If you're seeing this message, it means we're having trouble loading external resources on our website.

If you're behind a web filter, please make sure that the domains *.kastatic.org and *.kasandbox.org are unblocked.

Main content


Review of Enterprise Value and comparing it to EBITDA. Created by Sal Khan.

Want to join the conversation?

  • sneak peak green style avatar for user Ryan Nee
    I work for a private company of roughly 3,000 employees and our CEO talks about EBITDA frequently as a critical metric of our business. Why should employees of a company care about EBITDA more than any other financial metric? In other words, is this an appropriate employee-centric metric, or is our CEO obsessed with EBITDA for no reason?
    (25 votes)
    Default Khan Academy avatar avatar for user
    • blobby green style avatar for user Shikhar singh
      There are many metrics that you can look at as an employee/CEO. However, EBITDA or even Operating Profit intuitively points to the value creation by the enterprise. And hence can also be seen as a measure of employee performance/efficiency. Therefore, CEOs or Executives refer to it very often when talking to the operational teams.
      (7 votes)
  • leaf grey style avatar for user Mandeep Khaira
    If the enterprise value (EV) does not take non operating assets (in this case 5M cash) into consideration but EBITDA does (as far as I understand EBITDA = EBIT (operating AND non operating profit) + depreciation and amortization) could't someone with a large non operating profit make their EV/EBITDA ratio seem favourable?
    (7 votes)
    Default Khan Academy avatar avatar for user
    • blobby green style avatar for user Bosnovick
      When analysing enterprises in due diligence, precisely to set price value, there is a stage of EBITDA normalization and adjustments. EBITDA normalization focuses on adjusting those "large non-operating profits" as part of the business regular activities. Since they are not a product of their core business but they contribute largely to their income, they should be considered as regular profit.
      (8 votes)
  • leaf green style avatar for user Collin McCall
    If anyone could please elaborate on this: In the video, @, states that the distinction between operating profit and EBIT is apparently EBIT= Operating Income + Non-operating income. In this Yahoo! Answers question, which I do not always take as fact, this guy says your wrong. He states that EBIT= Net Income + All taxes paid + All interest paid. I've heard many different nuances between the two terms and I've also heard that they are the exact same. Could anyone finally clarify this for me?
    (3 votes)
    Default Khan Academy avatar avatar for user
    • leaf green style avatar for user Tommy Kidder
      EBIT is an abbreviation for Earnings Before Interest and Taxes. Essentially this is your Net Income+ All taxes paid + All interest paid. The video essentially takes this from a different perspective and adds together Operating and Non-Operating Incomes. The process in the video is simply adding two variables as opposed to three. The end result is the same, he just displays that there are two ways of looking at EBIT.
      (9 votes)
  • leaf green style avatar for user jaculis
    At , approximately, and even before that, when operating profits are discussed they are all positive numbers.

    I have a couple of questions about when EBITDA and/or operating profit are negative amounts.

    (1) How does one make sense of comparing negative values for EBITDA, and is there a case when a negative EBITDA makes sense for an investment? (This also touches on negative P/E ratios.)

    The often risky industries of oil & gas exploration, where there is often huge capital investment in equipment or land lease, but also huge labor cost in drilling expense and services companies; and also in Biotech, where it may be a decade before a pharmaceutical or lab process/technique/method [read: patentable, provable through Phased Trials] may make it to market to collect revenue.

    These are just two that come to mind immediately, but there surely must be others where the ROI or ROA going positive in the business plan may be very long term in terms of a research and exploration business, or in the initial stages of an IPOd startup.

