Finding Adjusted EBITDA
After receiving the financials for the target, the investment banker must calculate adjusted EBITDA. EBITDA and Total Owners Benefits (TOB) are proxies for cash flow but not true cash flow of the business as there will be CAPEX and working capital deducted to get to true cash flow. Total Owners Benefit adds back taxes, interest, depreciation and owners benefit.
The calculation for EBITDA looks like the following: