Another way to use EBITDA is to compare it with other companies in the industry. When comparing companies, you want to ensure you are compare apples to apples and this data point allows you to do so. When looking at EBITDA, remember it is non-GAAP and it allows for discretion in what is used to formulate the total. When you look at the EBITDA, you want to ensure it is not too far off from the past years as that could indicate something is wrong with the company or good, if it skews to far one way.
EBITDA or earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization, helps to gauge how a company is operating and performing. When looking at this, you can evaluate how an company is preforming without taking into account decision related to finance or tax. Another way to look at it is net income with everything from interest to tax. Many valuation firms will use EBITDA in the numbers to help people gain an understanding of how the company has been doing compared to years past.