### Cloud Peak Energy (CLD)

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# Cloud Peak Energy Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly):

21.03% for Sept. 30, 2013

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## Cloud Peak Energy Historical Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly) Data

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Sept. 30, 2013 21.03%
June 30, 2013 14.66%
March 31, 2013 18.35%
Dec. 31, 2012 24.90%
Sept. 30, 2012 29.11%
June 30, 2012 22.47%
March 31, 2012 24.12%
Dec. 31, 2011 26.57%
Sept. 30, 2011 24.68%
June 30, 2011 25.75%

March 31, 2011 26.75%
Dec. 31, 2010 24.65%
Sept. 30, 2010 29.59%
June 30, 2010 29.69%
March 31, 2010 30.33%
Dec. 31, 2009 31.80%
Sept. 30, 2009 35.92%
June 30, 2009 34.32%
March 31, 2009 30.88%

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A gross profit margin is the difference between sales and the cost of goods sold divided by revenue. This represents the percentage of each dollar of a company's revenue available after accounting for cost of goods sold.

If a company produces phones and earns \$32 million in sales but pays \$24 million for the items sold, then the company's gross profit margin would be (\$32M - \$24M) / \$32M = 25 percent.

Cutting costs result in higher gross profit margins. If a company sells phones for 500 dollars and the cost of the producing the phone is \$250, the current gross profit margin is 50 percent ((500-250)/500). If the company is able to reduce production costs from \$250 to \$200, the gross profit margin is 60 percent ((500-200)/500).

Note : Profit margins are very dependent on sector. Companies that sell bland potato chips may not have very high margins, but will sell a sizable quantity of potato chips. A company that sells consulting services will likely have higher profit margins, but sell lower quantities.

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## CLD Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly) Benchmarks

Companies
Consol Energy 28.83%
Peabody Energy 20.33%
Arch Coal 12.96%

## CLD Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly) Range, Past 5 Years

 Minimum 14.66% Jun 2013 Maximum 35.92% Sep 2009 Average 26.61%