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Varian Medical Systems Inc (NYSE:VAR)
Gross Profit
$1,302 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2014)

Varian Medical Systems Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $340 Mil. Varian Medical Systems Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $1,302 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Varian Medical Systems Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $340 Mil. Varian Medical Systems Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $812 Mil. Therefore, Varian Medical Systems Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was 41.87%.

Varian Medical Systems Inc had a gross margin of 41.87% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Varian Medical Systems Inc was 43.74%. The lowest was 34.98%. And the median was 41.83%.


Definition

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

Varian Medical Systems Inc's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Sep. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=3049.8 - 1748.125
=1,302

Varian Medical Systems Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=812.107 - 472.048
=340

Varian Medical Systems Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 309.579 (Dec. 2013 ) + 328.31 (Mar. 2014 ) + 323.727 (Jun. 2014 ) + 340.059 (Sep. 2014 ) = $1,302 Mil.

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

Varian Medical Systems Inc'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
=340 / 812.107
=41.87 %

* 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

Varian Medical Systems Inc had a gross margin of 41.87% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 => 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.

Varian Medical Systems Inc Annual Data

Sep05Sep06Sep07Sep08Sep09Sep10Sep11Sep12Sep13Sep14
Gross_Profit 5936637338789611,0261,1361,1961,2501,302

Varian Medical Systems Inc Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
Gross_Profit 308323291320310328310328324340
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