Cash flow management

Break-even point calculation

Your break-even point indicates the minimum level of sales or income that you need to meet overhead expenses and achieve your profit margin.

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Consider your prices and costs

Your break-even point is an important calculation to help you work out if your prices are set correctly, and that you have enough demand to cover your fixed costs. 

Depending on the type of business you’re in, the break-even calculation can be based on your overall sales, or on each individual product line or major item.  

How to calculate your break-even point

We calculate the break-even point of your business by dividing your total overheads for the year by your gross profit margin for the year. 

Overheads ÷ gross profit margin = break-even level of sales

This calculation assumes the gross profit margin remains the same across all business activities. In this calculation we have defined overheads to include costs that cannot be directly attributable to a sale but are incurred to keep the business running, e.g. accounting costs, advertising, insurance, rates.


If your total overheads for the year are $12,000, and your gross profit margin for the year is 20% your break-even point is $60,000.

12,000 ÷ 20% = 60,000

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