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Marathon Oil Corp (NYSE:MRO)
Gross Profit
$3,107 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2017)

Marathon Oil Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $798 Mil. Marathon Oil Corp's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2017 was $3,107 Mil.

Gross Margin is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Marathon Oil Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $798 Mil. Marathon Oil Corp's revenue for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $1,072 Mil. Therefore, Marathon Oil Corp's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 was 74.44%.

Marathon Oil Corp had a gross margin of 74.44% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin of Marathon Oil Corp was 62.24%. The lowest was 14.57%. And the median was 55.98%.

Warning Sign:

Marathon Oil Corp gross margin has been in long term decline. The average rate of decline per year is -1.8%.


Definition

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

Marathon Oil 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
=4650 - 2106
=2,544

Marathon Oil Corp's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Mar. 2017 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=1072 - 274
=798

Marathon Oil Corp Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2017 was 769 (Jun. 2016 ) + 665 (Sep. 2016 ) + 875 (Dec. 2016 ) + 798 (Mar. 2017 ) = $3,107 Mil.

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

Marathon Oil Corp'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
=798 / 1072
=74.44 %

* 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

Marathon Oil Corp had a gross margin of 74.44% for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 => Durable competitive advantage


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.

Marathon Oil Corp Annual Data

Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
Gross_Profit 15,59112,1847,8637,9158,9007,3097,1626,4453,1602,544

Marathon Oil Corp Quarterly Data

Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16Mar17
Gross_Profit 1,394776818740826234769665875798
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