Revenue From Operations

Revenue from operations can be defined as the income generated by an entity from its daily core business operations. If the entity is able to generate steady flow of income from its operations, it is said to have been running successfully. It is also called operating revenue.

For example – ABC Automobile Co. makes and sells automobiles as their daily core business, so their revenue from operations is said to be generated by production and selling of automobiles only. Now, lets say in a financial year ABC Automobile Co. earns a significant amount of money by selling rights to a patent they own, this will NOT be considered as revenue from operations.


Calculation of Operating Revenue

Operating revenue or Revenue from operations is calculated by taking into account the figure of Sales after factoring for any sales return or discounts allowed. After calculating the net operating revenue deduct the amount of cost of operations to derive the operating profits of a company. The same can be explained with the help of a simple illustration.

The operating profit of ABC Ltd for financial year ending 31st March XXXX is calculated as follows:

Revenue from operations


Revenue from Operations is the starting point for Profit and Loss or Income and Expenditure Account. Following are some of the incomes/expenditures which are not considered while calculating Revenue from Operations.

  • Income from Non-operating activities like profit on sale of asset, Income from investments, etc.
  • Administrative expenses like salaries, lighting and electricity, etc.
  • Selling expenses like advertising and promotions, etc.