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Xcel Energy Inc (NYSE:XEL)
Gross Profit
$6,069 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2014)

Xcel Energy Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 was $1,459 Mil. Xcel Energy Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2014 was $6,069 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Xcel Energy Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 was $1,459 Mil. Xcel Energy Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 was $2,929 Mil. Therefore, Xcel Energy Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 was 49.82%.

Xcel Energy Inc had a gross margin of 49.82% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Xcel Energy Inc was 68.49%. The lowest was 39.29%. And the median was 55.16%.


Definition

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

Xcel Energy 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
=11686.135 - 5616.973
=6,069

Xcel Energy Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2014 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=2928.628 - 1469.619
=1,459

Xcel Energy Inc Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2014 was 1502.326 (Mar. 2014 ) + 1425.231 (Jun. 2014 ) + 1682.596 (Sep. 2014 ) + 1459.009 (Dec. 2014 ) = $6,069 Mil.

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

Xcel Energy Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Dec. 2014 )=Gross Profit (Q: Dec. 2014 ) / Revenue (Q: Dec. 2014 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=1,459 / 2928.628
=49.82 %

* 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

Xcel Energy Inc had a gross margin of 49.82% for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 => 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.

Xcel Energy Inc Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
Gross_Profit 5,7035,7374,3504,4014,6835,1085,4695,5945,7806,069

Xcel Energy Inc Quarterly Data

Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14
Gross_Profit 1,6611,3201,4101,3711,6421,3571,5021,4251,6831,459
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