Trelleborg uses the following alternative performance measures relating to its financial position: return on shareholders’ equity and return on capital employed, net debt, debt/equity ratio and equity/assets ratio. The Group believes that these performance measures can be utilized by users of the financial statements as a supplement in assessing the possibility of dividends, making strategic investments and assessing the Group’s ability to meet its financial commitments. Trelleborg also uses the cash flow metrics of operating cash flow and free cash flow to provide an indication of the funds generated by the operations in order to conduct strategic investments, carry out amortizations and generate a return for its shareholders. Trelleborg uses the performance metrics of EBITDA, EBITA and EBIT excluding items affecting comparability, which the Group considers to be relevant for investors seeking to understand its earnings generation before items affecting comparability. The Group defines its key figures as follows.