's most recent balance sheet as reported on October 31, 2022, total debt is at $6.68 billion, with $6.25 billion in long-term debt and $431.20 million in current debt. Adjusting for $2.18 billion in cash-equivalents, the company has a net debt of $4.50 billion.

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 Southern Copper's $17.08 billion in total assets, the debt-ratio is at 0.39. 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.

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Importance of 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.

However, due to interest-payment obligations, cash-flow of a company can be impacted. 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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