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Harbinger Group Inc (NYSE:HRG)
Cost of Goods Sold
$2,945 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2014)

Harbinger Group Inc's cost of goods sold for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $798 Mil. Its cost of goods sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $2,945 Mil.

Cost of Goods Sold is directly linked to profitability of the company through Gross Margin. Harbinger Group Inc's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was 47.24%.

Cost of Goods Sold is also directly linked to Inventory Turnover. Harbinger Group Inc's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was 1.15.


Definition

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

Harbinger Group Inc Cost of Goods Sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 735.5 (Dec. 2013 ) + 679.2 (Mar. 2014 ) + 732.6 (Jun. 2014 ) + 797.9 (Sep. 2014 ) = $2,945 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.

Harbinger Group Inc's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as:

Gross Margin=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=(1512.4 - 797.9) / 1512.4
=47.24 %

* 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:

Harbinger Group Inc's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as:

Inventory Turnover (Q: Sep. 2014 )
=Cost of Goods Sold (Q: Sep. 2014 )/( (Inventory (Q: Jun. 2014 )+Inventory (Q: Sep. 2014 ))/ 2 )
=797.9/( (746.7+635.2)/ 2 )
=797.9/690.95
=1.15

* 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.


Related Terms

Inventory, Inventory Turnover, Gross Margin, Revenue


Historical Data

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

Harbinger Group Inc Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Sep11Sep12Sep13Sep14
COGS 92000002,0582,1372,7392,945

Harbinger Group Inc Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
COGS 533553582674725758736679733798
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