Degree Of Operating Leverage - DOL

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What is a 'Degree Of Operating Leverage - DOL'

A degree of operating leverage (DOL) is a type of leverage ratio summarizing the effect a particular amount of operating leverage has on a company's earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT). Operating leverage involves using a large proportion of fixed costs to variable costs in the operations of the firm. The higher the degree of operating leverage, the more volatile the EBIT figure will be relative to a given change in sales, all other things remaining the same. The formula is as follows:

Degree Of Operating Leverage (DOL)

BREAKING DOWN 'Degree Of Operating Leverage - DOL'

This ratio is useful as it helps the user in determining the effects that a given level of operating leverage has on the earnings potential of the firm. This ratio can also be used to help the firm determine the most appropriate level of operating leverage in order to maximize the company's EBIT.

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