   Chapter 14, Problem 14.14EX

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Times interest earnedThe following data were taken from recent annual reports of Southwest Airlines, which operates a low-fare airline service to more than 50 cities in the United States:   Current Year Prior Year Interest expense $,147,000,000$194,000,000 Income before income tax expense 685,000,000 323,000,000 a. Determine the times interest earned ratio for the current and preceding years. Round to one decimal place.b. What conclusions can you draw?

(a)

To determine

Times-Interest-Earned ratio: It is the ratio that quantify a business ability to pay interest expense. It is calculated as shown below:

Times-interest-earned ratio}=Incomebeforeincometax+Interest expenseInterest expense

To calculate: Times-interest-earned ratio for the current year and the prior year.

Explanation

Calculate interest earned ratio for current year, if income before income tax is given as $685,000,000, and interest expense is given as$147,000,000.

Times-interest- earned ratio}=Incomebeforeincometax+Interest expenseInterest expense=$685,000,000+$147,000,000$147,000,000=5.7 Calculate interest earned ratio for prior year, if income before income tax is given as$323,000,000, and interest expense is given as \$194,000,000

(b)

To determine

To draw: The conclusion of Company’s times-interest-earned ratio

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