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ArthroCare Corp (NAS:ARTC)
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

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

ARTC' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 3   Max: 8
Current: 4

3
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of ArthroCare Corp was 8. 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 (Mar14) TTM:Last Year (Mar13) TTM:
Net Income was 6.218 + 11.376 + 10.272 + -6.779 = $21.1 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was -20.583 + 12.547 + 14.403 + 26.039 = $32.4 Mil.
Revenue was 96.056 + 101.708 + 91.863 + 92.07 = $381.7 Mil.
Gross Profit was 67.618 + 71.373 + 62.987 + 63.346 = $265.3 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Mar13) was $528.4 Mil.
Total Assets was $571.4 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $308.3 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $52.5 Mil.
Net Income was 11.185 + 11.171 + 9.985 + 12.264 = $44.6 Mil.

Revenue was 92.348 + 96.936 + 86.94 + 91.706 = $367.9 Mil.
Gross Profit was 64.02 + 69.195 + 60.736 + 64.351 = $258.3 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Mar12) was $468.8 Mil.
Total Assets was $528.4 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $345.7 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $48.5 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.

ArthroCare Corp's current net income was 21.1. ==> 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.

ArthroCare Corp's current cash flow from operations was 32.4. ==> 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 (Mar13)
=21.087/528.381
=0.0399087

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Mar12)
=44.605/468.785
=0.09515023

ArthroCare Corp's return on assets of this year was 0.0399087. ArthroCare Corp's return on assets of last year was 0.09515023. ==> 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.

ArthroCare Corp's current net income was 21.1. ArthroCare Corp's current cash flow from operations was 32.4. ==> 32.4 > 21.1 ==> 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
=0/571.425
=0

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=0/528.381
=0

ArthroCare Corp's gearing of this year was 0. ArthroCare Corp's gearing of last year was 0. ==> This year is lower or equal to last year. ==> Score 1.

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
=308.329/52.483
=5.87483566

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=345.682/48.501
=7.12731696

ArthroCare Corp's current ratio of this year was 5.87483566. ArthroCare Corp's current ratio of last year was 7.12731696. ==> 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.

ArthroCare Corp's number of shares in issue this year was 32.7. ArthroCare Corp's number of shares in issue last year was 28.8. ==> There is larger number of shares in issue this year. ==> Score 0.

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
=265.324/381.697
=0.69511681

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=258.302/367.93
=0.70204115

ArthroCare Corp's gross margin of this year was 0.69511681. ArthroCare Corp's gross margin of last year was 0.70204115. ==> 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 (Mar13)
=381.697/528.381
=0.72238971

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Mar12)
=367.93/468.785
=0.78485873

ArthroCare Corp's asset turnover of this year was 0.72238971. ArthroCare Corp's asset turnover of last year was 0.78485873. ==> 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+1+0+0+0+0
=4

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

ArthroCare Corp 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.

ArthroCare Corp Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 0111001011
Q2 1111111111
Q3 0110011010
Q4 1111111101
Q5 0110111111
Q6 0101011010
Q7 1000100000
Q8 1111010100
Q9 1010011001
F-score 5775477455

ArthroCare Corp Quarterly Data

Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14
Q1 0001111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 0000111100
Q4 1110011111
Q5 1111111111
Q6 0111110000
Q7 0000000010
Q8 1110000000
Q9 0000000010
F-score 4554565564
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