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Accenture PLC (NYSE:ACN)
Piotroski F-Score
4 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

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

Accenture PLC has an F-score of 4 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

ACN' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 4   Max: 9
Current: 4

4
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Accenture PLC was 9. The lowest was 4. And the median was 7.


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 (May14) TTM:Last Year (May13) TTM:
Net Income was 817.336 + 671.3 + 751.846 + 671 = $2,911 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 1363.26 + 292.38 + 181.233 + 1275.51 = $3,112 Mil.
Revenue was 8240.18 + 7567.483 + 7799.696 + 7524.994 = $31,132 Mil.
Gross Profit was 2536.357 + 2230.142 + 2449.347 + 2349.6 = $9,565 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (May13) was $16,524 Mil.
Total Assets was $17,002 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $27 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $11,135 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $7,616 Mil.
Net Income was 810.258 + 1101.802 + 698.817 + 578.282 = $3,189 Mil.

Revenue was 7707.935 + 7493.32 + 7668.036 + 7288.259 = $30,158 Mil.
Gross Profit was 2438.019 + 2230.363 + 2366.193 + 2248.89 = $9,283 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (May12) was $15,536 Mil.
Total Assets was $16,524 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $12,079 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $7,631 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.

Accenture PLC's current net income was 2,911. ==> 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.

Accenture PLC's current cash flow from operations was 3,112. ==> 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 (May13)
=2911.482/16523.758
=0.17619975

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (May12)
=3189.159/15535.915
=0.20527655

Accenture PLC's return on assets of this year was 0.17619975. Accenture PLC's return on assets of last year was 0.20527655. ==> 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.

Accenture PLC's current net income was 2,911. Accenture PLC's current cash flow from operations was 3,112. ==> 3,112 > 2,911 ==> 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
=26.534/17002.384
=0.0015606

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=0/16523.758
=0

Accenture PLC's gearing of this year was 0.0015606. Accenture PLC's gearing of last year was 0. ==> 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
=11134.693/7616.168
=1.46198101

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=12078.919/7630.622
=1.58295339

Accenture PLC's current ratio of this year was 1.46198101. Accenture PLC's current ratio of last year was 1.58295339. ==> Last year's current ratio is higher ==> Score 0.

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.

Accenture PLC's number of shares in issue this year was 691. Accenture PLC's number of shares in issue last year was 715.6. ==> 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
=9565.446/31132.353
=0.30725098

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=9283.465/30157.55
=0.3078322

Accenture PLC's gross margin of this year was 0.30725098. Accenture PLC's gross margin of last year was 0.3078322. ==> Last year's gross margin is higher ==> Score 0.

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 (May13)
=31132.353/16523.758
=1.8840964

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (May12)
=30157.55/15535.915
=1.94115055

Accenture PLC's asset turnover of this year was 1.8840964. Accenture PLC's asset turnover of last year was 1.94115055. ==> 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+0+1+0+0
=4

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Accenture PLC has an F-score of 4 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.

Accenture PLC Annual Data

Aug04Aug05Aug06Aug07Aug08Aug09Aug10Aug11Aug12Aug13
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1101101101
Q4 1111111111
Q5 1011110100
Q6 0000111010
Q7 0111111111
Q8 0001111001
Q9 0001101100
F-score 5558978756

Accenture PLC Quarterly Data

Feb12May12Aug12Nov12Feb13May13Aug13Nov13Feb14May14
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1000111100
Q4 1111111111
Q5 1001110000
Q6 0011110000
Q7 1111111111
Q8 0000111110
Q9 1000000000
F-score 7456886654
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