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Enbridge Energy Partners LP (NYSE:EEP)
Gross Profit
$2,545 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2015)

Enbridge Energy Partners LP's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $585 Mil. Enbridge Energy Partners LP's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was $2,545 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Enbridge Energy Partners LP's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $585 Mil. Enbridge Energy Partners LP's revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $1,429 Mil. Therefore, Enbridge Energy Partners LP's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 was 40.96%.

Enbridge Energy Partners LP had a gross margin of 40.96% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Enbridge Energy Partners LP was 84.49%. The lowest was 9.86%. And the median was 24.78%.


Definition

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

Enbridge Energy Partners LP'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
=7964.7 - 5469.8
=2,495

Enbridge Energy Partners LP's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2015 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=1428.6 - 843.5
=585

Enbridge Energy Partners LP Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was 518.9 (Jun. 2014 ) + 594.5 (Sep. 2014 ) + 846 (Dec. 2014 ) + 585.1 (Mar. 2015 ) = $2,545 Mil.

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

Enbridge Energy Partners LP'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
=585 / 1428.6
=40.96 %

* 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

Enbridge Energy Partners LP had a gross margin of 40.96% 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.

Enbridge Energy Partners LP Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
Gross_Profit 6398879191,3041,4211,0252,0422,0901,7472,495

Enbridge Energy Partners LP Quarterly Data

Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15
Gross_Profit 483290523488446536519595846585
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