Capital Gearing Ratio:
Definition and Explanation:
Closely related to solvency ratio is the capital gearing ratio. Capital gearing ratio is mainly used to analyze the capital structure of a company.
The term capital structure refers to the relationship between the various longterm form of financing such as debentures, preference and equity share capital including reserves and surpluses. Leverage of capital structure ratios are calculated to test the longterm financial position of a firm.
The term “capital gearing” or “leverage” normally refers to the proportion of relationship between equity share capital including reserves and surpluses to preference share capital and other fixed interest bearing funds or loans. In other words it is the proportion between the fixed interest or dividend bearing funds and non fixed interest or dividend bearing funds. Equity share capital includes equity share capital and all reserves and surpluses items that belong to shareholders. Fixed interest bearing funds includes debentures, preference share capital and other longterm loans.
Formula of capital gearing ratio:
[Capital Gearing Ratio = Equity Share Capital / Fixed Interest Bearing Funds]
Example:
Calculate capital gearing ratio from the following data:
Equity Share Capital Reserves & Surplus Long Term Loans 6% Debentures 
1991  1992 
500,000 300,000 250,000 250,000 
400,000 200,000 300,000 400,000 
Calculation:
Capital Gearing Ratio 1992 = (500,000 + 300,000) / (250,000 + 250,000) = 8 : 5 (Low Gear) 1993 = (400,000 + 200,000) / (300,000 + 400,000) 6 : 7 (High Gear) It may be noted that gearing is an inverse ratio to the equity share capital. Highly Geared————Low Equity Share Capital Low Geared—————High Equity Share Capital

Significance of the ratio:
Capital gearing ratio is important to the company and the prospective investors. It must be carefully planned as it affects the company’s capacity to maintain a uniform dividend policy during difficult trading periods. It reveals the suitability of company’s capitalization.
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