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Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC)
Gross Profit
$427 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2013)

Vulcan Materials Company's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $117 Mil. Vulcan Materials Company's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was $427 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Vulcan Materials Company's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $117 Mil. Vulcan Materials Company's revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $680 Mil. Therefore, Vulcan Materials Company's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 was 17.25%.

Vulcan Materials Company had a gross margin of 17.25% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 => No sustainable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Vulcan Materials Company was 38.28%. The lowest was 11.07%. And the median was 24.27%.

Warning Sign:

Vulcan Materials Company gross margin has been in long term decline. The average rate of decline per year is -6.2%.


Definition

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

Vulcan Materials Company's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2013 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=2770.709 - 2343.829
=427

Vulcan Materials Company's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2013 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=680.246 - 562.899
=117

Vulcan Materials Company Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was 17.655 (Mar. 2013 ) + 132.895 (Jun. 2013 ) + 158.983 (Sep. 2013 ) + 117.347 (Dec. 2013 ) = $427 Mil.

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

Vulcan Materials Company's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Dec. 2013 )=Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2013 ) / Revenue (Q: Dec. 2013 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=117 / 680.246
=17.25 %

* 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

Vulcan Materials Company had a gross margin of 17.25% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 => No sustainable 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.

Vulcan Materials Company Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Gross_Profit 583709932951750446301284334427

Vulcan Materials Company Quarterly Data

Sep11Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13
Gross_Profit 11674221061277918133159117
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