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TIE. When two persons receive an equal number of votes at an election, there is said to be a tie.
     2. In that case neither is elected. When the votes are given on any question to be decided by a deliberative assembly, and there is a tie, the question is lost. Vide Majority.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Times Interest Earned, while still strong, showed a marked decline in 2000, as did Return on Assets.
However for Model 2, financial and business risks are key factors, as indicated by gearing, times interest earned and the standard deviation of earnings.
Some metrics incorporate standard financial ratios measured against industry standards, such as times interest earned (TIE) or net debt to capital.