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When someone asks you how large was your P & L responsib

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When someone asks you how large was your P & L responsibility, what is the answer? Is it your sales? Or your expenses? Or your net profit? If someone wants to know how large the P & L I am responsible for, what is the correct answer?

Also, how is a P&L calculated for a business that does not have a fixed profit for a sale. Such as a bank, where a loan may be worth X if it is paid on time through maturity, but only Y if it is paid off, or defaults?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Finance
Expert:  Haider replied 7 years ago.
By what time you require the answer ??
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I'd like an answer tonight if possible, but definitely by 9am EST. Thanks!
Expert:  Haider replied 7 years ago.
<p>i will try my level best to provide you with the answer</p><p> </p><p>thanks</p><p>Regardss</p>
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Expert:  Haider replied 7 years ago.

Part 1

Net profit is a target to be achieved by the firm it is not enough to generate only sales or to control only expenses if a company cannot earn net profit. If sales are less then expenses it means that company has made a loss. And if company has cut the expenses to control them but if it has resulted in decreasing of sales then there is no benefit of cutting the expenses.

As there are two areas sales and expenses which results in profit therefore you are responsible for the area which comes under your authority. For example if I am a marketing manager I am responsible for sales or if I am a production manager am responsible for costs of production.


Part 2

It is not correct that a banks profit Is not fixed it may be calculated for a particular period regardless of different loans and different interest rates because you know that what amount is going to be received in a particular period therefore we know what would be the profit in a particular period . Like other business in which the provision for doubtful debts against accounts receivable Is to be kept, the same thing applies to banking industry where you have to keep provision for Bad Loans .


If you have any further query feel free to ask .

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Sorry, but Part 1 does not answer my question.


If someone is responsible for an entire business, what is the answer? If I own the profit and loss (revenue and expense) how do I answer the question of how large is my P & L?

Expert:  Haider replied 7 years ago.

If you are a sole owner of the business then all the profits earned by the business are yours and if any losses are made then its your sole responisibilty to pay them even from your personal assets .For example you have an investment of 500,000 and have made a loss of 2,000,000 you are responsible to pay them even from your personal assets.


if you are satisified now so accept the answer so i can get paid for my efforts ..

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

I'm sorry but you are not answering my question. It is a VERY common question asked by companies that are hiring an executive.


How large was the P & L you were managing at your last job?


I do not need a P&L explained to me. ANd I dont need examples with arbitrary numbers that dont actually answer the question.


When a company asks you how large was the P&L you were managing, what number are they referring to?


Is it Revenue? Expenses? Net Profit? Some combination?


Please assign this to another "expert" as it is clear you do not know the answer. You are obviously inteligent, but my question is a simple one for anyone who has worked in finance for a bank or major corporation.



Expert:  Milan Vaishnav replied 7 years ago.
Dear Friend,

The question is really simple. When someone asks how "large" your P&L account is; is usually referring the size of the Corporation you are working for.

The P&L account has many heads, i.e. income, expenses, depreciation (that depicts assets), insurance, Net Profits, etc. I mean so many things that indirectly "shows off" the size of the corporation you are working for.

This question is meant to ask that how large a coporation that you have worked with and how much size / quantum of the work handled.

In a way,as you said in your question, that it refers to the size of revenue, sales, net profits and combination of all these.

I hope the above helps...