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Altera Corp (NAS:ALTR)
Gross Profit
\$1,144 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2015)

Altera Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was \$266 Mil. Altera Corp's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was \$1,144 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Altera Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was \$266 Mil. Altera Corp's revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was \$400 Mil. Therefore, Altera Corp's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 was 66.55%.

Altera Corp had a gross margin of 66.55% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 => Durable competitive advantage

Definition

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

Altera Corp'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 = 1932.089 - 648.451 = 1,284

Altera Corp's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2015 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 399.567 - 133.667 = 266

Altera Corp Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was 311.701 (Dec. 2014 ) + 279.222 (Mar. 2015 ) + 287.572 (Jun. 2015 ) + 265.9 (Sep. 2015 ) = \$1,144 Mil.

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

Altera Corp'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 = 266 / 399.567 = 66.55 %

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's 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

Altera Corp had a gross margin of 66.55% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 => Durable competitive advantage

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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.

Altera Corp Annual Data

 Dec05 Dec06 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Gross_Profit 758 858 816 917 799 1,387 1,454 1,242 1,186 1,284

Altera Corp Quarterly Data

 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Gross_Profit 287 304 310 309 329 334 312 279 288 266
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