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Varian Medical Systems Inc  (NYSE:VAR) Gross Profit: $1,470 Mil (TTM As of Jun. 2017)

Varian Medical Systems Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Jun. 2017 was $293 Mil. Varian Medical Systems Inc's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2017 was $1,470 Mil.

Gross Margin % is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Varian Medical Systems Inc's gross profit for the three months ended in Jun. 2017 was $293 Mil. Varian Medical Systems Inc's Revenue for the three months ended in Jun. 2017 was $662 Mil. Therefore, Varian Medical Systems Inc's Gross Margin % for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2017 was 44.28%.

Varian Medical Systems Inc had a gross margin of 44.28% for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2017 => Durable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin % of Varian Medical Systems Inc was 43.74%. The lowest was 41.39%. And the median was 42.54%.


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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Varian Medical Systems Inc Annual Data

Sep07 Sep08 Sep09 Sep10 Sep11 Sep12 Sep13 Sep14 Sep15 Sep16
Gross Profit Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 1,196.34 1,249.69 1,301.70 1,282.70 1,361.30

Varian Medical Systems Inc Quarterly Data

Sep12 Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17
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 283.50 567.20 334.50 275.30 293.30

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.

Varian Medical Systems Inc's Gross Profit for the fiscal year that ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as

Gross Profit (A: Sep. 2016 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=3217.8 - 1856.5
=1,361

Varian Medical Systems Inc's Gross Profit for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2017 is calculated as

Gross Profit (Q: Jun. 2017 )=Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold
=662.4 - 369.1
=293

Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2017 was 567.2 (Sep. 2016 ) + 334.5 (Dec. 2016 ) + 275.3 (Mar. 2017 ) + 293.3 (Jun. 2017 ) = $1,470 Mil.

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

Varian Medical Systems Inc's Gross Margin % for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2017 is calculated as

Gross Margin % (Q: Jun. 2017 )=Gross Profit (Q: Jun. 2017 ) / Revenue (Q: Jun. 2017 )
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=293 / 662.4
=44.28 %

* 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

Varian Medical Systems Inc had a gross margin of 44.28% for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2017 => Durable competitive advantage


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