### Variable Cost Ratio

### What is the ‘Variable Cost Ratio’

The variable cost ratio is an expression of a company’s variable production costs as a percentage of sales, calculated as variable costs divided by total revenues. It compares costs that change with levels of production to the amount of revenues generated by production. This contrasts with fixed costs that remain constant regardless of production levels.

### Explaining ‘Variable Cost Ratio’

Consideration of the variable cost ratio, which can alternately be calculated as 1 – contribution margin ratio, is one factor in determining profitability, since it indicates if a company is achieving, or maintaining, the desirable balance where revenues are rising faster than expenses.

### Variable Costs, Fixed Expenses, Revenues, Contribution Margin and Profits

The variable cost ratio and its usefulness are easily understood once the basic concepts of variable costs, fixed expenses, and their relationship to revenues and general profitability is grasped.

### Variable Cost Ratio FAQ

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### Further Reading

**Cost behavior and fundamental analysis of SG&A costs**

journals.sagepub.com [PDF]… We provide descriptive statistics for the SG&A signals obtained when a ran- dom walk model is used to form expectations and for other variables in Table 1. (Proportional cost model) (2) SG&A, SGW-, SALES, SALES,-, SG&A signal … or bottom 0.5 percent for each variable …

**Distribution of variable vs fixed costs of hospital care**

jamanetwork.com [PDF]… We provide descriptive statistics for the SG&A signals obtained when a ran- dom walk model is used to form expectations and for other variables in Table 1. (Proportional cost model) (2) SG&A, SGW-, SALES, SALES,-, SG&A signal … or bottom 0.5 percent for each variable …

**Are there economies of scale in underwriting fees? Evidence of rising external financing costs**

academic.oup.com [PDF]… We provide descriptive statistics for the SG&A signals obtained when a ran- dom walk model is used to form expectations and for other variables in Table 1. (Proportional cost model) (2) SG&A, SGW-, SALES, SALES,-, SG&A signal … or bottom 0.5 percent for each variable …

**Methodological issues in the use of financial ratios**

www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]… We provide descriptive statistics for the SG&A signals obtained when a ran- dom walk model is used to form expectations and for other variables in Table 1. (Proportional cost model) (2) SG&A, SGW-, SALES, SALES,-, SG&A signal … or bottom 0.5 percent for each variable …

**On the theoretical relationship between systematic risk and price elasticity of demand**

onlinelibrary.wiley.com [PDF]… We provide descriptive statistics for the SG&A signals obtained when a ran- dom walk model is used to form expectations and for other variables in Table 1. (Proportional cost model) (2) SG&A, SGW-, SALES, SALES,-, SG&A signal … or bottom 0.5 percent for each variable …

**Financial and stock market variables as predictors of management buyouts**

onlinelibrary.wiley.com [PDF]… We provide descriptive statistics for the SG&A signals obtained when a ran- dom walk model is used to form expectations and for other variables in Table 1. (Proportional cost model) (2) SG&A, SGW-, SALES, SALES,-, SG&A signal … or bottom 0.5 percent for each variable …