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Cintas Corp (NAS:CTAS)
Gross Margin
42.54% (As of May. 2014)

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Cintas Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in May. 2014 was $492 Mil. Cintas Corp's revenue for the three months ended in May. 2014 was $1,157 Mil. Therefore, Cintas Corp's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in May. 2014 was 42.54%.

CTAS' s 10-Year Gross Margin Range
Min: 41.09   Max: 46.22
Current: 42.06

41.09
46.22

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Cintas Corp was 46.22%. The lowest was 41.09%. And the median was 42.46%.

CTAS's Gross Marginis ranked lower than
100% of the Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: vs. CTAS: 42.06 )

Cintas Corp had a gross margin of 42.54% for the quarter that ended in May. 2014 => Durable competitive advantage

The 3-Year average Growth Rate of Gross Margin for Cintas Corp was 0.20% per year.


Definition

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

Cintas Corp's Gross Margin for the fiscal year that ended in May. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Margin (A: May. 2014 )=Gross Profit (A: May. 2014 ) / Revenue (A: May. 2014 )
=1914.4 / 4551.812
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=(4551.812 - 2637.426) / 4551.812
=42.06 %

Cintas Corp's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in May. 2014 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: May. 2014 )=Gross Profit (Q: May. 2014 ) / Revenue (Q: May. 2014 )
=492.4 / 1157.479
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=(1157.479 - 665.117) / 1157.479
=42.54 %

* 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

Cintas Corp had a gross margin of 42.54% for the quarter that ended in May. 2014 => Durable 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.

Cintas Corp Annual Data

May05May06May07May08May09May10May11May12May13May14
Gross Margin 42.5442.7442.6642.7041.0942.2242.2342.3841.4042.06

Cintas Corp Quarterly Data

Feb12May12Aug12Nov12Feb13May13Aug13Nov13Feb14May14
Gross Margin 42.0842.1342.4140.7441.0941.3841.5941.7042.3942.54
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