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Valero Energy Corp  (NYSE:VLO) Gross Profit: $4,211 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2017)

Valero Energy Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was $3,233 Mil. Valero Energy Corp's gross profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2017 was $4,211 Mil.

Gross Margin % is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Valero Energy Corp's gross profit for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was $3,233 Mil. Valero Energy Corp's Revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was $23,562 Mil. Therefore, Valero Energy Corp's Gross Margin % for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2017 was 13.72%.

Valero Energy Corp had a gross margin of 13.72% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2017 => No sustainable competitive advantage

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin % of Valero Energy Corp was 10.15%. The lowest was 3.46%. And the median was 5.85%.


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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Valero Energy 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 7,377.00 6,435.00 8,316.00 8,910.00 6,237.00

Valero Energy 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 2,616.00 -1,797.00 1,227.00 1,548.00 3,233.00

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.

Valero Energy 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
=75659 - 69422
=6,237

Valero Energy 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
=23562 - 20329
=3,233

Gross Profit for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2017 was -1797 (Dec. 2016 ) + 1227 (Mar. 2017 ) + 1548 (Jun. 2017 ) + 3233 (Sep. 2017 ) = $4,211 Mil.

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

Valero Energy 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
=3,233 / 23562
=13.72 %

* 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

Valero Energy Corp had a gross margin of 13.72% for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2017 => No sustainable competitive advantage


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