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EBITA simply means Earnings Before interest, taxes and amortisation. Investors commonly use this acronym to measure the profitability and efficiency of a company and compare it with companies of similar nature. The term includes all costs associated with the capital assets, i.e. depreciation, by excluding associated financing costs and the amortisation of any intangible assets, making it an accurate metric for measuring a company’s profitability. Further, it can also compare with EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes )and EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortisation) to get a better insight into the company’s earnings.


The financial metrics that measure a company’s overall financial health are commonly termed EBITDA or Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization  (EBITDA). Often, EBITDA is used as an alternative to other metrics like revenue, earnings, or net income of a business. This metric excludes all expenses associated with debt and adds back interest expenses and taxes to earnings. It can be used to compare the profitability of different companies and industries since it eliminates the effects of financing and capital expenditure. Further, this metric is also used in the valuation process and can be compared to enterprise value and revenue. Currently, EBITDA is widely used by bankers to estimate the debt service coverage ratio (DSCR), a ratio that is explicitly used for business loans to measure the cash flow and ability to pay. Moreover, analysts and investors use EBITDA to get an idea about the company’s actual earnings, and it gives a picture of the company’s total amount in hand for reinvestment or to make payments as dividends.

Components of EBITDA

Earnings: It denotes the amount of money that the company brings in over a certain period of time. The amount of earnings can be determined by simply subtracting the operating expenses from the total revenue.  

Interest: It is simply the cost of servicing a debt. Generally in EBITDA interest is not deducted from eranings. 

Taxes: As the name says EBITDA stads for Earnings Before Interest Tax Depreciation and Amorisation. Therefore tax expenses is not accounted while determining the EBITDA value.  

Depreciation and Amortization: The amount of depreciation and amortization are added back to operating profit to arrive at EBITDA.

What is a good EBDITA?

An EBITDA with a 10% or more margin is generally considered good. This can be understood better with the help of an illustration;

While considering two different companies, namely Company A and Company B, with their EBITDA of $600,000, total revenue of $6,000,000 and an EBITDA of $ 750,000 and total revenue of $9,000,000, respectively. And this indicates that B company demonstrates a higher EBITDA than A company. (8% against 10%). And looking at this data, company B might appear more promising to a potential investor.


Usually, EBITDA is calculated by using two formulas, i.e.;

 EBITDA = Net income + Taxes + Interest expense + Depreciation & Amortization


EBITDA = Operating Income + Depreciation & Amortization

EBITDA is estimated by straight forward method simply by considering the information provided in the company’s income statement and balance sheet. The first formula uses the net income to calculate EBITDA by adding back interest and tax expenses. In the second formula operating income is calculated by subtracting daily operating expenses. This method helps the investors to get an idea about the exact earnings of the company by excluding interest and taxes. But it should be noted that EBITDA calculations via two different formulas will provide you with two different results since net income includes line items that might not be included in operating income, such as non-operating income or one time-expenses.


EBITDA represents the cash flow and gives a quick overview of the total value of a company. Thereby helping the investors to understand whether a company is making a profit or not. Moreover, most private equity firms use these metrics to compare similar companies in a particular industry to understand a company’s performance compared to its competitors.

EBITDA is commonly used in valuation and helps stakeholders, especially investors, understand whether a company is overvalued or undervalued. And such comparisons are essential as different industries exhibit different average ratios. It also reveals the operating profitability of the business. Thus, EBITDA helps investors know the company’s net income even before interest, taxes, or depreciation is accounted for. 

In some cases, EBITDA is very similar to the PE ratio (Price-to-Earnings). But compared to the PE ratio, EBITDA is neutral to capital structure and lowers the risk factors associated with capital investments and other financing variables.

EBITDA is often used in financial modelling to calculate un-levered free cash flow.


The EBITDA margin is a profitability ratio that measures a company’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation as a percentage of its total revenue. And there are mainly two types of EBITDA- Higher EBITDA margin and Lower EBITDA margin. A higher EBITDA margin is considered more favourable because companies with higher EBITDA margins produce a higher profit. 

Higher EBITDA margin: Higher EBITDA margin is considered more favourable because companies with higher EBITDA margins are producing a higher amount of profit. 

Lower EBITDA margin: Lower EBITDA margin implies the presence of an underlying weakness in the company’s business model, like ineffectiveness in sales & marketing, targeting the wrong market, etc.


The following steps should be followed to arrive at the EBITDA margin;

  1. To begin with, the revenue, cost of goods sold (COGS), and operating expense from the income statement are gathered.
  2. Then consider the depreciation and amortisation (D&A) from the cash flow statement and any other non-cash add-backs. 
  3. Determine the operating income by subtracting COGS and operating expenses and adding back D & A.
  4. Finally, divide the EBITDA value by the corresponding revenue figure, and the resulting figure is your EBITDA margin for each company.


Calculating EBITDA margin helps companies to;

Compare against its historical results, i.e., the previous model’s profitability trends.

It helps to compare a company’s performance with competitors in similar industries or relatively similar industries.


Gross profit and EBITDA are not the same. Gross profit denotes the amount of profit a company makes after subtracting the cost associated with making its product or offering its services to its customers. In contrast, EBITDA shows a company’s profitability after deducting interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation. Thus EBITDA and gross profit are not the same since it measures the company’s profitability by exempting different items or cost.