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Scotts Miracle Gro Co (NYSE:SMG)
Selling, General, & Admin. Expense
$679 Mil (TTM As of Jun. 2014)

Selling, general, & admin. expense (SGA) includes the direct and indirect costs and all general and administrative expenses of a company. Scotts Miracle Gro Co's selling, general, & admin. expense for the three months ended in Jun. 2014 was $174 Mil. Its selling, general, & admin. expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2014 was $679 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.

Scotts Miracle Gro Co Selling, General, & Admin. Expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2014 was 181 (Sep. 2013 ) + 125.1 (Dec. 2013 ) + 198.6 (Mar. 2014 ) + 174.1 (Jun. 2014 ) = $679 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.

Scotts Miracle Gro Co Annual Data

Sep04Sep05Sep06Sep07Sep08Sep09Sep10Sep11Sep12Sep13
SG&A 541634637701730816752700714661

Scotts Miracle Gro Co Quarterly Data

Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14
SG&A 240201149125193176181125199174
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