Every business buys on account whether it is a traditional vendor account like that found in retail or simply using a credit card. A third party provides credit which creates debt for the business. The debt ratio reflects the percentage of assets covered by debt.
The debt ratio measures the overall liabilities as a percentage of all assets. It is customarily a tool used to measure leverage used in business. The various business sectors utilize certain standards and parameters for debt and the debt ratio is an excellent barometer to measure compliance.
The debt ratio is more effective with capital intensive operations such as real estate, heavy equipment operators and transportation.