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Office Depot Inc (NAS:ODP)
Gross Profit
$3,698 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2015)

Office Depot Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $937 Mil. Office Depot Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was $3,698 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Office Depot Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $937 Mil. Office Depot Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $3,877 Mil. Therefore, Office Depot Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 was 24.17%.

Office Depot Inc had a gross margin of 24.17% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 => Competition eroding margins

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Office Depot Inc was 31.38%. The lowest was 23.36%. And the median was 28.61%.

Warning Sign:

Office Depot Inc gross margin has been in long term decline. The average rate of decline per year is -4.8%.


Definition

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

Office Depot Inc's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=16096 - 12320
=3,776

Office Depot Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2015 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=3877 - 2940
=937

Office Depot Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was 883 (Jun. 2014 ) + 987 (Sep. 2014 ) + 891 (Dec. 2014 ) + 937 (Mar. 2015 ) = $3,698 Mil.

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

Office Depot Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Mar. 2015 )=Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2015 ) / Revenue (Q: Mar. 2015 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=937 / 3877
=24.17 %

* 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

Office Depot Inc had a gross margin of 24.17% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 => 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.

Office Depot Inc Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
Gross_Profit 4,3924,6474,5034,0063,3923,3573,4262,5362,6263,776

Office Depot Inc Quarterly Data

Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15
Gross_Profit 6076605466337871,015883987891937
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