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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co (NYSE:AJG)
Gross Profit
$1,639 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2016)

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $374 Mil. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2016 was $1,639 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $374 Mil. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co's revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $1,300 Mil. Therefore, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 was 28.75%.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co had a gross margin of 28.75% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 => Competition eroding margins

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co was 81.25%. The lowest was 29.89%. And the median was 36.50%.

Warning Sign:

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co gross margin has been in long term decline. The average rate of decline per year is -4.6%.


Definition

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

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2015 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=5392.4 - 3780.4
=1,612

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2016 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=1300.4 - 926.5
=374

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2016 was 449.5 (Jun. 2015 ) + 431 (Sep. 2015 ) + 384.7 (Dec. 2015 ) + 373.9 (Mar. 2016 ) = $1,639 Mil.

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

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Mar. 2016 )=Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2016 ) / Revenue (Q: Mar. 2016 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=374 / 1300.4
=28.75 %

* 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

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co had a gross margin of 28.75% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 => Competition eroding margins


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.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
Gross_Profit 1,2121,1861,2201,4056837779151,0571,4001,612

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Quarterly Data

Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16
Gross_Profit 261278379396348347450431385374
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