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American Electric Power Co Inc (NYSE:AEP)
Gross Profit
\$10,650 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2016)

American Electric Power Co Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$2,431 Mil. American Electric Power Co Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was \$10,650 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. American Electric Power Co Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$2,431 Mil. American Electric Power Co Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$3,790 Mil. Therefore, American Electric Power Co Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 64.13%.

American Electric Power Co Inc had a gross margin of 64.13% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of American Electric Power Co Inc was 66.41%. The lowest was 60.15%. And the median was 62.88%.

Definition

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

American Electric Power Co 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 = 16380.1 - 5730.3 = 10,650

American Electric Power Co 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 = 3790.1 - 1359.6 = 2,431

American Electric Power Co Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was 2637.9 (Mar. 2016 ) + 2583.3 (Jun. 2016 ) + 2998.1 (Sep. 2016 ) + 2430.5 (Dec. 2016 ) = \$10,650 Mil.

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

American Electric Power Co 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 = 2,431 / 3790.1 = 64.13 %

* 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

American Electric Power Co Inc had a gross margin of 64.13% 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.

American Electric Power Co Inc Annual Data

 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Gross_Profit 8,413 8,685 8,958 9,398 9,504 9,665 9,254 10,021 10,345 10,650

American Electric Power Co Inc Quarterly Data

 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Gross_Profit 2,632 2,313 2,791 2,471 2,745 2,339 2,638 2,583 2,998 2,431
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