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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Mettler-Toledo International Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $30 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was $121 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Mettler-Toledo International Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was 31.11 (Dec. 2015 ) + 28.973 (Mar. 2016 ) + 30.701 (Jun. 2016 ) + 30.139 (Sep. 2016 ) = $121 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.
Mettler-Toledo International Inc Annual Data
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Mettler-Toledo International Inc Quarterly Data
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