Financial Ratios  Operating Profitability Ratios
Operating Profitability can be divided into measurements of return on sales and return on investment.
I. Return on Sales
1. Gross Profit Margin
This shows the average amount of profit considering only sales and the cost of the items sold. This tells how much profit the product or service is making without overhead considerations. As such, it indicates the efficiency of operations as well as how products are priced. Wide variations occur from industry to industry.
Formula 7.15
Gross profit margin = gross profitÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â net sales
Where: 
2. Operating Profit Margin
This ratio indicates the profitability of current operations. This ratio does not take into account the company's capital and tax structure.
Formula 7.16
Operating profit margin = operating income Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â net sales
Where: 
3. EBITDA Margin
This ratio indicates the profitability of current operations. This ratio does not take into account the company's capital, noncash expenses or tax structure.
Formula 7.17
EBITDA margin = earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â net sales 
4. PreTax Margin (EBT margin)
This ratio indicates the profitability of Company's operations. This ratio does not take into account the company's tax structure.
Formula 7.18
Pretax margin = Earning before tax Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â sales 
5. Net Margin (Profit Margin)
This ratio indicates the profitability of a company's operations.
Formula 7.19
Net margin = net income Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â sales 
6. Contribution Margin
This ratio indicates how much each sale contributes to fixed expenditures.
Formula 7.20
Contribution margin = contribution Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â sales
Where: 

Markets
A Look At Corporate Profit Margins
Take a deeper look at a company's profitability with the help of profit margin ratios. 
Term
The Difference Between Gross and Net Profit Margin
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Term
Gross, Operating and Net Profit Margins
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Entrepreneurship
Whatâ€™s a Good Profit Margin for a New Business?
Surprisingly, the younger your company is, the better its numbers may look. 
Economics
Calculating Operating Ratio
An operating ratio compares a companyâ€™s operating expenses to its net sales. 
Economics
What is Net Margin?
The ratio of net profits to revenues for a company that shows how much of each dollar earned by the company is translated into profits. 
Investing Basics
Contribution Margin
Contribution margin is a cost accounting concept that allows a company to determine the profitability of individual products. 
Entrepreneurship
What's a Good Profit Margin for a Mature Business?
How to determine if the amount you clear dovetails with the competition. 
Investing Basics
Profit Metrics: Gross, Operating & Net Profits
In addition to net profit, most analysts look at a companyâ€™s gross profit and operating profit to gauge performance. 
Fundamental Analysis
Analyzing Operating Margins
Find out how to put this important component of equity analysis to work for you.

Profit Margin
Profit margin is part of a category of profitability ratios calculated ... 
Operating Margin
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AfterTax Profit Margin
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Net Profit Margin
Net Margin is the ratio of net profits to revenues for a company ... 
Marginal Profit
Marginal profit is the profit earned by a firm or individual ... 
Pretax Profit Margin
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