Business By the Numbers – Part 6 – Z-Score

“Business By the Numbers – Part 5” discussed the importance of tracking your business by using numbers from your Profit and Loss statement to determine your Break Even Analysis.


The next topic to discuss is Z-Score.  Again, we’ll use the information from the Vistage* “Formulas for Success” publication.


Business Z-Score


The final business KPI is our Z-Score.  It is a measure of the overall health for most businesses.  As with the other key indicators, what is important is to measure the trend year over year and see whether the Z-Score is increasing (which is good) or decreasing (which is not good).



Z-Score Scoring

0 – 1.09          Bankruptcy Imminent

1.10 – 2.60     Very Questionable

2.60 +            Bankruptcy Not Imminent”

Business By the Numbers – Part 7 will feature Additional KPIs.


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Jim D'Amico

My name is Jim and people usually call me Jim. Sometimes I’m called James, usually at a doctor’s office. My favorite season is Summer because I like warm, sunny weather. I also like the colors of Autumn. My favorite hobby now is reading, but in the past I spent a great deal of time with my coin collection and drawing and painting pictures. My favorite sport is baseball and the Yankees are my team. I coached baseball and softball for nearly twenty years with my three children. My favorite activity is going out to dinner, throw in a little rock music from the 60’s and early 70’s and it’s a good night. My favorite quotes: “If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” - Henry Ford. “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” - Thomas A. Edison. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” - Thomas A. Edison.

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