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LinkedIn Corp  (NYSE:LNKD) COGS-to-Revenue: 0.12 (As of Sep. 2016)

LinkedIn Corp's Cost of Goods Sold for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was \$120 Mil. Its Revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was \$960 Mil.

LinkedIn Corp's COGS to Revenue for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was 0.12.

Cost of Goods Sold is directly linked to profitability of the company through Gross Margin. LinkedIn Corp's Gross Margin % for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was 87.52%.

Historical Data

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

 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 COGS-to-Revenue 0.16 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.14

 Dec11 Mar12 Jun12 Sep12 Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 COGS-to-Revenue 0.14 0.14 0.14 0.13 0.12

Calculation

LinkedIn Corp's COGS to Revenue for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2015 is calculated as

 COGS to Revenue = Cost of Goods Sold / Revenue = 418.858 / 2990.911 = 0.14

LinkedIn Corp's COGS to Revenue for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as

 COGS to Revenue = Cost of Goods Sold / Revenue = 119.772 / 959.787 = 0.12

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

Explanation

Cost of Goods Sold is directly linked to profitability of the company through Gross Margin.

LinkedIn Corp's Gross Margin % for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as:

 Gross Margin % = 1 - COGS to Revenue = 1 - Cost of Goods Sold / Revenue = 1 - 119.772 / 959.787 = 87.52 %

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

A company that has a moat can usually maintain or even expand their Gross Margin. A company can increase its Gross Margin in two ways. It can increase the prices of the goods it sells and keeps its Cost of Goods Sold unchanged. Or it can keep the sales price unchanged and squeeze its suppliers to reduce the Cost of Goods Sold. Warren Buffett believes businesses with the power to raise prices have moats.

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