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Spartech Corporation (NYSE:SEH)
Gross Profit
\$111 Mil (TTM As of Oct. 2012)

Spartech Corporation's gross profit for the three months ended in Oct. 2012 was \$33 Mil. Spartech Corporation's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Oct. 2012 was \$111 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Spartech Corporation's gross profit for the three months ended in Oct. 2012 was \$33 Mil. Spartech Corporation's revenue for the three months ended in Oct. 2012 was \$287 Mil. Therefore, Spartech Corporation's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2012 was 11.41%.

Spartech Corporation had a gross margin of 11.41% for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2012 => No sustainable competitive advantage

Definition

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

Spartech Corporation's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Oct. 2012 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (A: Oct. 2012 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 1149.355 - 1037.991 = 111

Spartech Corporation's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2012 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (Q: Oct. 2012 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 286.804 - 254.067 = 33

Spartech Corporation Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Oct. 2012 was 21.672 (Jan. 2012 ) + 29.823 (Apr. 2012 ) + 27.132 (Jul. 2012 ) + 32.737 (Oct. 2012 ) = \$111 Mil.

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

Spartech Corporation's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2012 is calculated as

 Gross Margin (Q: Oct. 2012 ) = Gross Profit (Q: Oct. 2012 ) / Revenue (Q: Oct. 2012 ) = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = 33 / 286.804 = 11.41 %

* 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

Spartech Corporation had a gross margin of 11.41% for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2012 => No sustainable 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 own currency.

Spartech Corporation Annual Data

 Oct03 Oct04 Oct05 Oct06 Oct07 Oct08 Oct09 Oct10 Oct11 Oct12 Gross_Profit 134 155 153 177 164 126 116 109 97 111

Spartech Corporation Quarterly Data

 Jul10 Oct10 Jan11 Apr11 Jul11 Oct11 Jan12 Apr12 Jul12 Oct12 Gross_Profit 28 23 18 27 27 25 22 30 27 33
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