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United Rentals Inc (NYSE:URI)
Gross Profit
\$2,417 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2017)

United Rentals Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was \$514 Mil. United Rentals Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2017 was \$2,417 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. United Rentals Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was \$514 Mil. United Rentals Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was \$1,356 Mil. Therefore, United Rentals Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 was 37.91%.

United Rentals Inc had a gross margin of 37.91% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 => Competition eroding margins

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of United Rentals Inc was 42.78%. The lowest was 25.87%. And the median was 36.91%.

Definition

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

United Rentals 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 = 5762 - 3359 = 2,403

United Rentals 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 = 1356 - 842 = 514

United Rentals Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2017 was 590 (Jun. 2016 ) + 656 (Sep. 2016 ) + 657 (Dec. 2016 ) + 514 (Mar. 2017 ) = \$2,417 Mil.

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

United Rentals 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 = 514 / 1356 = 37.91 %

* 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

United Rentals Inc had a gross margin of 37.91% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 => Competition eroding margins

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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.

United Rentals Inc Annual Data

 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Gross_Profit 1,310 1,118 610 658 898 1,587 1,987 2,432 2,480 2,403

United Rentals Inc Quarterly Data

 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Gross_Profit 707 524 618 690 648 500 590 656 657 514
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