    (2) So how does one effectively compare/evaluate such "negative" returns situations, and why do people pay positive dollar amounts for the stocks, resulting in a positive market capitalization, when the company operations are losing money in the current moment?
    (4 votes)
    Default Khan Academy avatar avatar for user
  • blobby green style avatar for user Karam  Abdulla
    is book value per share just what the company thinks each share is worth. What is the difference between market and book value, and why does the market always overvalue the book value.
    (3 votes)
    Default Khan Academy avatar avatar for user
  • leaf red style avatar for user kevinleung29
    I am trying to calculate the EBITDA but I am staring at a financial statement with a positive interest - meaning that the enterprise earned from interest as part of their operating activities. so to calcuate EBIT and EBITDA in my case, should I minus the interest earnings from net operating profit? Or should I just leave it there? If it helps this question is about an automotive retailing business - are they also allowed to cite income from bank interest, from shareholders and 3rd parties under operating profit? Thank you so much for the clarification.
    (2 votes)
    Default Khan Academy avatar avatar for user
  • purple pi pink style avatar for user smlopez0011
    At , leverage and debt are mentioned - I'm still unclear about what leverage actually is, and it seems to keep coming up in the videos. I've watched the P/E conundrum and EV videos and understood those, it's really just what Sal means when he says 'leverage' that I'm confused about.
    (1 vote)
    Default Khan Academy avatar avatar for user
    • ohnoes default style avatar for user Tejas
      Leverage is basically how much debt you have relative to your equity. So, if you are leveraged 9 to 1, then that means 90% of your assets are funded by debt, and 10% by equity. Deleveraging is the process of selling your assets to pay off your debt.
      (3 votes)
  • blobby green style avatar for user hm.production
    Hi, at Sal says "5 x EBITDA". Does this mean that the company should be generating earnings equal to 1/5 or 20% of total assets?
    (1 vote)
    Default Khan Academy avatar avatar for user
  • blobby green style avatar for user Vedang Patidar
    little confusion as in this video,in income statement you used depreciation and amortization below sg&a while in depreciation video you used it above gross profit and below cogs.
    so where should i place depreciation and amortization in income statement??
    (1 vote)
    Default Khan Academy avatar avatar for user
    • male robot hal style avatar for user Andrew M
      Why would it matter?
      10-5-2 = 3 and 10-2-5 = 3, right?
      Typically depreciation is included in COGS on the income statement, but it could be broken out. If it's not shown directly on the income statement you go to the cash flow or the notes to find it.
      Go get a public company's filings and take a look at how they do it.
      (2 votes)
  • starky ultimate style avatar for user Sudhanshu Sisodiya
    How is the price of the stock determined in the first place ()?
    (1 vote)
    Default Khan Academy avatar avatar for user

