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fedemennifedemenni MAAT, AATQB Posts: 94
Would someone help me on the calculation of this?

A company has five year loan of £500k and overdraft of £50k, shareholder funds are £1500k

calculate the gearing ratio:

I do 500000/1500000x100 = 33.33% but the actual answer is 26.83%. I presume that £50k overdraft isn't a long term debt so I can't include it..

Please help .



  • fedemennifedemenni MAAT, AATQB Posts: 94
  • scamp83scamp83 Registered Posts: 87
    It's calculated as total debt / total debt plus equity so total debt of 550 (500+50) divided by 2050 (500+50+1500) x 100% = 26.83%.

    I found gearing confusing as it was calculated differently in different modules / textbooks! Some included the overdraft while others didn't....

    Hope this helps!
  • fedemennifedemenni MAAT, AATQB Posts: 94
    thanks scamp83, I didnt think about of adding the actual loan into the equity..

    I have the exam today in few hours and I don't think I will pass, my brain has been playing up recently and can't even do 2% of 1000 sometimes
  • scamp83scamp83 Registered Posts: 87
    You'll be fine, just try and relax and it will all come to you when you're in the exam :-)
  • fedemennifedemenni MAAT, AATQB Posts: 94
    hopefully! this level 4 has been a disaster in all fronts.. this supposed to be my last exam and finish but didnt pass FSLC, MDCL and didnt even sit the PDSY. So far passed just MABU, and awaiting response for ETAU .. :( previous years finished with all exams passed at the first time
  • scamp83scamp83 Registered Posts: 87
    Yeah it's been awful hasn't it! I managed to scrape through PDSY and only passed the MDCL because of the uplift....I can't face moving onto any other study for the time being, this last year has wiped me out!
  • fedemennifedemenni MAAT, AATQB Posts: 94
    yeah just awful and having to wait 6+ weeks doesn't help at all!
  • fedemennifedemenni MAAT, AATQB Posts: 94
    edited August 2017
    btw my formula is wrong, should be non current liabilities / capital employed x 100, instead i thought that it would have been non current liabilities / equity x 100
  • fedemennifedemenni MAAT, AATQB Posts: 94
    this is a nice video:
  • scamp83scamp83 Registered Posts: 87
    I found it useful to go into the study material section for the 2013 standards and look at the performance feedback reports from AAT - they detail the most common errors that students make. These aren't yet available for AQ2016 but they are still good for knowing the common pitfalls.
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