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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (NYSE:HOT)
Gross Profit
$2,889 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2013)

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $1,051 Mil. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was $2,889 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $1,051 Mil. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $1,506 Mil. Therefore, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 was 69.79%.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc had a gross margin of 69.79% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc was 68.54%. The lowest was 21.89%. And the median was 26.20%.


Definition

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

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc'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
=6115 - 1924
=4,191

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2013 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=1506 - 455
=1,051

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was 386 (Mar. 2013 ) + 403 (Jun. 2013 ) + 1049 (Sep. 2013 ) + 1051 (Dec. 2013 ) = $2,889 Mil.

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

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc'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
=1,051 / 1506
=69.79 %

* 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

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc had a gross margin of 69.79% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 => 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.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Gross_Profit 001,6351,7251,4411,0281,1541,3153,9694,191

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc Quarterly Data

Sep11Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13
Gross_Profit 3154003753909511,0283864031,0491,051
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