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Halliburton Co (NYSE:HAL)
Gross Profit
$5,079 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2014)

Halliburton Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $1,513 Mil. Halliburton Co's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $5,079 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Halliburton Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $1,513 Mil. Halliburton Co's revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $8,701 Mil. Therefore, Halliburton Co's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was 17.39%.

Halliburton Co had a gross margin of 17.39% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 => No sustainable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Halliburton Co was 27.24%. The lowest was 1.54%. And the median was 15.04%.

Warning Sign:

Halliburton Co gross margin has been in long term decline. The average rate of decline per year is -4.7%.


Definition

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

Halliburton Co'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
=29402 - 24931
=4,471

Halliburton Co's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=8701 - 7188
=1,513

Halliburton Co Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 1238 (Dec. 2013 ) + 1045 (Mar. 2014 ) + 1283 (Jun. 2014 ) + 1513 (Sep. 2014 ) = $5,079 Mil.

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

Halliburton Co's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Sep. 2014 )=Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2014 ) / Revenue (Q: Sep. 2014 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=1,513 / 8701
=17.39 %

* 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

Halliburton Co had a gross margin of 17.39% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 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.

Halliburton Co Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Gross_Profit 1,1322,3573,5293,7394,2302,1963,2385,0184,7344,471

Halliburton Co Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
Gross_Profit 1,2681,0211,0549741,0711,1881,2381,0451,2831,513
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