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Leucadia National Corp (NYSE:LUK)
Selling, General, & Admin. Expense
$3,321 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2014)

Selling, general, & admin. expense (SGA) includes the direct and indirect costs and all general and administrative expenses of a company. Leucadia National Corp's selling, general, & admin. expense for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $837 Mil. Its selling, general, & admin. expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $3,321 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.

Leucadia National Corp Selling, General, & Admin. Expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 1011.283 (Dec. 2013 ) + 807.831 (Mar. 2014 ) + 665.658 (Jun. 2014 ) + 836.659 (Sep. 2014 ) = $3,321 Mil.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own 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 own currency.

Leucadia National Corp Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
SG&A 4932562413123524433473014372,256

Leucadia National Corp Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
SG&A 7887156956385331,011808666837
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