Finance Formulas / July 13, 2018 / Aniyah Booth
If a corporation has issued only one type, or class, of stock it will be common stock. ("Preferred stock" is discussed later.) While "common" sounds rather ordinary, it is the common stockholders who elect the board of directors, vote on whether to have a merger with another company, and get huge returns on their investment if the corporation becomes successful.
Given that the debtequity ratio measures a company’s debt relative to the total value of its stock, it is most often used to gauge the extent to which a company is taking on debt as a means of leveraging (attempting to increase its value by using borrowed money to fund various projects). A high debtequity ratio generally means that a company has been aggressive in financing its growth with debt. Aggressive leveraging practices are often associated with high levels of risk. This may result in volatile earnings as a result of the additional interest expense.
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