# Little Books, Inc. recently reported $3 million of net income. Its EBIT was$6 million, and its...

## Question:

Little Books, Inc. recently reported $3 million of net income. Its EBIT was$6 million, and its tax rate was 40%. What was its interest expense?

## Earnings Before Interest and Taxes:

The earnings before interest and taxes represent the operating income before considering the nonoperating expenses like interest and taxes. It is the income after considering the noncash expenses like depreciation and other operating expenses. From EBIT, interest expense is reduced to determine the taxable income and taxes are reduced from taxable income to determine the net income.

Little Books, Inc's interest expense is $1,000,000. Explanation: The first step is to determine the earnings before taxes (EBT): • EBT = Net income / (1 - Tax rate) • EBT =$3,000,000 / (1 - 0.40)
• EBT = $5,000,000 The second step is to determine the interest expense: • Interest expense = EBIT - EBT • Interest expense =$6,000,000 - $5,000,000 • Interest expense =$1,000,000 