The term leverage in a business setting refers to funds borrowed by the company to launch or expand. Working capital typically comes from business loans but not always. Perhaps you are in a position now where it is impossible to launch your start-up or expand an existing business without leveraging it.

An Example of Leverage in Action

To understand how leveraging works, imagine that you own a small snack counter inside of a mall. Business is going so well that you decide to expand to offer lunch items as well. This will require additional display cases, a larger menu board, more seating, and much more. You do not want your cash flow to go into the negative to finance the expansion, so you apply for a business loan instead. The funds from the loan allow you to grow your business, earn a greater profit, and repay the loan early.

How to Use the Debt-to-Equity Ratio to Measure Leverage

Financial service professionals use a formula called debt-equity ratio to determine whether a business has good or bad leverage. You can start the process yourself by adding up all liabilities for your company. This includes short-term debt, long-term debt, and any amount of long-term debt you must repay during this calendar year.

You will need to access your company’s balance sheet to complete the next step. Retained earnings for a corporation or owner’s percentage of equity for a limited liability company or partnership help you determine your ownership percentage. You then divide the total debt by the total equity to determine leverage for your company. A lower debt-to-equity percentage indicates better financial health. Financial service professionals typically advise business owners not to allow the debt-to-equity ratio to increase past 40 to 50 percent.

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