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AeroVironment, Inc. (NAS:AVAV)
Gross Profit
$81.2 Mil (TTM As of Jan. 2014)

AeroVironment, Inc.'s gross profit for the three months ended in Jan. 2014 was $27.1 Mil. AeroVironment, Inc.'s gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2014 was $81.2 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. AeroVironment, Inc.'s gross profit for the three months ended in Jan. 2014 was $27.1 Mil. AeroVironment, Inc.'s revenue for the three months ended in Jan. 2014 was $69.2 Mil. Therefore, AeroVironment, Inc.'s Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2014 was 39.08%.

AeroVironment, Inc. had a gross margin of 39.08% for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2014 => Competition eroding margins

During the past 11 years, the highest Gross Margin of AeroVironment, Inc. was 44.32%. The lowest was 35.77%. And the median was 39.42%.


Definition

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

AeroVironment, Inc.'s Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Apr. 2013 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Apr. 2013 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=240.152 - 147.616
=92.5

AeroVironment, Inc.'s Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Jan. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=69.221 - 42.169
=27.1

AeroVironment, Inc. Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2014 was 17.722 (Apr. 2013 ) + 12.545 (Jul. 2013 ) + 23.878 (Oct. 2013 ) + 27.052 (Jan. 2014 ) = $81.2 Mil.

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

AeroVironment, Inc.'s Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Jan. 2014 )=Gross Profit (Q: Jan. 2014 ) / Revenue (Q: Jan. 2014 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=27.1 / 69.221
=39.08 %

* 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

AeroVironment, Inc. had a gross margin of 39.08% for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2014 => 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.

AeroVironment, Inc. Annual Data

Apr04Apr05Apr06Apr07Apr08Apr09Apr10Apr11Apr12Apr13
Gross_Profit 0.046.656.868.578.588.696.8117.2129.392.5

AeroVironment, Inc. Quarterly Data

Oct11Jan12Apr12Jul12Oct12Jan13Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14
Gross_Profit 30.627.449.619.535.619.717.712.523.927.1
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