Palo Alto Networks (PANW)

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Palo Alto Networks Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly):

73.41% for Jan. 31, 2014

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Jan. 31, 2014 73.41%
Oct. 31, 2013 73.63%
July 31, 2013 73.08%
April 30, 2013 72.66%
Jan. 31, 2013 71.38%
Oct. 31, 2012 71.85%
July 31, 2012 71.49%
   
April 30, 2012 71.64%
Jan. 31, 2012 72.63%
Oct. 31, 2011 74.02%
July 31, 2011 71.78%
April 30, 2011 73.46%
Jan. 31, 2011 73.21%

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About Gross Profit Margin

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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PANW Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly) Benchmarks

Companies
FireEye 70.03%
Juniper Networks 63.10%
Cisco Systems 53.35%

PANW Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly) Range, Past 5 Years

Minimum 71.38% Jan 2013
Maximum 74.02% Oct 2011
Average 72.63%
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