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Big Lots Inc (NYSE:BIG)
Selling, General, & Admin. Expense
$1,731 Mil (TTM As of Jan. 2017)

Selling, general, & admin. expense (SGA) includes the direct and indirect costs and all general and administrative expenses of a company. Big Lots Inc's selling, general, & admin. expense for the three months ended in Jan. 2017 was $479 Mil. Its selling, general, & admin. expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2017 was $1,731 Mil.


Definition

Selling, General, & Admin. Expense (SGA) includes the direct and indirect costs and all general and administrative expenses of a company. For instance, personnel cost, advertising, rent, communication costs are all part of SGA.

Big Lots Inc Selling, General, & Admin. Expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2017 was 425.412 (Apr. 2016 ) + 416.74 (Jul. 2016 ) + 409.753 (Oct. 2016 ) + 479.101 (Jan. 2017 ) = $1,731 Mil.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.


Explanation

An efficient operation keeps SGA costs low and thus has higher profit margin. The percentage of SGA relative to total revenue is an indication of how efficiently the company operates. Compare this percentage among the companies in the same industry is a good way of finding more efficient operations. A comparison of the SGA cost relative to the revenue with the historical value can also be an indication of how efficient the company has become.

Warren Buffett likes companies with consistent SGA as the percentage of gross profit.

Companies with no durable competitive advantage show wild variation in SG&A as % of Gross Profit.

If SGA is less than 30% of Gross Profit, it is fantastic. If SGA is nearing 100%, it is is in highly competitive industry.


Related Terms

Gross Profit, Cost of Goods Sold


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Big Lots Inc Annual Data

Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14Jan15Jan16Jan17
SG&A 1,5151,5241,5321,5771,6291,6401,6641,7001,7091,731

Big Lots Inc Quarterly Data

Oct14Jan15Apr15Jul15Oct15Jan16Apr16Jul16Oct16Jan17
SG&A 405465420414412462425417410479
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