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Staples Inc (NAS:SPLS)
Gross Profit
$5,880 Mil (TTM As of Jul. 2014)

Staples Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Jul. 2014 was $1,308 Mil. Staples Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2014 was $5,880 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Staples Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Jul. 2014 was $1,308 Mil. Staples Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Jul. 2014 was $5,220 Mil. Therefore, Staples Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2014 was 25.06%.

Staples Inc had a gross margin of 25.06% for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2014 => Competition eroding margins

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Staples Inc was 28.65%. The lowest was 23.86%. And the median was 26.65%.


Definition

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

Staples Inc's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Jan. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Jan. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=23114.263 - 17081.978
=6,032

Staples Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Jul. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=5220.103 - 3912.06
=1,308

Staples Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2014 was 1654.726 (Oct. 2013 ) + 1507.053 (Jan. 2014 ) + 1410.294 (Apr. 2014 ) + 1308.043 (Jul. 2014 ) = $5,880 Mil.

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

Staples Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Jul. 2014 )=Gross Profit (Q: Jul. 2014 ) / Revenue (Q: Jul. 2014 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=1,308 / 5220.103
=25.06 %

* 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

Staples Inc had a gross margin of 25.06% for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2014 => 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.

Staples Inc Annual Data

Jan05Jan06Jan07Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14
Gross_Profit 4,1024,5835,1945,5516,2476,4746,6066,7426,4916,032

Staples Inc Quarterly Data

Apr12Jul12Oct12Jan13Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14Jul14
Gross_Profit 1,6101,4271,7521,7191,5111,3591,6551,5071,4101,308
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