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Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc (NAS:BRLI)
Gross Profit
$387.6 Mil (TTM As of Jan. 2015)

Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Jan. 2015 was $89.8 Mil. Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2015 was $387.6 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Jan. 2015 was $89.8 Mil. Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Jan. 2015 was $208.8 Mil. Therefore, Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2015 was 42.98%.

Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc had a gross margin of 42.98% for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2015 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc was 51.16%. The lowest was 44.46%. And the median was 48.47%.

Warning Sign:

Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc gross margin has been in long term decline. The average rate of decline per year is -2.5%.


Definition

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

Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Oct. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Oct. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=832.282 - 462.283
=370.0

Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Jan. 2015 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=208.833 - 119.078
=89.8

Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2015 was 88.549 (Apr. 2014 ) + 102.443 (Jul. 2014 ) + 106.853 (Oct. 2014 ) + 89.755 (Jan. 2015 ) = $387.6 Mil.

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

Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Jan. 2015 )=Gross Profit (Q: Jan. 2015 ) / Revenue (Q: Jan. 2015 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=89.8 / 208.833
=42.98 %

* 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

Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc had a gross margin of 42.98% for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2015 => Durable competitive advantage


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.

Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc Annual Data

Oct05Oct06Oct07Oct08Oct09Oct10Oct11Oct12Oct13Oct14
Gross_Profit 80.597.1126.4147.2179.1225.8270.8276.6322.5370.0

Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc Quarterly Data

Oct12Jan13Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14Jul14Oct14Jan15
Gross_Profit 74.770.980.785.785.372.288.5102.4106.989.8
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