What is EBITDAR?

EBITDAR (Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and restructuring/rent) is a popular measure which is used to assess the company’s performance, this is not directly present on the income statement but can be calculated by using the information on the income statement by adding rent or restructuring costs to EBITDA.

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Source: EBITDAR (wallstreetmojo.com)

Brief Explanation

An EBITDAR is a calculation of earnings of the company before netting interest, taxes, and depreciation & amortization, and rent/restructuring cost of the company, and it is used to determine its actual operating performances without taking effects of its financial and investment decisions. It excludes all non-cash expensesNon-cash ExpensesNon-cash expenses are those expenses recorded in the firm's income statement for the period under consideration; such costs are not paid or dealt with in cash by the firm. It involves expenses such as depreciation.read more, non-operating and non-recurring expendituresNon-recurring ExpendituresNon-recurring items are income statement entries that are unusual and unexpected during regular business operations; examples include profits or losses from sale of asset, impairment costs, restructuring costs, and losses in lawsuits, and inventory write-off.read more.


Below is the EBITDAR example of Pinnacle Entertainment.


source: Pinnacle Entertainment SEC Filings

We note that Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortisation, and Rent for Pinnacle entertainment has increased over the years and was at $654.5 million in 2016 (consolidated level).

EBITDAR Calculation

As we already discussed, the analyst uses this as an operating tool and calculate the EBITDAR by adding interest, taxes, depreciation & amortization, and rent/restructuring expenses in a company’s net income. It means it considers the outcome of operating decisions only and excludes the impact of other non-operating as well as non-recurring decisions.

Below is the EBITDAR formula

EBITDAR formula

For example, consider a hypothetical Shipping company having the following information;

  • Net Income – $1000 Millions
  • Interest – $300 Millions
  • Taxes – $225 Millions
  • Depreciation – $150 Millions
  • Amortisation – $75 Millions and
  • Rent – $130 Millions

We can calculate EBITDAR with the help of the above EBITDAR formula

  • EBITDAR formula= Net Income + Interest + Taxes + Depreciation + Amortisation + Rent
  •  = 1000 + 300 + 225 + 150 + 75 + 130 = $1880 Millions


These are the key financial metrics used by the analysts as per their object of analysis and type of the industries. We will be going to learn about them one by one.

#1 – EBIT

Earnings before Interest and TaxesEarnings Before Interest And TaxesEarnings before interest and tax (EBIT) refers to the company's operating profit that is acquired after deducting all the expenses except the interest and tax expenses from the revenue. It denotes the organization's profit from business operations while excluding all taxes and costs of capital.read more are the most common term used to define the operating performances of the company in any industry. It estimates how much operating cash a business can generate in a financial year just by netting operating cash outflows from operating cash inflows. One can calculate the same by simply adding back interest and tax expenses in the net profit of the company.


Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation & Amortisation is used to estimate an actual operating cash flow a company generates after deducting all operating cash outflows and depreciation and amortization as well. It doesn’t consider the non-cash items as an actual cash outflow, hence added in EBIT to determine the operating results of the company. We have to add depreciationDepreciationDepreciation is a systematic allocation method used to account for the costs of any physical or tangible asset throughout its useful life. Its value indicates how much of an asset’s worth has been utilized. Depreciation enables companies to generate revenue from their assets while only charging a fraction of the cost of the asset in use each year. read more and amortization cost in EBIT of the company.


Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation & Amortisation, and Rent/Restructuring Cost are little different from EBITDA as it also adds back rent or restructuring cost in Net Income along with other components. It is necessary to calculate EBITDAR for every industry in which rent or restructuring cost is very high so that the financial performances of a company can be measured with the utmost accuracy.


Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation & Amortisation, Rent/Restructuring Cost and Management Fees is one of the financial measures which treat Management Fees as a non-recurring item and should not be considered as operating expenseOperating ExpenseOperating expense (OPEX) is the cost incurred in the normal course of business and does not include expenses directly related to product manufacturing or service delivery. Therefore, they are readily available in the income statement and help to determine the net profit.read more in some sort of industries like NBFC’s. Management Fees are usually paid by the companies to Investment Bankers, Fund Managers to manage their portfolio and make efficient investment strategiesInvestment StrategiesInvestment strategies assist investors in determining where and how to invest based on their expected return, risk appetite, corpus amount, holding period, retirement age, industry of choice, and so on.read more for a company in a professional way. This fee is calculated on Assets under Management (AUM), and it may range between 0.50% – 2.00% on AUM.

Final Thoughts

It is an industry-specific measurement tool which is used to do the precise valuation of companies between the same industry but having substantial rent or restricting component in its cost structureCost StructureCost Structure refers to those costs or expenses (fixed as well as variable costs) which businesses will incur or will have to incur to produce the desired objective of the business; such costs include the cost of purchasing the raw material to the cost of packaging the finished products.read more. The operating efficiency and profitability of Airlines, Hospitality, Shipping, and Wholesale Trade industries can be determined by calculating EBITDAR as a part of their investment analysisInvestment AnalysisInvestment analysis is the method adopted by analysts to evaluate the investment opportunities, profitability, and associated risks in their portfolios. In addition, it helps them to determine whether the investment is worth it or not.read more. A positive or negative EBITDAR is necessary to know the operating soundness of those businesses. It is also used to identify and implement operational changes, if any, required before taking any strategic or tactical decision.


This article has been a guide to what is EBITDAR and its meaning and why it is important for shipping and airline companies. Also, we take EBITDAR Calculations along with practical examples. Also, we discuss the differences between EBIT, EBITDA, EBITDAR, and EBITDARM. You may learn more about Financial Analysis from the following articles –

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