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Sunoco LP (NYSE:SUN)
Gross Profit
\$2,219 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2016)

Sunoco LP's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$562 Mil. Sunoco LP's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was \$2,219 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Sunoco LP's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$562 Mil. Sunoco LP's revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was \$4,306 Mil. Therefore, Sunoco LP's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 13.06%.

Sunoco LP had a gross margin of 13.06% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 => No sustainable competitive advantage

During the past 7 years, the highest Gross Margin of Sunoco LP was 14.14%. The lowest was 1.11%. And the median was 3.47%.

Definition

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

Sunoco LP's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2016 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 15698 - 13479 = 2,219

Sunoco LP's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2016 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 4306.203 - 3743.9 = 562

Sunoco LP Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was 498.743 (Mar. 2016 ) + 580.567 (Jun. 2016 ) + 577.387 (Sep. 2016 ) + 562.303 (Dec. 2016 ) = \$2,219 Mil.

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

Sunoco LP's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

 Gross Margin (Q: Dec. 2016 ) = Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2016 ) / Revenue (Q: Dec. 2016 ) = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = 562 / 4306.203 = 13.06 %

* 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

Sunoco LP had a gross margin of 13.06% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 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.

Sunoco LP Annual Data

 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Gross_Profit 0 0 0 36 43 52 381 0 1,984 2,219

Sunoco LP Quarterly Data

 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Gross_Profit 0 0 441 545 525 465 499 581 577 562
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