Operating margin is a profitability ratio that calculates the percentage of operating profit the company produces from its revenue. In other words, it shows how much of each dollar of revenues is left over after both costs of goods sold and operating expenses are deducted.
Operating margins is very similar to return on sales ratio, the only difference been that operating profit margins is always represented as percentage number while return on sales is represented as ratio. Operating margins is also similar to the EBITDA margins but unlike EBITDA margin, operating margin takes into account depreciation and amortization expenses.
Operating margin is calculated as ratio of the operating income divided by total revenue. The formula is:
Operating margin (%) = Operating Profit / Revenue.
Both the operating income and the revenue numbers can be found on the companys income statement.
Since operating profit margin is a way to measure company profitability, the higher the number the better. Higher profit margin are indication that the company is run efficiently and that the management is good at controlling its operating expenses.
|ABL Abacus Life Inc||79.8%||$455.21M||Asset Management|
|HTGC Hercules Capital Inc||79.8%||$2.3B||Mortgage Finance|
|NRP Natural Resource Partners Lp||79.3%||$942.54M||Thermal Coal|
|TPL Texas Pacific Land Corp||78.6%||$13.54B||Oil & Gas E&P|
|NMIH NMI Holdings Inc||78.4%||$2.13B||Insurance - Property & Casualty|
|BSM Black Stone Minerals LP||77.1%||$3.88B||Oil & Gas E&P|
|RDN Radian Group Inc||77%||$3.89B||Insurance - Specialty|
Operating profit margin is used by investors to calculate the profitability of different companies. Since operating margins can differ across industries, when analysing the operating income margins of a company it should always be benchmarked again the industry averages. When looking at company’s operating profit margins investors also look for movements in the margins over time. A company with increasing operating income margins might be an indicator that the company efficiency and profitability is improving. This might be due efficient management that is able to lower its costs of operations. It can also be an indication of improvement in the company’s competitive advantage.