Net margin

Motley Fool  Apr 10  Comment 
Net margin can help you compare the profitability of companies in the same industry.
The Times of India  Aug 4  Comment 
United Spirits (USL), the maker of McDowell's No 1 whiskey and Celebration Rum, was a drag on Diageo's margins for the full year results and will continue to be so next year as well, the world's largest drinks company said last weekend.
The Economic Times  Feb 3  Comment 
Blue Dart has emerged with a stellar performance for the quarter, pulling through a 54% uptick in PAT figures. Yogesh Dhingra, COO & Finance Director, Blue Dart Express talks to ET Now in further details about the quarter gone by.
Reuters  Mar 22  Comment 
PBG , Poland's largest listed construction group, expects its net margin this year to surpass 8.2 percent reported in 2009, its chief executive told reporters on Monday. (Reporting by Agniszka Barteczko)


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Net margin equals net profit divided by revenue

Net margin is the ratio of net profits to revenues for a company and is often used as an indicator of a company's ability to control its costs. In other words, how much of a profit does the company generate for every dollar it takes in. The formula for calcluating net margin is:

Net Margin = Net Profit / Revenues

Net margins vary from company to company with individual industries having typically expected ranges given similar constraints within the industry. For example, a retail company might be expected to have low net margins while a technology company could generate margins of 15-20% or more. A good way to determine which industries are most profitable is to compare net margins across industries.

Companies that increase their net margins over time generally see their share price rise over time as well as the company is increasing the rate at which it turns dollars earned into profits.


  • Company XYZ generated $1 million in net profit on $ 10 million in revenues for a net margin of 10% in 2007 (1 / 10).
  • In 2008, the company worked to become more efficient. Despite constant revenues in 2008 of $10 million, the company generated $1.3 million in net profit for a net margin of 13% in 2008. The company saw its share price rise as it used its resources more efficiently.
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