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Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE:A)
Piotroski F-Score
6 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

Good or high score = 8 or 9
Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Agilent Technologies Inc has an F-score of 6 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

A' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 1   Max: 8
Current: 6

1
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Agilent Technologies Inc was 8. The lowest was 1. And the median was 5.


Definition

How is the Piotroski F-Score calculated?

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

This Year (Apr14) TTM:Last Year (Apr13) TTM:
Net Income was 139 + 195 + 211 + 168 = $713 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 325 + 194 + 377 + 215 = $1,111 Mil.
Revenue was 1731 + 1679 + 1718 + 1652 = $6,780 Mil.
Gross Profit was 899 + 883 + 908 + 856 = $3,546 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Apr13) was $10,587 Mil.
Total Assets was $11,026 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,693 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $5,377 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,719 Mil.
Net Income was 166 + 179 + 425 + 243 = $1,013 Mil.

Revenue was 1732 + 1680 + 1767 + 1723 = $6,902 Mil.
Gross Profit was 891 + 880 + 922 + 890 = $3,583 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Apr12) was $9,413 Mil.
Total Assets was $10,587 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,106 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $4,818 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,908 Mil.

Profitability

Q1. Return on Assets (ROA)

Net income before extraordinary items for the year divided by total assets at the beginning of the year.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

Agilent Technologies Inc's current net income was 713. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Q2. Cash Flow Return on Assets (CFROA)

Net cash flow from operating activities (operating cash flow) divided by total assets at the beginning of the year.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

Agilent Technologies Inc's current cash flow from operations was 1,111. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Q3. Change in Return on Assets

Compare this year’s return on assets (1) to last year’s return on assets.

Score 1 if it’s higher, 0 if it’s lower.

ROA (This Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of this year (Apr13)
=713/10587
=0.06734675

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Apr12)
=1013/9413
=0.10761713

Agilent Technologies Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.06734675. Agilent Technologies Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.10761713. ==> Last year is higher ==> Score 0.

Q4. Quality of Earnings (Accrual)

Compare Cash flow return on assets (2) to return on assets (1)

Score 1 if CFROA > ROA, 0 if CFROA =< ROA.

Agilent Technologies Inc's current net income was 713. Agilent Technologies Inc's current cash flow from operations was 1,111. ==> 1,111 > 713 ==> CFROA > ROA ==> Score 1.

Funding

Q5. Change in Gearing or Leverage

Compare this year’s gearing (long-term debt divided by average total assets) to last year’s gearing.

Score 0 if this year's gearing is higher, 1 otherwise.

Gearing (This Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=2693/11026
=0.24424089

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=2106/10587
=0.19892321

Agilent Technologies Inc's gearing of this year was 0.24424089. Agilent Technologies Inc's gearing of last year was 0.19892321. ==> Last year is lower than this year ==> Score 0.

Q6. Change in Working Capital (Liquidity)

Compare this year’s current ratio (current assets divided by current liabilities) to last year’s current ratio.

Score 1 if this year'’s current ratio is higher, 0 if it’s lower

Current Ratio (This Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=5377/1719
=3.12798138

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=4818/1908
=2.52515723

Agilent Technologies Inc's current ratio of this year was 3.12798138. Agilent Technologies Inc's current ratio of last year was 2.52515723. ==> This year's current ratio is higher. ==> Score 1.

Q7. Change in Shares in Issue

Compare the number of shares in issue this year, to the number in issue last year.

Score 0 if there is larger number of shares in issue this year, 1 otherwise.

Agilent Technologies Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 337. Agilent Technologies Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 349. ==> There is smaller number of shares in issue this year, or the same. ==> Score 1.

Efficiency

Q8. Change in Gross Margin

Compare this year’s gross margin (gross profit divided by sales) to last year’s.

Score 1 if this year’s gross margin is higher, 0 if it’s lower.

Gross Margin (This Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=3546/6780
=0.52300885

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=3583/6902
=0.51912489

Agilent Technologies Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.52300885. Agilent Technologies Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.51912489. ==> This year's gross margin is higher. ==> Score 1.

Q9. Change in asset turnover

Compare this year’s asset turnover (total sales divided by total assets at the beginning of the year) to last year’s asset turnover ratio.

Score 1 if this year’s asset turnover ratio is higher, 0 if it’s lower

Asset Turnover (This Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of this year (Apr13)
=6780/10587
=0.64040805

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Apr12)
=6902/9413
=0.73324126

Agilent Technologies Inc's asset turnover of this year was 0.64040805. Agilent Technologies Inc's asset turnover of last year was 0.73324126. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score=Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4+Q5+Q6+Q7+Q8+Q9
=1+1+0+1+0+1+1+1+0
=6

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Agilent Technologies Inc has an F-score of 6 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.


Explanation

The developer of the system is Joseph D. Piotroski is relatively unknown accounting professor who shuns publicity and rarely gives interviews.

He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in accounting in 1989, received an M.B.A. from Indiana University in 1994. Five years later, in 1999, after earning a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Michigan, he became an associate professor of accounting at the University of Chicago.

In 2000, he wrote a research paper called "Value Investing: The Use of Historical Financial Statement Information to Separate Winners from Losers" (pdf).

He wanted to see if he can develop a system (using a simple nine-point scoring system) that can increase the returns of a strategy of investing in low price to book (referred to in the paper as high book to market) value companies.

What he found was something that exceeded his most optimistic expectations.

Buying only those companies that scored highest (8 or 9) on his nine-point scale, or F-Score as he called it, over the 20 year period from 1976 to 1996 led to an average out-performance over the market of 13.4%.

Even more impressive were the results of a strategy of investing in the highest F-Score companies (8 or 9) and shorting companies with the lowest F-Score (0 or 1).

Over the same period from 1976 to 1996 (20 years) this strategy led to an average yearly return of 23%, substantially outperforming the average S&P 500 index return of 15.83% over the same period.


Related Terms

Net Income, Cash Flow from Operations, Revenue, Gross Profit, Total Assets, Long-Term Debt, Total Current Assets, Total Current Liabilities


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Agilent Technologies Inc Annual Data

Oct04Oct05Oct06Oct07Oct08Oct09Oct10Oct11Oct12Oct13
Q1 1111101111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1010101110
Q4 1101111111
Q5 1100001110
Q6 1010110101
Q7 0011110011
Q8 1111101000
Q9 1010101010
F-score 8575847675

Agilent Technologies Inc Quarterly Data

Jan12Apr12Jul12Oct12Jan13Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1111000000
Q4 1111111111
Q5 1111110000
Q6 1100001111
Q7 1110111111
Q8 0000000001
Q9 1011000000
F-score 8776555556
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