What are Investor Ratios?

Investor Ratios Definition

Investor ratios are used to measure the ability of a business to earn an adequate return for the owners of the business. The owners have money tied up in the business and need a return commensurate with the risk involved.

Popular Investor Ratios List

A selection of popular investor ratios from the Double Entry Bookkeeping Ratios Guide.

Investor Ratios Analysis

Investor ratios measure the return to the owner of the business and therefore tend to use profits after tax in any formula calculations.

Investor ratios should not be viewed in isolation but looked at over a period of time using trend analysis and in comparison to other businesses in your industry.

In addition, in order to give a full picture of what is happening, they should be viewed relative to other ratios calculated for the business such as liquidity ratios, efficiency ratios, leverage ratios, profitability ratios, and activity ratios.

Investor Ratios Formula

There are numerous examples of investor ratios, however, it is important to select the key ratios which relate to your business. The industry sector, size, and complexity of the business will determine the most appropriate ratios to use and many may not be relevant or worth calculating, particularly for a small business.

Useful Investor Ratios
Ratio Formula
Return on Equity Profit after Tax / Equity
Dividend Cover Profit after Tax / Dividend
Last modified November 13th, 2018 by Team

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