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Enbridge Energy Partners LP (NYSE:EEP)
Gross Profit
$1,774 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2013)

Enbridge Energy Partners LP's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $473 Mil. Enbridge Energy Partners LP's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was $1,774 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Enbridge Energy Partners LP's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $473 Mil. Enbridge Energy Partners LP's revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $1,962 Mil. Therefore, Enbridge Energy Partners LP's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 was 24.10%.

Enbridge Energy Partners LP had a gross margin of 24.10% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 => Competition eroding margins

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Enbridge Energy Partners LP was 84.49%. The lowest was 9.86%. And the median was 27.73%.


Definition

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

Enbridge Energy Partners LP's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2013 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=7117.1 - 5343.6
=1,774

Enbridge Energy Partners LP's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2013 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=1962 - 1489.1
=473

Enbridge Energy Partners LP Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was 289.5 (Mar. 2013 ) + 522.8 (Jun. 2013 ) + 488.3 (Sep. 2013 ) + 472.9 (Dec. 2013 ) = $1,774 Mil.

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

Enbridge Energy Partners LP's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Dec. 2013 )=Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2013 ) / Revenue (Q: Dec. 2013 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=473 / 1962
=24.10 %

* 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

Enbridge Energy Partners LP had a gross margin of 24.10% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 => 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.

Enbridge Energy Partners LP Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Gross_Profit 6326398879191,3041,4211,0252,0422,0901,774

Enbridge Energy Partners LP Quarterly Data

Sep11Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13
Gross_Profit 476595478516613483290523488473
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