This ratio measures the percentage of a business's assets that are financed with debt, and can be calculated using the following formula:

This ratio measures the percentage of assets financed by creditors, compared to the percentage that have been financed by the business owners. Historically, a debttoasset ratio of no more than 50 percent has been considered prudent. A higher ratio indicates a possible overuse of leverage, and it may indicate potential problems meeting the debt payments.
Improving this ratio means taking steps to either increase the value of your
assets, or to pay off debt. For example, you might explore whether inventory
or other assets can be given a higher value. If you go the route of paying off
debt, you'll also improve your current
ratio and debttoequity
ratio.