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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co (NYSE:DD)
Gross Profit
\$10,976 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2017)

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was \$3,678 Mil. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2017 was \$10,976 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was \$3,678 Mil. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co's revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was \$8,049 Mil. Therefore, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 was 45.70%.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co had a gross margin of 45.70% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co was 42.81%. The lowest was 25.98%. And the median was 38.81%.

Definition

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

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & 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 = 25302 - 14469 = 10,833

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2017 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 8049 - 4371 = 3,678

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2017 was 3122 (Jun. 2016 ) + 1811 (Sep. 2016 ) + 2365 (Dec. 2016 ) + 3678 (Mar. 2017 ) = \$10,976 Mil.

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

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 is calculated as

 Gross Margin (Q: Mar. 2017 ) = Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2017 ) / Revenue (Q: Mar. 2017 ) = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = 3,678 / 8049 = 45.70 %

* 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

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co had a gross margin of 45.70% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 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.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co Annual Data

 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Gross_Profit 7,632 8,288 7,620 8,325 13,159 13,910 11,727 12,660 10,715 10,833

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co Quarterly Data

 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Gross_Profit 2,704 3,520 3,273 1,887 2,035 3,535 3,122 1,811 2,365 3,678
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