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Barnes & Noble Inc (NYSE:BKS)
Gross Profit
$1,652 Mil (TTM As of Oct. 2015)

Barnes & Noble Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Oct. 2015 was $270 Mil. Barnes & Noble Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Oct. 2015 was $1,652 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Barnes & Noble Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Oct. 2015 was $270 Mil. Barnes & Noble Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Oct. 2015 was $895 Mil. Therefore, Barnes & Noble Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2015 was 30.16%.

Barnes & Noble Inc had a gross margin of 30.16% for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2015 => Competition eroding margins

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Barnes & Noble Inc was 31.14%. The lowest was 24.60%. And the median was 29.72%.


Definition

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

Barnes & Noble Inc's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Apr. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Apr. 2015 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=6069.497 - 4196.998
=1,872

Barnes & Noble Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Oct. 2015 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=894.654 - 624.868
=270

Barnes & Noble Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Oct. 2015 was 628.037 (Jan. 2015 ) + 401.882 (Apr. 2015 ) + 352.385 (Jul. 2015 ) + 269.786 (Oct. 2015 ) = $1,652 Mil.

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

Barnes & Noble Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Oct. 2015 )=Gross Profit (Q: Oct. 2015 ) / Revenue (Q: Oct. 2015 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=270 / 894.654
=30.16 %

* 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

Barnes & Noble Inc had a gross margin of 30.16% for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2015 => 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.

Barnes & Noble Inc Annual Data

Jan06Jan07Jan08Jan09Apr10Apr11Apr12Apr13Apr14Apr15
Gross_Profit 1,5671,6381,6411,5811,6771,8011,9181,6831,8581,872

Barnes & Noble Inc Quarterly Data

Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14Jul14Oct14Jan15Apr15Jul15Oct15
Gross_Profit 368462603424383286628402352270
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