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DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DST)
Gross Profit
$449 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2014)

DST Systems, Inc.'s gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 was $100 Mil. DST Systems, Inc.'s gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2014 was $449 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. DST Systems, Inc.'s gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 was $100 Mil. DST Systems, Inc.'s revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 was $684 Mil. Therefore, DST Systems, Inc.'s Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 was 14.64%.

DST Systems, Inc. had a gross margin of 14.64% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 => No sustainable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of DST Systems, Inc. was 26.27%. The lowest was 14.50%. And the median was 19.60%.

Warning Sign:

DST Systems, Inc. gross margin has been in long term decline. The average rate of decline per year is -5.1%.


Definition

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

DST Systems, Inc.'s Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2013 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=2658.6 - 2202.1
=457

DST Systems, Inc.'s Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=683.8 - 583.7
=100

DST Systems, Inc. Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2014 was 105.8 (Jun. 2013 ) + 120.4 (Sep. 2013 ) + 122.5 (Dec. 2013 ) + 100.1 (Mar. 2014 ) = $449 Mil.

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

DST Systems, Inc.'s Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Mar. 2014 )=Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2014 ) / Revenue (Q: Mar. 2014 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=100 / 683.8
=14.64 %

* 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

DST Systems, Inc. had a gross margin of 14.64% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 => No sustainable 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.

DST Systems, Inc. Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Gross_Profit 474495435475472405480392374457

DST Systems, Inc. Quarterly Data

Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14
Gross_Profit 9394938899108106120123100
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