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MeadWestvaco Corp (NYSE:MWV)
Gross Profit
$992 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2014)

MeadWestvaco Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 was $247 Mil. MeadWestvaco Corp's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2014 was $992 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. MeadWestvaco Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 was $247 Mil. MeadWestvaco Corp's revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2014 was $1,322 Mil. Therefore, MeadWestvaco Corp's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 was 18.68%.

MeadWestvaco Corp had a gross margin of 18.68% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 => No sustainable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of MeadWestvaco Corp was 30.85%. The lowest was 14.37%. And the median was 19.41%.


Definition

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

MeadWestvaco Corp'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
=5389 - 4429
=960

MeadWestvaco Corp's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=1322 - 1075
=247

MeadWestvaco Corp Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2014 was 263 (Jun. 2013 ) + 322 (Sep. 2013 ) + 160 (Dec. 2013 ) + 247 (Mar. 2014 ) = $992 Mil.

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

MeadWestvaco Corp's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Mar. 2014 )=Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2014 ) / Revenue (Q: Mar. 2014 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=247 / 1322
=18.68 %

* 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

MeadWestvaco Corp had a gross margin of 18.68% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 => No sustainable 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.

MeadWestvaco Corp Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Gross_Profit 1,1351,0831,1311,1451,0649609601,1251,030960

MeadWestvaco Corp Quarterly Data

Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14
Gross_Profit 207273325300132196263322160247
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