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The Global Innovation 1000 (2011): Why Culture is Key

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6 Core Competencies of Margin Managers

The Kini Group

For example, a 1% price increase can result in an 11% margin improvement for a business with 9% EBITDA margins. All margin managers would like to consider themselves in the top 1% of their profession.

The Beliefs that Built a Global Brewer

Harvard Business Review

Now the largest beer company in the world, AB InBev reported a double digit EBITDA growth rate and almost 30% growth in earnings per share. But what's most interesting is their meteoric increase in profits: Between 2000 and 2010, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) at the companies that now make up AB InBev rose at a compound annual rate of 38%. Anheuser's EBITDA in 2007, prior to its acquisition, was 23%. Strategy EBITDA

5 Ways to Improve Profit Margins in 6 Weeks or Less

The Kini Group

It sounds small, but for a company with 10% EBITDA margin, it yields a 10% profit increase. Only 33% of US CEOs are confident they’ll grow revenue in 2016. Yikes. That statistic doesn’t exactly scream optimism. It makes sense though.

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Communication Strategy in 13 Steps – Communicating Strategic Plan To Employees

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For example if you discuss EBITDA (Earnings before interest tax and depreciation) don’t assume that all your employees will understand what you mean. What do you need to do to share your strategic plan? Creating a strategic plan is quite an undertaking for a business.

We Can’t Study Short-Termism Without the Right Metrics

Harvard Business Review

For example, the pervasive use of EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) to reflect a company’s performance assumes that the company can operate without having to pay for these costs (I, T, and DA). As Warren Buffett warns , companies that rely on EBITDA are likely spending every dime that comes in and leaving no resources to replace existing capacity to counter competitive threats.

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Hiring Veterans Is Good Business. So Why Don't We Do It More Often?

Harvard Business Review

But consider this equally inscrutable language: The value is multiples of EBITDA, assuming the back-office cost synergy targets are achievable.

What are the numbers this quarter on Values Conflicts?

CO2

Leaders are trained to identify when revenues, EBITDA, number of new customers, and retention of customers are up or down. They are less likely to receive training in how to identify values conflicts. . Values conflicts can have a tremendous impact on employee engagement, employee retention, and alignment. They can take a toll on net profits and customer satisfaction, too. .

Publishing Is Not Dying

Harvard Business Review

Last year, News Corp’s newspaper division reported EBITDA of $795 million on $6.7 If marketers want to produce content, they need to think like publishers. After all, content isn’t an extension of marketing, it’s an extension of publishing. I am hardly the only one to make that case , but skeptics are still vocal in their disagreement. Aren’t publishers failing?” they say. How can I hold up a struggling industry as a model?

Don't Anesthetize Your Colleagues with Bad Writing

Harvard Business Review

But if you also throw in acronyms such as ABC ("activity-based costing"), EBITDA ("earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization"), and VBM ("value-based management"), only the accountants in your audience will follow you — you'll lose everyone else.

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How Do You Rank the World’s Best CEOs?

Harvard Business Review

How do you measure a CEO’s impact? An HBR team recently addressed that question by ranking CEOs according to the increases their companies have seen in total shareholder return and market capitalization across their whole tenures.

Can We Quantify the Value of Connected Devices?

Harvard Business Review

And this addresses the commercial value creation question – P&G’s mindset was to create operational efficiencies that would contribute to healthy EBITDA margins. In the 1990s, Procter & Gamble’s Product Supply Organization kicked off a major Reliability Engineering program, much like the efficiency initiatives of companies such as Toyota.

How Mature is Your Risk Management?

Harvard Business Review

They clearly generate higher growth in revenue, EBITDA, and EBITDA/EV. Companies in the top 20% of risk maturity generated three times the level of EBITDA as those in the bottom 20%. For years, companies have been pouring money into people, processes, and technology that can help them manage risk. Most have done a great job of containing their financial reporting and compliance risks. They may have streamlined or automated their internal controls.

Whole Foods Market Needs More than Price-Tinkering

Harvard Business Review

To be clear, Whole Foods’s financials are still healthy: in FY 2013, its revenue was $12.9B, EBITDA $1.2B, and earnings per share increased by 19%. Whole Foods has a bad taste in its mouth – it recently had to revise both its sales growth and earnings for the third time in six months. As a result, its stock dropped by 19% in one day. And yet investors are jittery over whether the company will be able to deliver the growth necessary to justify its still-hefty valuation.

Entrepreneurs Need a Better Way to Cash Out

Harvard Business Review

But analysts are judging EBITDA, P/E ratios, quarterly growth, and cashflows – which don’t always correlate with long-term value creation. The most successful, visionary entrepreneurs dream not of millions of dollars, but of a world where their products change culture. But in technology startups, particularly venture-backed technology startups, the current investment climate does not always support that vision.

