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Net margin is calculated as net income divided by its revenue. BHP Billiton Ltd's net income for the six months ended in Dec. 2013 was $8,107 Mil. BHP Billiton Ltd's revenue for the six months ended in Dec. 2013 was $33,948 Mil. Therefore, BHP Billiton Ltd's net margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 was 23.88%.
Net margin - also known as net profit margin is the ratio of Net Income divided by net sales or Revenue, usually presented in percent.
BHP Billiton Ltd's Net Margin for the fiscal year that ended in Jun. 2013 is calculated as
BHP Billiton Ltd's Net Margin for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as
Although Net Income and Earnings-per-Share (EPS) are the most widely used parameter in measuring a companys profitability and valuation, it is the least reliable. The reason is that reported earnings can be manipulated easily by adjusting any numbers such as Depreciation, Depletion and Amotorization and non-recurring items.
But the long term trend of the net margin is a good indicator of the competitiveness and health of the business.
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