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Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX)
Gross Profit
\$12,436 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2016)

Time Warner Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was \$3,294 Mil. Time Warner Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was \$12,436 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Time Warner Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was \$3,294 Mil. Time Warner Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was \$7,167 Mil. Therefore, Time Warner Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 was 45.96%.

Time Warner Inc had a gross margin of 45.96% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Time Warner Inc was 44.13%. The lowest was 41.00%. And the median was 43.31%.

Definition

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

Time Warner Inc'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 = 28118 - 16154 = 11,964

Time Warner Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2016 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 7167 - 3873 = 3,294

Time Warner Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was 2727 (Dec. 2015 ) + 3303 (Mar. 2016 ) + 3112 (Jun. 2016 ) + 3294 (Sep. 2016 ) = \$12,436 Mil.

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

Time Warner Inc'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 = 3,294 / 7167 = 45.96 %

* 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

Time Warner Inc had a gross margin of 45.96% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 => Durable 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.

Time Warner Inc Annual Data

 Dec06 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Gross_Profit 18,814 19,056 11,563 11,153 11,865 12,663 10,750 11,526 11,484 11,964

Time Warner Inc Quarterly Data

 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Gross_Profit 2,863 2,562 3,107 3,039 3,160 3,038 2,727 3,303 3,112 3,294
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