Video transcript

In the last couple of videos we saw that looking just purely at market capitalization can be a little bit misleading, when you look at companies that have a good bit of leverage or companies that have a good bit of debt. For example, if that's the assets of the company, and let's say that they have this much debt. And this is their equity. And then let's say they have some excess cash. Cash that's not necessary to actually operate the business. I'll draw that up here. So this is excess cash. Some cash is necessary, and oftentimes people don't make the distinction. And they'll just view this as all the cash. But we really want to separate the value of the enterprise out of the market value of the equity or the value of the debt. So let me just write all this down. So this right here, this is the value of the business. The enterprise value. Here is the debt. There's the debt. And this is the equity. And this is a little bit of a slight, I would say, technicality. And you don't have to worry about this if it confuses you at all. When I write the enterprise here, this is the value of the business itself. So it's kind of the operational assets net of the operational liabilities. It's literally-- if you had to go out in the past two examples and buy the pizzeria-- how much net would you have to pay for that pizzeria? And that's what we're trying to figure out right here when we're talking about the enterprise value. And we saw in the last couple of videos how you calculate it, but it never hurts to review it. This is actually one of those less intuitive calculations the first few times you see it, so it doesn't hurt to do it again. So the first thing to figure out is, how do you figure out the market value of the equity? The book value of the equity is very easy. You could go into a company's balance sheet and they'll write down a number. They'll say, this is what our accountants say that the book value of our equity is worth. But the market value, figure it out from what the market's willing to pay for a share. So the market value of equity or the market cap is equal to price per share times the number of shares. And that's the market value of this equity. And you can see, just even from this diagram, that the enterprise value plus the non-operating cash or investments or liquid investments, whatever you want to call them. Enterprise value plus the cash is equal to the debt plus, let's just say the market cap. Because we want to know, when we look at a price, we want to be able to figure out what is the market saying the enterprise value of the company is? What is the market value of the enterprise? So debt plus-- instead of equity-- I'll write market capitalization, because it's the same thing. Market capitalization is the market's value of the equity plus market cap. So we know market cap. We can look up the debt on a company's balance sheet. We can look up the cash. So we just subtract cash from both sides, and we get enterprise value is equal to market cap plus debt minus cash. We're just taking cash onto the right-hand side of this equation. So for example, if I have a stock that is trading at- let's say the price is $10. And let's say that there are 1 million shares. And let's say that the company has $50 million of debt. And let's say it has $5 million of excess cash, what's its enterprise value? Well, you first figure out its market cap. Its market cap is $10 per share times a million shares. So that's 10 million shares. That's the market cap. You add the debt. So, plus $50 million. And once again, I said this in the last video, it's very unintuitive when you figure out the value of the enterprise to add the debt. And the intuition is that if someone were to want to buy this company from the stakeholders and be debt free, they would have to pay these people the total amount of debt, and they'd have to pay these people the total amount of the market value. So they'd have to pay the debt plus the equity. And they get a refund of the cash. This would be extra stuff that they would be buying that they could get money back for. So you have to pay the equity holders, you have to pay the debt holders, and then you get a refund of the cash. And so the enterprise value's what? $60 million minus 5. That's $55 million. Fair enough. This is all just review of the enterprise value video. But the question is, now that you've figured out enterprise value, how do you figure out if that's a fair enterprise value? When you looked at market capitalization you compared that to earnings. The price to earnings ratio. You were doing this on a per share. This is price per share divided by earnings per share. This ratio's equivalent to market cap divided by the actual net income of the company. Where if you just multiply the numerator and the denominator by the number of shares, you get market cap and net income. This is EPS. P/E is actually price per share divided by earnings per share. And that was one way to look at it. You could compare two companies. And we saw it breaks down if they have different types of capital structure. So what do you compare enterprise value to? Here we did market cap to net income. Enterprise value should be compared to what? Now I made an argument in the last video that, well if we're looking at the enterprise, we should look at essentially the earnings that are popping out of the enterprise. We should look at the earnings that are coming out of this asset right here. And on the very first video on the income statement, I implied that-- let's do a balance sheet-- you have your revenue. Your revenue could be 100. You have your cost of goods sold. Cost of goods sold could be, let's say it's minus 50. And I'll show you another convention. One of the commenters suggested that I do this convention. Which is actually the most typical convention for a lot of accountants and financial analysts. Instead of writing a negative, they'll write it in parentheses. That means negative. Minus 50. And then the gross profit would be 50. And then, actually I want to do something a little bit interesting. Let's say that this cost of goods sold, it involves no depreciation or amortization. And watch those videos if those words confuse you. And all of the appreciation and