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TAL Education Group (NYSE:XRS)
Cost of Goods Sold
\$303.6 Mil (TTM As of Feb. 2016)

TAL Education Group's cost of goods sold for the three months ended in Feb. 2016 was \$88.8 Mil. Its cost of goods sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Feb. 2016 was \$303.6 Mil.

Cost of Goods Sold is directly linked to profitability of the company through Gross Margin. TAL Education Group's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Feb. 2016 was 49.29%.

Cost of Goods Sold is also directly linked to Inventory Turnover. TAL Education Group's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Feb. 2016 was 185.33.

Definition

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

TAL Education Group Cost of Goods Sold for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Feb. 2016 was 60.971 (May. 2015 ) + 80.455 (Aug. 2015 ) + 73.435 (Nov. 2015 ) + 88.774 (Feb. 2016 ) = \$303.6 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.

TAL Education Group's Gross Margin for the three months ended in Feb. 2016 is calculated as:

 Gross Margin = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = (175.049 - 88.774) / 175.049 = 49.29 %

* 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:

TAL Education Group's Inventory Turnover for the three months ended in Feb. 2016 is calculated as:

 Inventory Turnover = Cost of Goods Sold / Average Inventory = 88.774 / 0.479 = 185.33

* 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.

TAL Education Group Annual Data

 Feb09 Feb10 Feb11 Feb12 Feb13 Feb14 Feb15 Feb16 COGS 0.0 0.0 18.6 37.6 56.1 95.6 115.7 151.5 203.1 303.6

TAL Education Group Quarterly Data

 Feb14 May14 Aug14 Nov14 Feb15 May15 Aug15 Nov15 Feb16 May16 COGS 40.8 41.7 53.2 49.0 59.2 61.0 80.5 73.4 88.8 100.5
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