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Plains All American Pipeline LP (NYSE:PAA)
Gross Profit
\$1,856 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2016)

Plains All American Pipeline LP's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was \$452 Mil. Plains All American Pipeline LP's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was \$1,856 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Plains All American Pipeline LP's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was \$452 Mil. Plains All American Pipeline LP's revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was \$5,170 Mil. Therefore, Plains All American Pipeline LP's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 was 8.74%.

Plains All American Pipeline LP had a gross margin of 8.74% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 => No sustainable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Plains All American Pipeline LP was 9.65%. The lowest was 2.62%. And the median was 5.57%.

Definition

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

Plains All American Pipeline LP's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2015 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2015 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 23152 - 21180 = 1,972

Plains All American Pipeline LP's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2016 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 5170 - 4718 = 452

Plains All American Pipeline LP Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was 518 (Dec. 2015 ) + 463 (Mar. 2016 ) + 423 (Jun. 2016 ) + 452 (Sep. 2016 ) = \$1,856 Mil.

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

Plains All American Pipeline LP's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as

 Gross Margin (Q: Sep. 2016 ) = Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2016 ) / Revenue (Q: Sep. 2016 ) = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = 452 / 5170 = 8.74 %

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's 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

Plains All American Pipeline LP had a gross margin of 8.74% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 => No sustainable 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 local exchange's currency.

Plains All American Pipeline LP Annual Data

 Dec06 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Gross_Profit 589 862 965 1,226 1,283 1,841 2,249 2,462 2,508 1,972

Plains All American Pipeline LP Quarterly Data

 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Gross_Profit 555 579 697 554 398 502 518 463 423 452
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