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McMoRan Exploration Co. (NYSE:MMR)
Gross Profit
\$60.1 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2013)

McMoRan Exploration Co.'s gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2013 was \$38.6 Mil. McMoRan Exploration Co.'s gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2013 was \$60.1 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. McMoRan Exploration Co.'s gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2013 was \$38.6 Mil. McMoRan Exploration Co.'s revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2013 was \$81.4 Mil. Therefore, McMoRan Exploration Co.'s Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2013 was 59.78%.

McMoRan Exploration Co. had a gross margin of 59.78% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2013 => Durable competitive advantage

Definition

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

McMoRan Exploration Co.'s Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2012 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2012 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 376.888 - 155.428 = 221.5

McMoRan Exploration Co.'s Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2013 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2013 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 81.446 - 32.758 = 48.7

McMoRan Exploration Co. Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2013 was 58.118 (Jun. 2012 ) + 43.737 (Sep. 2012 ) + -80.308 (Dec. 2012 ) + 38.596 (Mar. 2013 ) = \$60.1 Mil.

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

McMoRan Exploration Co.'s Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2013 is calculated as

 Gross Margin (Q: Mar. 2013 ) = Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2013 ) / Revenue (Q: Mar. 2013 ) = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = 48.7 / 81.446 = 59.78 %

* 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

McMoRan Exploration Co. had a gross margin of 59.78% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2013 => 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 own currency.

McMoRan Exploration Co. Annual Data

 Dec03 Dec04 Dec05 Dec06 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Gross_Profit -5.1 -12.5 36.8 99.8 300.1 814.0 240.8 250.6 348.5 93.5

McMoRan Exploration Co. Quarterly Data

 Dec10 Mar11 Jun11 Sep11 Dec11 Mar12 Jun12 Sep12 Dec12 Mar13 Gross_Profit 52.3 88.8 106.1 77.0 76.6 71.9 58.1 43.7 -80.3 38.6
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