Gross Profit Margin

The gross profit margin refers to the dollar value of sales less cost of sales. A common mistake is to compare it to contribution margin. It is strictly a financial value directly tied to two unique financial items: net sales and cost of sales. Contribution margin is a function of the sale of single unit.

The gross profit margin is always stated in dollars. The alternative is the gross profit percentage which denotes the percentage of gross profit against net sales. A sophisticated user of this term understands that it is a function of net sales and stated in dollars.

Value Investing – Holistic Approach (Lesson 4)

There are several underlying elements that make value investing so successful. Value investors cover all the respective elements no differently than how many people thoughtfully resolve problems. An holistic approach towards investing is utilized. This refers to to gaining an understanding of the respective industry and its members; i.e. understanding what makes the pool of investments work. Next, value investors identify key indicators of success and for comparison among the members of the pool of potential investments. Discovering why one member is so much more successful than others allows the value investor to gain perspective and use this to fully understand operations of all members of the pool of investments. With this knowledge, it is easy to develop a set of financial metrics that quantifies or ranks the respective members in the pool. This ranking is essential with establishing the respective buy/sell points. Finally, each member’s intrinsic value quantifies the overall desirability of the respective company. Now it is merely a process of enacting the model and allowing the model to do its job.

Railroad Stocks – Analysis 02/15/2020

In addition, the price to book ratios are also higher than last quarter.  The key question for me and this fund is figuring out if there is value in any of the stocks.  To do this, I must fill out a table of various preferred ratios and then explain them in a write-up.  This way the reader will understand my reasoning as I write about it further

Railroad Stock Investments – The Standard of Measurement to Buy and Sell Railway Stock

The transportation sector of the United States economy is comprised of nine industrial groups. One particular group moves more volume of tonnage based on ton miles than any other form of transportation – Railroads. In accordance with the Federal Department of Transportation, railroads move 39.5% of all freight in the US (based on ton miles which is the length freight travels). It’s a $60 Billion industry with over 140,000 miles of track. It is dominated by seven major carriers (referred to as Class I Railways).

Performance Ratios

Performance Ratios

The most common thought among business owners, consultants, investors and students is the ‘bottom line’.  The proper word is of course ‘PROFIT’.  In business, the single number one reason to operate is to make a profit. 

Gross Profit Margin

Gross Profit Margin

The difference between the sales price and the cost of the product or service rendered is known as gross profit margin in business. It is traditionally the amount identified on the income statement or a tax return as the amount earned after cost of sales a.k.a cost of goods sold, cost of services rendered, etc. is subtracted from sales (revenue).

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