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Seagate Technology PLC (NAS:STX)
Gross Profit
$3,922 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2014)

Seagate Technology PLC's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $1,051 Mil. Seagate Technology PLC's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $3,922 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Seagate Technology PLC's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $1,051 Mil. Seagate Technology PLC's revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $3,785 Mil. Therefore, Seagate Technology PLC's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was 27.77%.

Seagate Technology PLC had a gross margin of 27.77% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 => Competition eroding margins

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Seagate Technology PLC was 31.35%. The lowest was 14.38%. And the median was 25.22%.


Definition

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

Seagate Technology PLC's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Jun. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Jun. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=13724 - 9878
=3,846

Seagate Technology PLC's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=3785 - 2734
=1,051

Seagate Technology PLC Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 987 (Dec. 2013 ) + 959 (Mar. 2014 ) + 925 (Jun. 2014 ) + 1051 (Sep. 2014 ) = $3,922 Mil.

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

Seagate Technology PLC's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Sep. 2014 )=Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2014 ) / Revenue (Q: Sep. 2014 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=1,051 / 3785
=27.77 %

* 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

Seagate Technology PLC had a gross margin of 27.77% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 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.

Seagate Technology PLC Annual Data

Jun05Jun06Jun07Jun08Jun09Jun10Jun11Jun12Jun13Jun14
Gross_Profit 1,6732,1372,1853,2051,4103,2042,1464,6843,9403,846

Seagate Technology PLC Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
Gross_Profit 1,4841,0619929489399759879599251,051
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