Ratio, Profitability

Measures of profitability vary from industry to industry; however, whichever measures are used, profitability ratios assess the business’s ability to generate earnings compared to its expenses and other costs incurred during a specific period of time. For example, in capital-intensive businesses, profitability is usually expressed in terms of return on net assets. Examples of profitability ratios include profit margin, return on assets and return on equity. In general, a trend of increasing profitability is a good sign; though because profitability varies from industry to industry, always compare values against the values of other companies in the same industry. See also Ratio Analysis and Ratio, Solvency.

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