What is the Loan Life Coverage Ratio (LLCR)?
The Loan Life Coverage Ratio (LLCR) is a metric used to gauge the ability of a project to completely cover its debt obligations. The LLCR is a very commonly used ratio to assess the potential risks of projects in project finance. This coverage ratio can be taken at any point in time of the project. It can be calculated by taking the net present value of all cash flow available for debt service (CFADS) up until the time of debt maturity and dividing it by the total outstanding debt at this given point in time.
Quick Summary of Points
- The Loan Life Coverage Ratio (LLRC) is a commonly used metric in project finance.
- The LLRC is used to gauge a project’s ability to pay the total debt outstanding at a given point in time.
- The LLRC is calculated by taking the net present value of cash flow available for debt service and dividing it by the total outstanding debt at the chosen time.
Why is the Loan Life Coverage Ratio (LLCR) Important?
Similarly to the debt service coverage ratio (DSCR), the LLCR is an important ratio used in project finance. In any project finance undertaking, calculating both ratios is a standard step in assessing the project. However, unlike the DSCR, which measures the project’s ability to pay debt period-on-period, the LLCR takes into account multiple periods of cash flow available for debt service, as well as the entire amount of debt outstanding. It assesses the project’s ability to pay off all debt obligations based on the discounted projected cash flows. It gives a better estimation of the risk profile of the project as a whole.
How Do You Calculate the Loan Life Coverage Ratio (LLCR)?
The loan life coverage ratio is calculated by taking the net present value of cash flow available for debt service and adding any available cash in the cash reserve. We then take the number and divide it by the total outstanding debt in the given time. The loan life coverage ratio can be calculated at any time; however, the remaining CFADS must be discounted to the chosen point in time. The total outstanding debt used in the calculation must also correspond to this point in time.
Following is the equation for calculating the LLCR:
When calculating the LLCR, the ratio is generally calculated either annually, semi-annually, or quarterly over the remaining lifetime of the loan.
Loan Life Coverage Ratio (LLCR) – Worked Example
Let us take a look at a simple loan life coverage ratio example question. Shown below is the hypothetical cash available for debt service over the period of a project. The projected cash flows are discounted to a specific period in time each year and then totaled. The number divided by the total debt outstanding at the given time gives the LLCR.
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