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Mead Johnson Nutrition Co (NYSE:MJN)
Gross Profit
$2,702 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2015)

Mead Johnson Nutrition Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $701 Mil. Mead Johnson Nutrition Co's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was $2,702 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Mead Johnson Nutrition Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $701 Mil. Mead Johnson Nutrition Co's revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $1,094 Mil. Therefore, Mead Johnson Nutrition Co's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 was 64.04%.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Co had a gross margin of 64.04% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 12 years, the highest Gross Margin of Mead Johnson Nutrition Co was 65.52%. The lowest was 61.43%. And the median was 63.30%.


Definition

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

Mead Johnson Nutrition 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
=4409.3 - 1700.6
=2,709

Mead Johnson Nutrition 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
=1094.4 - 393.5
=701

Mead Johnson Nutrition Co Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was 684.3 (Jun. 2014 ) + 652.8 (Sep. 2014 ) + 664 (Dec. 2014 ) + 700.9 (Mar. 2015 ) = $2,702 Mil.

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

Mead Johnson Nutrition 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
=701 / 1094.4
=64.04 %

* 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

Mead Johnson Nutrition Co had a gross margin of 64.04% 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.

Mead Johnson Nutrition Co Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
Gross_Profit 1,4211,4951,6281,8031,8521,9922,3152,4162,6722,709

Mead Johnson Nutrition Co Quarterly Data

Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15
Gross_Profit 599653673685662708684653664701
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