Switch to:
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF)
Gross Margin
9.82% (As of Sep. 2014)

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Cliffs Natural Resources Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $128 Mil. Cliffs Natural Resources Inc's revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $1,298 Mil. Therefore, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was 9.82%.

Warning Sign:

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc gross margin has been in long term decline. The average rate of decline per year is -2.5%.

CLF' s 10-Year Gross Margin Range
Min: -1.2   Max: 39.57
Current: 11.89

-1.2
39.57

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc was 39.57%. The lowest was -1.20%. And the median was 20.93%.

CLF's Gross Marginis ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CLF: 11.89 )

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc had a gross margin of 9.82% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 => No sustainable competitive advantage

The 3-Year average Growth Rate of Gross Margin for Cliffs Natural Resources Inc was -2.50% per year.


Definition

Gross Margin is the percentage of Gross Profit out of sales or Revenue.

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc's Gross Margin for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as

Gross Margin (A: Dec. 2013 )=Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2013 ) / Revenue (A: Dec. 2013 )
=1149.3 / 5691.4
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=(5691.4 - 4542.1) / 5691.4
=20.19 %

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Sep. 2014 )=Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2014 ) / Revenue (Q: Sep. 2014 )
=127.5 / 1298.2
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=(1298.2 - 1170.7) / 1298.2
=9.82 %

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

A positive Gross Profit is only the first step for a company to make a net profit. The gross profit needs to be big enough to also cover related labor, equipment, rental, marketing/advertising, research and development and a lot of other costs in selling the products.


Explanation

Warren Buffett believes that firms with excellent long term economics tend to have consistently higher margins.

Durable competitive advantage creates a high Gross Margin because of the freedom to price in excess of cost. Companies can be categorized by their Gross Margin

1. Greater than 40% = Durable competitive advantage
2. Less than 40% = Competition eroding margins
3. Less than 20% = no sustainable competitive advantage
Consistency of Gross Margin is key

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc had a gross margin of 9.82% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 => No sustainable competitive advantage


Be Aware

If a company loses its competitive advantages, usually its gross margin declines well before its sales declines. Watching Gross Margin and Operating Margin closely helps avoid value trap situations.


Related Terms

Operating Margin, Cost of Goods Sold, Gross Profit, Revenue


Historical Data

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

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Gross Margin 12.4322.3621.5420.3132.1313.1932.5439.5719.9620.19

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
Gross Margin 27.6312.8415.5320.8618.0222.5519.436.728.369.82
Get WordPress Plugins for easy affiliate links on Stock Tickers and Guru Names | Earn affiliate commissions by embedding GuruFocus Charts
GuruFocus Affiliate Program: Earn up to $400 per referral. ( Learn More)
Free 7-day Trial
FEEDBACK