Over the past three decades, the discipline of financial analysis and accounting has changed significantly. One of the business changes has to be the use of EBITDA. This financial metric was barely used until the leveraged buyout boom of the 1970s and 80s when it became commonplace to use EBITDA or earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization when valuing companies. Private equity quickly discovered that by stripping out interest costs, tax and items related to capital spending, you can present a much more . . .