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Tesla Motors Inc (NAS:TSLA)
Gross Profit
$967 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2015)

Tesla Motors Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $231 Mil. Tesla Motors Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was $967 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Tesla Motors Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $231 Mil. Tesla Motors Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $937 Mil. Therefore, Tesla Motors Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 was 24.71%.

Tesla Motors Inc had a gross margin of 24.71% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 => Competition eroding margins

During the past 8 years, the highest Gross Margin of Tesla Motors Inc was 87.67%. The lowest was -7.74%. And the median was 24.49%.


Definition

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

Tesla Motors 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
=3198.356 - 2316.685
=882

Tesla Motors Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2015 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=936.789 - 705.293
=231

Tesla Motors Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was 261.697 (Dec. 2014 ) + 260.073 (Mar. 2015 ) + 213.37 (Jun. 2015 ) + 231.496 (Sep. 2015 ) = $967 Mil.

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

Tesla Motors Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Sep. 2015 )=Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2015 ) / Revenue (Q: Sep. 2015 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=231 / 936.789
=24.71 %

* 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

Tesla Motors Inc had a gross margin of 24.71% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 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.

Tesla Motors Inc Annual Data

Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
Gross_Profit 000-110316230456882

Tesla Motors Inc Quarterly Data

Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15
Gross_Profit 100103157155213252262260213231
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