What is a company’s Operating Profit?


Operating Profit is a company’s profits after cost of sales, depreciation, amortization, research and development costs and any other operating expense. However Operating Profit does not factor in taxes or interest expenses on the company’s debt.

Operating Profit is also known as the company’s “EBIT” (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes) or the company’s operating income.


Or can be simply calculated:


Operating Profit = Revenue – Operating Expenses


Notice that it is different than the “bottom line” or Net Income, which does factor in taxes and interest expenses.


Operating Profit is listed on a company’s income report within their 10Q or 10K financial statements.


Example below from Intel’s (INTC) 2012 2nd quarter earnings, which can be found here:


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Operating Profit is used to help compare a company’s ability to create a profit without considering capital structure or tax rates.

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