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Benchmark Electronics Inc (NYSE:BHE)
Gross Profit
\$213 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2016)

Benchmark Electronics Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$57 Mil. Benchmark Electronics Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was \$213 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Benchmark Electronics Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$57 Mil. Benchmark Electronics Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$608 Mil. Therefore, Benchmark Electronics Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 9.46%.

Benchmark Electronics Inc had a gross margin of 9.46% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 => No sustainable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Benchmark Electronics Inc was 9.24%. The lowest was 6.16%. And the median was 7.30%.

Definition

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

Benchmark Electronics Inc's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2016 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 2310.415 - 2096.952 = 213

Benchmark Electronics Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2016 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 607.507 - 550.037 = 57

Benchmark Electronics Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was 50.31 (Mar. 2016 ) + 52.684 (Jun. 2016 ) + 52.822 (Sep. 2016 ) + 57.47 (Dec. 2016 ) = \$213 Mil.

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

Benchmark Electronics Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

 Gross Margin (Q: Dec. 2016 ) = Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2016 ) / Revenue (Q: Dec. 2016 ) = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = 57 / 607.507 = 9.46 %

* 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

Benchmark Electronics Inc had a gross margin of 9.46% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 => No sustainable 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.

Benchmark Electronics Inc Annual Data

 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Gross_Profit 198 176 147 187 139 177 186 220 219 213

Benchmark Electronics Inc Quarterly Data

 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Gross_Profit 55 56 52 56 55 57 50 53 53 57
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