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Brocade Communications Systems Inc  (NAS:BRCD) Gross Margin %: 63.93% (As of Jul. 2017)

Gross Margin % is calculated as gross profit divided by its revenue. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's Gross Profit for the three months ended in Jul. 2017 was $351 Mil. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's Revenue for the three months ended in Jul. 2017 was $549 Mil. Therefore, Brocade Communications Systems Inc's Gross Margin % for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2017 was 63.93%.


NAS:BRCD' s Gross Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 52.92   Max: 67.51
Current: 63.28

52.92
67.51

During the past 13 years, the highest Gross Margin % of Brocade Communications Systems Inc was 67.51%. The lowest was 52.92%. And the median was 60.79%.

NAS:BRCD's Gross Margin % is ranked higher than
97% of the 2248 Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: 23.77 vs. NAS:BRCD: 63.28 )

Brocade Communications Systems Inc had a gross margin of 63.93% for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2017 => Durable competitive advantage

The 5-Year average Growth Rate of Gross Margin for Brocade Communications Systems Inc was 2.00% per year.


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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Brocade Communications Systems Inc Annual Data

Oct07 Oct08 Oct09 Oct10 Oct11 Oct12 Oct13 Oct14 Oct15 Oct16
Gross Margin % Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 61.80 63.38 66.29 67.51 64.65

Brocade Communications Systems Inc Quarterly Data

Oct12 Jan13 Apr13 Jul13 Oct13 Jan14 Apr14 Jul14 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 Jan17 Apr17 Jul17
Gross Margin % 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 60.42 63.95 63.14 62.01 63.93

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 Margin is the percentage of Gross Profit out of sales or Revenue.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's Gross Margin for the fiscal year that ended in Oct. 2016 is calculated as

Gross Margin % (A: Oct. 2016 )=Gross Profit (A: Oct. 2016 ) / Revenue (A: Oct. 2016 )
=1516.3 / 2345.61
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=(2345.61 - 829.271) / 2345.61
=64.65 %

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's Gross Margin for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2017 is calculated as


Gross Margin % (Q: Jul. 2017 )=Gross Profit (Q: Jul. 2017 ) / Revenue (Q: Jul. 2017 )
=-198.1 / 549.266
=(Revenue - Cost of Goods Sold) / Revenue
=(549.266 - 198.121) / 549.266
=63.93 %

* 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

Brocade Communications Systems Inc had a gross margin of 63.93% for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2017 => Durable competitive advantage


Be Aware

If a company loses its competitive advantages, usually its gross margin declines well before its sales declines. Watching Gross Margin % and Operating Margin % closely helps avoid value trap situations.


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