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Forest Laboratories Inc (NYSE:FRX)
Cost of Goods Sold
\$761 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2014)

Forest Laboratories Inc's cost of goods sold for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 was \$249 Mil. Its cost of goods sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2014 was \$761 Mil.

Cost of Goods Sold is directly linked to profitability of the company through Gross Margin. Forest Laboratories Inc's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 was 77.18%.

Cost of Goods Sold is also directly linked to Inventory Turnover. Forest Laboratories Inc's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 was 0.47.

Definition

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

Forest Laboratories Inc Cost of Goods Sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2014 was 165.367 (Jun. 2013 ) + 163.718 (Sep. 2013 ) + 182.27 (Dec. 2013 ) + 249.287 (Mar. 2014 ) = \$761 Mil.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Explanation

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

Forest Laboratories Inc's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 is calculated as:

 Gross Margin = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = (1092.278 - 249.287) / 1092.278 = 77.18 %

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own 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:

Forest Laboratories Inc's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 is calculated as:

 Inventory Turnover = Cost of Goods Sold / Average Inventory = 249.287 / 525.333 = 0.47

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own 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 own currency.

Forest Laboratories Inc Annual Data

 Mar05 Mar06 Mar07 Mar08 Mar09 Mar10 Mar11 Mar12 Mar13 Mar14 COGS 688 651 746 800 817 924 964 998 649 761

Forest Laboratories Inc Quarterly Data

 Dec11 Mar12 Jun12 Sep12 Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 COGS 263 218 168 150 153 178 165 164 182 249
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