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Universal Forest Products Inc (NAS:UFPI)
Gross Profit
\$493 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2017)

Universal Forest Products Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was \$121 Mil. Universal Forest Products Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2017 was \$493 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Universal Forest Products Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was \$121 Mil. Universal Forest Products Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was \$846 Mil. Therefore, Universal Forest Products Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 was 14.27%.

Universal Forest Products Inc had a gross margin of 14.27% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 => No sustainable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Universal Forest Products Inc was 14.65%. The lowest was 10.95%. And the median was 12.20%.

Definition

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

Universal Forest Products Inc'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 = 3240.493 - 2765.903 = 475

Universal Forest Products Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 is calculated as

 Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2017 ) = Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold = 846.13 - 725.39 = 121

Universal Forest Products Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2017 was 131.487 (Jun. 2016 ) + 118.054 (Sep. 2016 ) + 122.31 (Dec. 2016 ) + 120.74 (Mar. 2017 ) = \$493 Mil.

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

Universal Forest Products Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 is calculated as

 Gross Margin (Q: Mar. 2017 ) = Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2017 ) / Revenue (Q: Mar. 2017 ) = (Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue = 121 / 846.13 = 14.27 %

* 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

Universal Forest Products Inc had a gross margin of 14.27% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 => 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.

Universal Forest Products Inc Annual Data

 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Gross_Profit 309 254 244 230 200 225 281 325 400 475

Universal Forest Products Inc Quarterly Data

 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Gross_Profit 73 80 112 111 97 103 131 118 122 121
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