Fixed Assets to Proprietor’s Fund Ratio

Fixed Assets to Proprietor’s Fund Ratio:


Fixed assets to proprietor’s fund ratio establishes the relationship between fixed assets and shareholders funds.

The purpose of this ratio is to indicate the percentage of the owner’s funds invested in fixed assets.


Fixed Assets to Proprietors Fund = Fixed Assets / Proprietors Fund

The fixed assets are considered at their book value and the proprietor’s funds consist of the same items as internal equities in the case of debt equity ratio.


Suppose the depreciated book value of fixed assets is $ 36,000 and proprietor’s funds are 48,000 the relevant ratio would be calculated as follows:

Fixed assets to proprietor’s fund = 36,000 / 48,000

= 0.75 or 0.75 : 1


The ratio of fixed assets to net worth indicates the extent to which shareholder’s funds are sunk into the fixed assets. Generally, the purchase of fixed assets should be financed by shareholder’s equity including reserves, surpluses and retained earnings. If the ratio is less than 100%, it implies that owners funds are more than fixed assets and a part of the working capital is provide by the shareholders. When the ratio is more than the 100%, it implies that owners funds are not sufficient to finance the fixed assets and the firm has to depend upon outsiders to finance the fixed assets. There is no rule of thumb to interpret this ratio by 60 to 65 percent is considered to be a satisfactory ratio in case of industrial undertakings.

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