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Operating Income Definition

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Operating income referred as EBIT. It is the profitability ratio which is used to Operating Incomecalculate the profit of the company derived from operations.

In other words, this is used to measure the money which is making by the core activity of the business not included other income expenses.

Analysts and investors used this ratio to find, how well the performance of the core activities of the business.

This ratio separates the operating and non-operating expenses and revenue to shows clearly for investors and creditors that how the company makes money.

If the business shows a high profit, it does not indicate that the business is healthy. Because when business loss its customers and downsizing then it liquidate its business which realizes that the business has high gain.

In this case, core activities are in lose but seeling of assets make money, so the business is not healthy.

For the evaluation of the performance in present as well as forecast future performance, investors and analysts use the operating income calculation.


Operating income formula can be calculated by subtracting the operating expenses, depreciation, and amortization from the gross income.

Operating Income

                             Operating Income = Gross Income – Operating expenses –                                                                         depreciation and amortization

Gross income is also called gross profit. It can be calculated by subtracting the cost of goods sold from the net sales. All the cost of running core business activities associated with operating expenses. Some operating expenses listed below

  • Rent
  • Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Wages
  • Commission
  • Freight and postage
  • Supplies Expense

In the above list depreciation and amortization also included which use in the operating income equation.


Bob has the sandwich shop which makes sub and grinder. He working on refinancing with his current loan with the new bank. So Bob has multiple-step income statement to prepare with detailed operations.

Bob sold 200,000 dollars of sub during 1 year. Expenses of Bob listed below

  • Cost of goods sold = 35,000 dollars
  • Wages = 50,000 dollars
  • rent =12,000 dollars
  • Utilities = 5,000 dollars
  • Insurance = 10,000 dollars

Bob has a car accident, the insurance company did not cover his damage then he reported damage fro the car is 50,000 dollars. He calculates operating income as

$88,000 = $165,000 – $77,000 – $0

Bob get the profit of 88,000 dollars by subtracting all the operating expenses from net revenue. In the above calculation loss of car accident not included because it is a non-operating expense.


To find the efficiency, profitability and health of any business investors and creditor use this calculation. It calculating the operating income from core business activity. So higher operating income is the indication of the health of the company.

For the future scalability of the company analysts and investors use this calculation. If the company as a positive number then for the investment company is more suitable, but with a negative number, the company is not suitable for investment.

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