EBITDA 101: Understanding the Basics

If you’re considering buying or selling a healthcare practice, you may have encountered the term EBITDA. EBITDA stands for Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization, and it’s an important financial metric used in practice valuations and transactions.

This post will provide an overview of EBITDA and its significance in practice transitions.

What is EBITDA?

EBITDA is a measure of a company’s financial performance that looks at its earnings before the deduction of interest expenses, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. It’s often used as a proxy for cash flow because it provides an estimate of a company’s operating income before non-operating expenses and capital expenditures.

Why is EBITDA Important in Practice Transitions?

EBITDA is an important metric in practice transitions because it provides a way to compare the financial performance of different sizes and types of practices. By looking at EBITDA, buyers and sellers can get a better understanding of the cash flow and profitability of a practice, which can help in negotiations and determining the value of the practice.

Calculating EBITDA

To calculate EBITDA, you’ll need to start with a company’s net income and add back interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Here’s the formula:

EBITDA = Net Income + Interest + Taxes + Depreciation + Amortization

Remember that this is a simplified formula, and there are variations in how EBITDA is calculated. It’s important to work with a qualified professional who can help you calculate EBITDA accurately and in accordance with accepted practices.

Using EBITDA in Practice Valuations

EBITDA is often used as a multiple in practice valuations. The multiple is applied to a practice’s EBITDA to arrive at a valuation. The multiple can vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the type of practice, location, and growth potential.


EBITDA is an important financial metric that plays a significant role in practice transitions. Buyers and sellers can make informed decisions and achieve their desired outcomes by understanding EBITDA and its significance in practice valuations. If you’re considering a practice transition, it’s important to work with a qualified professional who can help you navigate the financial aspects of the transaction.

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