August 21, 2014
The capacity of a business concern to earn profit can be termed as profitability. Thus, profit earning can be
ascertained on the basis of the volume of profit margin of any activity and is calculated by subtracting costs
from the total Revenue accruing to a firm during a particular period. The overall efficiency or performance
of a business can be ascertained with the help of profitability ratios. Generally, a large number of ratios can
also be put to implementation for determination of the profitability, as the same is in consonance with the
sales or investments.
The important profitability ratios are discussed below:
Gross Profit Ratio is the formative component in relationship between gross profit and net sales. Higher
Gross Profit Ratio is a precursor to the business concern that the firm has higher profitability. It is also
reflective of the standard of performance of firm’s business apropos to its effectiveness.
Gross Profit Ratio = Gross Profit / Net Sales X 100
Operating Ratio measures the relationship between total operating expenses and sales. The total operating
expenses is the sum total of cost of goods sold, office and administrative expenses and selling and
distribution expenses. This ratio equips the firm with the ability to cover total operating expenses.
Operating Ratio = Operating Cost / Net Sales X 100
It indicates the operational efficiency of the firm and is a measure of the firm’s ability to cover the total
Operating Profit Ratio = Operating Profit / Net Sales X 100
This ratio tells us the overall efficiency in operating the business. It is used to measure the relationship
between net profit and sales. It includes non-operating incomes and profits.
Net Profit Ratio = Net Profit after Tax / Net Sales X 100
This ratio measures a return on owner’s or shareholders’ investment. It establishes the relationship
between net profit after interest and taxes and the owner investment.
Return on Investment Ratio = Net Profit after Interest & Taxes / Shareholder fund or Investment X 100
It measures the relationship between profit and capital employed. Return means profits or net profits.
Capital employed means total investment made in the business.
Return on Capital Employed = Net Profit after Taxes/ Gross Capital Employed X 100
It measures the earning capacity of the firm from the owners view and helps in determining the price of the
equity share in the market.
Earning Per Ratio = Net Profit after Tax and Preference Dividend / No of Equity Share
It is the relationship between payment of dividend on equity share capital and the profits available
after meeting tax and preference dividend. Indication of the dividend policy, as incorporated by the top
management is underlined by this ratio. It highlights the utilization of divisible profit to pay dividend or
pertaining to the retention of both.
Dividend Payout Ratio = Equity Dividend / Net Profit after Tax & Preference Dividend X 100
It is the relationship is established between dividend per share and market value per share. This ratio is a
major factor that determines the dividend income from the investor point of view.
Dividend Yield Ratio = Dividend Per Share / Market Value Per Share X 100
It highlights the earning per share reflected by market share. It establishes the relationship between the
market price of an equity share and the earning per equity share. It helps to find out whether the equity
shares of a company are undervalued or not. It is also useful in financial forecasting.
Price Earning Ratio = Market Price per Equity Share / Earning Per Share
It measures the profit return on investment. It indicates the established relationship between net profit and
shareholders net worth.
Net Profit to Net Worth Ratio = Net Profit After Taxes / Shareholders Net Worth X 100
Profitability is the very essence of any business. What a pulse to a human being, Profitability is to a business.
It is the first vital sign of a business. Hence, Profitability ratios form an important part of financial analysis of
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