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Waters Corp  (FRA:WAZ) Gross Profit: €1,195 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2017)

Waters Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was €277 Mil. Waters Corp's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2017 was €1,195 Mil.

Gross Margin % is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Waters Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was €277 Mil. Waters Corp's Revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was €475 Mil. Therefore, Waters Corp's Gross Margin % for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2017 was 58.29%.

Waters Corp had a gross margin of 58.29% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2017 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin % of Waters Corp was 60.54%. The lowest was 57.16%. And the median was 58.87%.


Historical Data

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

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Waters Corp Annual Data

Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16
Gross Profit Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 842.82 818.13 944.39 1,101.31 1,209.56

Waters Corp Quarterly Data

Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17
Gross Profit Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 274.87 357.58 268.23 292.47 276.61

Competitive Comparison
* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap.


Calculation

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

Waters Corp'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
=2054.62413499 - 845.059247322
=1,210

Waters Corp's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2017 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2017 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=474.523030456 - 197.912576558
=277

Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2017 was 357.577021519 (Dec. 2016 ) + 268.231884058 (Mar. 2017 ) + 292.473300107 (Jun. 2017 ) + 276.610453897 (Sep. 2017 ) = €1,195 Mil.

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

Waters Corp's Gross Margin % for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2017 is calculated as

Gross Margin % (Q: Sep. 2017 )=Gross Profit (Q: Sep. 2017 ) / Revenue (Q: Sep. 2017 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=277 / 474.523030456
=58.29 %

* 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

Waters Corp had a gross margin of 58.29% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2017 => Durable competitive advantage


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