## What you’ll learn to do: Examine various methods of break-even analysis

Finding the point where sales less variable and fixed costs is equal to zero is defined as break even analysis. Let’s examine various ways to calculate the break even point. It can also be important to calculate the amount of sales in dollars we need to meet a certain profit point. Most companies wish to show a profit, so that investors get a return on their investment.

Calculating the break-even point, target profits and margin of safety are all important concepts to help managers and investors make good decisions.