Operating Profit Margin

Understand the Operating Profit Margin: definition, calculation, interpretation, and significance in evaluating business performance.

The Operating Profit Margin is a profitability ratio that measures a company's ability to generate profit from its operations, after deducting operating expenses such as wages, rent, and utilities. It is expressed as a percentage and provides insight into a company's operational efficiency.


The formula for the Operating Profit Margin is:

Operating Profit Margin = Operating Profit / Revenue


Operating Profit is calculated as Revenue minus Operating Expenses, where Revenue is the total amount of money a company earns from sales, and Operating Expenses are the costs associated with running the company's day-to-day operations.


A general rule of thumb for the Operating Profit Margin is to aim for a ratio of 10% or higher, although the ideal ratio varies depending on the industry and specific circumstances of the company. A higher Operating Profit Margin indicates that a company is generating more profit from its operations, while a lower Operating Profit Margin may indicate that the company is struggling to generate profit or is facing high operating expenses.