Advanced English Dialogue for Business – Income available for fixed charges

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Stella: Hi Hannah, have you heard about income available for fixed charges?

Hannah: No, I haven’t. What does it mean?

Stella: Income available for fixed charges is a financial metric that measures a company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), minus its fixed charges like lease payments, interest expenses, and principal repayments.

Hannah: Oh, I see. So, it’s the amount of money the company has to cover its fixed financial obligations?

Stella: Exactly! It gives investors and creditors an idea of a company’s ability to meet its fixed expenses from its operating income.

Hannah: Are there any factors that can affect the income available for fixed charges?

Stella: Yes, changes in operating income, interest rates, or the company’s debt structure can impact the income available for fixed charges.

Hannah: How do investors and creditors use this metric when evaluating a company?

Stella: They use it to assess the company’s financial health and its ability to service its debt obligations, as a higher income available for fixed charges indicates a stronger financial position.

Hannah: Can income available for fixed charges be negative?

Stella: Yes, if a company’s operating income is insufficient to cover its fixed charges, the income available for fixed charges can be negative, indicating financial distress.

Hannah: Thanks for explaining, Stella. Income available for fixed charges seems like an important metric for assessing a company’s financial stability.

Stella: You’re welcome, Hannah. It’s a key indicator that provides insights into a company’s ability to manage its fixed financial obligations.