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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co (NYSE:AJG)
Gross Profit
$1,647 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2016)

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $396 Mil. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was $1,647 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 Dec. 2016 was $396 Mil. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co's revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $1,385 Mil. Therefore, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 28.61%.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co had a gross margin of 28.61% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 => Competition eroding margins

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co was 76.83%. The lowest was 29.44%. And the median was 36.35%.

Warning Sign:

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co gross margin has been in long term decline. The average rate of decline per year is -4.8%.


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. 2016 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2016 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=5594.8 - 3947.5
=1,647

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

Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2016 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=1385 - 988.7
=396

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was 373.9 (Mar. 2016 ) + 471.1 (Jun. 2016 ) + 406 (Sep. 2016 ) + 396.3 (Dec. 2016 ) = $1,647 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 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
=396 / 1385
=28.61 %

* 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

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co had a gross margin of 28.61% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 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 local exchange's currency.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Annual Data

Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
Gross_Profit 1,1861,2646616837779151,0571,4001,6121,647

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Quarterly Data

Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16
Gross_Profit 396348347450431385374471406396
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