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Parexel International Corp (NAS:PRXL)
Cost of Goods Sold
$1,582 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2014)

Parexel International Corp's cost of goods sold for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 was $409 Mil. Its cost of goods sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2014 was $1,582 Mil.

Cost of Goods Sold is directly linked to profitability of the company through Gross Margin. Parexel International Corp's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 was 29.28%.

Cost of Goods Sold is also directly linked to Inventory Turnover.


Definition

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

Parexel International Corp Cost of Goods Sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2014 was 378.62 (Jun. 2013 ) + 383.013 (Sep. 2013 ) + 411.598 (Dec. 2013 ) + 408.692 (Mar. 2014 ) = $1,582 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.

Parexel International Corp's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 is calculated as:

Gross Margin=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=(577.918 - 408.692) / 577.918
=29.28 %

* 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:

Parexel International Corp's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 is calculated as:

* 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.

Parexel International Corp Annual Data

Jun04Jun05Jun06Jun07Jun08Jun09Jun10Jun11Jun12Jun13
COGS 4674875516638288719241,0081,1941,469

Parexel International Corp Quarterly Data

Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14
COGS 283297345347362381379383412409
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