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General Electric Co (NYSE:GE)
Gross Profit
$62,812 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2015)

General Electric Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $11,190 Mil. General Electric Co's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was $62,812 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. General Electric Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $11,190 Mil. General Electric Co's revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $29,356 Mil. Therefore, General Electric Co's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 was 38.12%.

General Electric Co had a gross margin of 38.12% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 => Competition eroding margins

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of General Electric Co was 62.97%. The lowest was 45.28%. And the median was 56.02%.

Warning Sign:

General Electric Co gross margin has been in long term decline. The average rate of decline per year is -2.8%.


Definition

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

General Electric Co'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
=148589 - 81311
=67,278

General Electric Co's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2015 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=29356 - 18166
=11,190

General Electric Co Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was 16227 (Jun. 2014 ) + 16434 (Sep. 2014 ) + 18961 (Dec. 2014 ) + 11190 (Mar. 2015 ) = $62,812 Mil.

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

General Electric Co'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
=11,190 / 29356
=38.12 %

* 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

General Electric Co had a gross margin of 38.12% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 => Competition eroding margins


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.

General Electric Co Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
Gross_Profit 81,14285,07099,36398,74379,35777,88079,01072,37468,90467,278

General Electric Co Quarterly Data

Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15
Gross_Profit 20,22017,62816,56816,20618,50215,02616,22716,43418,96111,190
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