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Applied Materials Inc (NAS:AMAT)
Piotroski F-Score
4 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

Good or high score = 7, 8, 9
Bad or low score = 0, 1, 2, 3

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

AMAT' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 3   Max: 9
Current: 4

3
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Applied Materials Inc was 9. The lowest was 3. And the median was 6.


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 (Jul15) TTM:Last Year (Jul14) TTM:
Net Income was 256 + 348 + 364 + 0 = $968 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 407 + 60 + 298 + 0 = $765 Mil.
Revenue was 2264 + 2359 + 2442 + 0 = $7,065 Mil.
Gross Profit was 959 + 959 + 1016 + 0 = $2,934 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Jul14)
to the end of this year (Jul15) was
(12851 + 13174 + 13073 + 13587 + 13153) / 5 = $13167.6 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Jul14) was $12,851 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,547 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $7,043 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,020 Mil.
Net Income was 183 + 253 + 262 + 301 = $999 Mil.

Revenue was 1988 + 2190 + 2353 + 2265 = $8,796 Mil.
Gross Profit was 795 + 891 + 1001 + 992 = $3,679 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Jul13)
to the end of last year (Jul14) was
(11751 + 12043 + 12199 + 12555 + 12851) / 5 = $12279.8 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Jul13) was $11,751 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,947 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $6,640 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,755 Mil.

Profitability

Question 1. 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.

Applied Materials Inc's current net income (TTM) was 968. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Question 2. 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.

Applied Materials Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 765. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Question 3. 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.

Applied Materials Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.07532488. Applied Materials Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.08501404. ==> Last year is higher ==> Score 0.

Question 4. 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.

Applied Materials Inc's current net income (TTM) was 968. Applied Materials Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 765. ==> 765 <= 968 ==> CFROA <= ROA ==> Score 0.

Funding

Question 5. 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: Jul15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Jul14 to Jul15
=1547/13167.6
=0.11748534

Gearing (Last Year: Jul14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Jul13 to Jul14
=1947/12279.8
=0.15855307

Applied Materials Inc's gearing of this year was 0.11748534. Applied Materials Inc's gearing of last year was 0.15855307. ==> This year is lower or equal to last year. ==> Score 1.

Question 6. 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: Jul15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=7043/3020
=2.33211921

Current Ratio (Last Year: Jul14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=6640/2755
=2.41016334

Applied Materials Inc's current ratio of this year was 2.33211921. Applied Materials Inc's current ratio of last year was 2.41016334. ==> Last year's current ratio is higher ==> Score 0.

Question 7. 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.

Applied Materials Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 0. Applied Materials Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 1233. ==> There is smaller number of shares in issue this year, or the same. ==> Score 1.

Efficiency

Question 8. 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: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=2934/7065
=0.41528662

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=3679/8796
=0.4182583

Applied Materials Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.41528662. Applied Materials Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.4182583. ==> Last year's gross margin is higher ==> Score 0.

Question 9. Change in asset turnover

Compare this year’s asset turnover (total sales for the year 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 (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of This Year (Jul14)
=7065/12851
=0.54976266

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Jul13)
=8796/11751
=0.74853204

Applied Materials Inc's asset turnover of this year was 0.54976266. Applied Materials Inc's asset turnover of last year was 0.74853204. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score= Que. 1+ Que. 2+ Que. 3+Que. 4+Que. 5+Que. 6+Que. 7+Que. 8+Que. 9
=1+1+0+0+1+0+1+0+0
=4

Good or high score = 7, 8, 9
Bad or low score = 0, 1, 2, 3

Applied Materials Inc 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.

Applied Materials Inc Annual Data

Oct05Oct06Oct07Oct08Oct09Oct10Oct11Oct12Oct13Oct14
Question 1 1111011111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 0110011011
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 1101010101
Question 6 0010101011
Question 7 1111101110
Question 8 0100011011
Question 9 0110010001
F-score 5875477578

Applied Materials Inc Quarterly Data

Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14Jul14Oct14Jan15Apr15Jul15
Question 1 0011111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 0011111110
Question 4 1111111110
Question 5 0000011111
Question 6 0011111110
Question 7 1110000001
Question 8 0111111110
Question 9 0001111110
F-score 3477788884
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