cash flow measurement that excludes interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, often used in buyout or public offering instances as opposed to ongoing financial business performance.
A measure of cash profitability typically applied to companies that have been subject to a leveraged buyout (LBO). EBITDA is operating profit before depreciation, as well as operating revenue minus cost of sales, operating expenses, and selling, general, and administrative expenses. A measure of cash flow calculated as: = Revenue - Expenses (excluding tax, interest, depreciation and amortization) EBITDA looks at the cash flow of a company. By not including interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, we can clearly see the amount of money a company brings in. This is especially useful when one company is considering a takeover of another because the EBITDA would cover any loan payments needed to finance the takeover. See Creating Your Pitch: Business Model and Financial Projections.