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Steelcase Inc (NYSE:SCS)
Selling, General, & Admin. Expense
$764 Mil (TTM As of May. 2014)

Selling, general, & admin. expense (SGA) includes the direct and indirect costs and all general and administrative expenses of a company. Steelcase Inc's selling, general, & admin. expense for the three months ended in May. 2014 was $192 Mil. Its selling, general, & admin. expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in May. 2014 was $764 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.

Steelcase Inc Selling, General, & Admin. Expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in May. 2014 was 188.9 (Aug. 2013 ) + 189.8 (Nov. 2013 ) + 193.2 (Feb. 2014 ) + 191.9 (May. 2014 ) = $764 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.

Steelcase Inc Annual Data

Feb05Feb06Feb07Feb08Feb09Feb10Feb11Feb12Feb13Feb14
SG&A 722758832875843648661708727757

Steelcase Inc Quarterly Data

Feb12May12Aug12Nov12Feb13May13Aug13Nov13Feb14May14
SG&A 184177181185185185189190193192
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