Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) will be changing as well. This is because the “right to use” asset that is set for the lease is amortized over the lease term. This changes it from an operating expense to a reduction of lease obligation while amortization expenses are recorded to reduce the right to use the asset.
Generally, leases will be on the balance sheet, and it is important to remember that leverage ratios will be changing and liabilities will be increasing. For some entities, this change will be extraordinary. For example, if a company has $500 million in liabilities and $500 million in equity and $200 million in future operating lease obligations, then they would have a leverage ratio of 1:1. In this example, when leases are recorded as a liability on the balance sheet, the leverage ratio would go to 1.4:1, which is a substantial change.