Investor Glossary-ebitdaInvestor Glossary-ebitdaInvestor Glossary-ebitdaInvestor Glossary-ebitdaInsightful stock market charts - Click here
investor
Categories    # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

EBITDA

The HTML to link to this page
 

EBITDA or "earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization" is a commonly used measure of cash flow. EBITDA can be calculated "top down" by adding back DDA or depreciation and amortization deducted as sales costs to operating income before interest and taxes. EBITDA can also be calculated "bottom up" by adding interest and DDA back to pretax income. For example, to find EBITDA, if the income statement shows $2 million of pretax income and DDA is $12 million and interest expense $6 million, then EBITDA is $20 million. EBITDA became a standard tool for measure cash flow leverage for LBOs in the 980s. An EBITDA/debt ratio at a 2x multiple was considered the limit of safe leverage. EBITDA is often the cash flow measure most often associated with profitability comparison between investments. For example, enterprise value/EBITDA provides a valuation multiple of all of a company's debt and equity times its cash flows. EBITDA is not a GAAP approved accounting measure because EBITDA neutralizes the effects of a company's financing and accounting decisions.



Rate this EBITDA definition...

Learn about investing with the Investor Glossary Term of the Day


Click here for insightful stock market charts. Where is the market headed? The answer may surprise you. Find out
with the exclusive & Barron's recommended charts of Chart of the Day.


Popular Terms: limit order, EBITDA, reverse mortgage, per diem, balance sheet, APR, option premium, cancelled check, required rate of return, debt service coverage, covered put, wholly-owned subsidiary, Key Rate Duration, dividends payable, liquidity ratio, deferred revenue, labor relations, quality assurance, diluted share, margin rate, 144a, inflation, ex-dividend, in escrow, risk management, retained earnings, deferred tax, FICO score, 401a, stock split, 1035 exchange, phantom income, command economy, FTSE, minority interest, irrevocable trust, VIX, stock market close, average price per share, Zero Cost Collar, open position, 1031 exchange, current ratio, ex-dividend date, implied volatility, annual return, real GDP, LIBOR, class C shares


Accounting | Banking | Bonds | Brokers | Economy | Futures | Mutual Funds | Options | Real Estate | Retirement | Stocks | Taxes | Technical Analysis
Investor Glossary | Term of the Day | Suggest a Term | Chart of the Day | Dogs of the Dow
©2004-2016 Investor Glossary - All rights reserved - Terms of Use