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Break Even

1. To make the sales or revenues necessary to cover costs and prevent a firm from operating at a loss. The breakeven may be relatively stable or it may fluctuate, depending on the company or industry. Companies with high breakevens tend to have large fluctuations in earnings from year to year.

2. To sell a security at a price that causes the seller to neither make a profit nor lose money on the sale.

breakeven

1. The level of output or sales necessary to cover fixed expenses. Companies in industries that have high fixed costs and, consequently, high breakevens, such as automobile and steel manufacturing, are likely to exhibit large fluctuations in earnings.
2. The price at which a security position can be closed out with no profit or loss.
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Reaching the breakeven point is the exclusive success of the company's activities.
If all you want to calculate is the breakeven point and margin of safety, then you could use a more condensed version.
Most insurance cos are yet to reach the breakeven point and are ineligible for launching an IPO under the norms
Evergreen and Yangming raised the freight rates on the Asia-Europe routes by between US$275 and US$300 per TEU (twenty-foot-equivalent unit) to reach the breakeven point of US$2,000 per TEU, making them meet the operating breakeven point in the first quarter of this year as earlier anticipated.
GFH chairman, Dr Esam Janahi said, 'There have clearly been unprecedented challenges across the global marketplace over the past nine months but we're optimistic that during the second half of 2009 the bank's operating income will be close to breakeven point or better.
Esam Janahi said, "There have clearly been unprecedented challenges across the global marketplace over the past nine months but we're optimistic that during the second half of 2009 the bank's operating income will be close to breakeven point or better.
Using the attached 3-year illustration, for Kim the breakeven point after paying premiums for 30 years (to age 89) would be 82 days of care/benefits.
But prices are now hovering around EUR40 - below the EUR50-60 breakeven point suggested by BP.
The UK market place remains challenging and the board does not expect that UK sales will exceed the manufacturing breakeven point in 2008.
Iran, with double the population of Saudi Arabia, has a breakeven point of about $100 a barrel, according to Edward Morse, managing director and chief economist at Louis Capital Markets LP in New York.
New orders and production made significant gains to drive the PMI back above the breakeven point.
Airbus told analysts last week that its breakeven point for the A380 program has risen to 420 aircraft from 270, according to a statement on EADS' website.