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Legg Mason Operating Margin %

: 10.16% (As of Jun. 2020)
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Operating Margin % is calculated as Operating Income divided by its Revenue. Legg Mason's Operating Income for the three months ended in Jun. 2020 was $68 Mil. Legg Mason's Revenue for the three months ended in Jun. 2020 was $666 Mil. Therefore, Legg Mason's Operating Margin % for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2020 was 10.16%.

Good Sign:

Legg Mason Inc operating margin is expanding. Margin expansion is usually a good sign.

NYSE:LM' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.46   Med: 15.16   Max: 17.67
Current: 16.97

11.46
17.67

NYSE:LM's Operating Margin % is ranked higher than
53% of the 559 Companies
in the Asset Management industry.

( Industry Median: 13.84 vs. NYSE:LM: 16.97 )

Legg Mason's 5-Year Average Operating Margin % Growth Rate was 0.90% per year.

Legg Mason's Operating Income for the three months ended in Jun. 2020 was $68 Mil. Its Operating Income for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2020 was $489 Mil.


Legg Mason Operating Margin % 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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Legg Mason Annual Data
Mar11 Mar12 Mar13 Mar14 Mar15 Mar16 Mar17 Mar18 Mar19 Mar20
Operating Margin % Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 14.60 14.47 16.61 16.15 17.26

Legg Mason Quarterly Data
Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20
Operating 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 11.73 16.81 17.24 23.14 10.16

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.


Legg Mason Operating Margin % Distribution

* The bar in red indicates where Legg Mason's Operating Margin % falls into.



Legg Mason Operating Margin % Calculation

Operating Margin % - also known as operating income margin, operating profit margin and return on sales (ROS) - is the ratio of Operating Income divided by net sales or Revenue, usually presented in percent.

Legg Mason's Operating Margin % for the fiscal year that ended in Mar. 2020 is calculated as

Operating Margin %=Operating Income (A: Mar. 2020 ) / Revenue (A: Mar. 2020 )
=504.245 / 2922.125
=17.26 %

Legg Mason's Operating Margin % for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2020 is calculated as

Operating Margin %=Operating Income (Q: Jun. 2020 ) / Revenue (Q: Jun. 2020 )
=67.708 / 666.186
=10.16 %

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


Legg Mason  (NYSE:LM) Operating Margin % Explanation

Just like Gross Margin %, it is important to see a company maintains its operating margin over time. Among the same industry, a company with higher operating margin is more efficient in its operation. It is also more stable during industry slowdown or recessions. Peter Lynch prefers those with higher margins than those with lower margins.


Be Aware

Operating Margin % can be manipulated by adjusting the rate of depreciation, depletion and amortization (DDA).

If a company is facing competition, its Operating Margin % may decline. Often the Operating Margin % declines well before the company's Revenue or even profit decline. Therefore, Operating Margin % is a very important indicator of whether the company is facing problems.

For instance, by 2012, Nokia (NOK)'s problems were well known and its stock had lost more than 90% of its market value since 2007. But Nokia’s Operating Margin % had already been in decline since 2002, although its Earnings per Share (Diluted) were still rising. Investors who paid attention to Operating Margin % would have avoided this huge loss. The same can be said for Research-in-Motion (RIMM).

Therefore, Operating Margin % is a very important screening filter for GuruFocus. GuruFocus's Buffett-Munger screener requires that the profit margin is either consistent or expanding. The Model Portfolio of the Buffett-Munger screener has outperformed the market every year since inception in 2009.


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