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AbbVie Inc (NYSE:ABBV)
Gross Profit
\$19,805 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2016)

AbbVie Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$5,241 Mil. AbbVie Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was \$19,805 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. AbbVie Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$5,241 Mil. AbbVie Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$6,796 Mil. Therefore, AbbVie Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 77.12%.

AbbVie Inc had a gross margin of 77.12% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 8 years, the highest Gross Margin of AbbVie Inc was 80.31%. The lowest was 71.46%. And the median was 75.55%.

Definition

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

AbbVie Inc'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 = 25638 - 5833 = 19,805

AbbVie Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2016 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 6796 - 1555 = 5,241

AbbVie Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was 4589 (Mar. 2016 ) + 5047 (Jun. 2016 ) + 4928 (Sep. 2016 ) + 5241 (Dec. 2016 ) = \$19,805 Mil.

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

AbbVie Inc'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 = 5,241 / 6796 = 77.12 %

* 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

AbbVie Inc had a gross margin of 77.12% 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.

AbbVie Inc Annual Data

 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Gross_Profit 0 0 10,158 11,345 12,805 13,872 14,209 15,534 18,359 19,805

AbbVie Inc Quarterly Data

 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Gross_Profit 3,925 4,333 4,098 4,559 4,777 4,925 4,589 5,047 4,928 5,241
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