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W R Grace & Co (NYSE:GRA)
Gross Profit
$656 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2017)

W R Grace & Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $153 Mil. W R Grace & Co's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2017 was $656 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. W R Grace & Co's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $153 Mil. W R Grace & Co's revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $398 Mil. Therefore, W R Grace & Co's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 was 38.49%.

W R Grace & Co had a gross margin of 38.49% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 => Competition eroding margins

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of W R Grace & Co was 41.03%. The lowest was 29.65%. And the median was 35.39%.


Definition

Gross Profit is the different between the sale prices and the cost of buying or producing the goods.

W R Grace & Co's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Dec. 2016 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=1598.6 - 942.7
=656

W R Grace & Co's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2017 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=398 - 244.8
=153

W R Grace & Co Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2017 was 173.2 (Jun. 2016 ) + 168.2 (Sep. 2016 ) + 161.8 (Dec. 2016 ) + 153.2 (Mar. 2017 ) = $656 Mil.

Gross Profit is the numerator in the calculation of Gross Margin:

W R Grace & Co's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 is calculated as

Gross Margin (Q: Mar. 2017 )=Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2017 ) / Revenue (Q: Mar. 2017 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=153 / 398
=38.49 %

* 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

W R Grace & Co had a gross margin of 38.49% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 => Competition eroding margins


Related Terms

Cost of Goods Sold, Gross Margin, Revenue


Historical Data

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

W R Grace & Co Annual Data

Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
Gross_Profit 9879849259491,1131,1141,142664652656

W R Grace & Co Quarterly Data

Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16Mar17
Gross_Profit -254147168166171153173168162153
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