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Layne Christensen Co  (NAS:LAYN) Selling, General, & Admin. Expense: \$83.4 Mil (TTM As of Jul. 2017)

Selling, general, & admin. expense (SGA) includes the direct and indirect costs and all general and administrative expenses of a company. Layne Christensen Co's selling, general, & admin. expense for the three months ended in Jul. 2017 was \$19.0 Mil. Its selling, general, & admin. expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2017 was \$83.4 Mil.

Historical Data

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

Layne Christensen Co Annual Data

 Jan08 Jan09 Jan10 Jan11 Jan12 Jan13 Jan14 Jan15 Jan16 Jan17 Selling, General, & Admin. Expense 152.11 126.32 117.09 108.16 97.20

Layne Christensen Co Quarterly Data

 Oct12 Jan13 Apr13 Jul13 Oct13 Jan14 Apr14 Jul14 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 Jan17 Apr17 Jul17 Selling, General, & Admin. Expense 18.07 22.05 24.68 17.64 19.04

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

Selling, General, & Admin. Expense (SGA) includes the direct and indirect costs and all general and administrative expenses of a company. For instance, personnel cost, advertising, rent, communication costs are all part of SGA.

Selling, General, & Admin. Expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2017 was 22.046 (Oct. 2016 ) + 24.682 (Jan. 2017 ) + 17.64 (Apr. 2017 ) + 19.04 (Jul. 2017 ) = \$83.4 Mil.

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

Explanation

An efficient operation keeps SGA costs low and thus has higher profit margin. The percentage of SGA relative to total revenue is an indication of how efficiently the company operates. Compare this percentage among the companies in the same industry is a good way of finding more efficient operations. A comparison of the SGA cost relative to the revenue with the historical value can also be an indication of how efficient the company has become.

Warren Buffett likes companies with consistent SGA as the percentage of gross profit.

Companies with no durable competitive advantage show wild variation in SG&A as % of Gross Profit.

If SGA is less than 30% of Gross Profit, it is fantastic. If SGA is nearing 100%, it is is in highly competitive industry.

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