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Arthur J Gallagher & Co (NYSE:AJG)
Gross Profit
$1,575 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2015)

Arthur J Gallagher & Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $431 Mil. Arthur J Gallagher & Co's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was $1,575 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Arthur J Gallagher & Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $431 Mil. Arthur J Gallagher & Co's revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $1,455 Mil. Therefore, Arthur J Gallagher & Co's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 was 29.63%.

Arthur J Gallagher & Co had a gross margin of 29.63% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 => Competition eroding margins

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Arthur J Gallagher & Co was 81.25%. The lowest was 30.26%. And the median was 51.75%.

Warning Sign:

Arthur J Gallagher & Co gross margin has been in long term decline. The average rate of decline per year is -13.9%.


Definition

Gross Profit is the different between the sale prices and the cost of buying or producing the goods.

Arthur J Gallagher & Co's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=4626.5 - 3226.5
=1,400

Arthur J Gallagher & Co's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2015 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=1454.8 - 1023.8
=431

Arthur J Gallagher & Co Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was 347.5 (Dec. 2014 ) + 346.8 (Mar. 2015 ) + 449.5 (Jun. 2015 ) + 431 (Sep. 2015 ) = $1,575 Mil.

Gross Profit is the numerator in the calculation of Gross Margin:

Arthur J Gallagher & Co's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Sep. 2015 )=Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2015 ) / Revenue (Q: Sep. 2015 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=431 / 1454.8
=29.63 %

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

A positive Gross Profit is only the first step for a company to make a net profit. The gross profit needs to be big enough to also cover related labor, equipment, rental, marketing/advertising, research and development and a lot of other costs in selling the products.


Explanation

Warren Buffett believes that firms with excellent long term economics tend to have consistently higher margins.

Durable competitive advantage creates a high Gross Margin because of the freedom to price in excess of cost. Companies can be categorized by their Gross Margin

1. Greater than 40% = Durable competitive advantage
2. Less than 40% = Competition eroding margins
3. Less than 20% = no sustainable competitive advantage
Consistency of Gross Margin is key

Arthur J Gallagher & Co had a gross margin of 29.63% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 => Competition eroding margins


Related Terms

Cost of Goods Sold, Gross Margin, Revenue


Historical Data

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

Arthur J Gallagher & Co Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
Gross_Profit 1,0541,1861,2641,4056837779151,0571,4001,612

Arthur J Gallagher & Co Quarterly Data

Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15
Gross_Profit 276261278379396348347450431385
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