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E I du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE:DD)
Gross Profit
$14,015 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2015)

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $3,817 Mil. E I du Pont de Nemours & Company's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was $14,015 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. E I du Pont de Nemours & Company's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $3,817 Mil. E I du Pont de Nemours & Company's revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $9,370 Mil. Therefore, E I du Pont de Nemours & Company's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 was 40.74%.

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company had a gross margin of 40.74% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of E I du Pont de Nemours & Company was 39.79%. The lowest was 25.14%. And the median was 30.92%.


Definition

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

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company'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
=36046 - 21703
=14,343

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2015 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=9370 - 5553
=3,817

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was 4115 (Jun. 2014 ) + 2988 (Sep. 2014 ) + 3095 (Dec. 2014 ) + 3817 (Mar. 2015 ) = $14,015 Mil.

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

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Mar. 2015 )=Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2015 ) / Revenue (Q: Mar. 2015 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=3,817 / 9370
=40.74 %

* 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

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company had a gross margin of 40.74% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 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.

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
Gross_Profit 8,8088,5427,6328,2887,6209,5879,54913,77213,59714,343

E I du Pont de Nemours & Company Quarterly Data

Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15
Gross_Profit 2,5924,3073,9472,6392,7044,1454,1152,9883,0953,817
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