Contribution margin is the amount remaining from sales revenue after variable expenses have been deducted. Thus it is the amount available to cover fixed expenses and then to provide profits for the period. Contribution margin is first used to cover the fixed expenses and then whatever remains go towards profits.
Contribution Margin and Basics of Cost Volume Profit (CVP) Analysis: Learning Objectives: Define and explain contribution margin. Prepare a contribution margin format income statement. What are the advantages of calculating contribution margin? Definition and Explanation of Contribution Margin: Contribution margin is the amount remaining