Calculate and Interpret the Berry Ratio

By Stock Research Pro • October 6th, 2009

The Berry ratio is a measure of a company’s gross profits to its operating expenses to provide an indication of company profits over a specific period of time. A measure of 1.0 or greater would show that the company is earning a profit over and above its variable expenses. A score of less than 1.0 indicates that the company is losing money. Devised by economist Dr. Charles Berry, the ratio can provide a measure of company profitability; a higher score demonstrates a more profitable company.

What are Gross Margin and Operating Expenses?

A company’s gross margin is the difference between its sales and its production costs. As such, the gross margin represents the percentage of sales the company retains after deducting the direct costs associated with the production of goods. Operating expense refers to the company’s disbursement of cash through its normal business operations.

Calculate the Berry Ratio

The formula for the Berry ratio can be written as:

Berry Ratio = Gross Margin / Operating Expense

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The Berry ratio is often used in conjunction with other measure of profit levels to confirm validity.

The above information is educational and should not be interpreted as financial advice. For advice that is specific to your circumstances, you should consult a financial or tax advisor.

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