amortization is actually occurring at the corporate level. So let's say that there is some SG&A. But this is without the depreciation and amortization. So let's say that this is an expense of 10. Let's say there's some depreciation and amortization as well. D&A. In the last couple of videos I kind of grouped. And that tends to be the case. On a lot of income statements they won't separate out the depreciation and amortization. And you'll actually have to look at the cash flow statement to figure out what this is. And I'm going to do that in a future video. But let's say that we actually do break it out. Sometimes that does happen. And let's say that that's another 5. Maybe these are in thousands. And then you're left with the operating profit. In this case, which is 50 minus 15, so it's 35. And then you have things below that. You have interest. And I'll do those just for-- you have the non-operating income and interest and all that. Let me just do that. Interest. Let's say that that is also 5,000, if that's what we care about. And then you have pre-tax. I didn't put the non-operating income. Let's say this cash isn't generating anything. So pre-tax income is 30,000, if that's what we're dealing with. It's getting a little messy. So then you have taxes. Let's say it's 1/3. It's 10,000 of taxes. And then you have earnings. 30 minus 10 is 20,000. So I suggested, what part of this income statement is dependent purely on this piece right here? Well all this stuff with interest, that's dependent on the debt. And essentially taxes is also dependent on the debt. Because the more interest you have, the more you can deduct it. And so all of this down here is dependent on your capital structure. So if you wanted to look just what the enterprise value is generating, it's generating the operating profit. So I suggested that a pretty good ratio, although this is very non traditional. It's not very not traditional, but you don't hear it said a lot. I'd argue that you could look at EV to operating profit as a good metric. Which in a lot of cases is the inverse of the return on assets, as I defined it in the first video. There's a lot of different return on asset definitions. But it's essentially saying, for every dollar of operating profit, how much are you paying for the enterprise. Which I think is a pretty good metric. Now, the more conventional metric that you'll see when you see people talk about enterprise values, enterprise value to EBITDA. And if you go and get a job as a research analyst at some firm, this is going to be something that you're going to be expected to calculate for a company. And hopefully talk reasonably intelligently about it. So the first question, to talk reasonably intelligently about anything is, what is EBITDA? So EBITDA is Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. So let's see what that would be here. So it's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. So it's before all of this stuff. Actually, let's compare that to something we covered before. So you have EBITDA. And you have EBIT. EBIT is Earnings Before Interest and Taxes. So EBIT is earnings. You add back taxes and interest. You're at operating profit. And I've gone over this in the past, but the distinction between operating profit and EBIT is that EBIT might include some non-operating income, which I haven't put here. But if this cash was generating some profit unrelated to the operations of the business, it'd be included in EBIT. It wouldn't be an operating profit. But they're usually pretty close if we're talking about, let's say, a non-financial type of business. So this is EBIT. And if you want to get EBITDA, you just add back the depreciation and amortization. So EBITDA would be here. So the EBIT is 35,000. If you add that back, it would be 40,000. So the EBITDA in this case is 40. And if my units are in thousands, it's 40,000. Now the question is, why do people care about EBITDA? Why is EBITDA used instead of operating profit? And the logic is that depreciation and amortization, and we did this in the depreciation and amortization videos, these are just spread-out costs that necessarily aren't cash going out the door in this period. We saw that this depreciation and amortization. Maybe this is, I bought a $100 or $100,000 object 10 years ago. And every year I depreciate 1/20 of it. But the cash went out the door 20 years ago. And so this depreciation and amortization in this period, it isn't necessarily cash out of the door. In fact, it isn't cash out the door. We'll talk in future videos about how do you find out what the cash out the door is in a period. So it's considered a non-cash expense. So when you figure out EBITDA, when you add back taxes, you add back interest, and you add back depreciation and amortization. What you're left with is essentially, how much raw cash is the enterprise spitting out? And a lot of people care about this because this is an indication of, one, the company's ability to do things. To do things like pay its interest, pay its taxes, or invest in the business itself. Or another way to view it is, if you look at EV to EBITDA, you're saying for every dollar of raw cash that this business spits out. And let's say I were not to reinvest in the business or buy new equipment. If it's just raw dollars, how much am I paying for the enterprise? And a general rule of thumb, and we'll do more on this in the future. I think I'm already well over my regular time limit, is that for a very, stable, simple, non-declining non-growing business, five times EBITDA is considered a good valuation. But what matters more is what other companies in that industry are trading at. So all of these ratios are better as relative valuation metrics. In the future I'll show you how to do maybe a discounted cash flow or a discounted free cash flow type of analysis. Or a dividend discount model or something, so you can kind of figure out an absolute value. But when you're looking in public markets, when you're picking to decide something, you're also implicitly picking not to buy other things. When you're choosing to sell something, you're also implicitly choosing not to sell other things. So relative value starts to matter a little bit more. Anyway, hopefully you found that helpful.