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United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) (NYSE:UPS)
Gross Profit
$46,094 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2015)

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS)'s gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $11,091 Mil. United Parcel Service Inc (UPS)'s gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was $46,094 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. United Parcel Service Inc (UPS)'s gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $11,091 Mil. United Parcel Service Inc (UPS)'s revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $14,237 Mil. Therefore, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS)'s Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 was 77.90%.

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) had a gross margin of 77.90% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) was 80.53%. The lowest was 76.34%. And the median was 77.00%.


Definition

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

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS)'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
=58232 - 13714
=44,518

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS)'s Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2015 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=14237 - 3146
=11,091

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was 12846 (Dec. 2014 ) + 10835 (Mar. 2015 ) + 11322 (Jun. 2015 ) + 11091 (Sep. 2015 ) = $46,094 Mil.

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

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS)'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
=11,091 / 14237
=77.90 %

* 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

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) had a gross margin of 77.90% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2015 => Durable competitive advantage


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.

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
Gross_Profit 38,24139,65939,60836,47838,80240,54141,45542,68544,51858,363

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) Quarterly Data

Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15
Gross_Profit 10,23612,11310,27310,95910,68112,84610,83511,32211,09116,054
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