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Leucadia National Corp (NYSE:LUK)
Gross Profit
$4,024 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2016)

Leucadia National Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $1,206 Mil. Leucadia National Corp's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was $4,024 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Leucadia National Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $1,206 Mil. Leucadia National Corp's revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $2,943 Mil. Therefore, Leucadia National Corp's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 40.97%.

Leucadia National Corp had a gross margin of 40.97% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Leucadia National Corp was 74.46%. The lowest was 14.16%. And the median was 34.62%.

Warning Sign:

Leucadia National Corp gross margin has been in long term decline. The average rate of decline per year is -3.5%.


Definition

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

Leucadia National Corp's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2016 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=10875.254 - 6850.807
=4,024

Leucadia National Corp's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2016 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=2942.919 - 1737.292
=1,206

Leucadia National Corp Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was 559.257 (Mar. 2016 ) + 1064.946 (Jun. 2016 ) + 1194.617 (Sep. 2016 ) + 1205.627 (Dec. 2016 ) = $4,024 Mil.

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

Leucadia National Corp's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Dec. 2016 )=Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2016 ) / Revenue (Q: Dec. 2016 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=1,206 / 2942.919
=40.97 %

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's 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

Leucadia National Corp had a gross margin of 40.97% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 => 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 local exchange's currency.

Leucadia National Corp Annual Data

Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
Gross_Profit 1241852908964271,9253,4314,3114,0074,024

Leucadia National Corp Quarterly Data

Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16
Gross_Profit 1,2128491,4541,0056299195591,0651,1951,206
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