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Ascena Retail Group Inc (NAS:ASNA)
Gross Profit
\$4,018 Mil (TTM As of Jan. 2017)

Ascena Retail Group Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Jan. 2017 was \$946 Mil. Ascena Retail Group Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2017 was \$4,018 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Ascena Retail Group Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Jan. 2017 was \$946 Mil. Ascena Retail Group Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Jan. 2017 was \$1,748 Mil. Therefore, Ascena Retail Group Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2017 was 54.10%.

Ascena Retail Group Inc had a gross margin of 54.10% for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2017 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Ascena Retail Group Inc was 58.16%. The lowest was 38.54%. And the median was 54.88%.

Definition

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

Ascena Retail Group Inc's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Jul. 2016 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (A: Jul. 2016 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 6995.4 - 3066.7 = 3,929

Ascena Retail Group Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2017 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (Q: Jan. 2017 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 1748.2 - 802.4 = 946

Ascena Retail Group Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2017 was 1016.7 (Apr. 2016 ) + 1041.3 (Jul. 2016 ) + 1014 (Oct. 2016 ) + 945.8 (Jan. 2017 ) = \$4,018 Mil.

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

Ascena Retail Group Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2017 is calculated as

 Gross Margin (Q: Jan. 2017 ) = Gross Profit (Q: Jan. 2017 ) / Revenue (Q: Jan. 2017 ) = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = 946 / 1748.2 = 54.10 %

* 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

Ascena Retail Group Inc had a gross margin of 54.10% for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2017 => 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.

Ascena Retail Group Inc Annual Data

 Jul07 Jul08 Jul09 Jul10 Jul11 Jul12 Jul13 Jul14 Jul15 Jul16 Gross_Profit 584 558 576 979 1,653 1,848 2,577 2,660 2,669 3,929

Ascena Retail Group Inc Quarterly Data

 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 Jan17 Gross_Profit 695 662 675 638 903 968 1,017 1,041 1,014 946
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