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Sanofi SA (NYSE:SNY)
Cost of Goods Sold
\$11,894 Mil (TTM As of Jun. 2016)

Sanofi SA's cost of goods sold for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 was \$5,584 Mil. Its cost of goods sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2016 was \$11,894 Mil.

Cost of Goods Sold is directly linked to profitability of the company through Gross Margin. Sanofi SA's Gross Margin for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 was 69.39%.

Cost of Goods Sold is also directly linked to Inventory Turnover. Sanofi SA's Inventory Turnover for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 was 0.74.

Definition

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

For company reported semi-annually, GuruFocus uses latest annual data as the TTM data. Sanofi SA Cost of Goods Sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2016 was \$11,894 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.

Sanofi SA's Gross Margin for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 is calculated as:

 Gross Margin = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = (18242.6966292 - 5584.26966292) / 18242.6966292 = 69.39 %

* 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:

Sanofi SA's Inventory Turnover for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 is calculated as:

 Inventory Turnover = Cost of Goods Sold / Average Inventory = 5584.26966292 / 7519.24432694 = 0.74

* 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.

Sanofi SA Annual Data

 Dec06 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 COGS 10,022 11,020 9,915 11,487 12,431 14,296 14,564 14,112 12,614 11,894

Sanofi SA Semi-Annual Data

 Dec11 Jun12 Dec12 Jun13 Dec13 Jun14 Dec14 Jun15 Dec15 Jun16 COGS 7,436 6,713 7,543 6,888 6,960 6,962 6,296 5,912 6,156 5,584
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