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Brocade Communications Systems Inc (NAS:BRCD)
Gross Profit
$1,511 Mil (TTM As of Jul. 2015)

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Jul. 2015 was $372 Mil. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2015 was $1,511 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Jul. 2015 was $372 Mil. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Jul. 2015 was $552 Mil. Therefore, Brocade Communications Systems Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2015 was 67.40%.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc had a gross margin of 67.40% for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2015 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Brocade Communications Systems Inc was 67.51%. The lowest was 52.92%. And the median was 59.56%.


Definition

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

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Oct. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Oct. 2015 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=2263.46 - 735.387
=1,528

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Jul. 2015 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=551.819 - 179.915
=372

Brocade Communications Systems Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2015 was 377.118 (Oct. 2014 ) + 389.683 (Jan. 2015 ) + 372.209 (Apr. 2015 ) + 371.904 (Jul. 2015 ) = $1,511 Mil.

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

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Jul. 2015 )=Gross Profit (Q: Jul. 2015 ) / Revenue (Q: Jul. 2015 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=372 / 551.819
=67.40 %

* 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

Brocade Communications Systems Inc had a gross margin of 67.40% for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2015 => Durable competitive advantage


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.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc Annual Data

Oct06Oct07Oct08Oct09Oct10Oct11Oct12Oct13Oct14Oct15
Gross_Profit 4456618601,0341,2311,2841,3831,4091,4661,528

Brocade Communications Systems Inc Quarterly Data

Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14Jul14Oct14Jan15Apr15Jul15Oct15
Gross_Profit 338363373354362377390372372394
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