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NorthWestern Corp (NYSE:NWE)
Gross Profit
\$856 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2016)

NorthWestern Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$223 Mil. NorthWestern Corp's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was \$856 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. NorthWestern Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$223 Mil. NorthWestern Corp's revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$331 Mil. Therefore, NorthWestern Corp's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 67.42%.

NorthWestern Corp had a gross margin of 67.42% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of NorthWestern Corp was 100.00%. The lowest was 44.58%. And the median was 59.21%.

Definition

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

NorthWestern 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 = 1257.247 - 400.973 = 856

NorthWestern 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 = 330.59 - 107.69 = 223

NorthWestern Corp Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was 217.105 (Mar. 2016 ) + 211.427 (Jun. 2016 ) + 204.842 (Sep. 2016 ) + 222.9 (Dec. 2016 ) = \$856 Mil.

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

NorthWestern 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 = 223 / 330.59 = 67.42 %

* 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

NorthWestern Corp had a gross margin of 67.42% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 => Durable competitive advantage

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Historical Data

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

NorthWestern Corp Annual Data

 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Gross_Profit 1,200 562 568 580 623 675 675 722 841 856

NorthWestern Corp Quarterly Data

 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Gross_Profit 157 205 234 191 199 218 217 211 205 223
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