Operating Expenses (OPEX)

What is Operating Expenses (OPEX)?

An operating expense is a cost that a business incurs in order to keep its operations running, such as rent, utilities, and employee salaries.

The costs incurred by a business for its operational activities are referred to as operating expenses, operating expenditures, or “opex.” In other words, they are the costs incurred by a company in order to carry out its operational activities.

One of the typical management responsibilities is determining how to reduce operating expenses while maintaining a firm’s ability to compete with its competitors.

Most businesses must incur operating costs, which are unavoidable. Some businesses are successful in lowering operating costs in order to gain a competitive advantage and increase earnings. However, cutting operating costs can jeopardise the integrity and quality of operations.

A rise in operating costs means less profit for a company. Operating costs are frequently scrutinised by companies because they are less fixed than non-operating expenses, manufacturing costs, and capital expenditures.

The operating expense ratio (OER) compares the cost of operating a piece of property to the income generated by the property. It is a popular ratio in real estate, such as with companies that rent out apartments. A low OER indicates that less money from income is spent on operating expenses.

OER can also be used to compare the operating costs of two properties. For example, if a company owns two similar plants in Michigan with comparable outputs and one’s OER is 15% higher than the other, management should look into why.