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Matthews International Corp (NAS:MATW)
Gross Margin
38.95% (As of Sep. 2016)

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Matthews International Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $147 Mil. Matthews International Corp's revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $377 Mil. Therefore, Matthews International Corp's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 was 38.95%.

MATW' s Gross Margin Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 35.47   Max: 39.45
Current: 37.59

35.47
39.45

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Matthews International Corp was 39.45%. The lowest was 35.47%. And the median was 37.51%.

MATW's Gross Margin is ranked lower than
68% of the 90 Companies
in the Global Personal Services industry.

( Industry Median: 52.58 vs. MATW: 37.59 )

Matthews International Corp had a gross margin of 38.95% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 => Competition eroding margins

The 5-Year average Growth Rate of Gross Margin for Matthews International Corp was -0.70% per year.


Definition

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

Matthews International Corp's Gross Margin for the fiscal year that ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as

Gross Margin (A: Sep. 2016 )=Gross Profit (A: Sep. 2016 ) / Revenue (A: Sep. 2016 )
=556.5 / 1480.464
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=(1480.464 - 924.01) / 1480.464
=37.59 %

Matthews International Corp's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Sep. 2016 )=Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2016 ) / Revenue (Q: Sep. 2016 )
=146.8 / 376.995
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=(376.995 - 230.165) / 376.995
=38.95 %

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's 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

Matthews International Corp had a gross margin of 38.95% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 => Competition eroding margins


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 local exchange's currency.

Matthews International Corp Annual Data

Sep07Sep08Sep09Sep10Sep11Sep12Sep13Sep14Sep15Sep16
Gross Margin 37.4339.4537.7539.3539.1237.3836.1835.4737.1237.59

Matthews International Corp Quarterly Data

Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16
Gross Margin 37.2333.3636.2936.5537.1338.4435.7337.5238.0338.95
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