Which MBAs Make More: Consultants or Small-Business Owners?

Harvard Business Review

million EBITDA company for 4x paying $6 million and using 50% debt financing. HBR STAFF. Compensation is, of course, more than money.

Every Fast-Growing Company Has to Combat Overload

Harvard Business Review

From 2008 through 2013, EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) margins increased for 20 consecutive quarters, from 5% to 25%.

What to Do If a Conversation Is Turning Loud and Aggressive

Harvard Business Review

If even 10% of those executives leave in the first year of this transaction, we will fall far short of our EBITDA target.” HBR STAFF. “Come on, folks — act like investors. What questions do you have?”

Recommended Resources – An Interview with Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi, authors of The Essential Advantage

Strategy Driven

times EBITDA (compared to average multiples of 15 at the time). The Essential Advantage : How to Win with a Capabilities-Driven Strategy. by Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi. The conventional wisdom about strategy may be leading your company astray.

Don’t Turn Your Sales Team Loose Without a Strategy

Harvard Business Review

Business results were outstanding: EBITDA more than doubled in the first year and ROIC increased almost 300%, with fewer sales people. When formulating a strategy, markets and segments are important categories to consider. But a market never buys anything. Only customers buy.

Women, Finance the World You Want

Harvard Business Review

Financial services professionals may sidetrack us by slinging around financial terms like market cap, P/E, or EV/EBITDA, but investing is ultimately about achieving two goals at once — financing our personal dreams and making a down payment on the world we want. Women are gaining financial independence to an unprecedented degree — they now make up the majority of college graduates, are nearly half of the labor force and are becoming the primary earners in many households.

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Improve Your Ability to Learn

Harvard Business Review

In a 2010 study with Cornell University, we showed that our assessment grades predict performance, as measured not only by revenue and EBITDA but also by boss ratings (often issued by the Board).

The Secrets to TripAdvisor's Impressive Scale

Harvard Business Review

and EBITDA margins are 47%. The chart below shows their financial performance over the last few years, with forecasted 2012 revenue of $767M and EBITDA of $339M. market cap is 6x revenue and 13x EBITDA, so not insane multiples on a comparable basis. Scaling is hard. Really hard.

How to Anticipate a Burning Platform

Harvard Business Review

EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) is the equivalent of corporate blood pressure. Barnes & Noble had weak blood pressure in 2009, but recently its EBITDA has shown signs of recovery, increasing more than 15% to $65 million in its most recent quarter. It's been nearly a year since Nokia CEO Stephen Elop shot off his burning platform memo as a way of shaking up the phone company's leadership.

Shape Strategy With Simple Rules, Not Complex Frameworks

Harvard Business Review

Within three years, ALL's Brazilian rail operations had increased revenues by 50% and tripled EBITDA. Successful companies shape their high-level strategies by relying not on complicated frameworks but on simple rules of thumb. Managers in these organizations translate corporate objectives into a few straightforward guidelines that help employees make on-the-spot decisions and adapt to constantly shifting environments, while keeping the big picture in mind.

Scaling Is Hard. Here's How Akamai Did It.

Harvard Business Review

billion in revenue, over $1 billion in gross profit and $500 million in EBITDA. I have been thinking lately about how hard it is to scale start-ups. The Lean Start-Up movement, as exemplified in Eric Ries' book The Lean Start-Up , has appropriately focused a great deal of attention on the hard decisions and techniques required to create a company from nothing.

Divest With Care

Harvard Business Review

Pfizer divested its consumer health care business in 2006, selling it to J&J for more than 20x EBITDA. The ability to divest strategically is as important as the ability to acquire strategically. Consider the case of the health-services giant, which had quintupled its revenues in just 10 years largely through acquisitions. The company was masterful at the buy side of M&A.

Morning Advantage: A Supply Chain Solution to an Age-Old Problem

Harvard Business Review

Both the primary and secondary buyers added value in the same way — increasing EBITDA through operational improvements (an average of 14% in the first round, 13% the next) and growing revenue by increasing compound annual sales (both by 10%).

Category Creation Is the Ultimate Growth Strategy

Harvard Business Review

Corporate development groups may have to accept that EBITDA multiple valuations may not be appropriate when buying a category creator. This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Growing the Top Line. Laird Hamilton is my hero. He's not only one of the world's best big-wave surfers but he also created an entirely new category within the sport called tow-in surfing.

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The $300 House: The Urban Challenge

Harvard Business Review

Editor's note: This post is one in an occasional series on Vijay Govindarajan's and Christian Sarkar's idea to create a scalable housing solution for the world's poor. Each post will examine the challenge from a different perspective, including design, technology, urban planning and more.