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Meredith Corp (NYSE:MDP)
Selling, General, & Admin. Expense
$689 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2015)

Selling, general, & admin. expense (SGA) includes the direct and indirect costs and all general and administrative expenses of a company. Meredith Corp's selling, general, & admin. expense for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $182 Mil. Its selling, general, & admin. expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was $689 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.

Meredith Corp Selling, General, & Admin. Expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was 167.442 (Jun. 2014 ) + 163.676 (Sep. 2014 ) + 175.452 (Dec. 2014 ) + 182.015 (Mar. 2015 ) = $689 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.

Meredith Corp Annual Data

Jun05Jun06Jun07Jun08Jun09Jun10Jun11Jun12Jun13Jun14
SG&A 431593617590560585582599654655

Meredith Corp Quarterly Data

Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15
SG&A 158167173161158168167164175182
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