   Chapter 14, Problem 14.9APE

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Times interest earnedBerry Company reported the following on the company’s income statement in two recent years:   Current Year Prior Year Interest expense $320,000$ 300,000 Income before income tax expense 3,200,000 3.600,000 a. Determine the limes interest earned ratio for the current year and the prior year. Round to one decimal place.b. Is the number of times interest charges are earned improving or declining?

(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 $3,200,000, and interest expense is given as$320,000.

Times-interest- earned ratio}=Incomebeforeincometax+Interest expenseInterest expense=$3,200,000+$320,000$320,000=11.0 Calculate interest earned ratio for prior year, if income before income tax is given as$3,600,000, and interest expense is given as \$300,000

(b)

To determine

To compare: Times-interest-earned ratio of the current year from the prior year

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