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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. athenahealth Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $25.1 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2016 was $95.7 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
athenahealth Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2016 was 24.387 (Jun. 2015 ) + 22.56 (Sep. 2015 ) + 23.579 (Dec. 2015 ) + 25.147 (Mar. 2016 ) = $95.7 Mil.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
athenahealth Inc Annual Data
|Research & Development||6.9||7.5||10.6||14.3||18.4||23.3||33.8||57.6||69.5||94.3|
athenahealth Inc Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||16.3||15.2||16.4||18.1||19.8||23.7||24.4||22.6||23.6||25.1|