Many law firms are still at the “primordial soup” stage of evolution on this topic. Prior to the recession, the rate of growth in law firm revenue and profits mirrored each other in many law firms so a top-line revenue focus was a reasonably safe approach to success. This relationship broke during the recession so a new, combined focus on the top and bottom lines is required for success.

What is profitability reporting?

Profitability reporting is the process of measuring a company's financial performance and ensuring that it meets expectations. It can be broken down into two main categories: operational and financial.

Operational profitability measures how well a company is performing on its core business operations. It includes things like income from sales, expenses, and net operating profit (NOP). Financial profitability looks at how much money the company has left after it pays its bills (interest, taxes, and depreciation) and covers such factors as return on equity (ROE), earnings per share (EPS), and debt to equity ratio.

There are a number of ways to measure profitability. One common method is net income, which takes into account both operational and financial factors. Other methods include operating profit margin, return on assets (ROA), and return on invested capital (ROIC).

It's important to ensure that a company's profitability meets expectations so that investors don't become concerned about the company's future. Profitability reporting can help companies track their progress over time and make necessary adjustments if needed.

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