The Times Interest Earned (TIE) ratio is a financial metric used to determine a company's ability to cover its interest expenses on its outstanding debt. It's calculated by dividing the company's earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) by its interest expenses for a given period.

Here's how to calculate the TIE ratio in Excel:

- Obtain the values for the company's earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) and interest expenses for the desired period.
- Enter the values into two separate cells in Excel, for example, cell A1 for EBIT and cell A2 for interest expenses.
- In a third cell, enter the formula to calculate the TIE ratio: =A1/A2
- Press Enter to calculate the TIE ratio.

The resulting value will be the TIE ratio, which indicates the number of times the company's earnings can cover its interest expenses. A TIE ratio greater than 1 indicates that the company is earning enough to cover its interest expenses, while a ratio less than 1 indicates that the company is not earning enough to cover its interest expenses and may struggle to pay its debts.

It's important to note that the TIE ratio only provides a snapshot of a company's financial health at a specific point in time and does not take into account future earnings or interest expenses. To get a more comprehensive view of a company's financial health, it's recommended to look at its financial statements and other financial metrics over time.