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A.O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS)
Gross Profit
\$1,119 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2016)

A.O. Smith Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$290 Mil. A.O. Smith Corp's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was \$1,119 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. A.O. Smith Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$290 Mil. A.O. Smith Corp's revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$698 Mil. Therefore, A.O. Smith Corp's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 41.48%.

A.O. Smith Corp had a gross margin of 41.48% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of A.O. Smith Corp was 41.67%. The lowest was 21.58%. And the median was 31.80%.

Definition

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

A.O. Smith Corp'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 = 2685.9 - 1566.6 = 1,119

A.O. Smith Corp's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2016 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 698.1 - 408.5 = 290

A.O. Smith Corp Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was 262.7 (Mar. 2016 ) + 283.7 (Jun. 2016 ) + 283.3 (Sep. 2016 ) + 289.6 (Dec. 2016 ) = \$1,119 Mil.

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

A.O. Smith Corp'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 = 290 / 698.1 = 41.48 %

* 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

A.O. Smith Corp had a gross margin of 41.48% 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.

A.O. Smith Corp Annual Data

 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Gross_Profit 513 498 501 446 513 652 774 859 1,010 1,119

A.O. Smith Corp Quarterly Data

 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Gross_Profit 215 232 229 263 257 261 263 284 283 290
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