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Ascena Retail Group Inc (NAS:ASNA)
Cost of Goods Sold
\$2,890 Mil (TTM As of Jan. 2017)

Ascena Retail Group Inc's cost of goods sold for the three months ended in Jan. 2017 was \$802 Mil. Its cost of goods sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2017 was \$2,890 Mil.

Cost of Goods Sold is directly linked to profitability of the company through Gross Margin. Ascena Retail Group Inc's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Jan. 2017 was 54.1%.

Cost of Goods Sold is also directly linked to Inventory Turnover. Ascena Retail Group Inc's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Jan. 2017 was 1.08.

Definition

Cost of goods sold (COGS) refers to the Inventory costs of those goods a business has sold during a particular period.

Ascena Retail Group Inc Cost of Goods Sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2017 was 652.6 (Apr. 2016 ) + 771 (Jul. 2016 ) + 664.4 (Oct. 2016 ) + 802.4 (Jan. 2017 ) = \$2,890 Mil.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Explanation

Cost of Goods Sold is directly linked to profitability of the company through Gross Margin.

Ascena Retail Group Inc's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Jan. 2017 is calculated as:

 Gross Margin = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = (1748.2 - 802.4) / 1748.2 = 54.1 %

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

A company that has a moat can usually maintain or even expand their Gross Margin. A company can increase its Gross Margin in two ways. It can increase the prices of the goods it sells and keeps its Cost of Goods Sold unchanged. Or it can keep the sales price unchanged and squeeze its suppliers to reduce the Cost of Goods Sold. Warren Buffett believes businesses with the power to raise prices have moats.

Cost of Goods Sold is also directly linked to another concept called Inventory Turnover:

Ascena Retail Group Inc's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Jan. 2017 is calculated as:

 Inventory Turnover = Cost of Goods Sold / Average Inventory = 802.4 / 741.95 = 1.08

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Inventory Turnover measures how fast the company turns over its inventory within a year. A higher inventory turnover means the company has light inventory. Therefore the company spends less money on storage, write downs, and obsolete inventory. If the inventory is too light, it may affect sales because the company may not have enough to meet demand.

Usually retailers pile up their inventories at holiday seasons to meet the stronger demand. Therefore, the inventory of a particular quarter of a year should not be used to calculate inventory turnover. An average inventory is a better indication.

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Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Ascena Retail Group Inc Annual Data

 Jul07 Jul08 Jul09 Jul10 Jul11 Jul12 Jul13 Jul14 Jul15 Jul16 COGS 842 886 918 1,395 1,261 1,506 2,138 2,131 2,134 3,067

Ascena Retail Group Inc Quarterly Data

 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 Jan17 COGS 500 627 475 532 769 874 653 771 664 802
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