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DEFINITION OF 'SOLVENCY RATIO'


A key metric used to measure an enterprises ability to meet its debt and other
obligations. The solvency ratio indicates whether a companys cash flow is
sufficient to meet its short-term and long-term liabilities. The lower a company's
solvency ratio, the greater the probability that it will default on its debt
obligations.
The measure is usually calculated as follows:

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Solvency ratio, with regard to an insurance company, means the size of its
capital relative to the premiums written, and measures the risk an insurer faces
of claims it cannot cover.
The solvency ratio is only one of the metrics used to determine whether a
company can stay solvent. Other solvency ratios include debt to equity, total
debt to total assets, and interest coverage ratios.
However, the solvency ratio is a comprehensive measure of solvency, as it
measures cash flow rather than net income by including depreciation to
assess a companys capacity to stay afloat. It measures this cash flow capacity in
relation to all liabilities, rather than only debt. Apart from debt and borrowings,
other liabilities include short-term ones such as accounts payable and long-term
ones such as capital lease and pension plan obligations.
Measuring cash flow rather than net income is a better determinant of solvency,
especially for companies that incur large amounts of depreciation for their
assets but have low levels of actual profitability. Similarly, assessing a companys
ability to meet all its obligations rather than debt alone provides a more
accurate picture of solvency. A company may have a low debt amount, but if its
cash management practices are poor and accounts payable is surging as a result,

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its solvency position may not be as solid as would be indicated by measures that
include only debt.

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A companys solvency ratio should also be compared with its competitors in the
same industry rather than viewed in isolation. For example, companies in debtheavy industries like utilities and pipelines may have lower solvency ratios than
those in sectors such as technology. To make an apples-to-apples comparison,
the solvency ratio should be compared for all utility companies, for example, to
get a true picture of relative solvency.

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