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Ascena Retail Group Inc (NAS:ASNA)
Piotroski F-Score
5 (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

Ascena Retail Group Inc has an F-score of 5 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

ASNA' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 4   Max: 9
Current: 5

4
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Ascena Retail Group Inc was 9. The lowest was 4. 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 (Apr15) TTM:Last Year (Apr14) TTM:
Net Income was 15.7 + 53.5 + 8.7 + 24.4 = $102 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 131.2 + 23.4 + 189.3 + 70.6 = $415 Mil.
Revenue was 1182.4 + 1194.2 + 1288.6 + 1150.3 = $4,816 Mil.
Gross Profit was 647.2 + 694.5 + 662 + 675.1 = $2,679 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Apr14)
to the end of this year (Apr15) was
(3109.7 + 3123.8 + 3233.3 + 3114.5 + 3220.4) / 5 = $3160.34 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Apr14) was $3,110 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $155 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $983 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $647 Mil.
Net Income was 29.8 + 52.6 + 31.9 + 33.2 = $148 Mil.

Revenue was 1197.7 + 1196.6 + 1266.5 + 1145.1 = $4,806 Mil.
Gross Profit was 600.7 + 693.2 + 661.9 + 657.7 = $2,614 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Apr13)
to the end of last year (Apr14) was
(2795.5 + 2871.7 + 3018.6 + 2983.2 + 3109.7) / 5 = $2955.74 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Apr13) was $2,796 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $224 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $960 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $612 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.

Ascena Retail Group Inc's current net income (TTM) was 102. ==> 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.

Ascena Retail Group Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 415. ==> 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.

ROA (This Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of This Year (Apr14)
=102.3/3109.7
=0.03289706

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Apr13)
=147.5/2795.5
=0.05276337

Ascena Retail Group Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.03289706. Ascena Retail Group Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.05276337. ==> 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.

Ascena Retail Group Inc's current net income (TTM) was 102. Ascena Retail Group Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 415. ==> 415 > 102 ==> CFROA > ROA ==> Score 1.

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: Apr15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Apr14 to Apr15
=155/3160.34
=0.04904536

Gearing (Last Year: Apr14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Apr13 to Apr14
=224.4/2955.74
=0.07592007

Ascena Retail Group Inc's gearing of this year was 0.04904536. Ascena Retail Group Inc's gearing of last year was 0.07592007. ==> 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: Apr15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=983.1/646.7
=1.52017937

Current Ratio (Last Year: Apr14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=960.2/612.4
=1.56792946

Ascena Retail Group Inc's current ratio of this year was 1.52017937. Ascena Retail Group Inc's current ratio of last year was 1.56792946. ==> 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.

Ascena Retail Group Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 165. Ascena Retail Group Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 164.7. ==> There is larger number of shares in issue this year. ==> Score 0.

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
=2678.8/4815.5
=0.55628699

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=2613.5/4805.9
=0.54381073

Ascena Retail Group Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.55628699. Ascena Retail Group Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.54381073. ==> This year's gross margin is higher. ==> Score 1.

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 (Apr14)
=4815.5/3109.7
=1.54854166

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Apr13)
=4805.9/2795.5
=1.71915579

Ascena Retail Group Inc's asset turnover of this year was 1.54854166. Ascena Retail Group Inc's asset turnover of last year was 1.71915579. ==> 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+1+1+0+0+1+0
=5

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

Ascena Retail Group Inc has an F-score of 5 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.

Ascena Retail Group Inc Annual Data

Jul05Jul06Jul07Jul08Jul09Jul10Jul11Jul12Jul13Jul14
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1110010000
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 0111101010
Question 6 0011110010
Question 7 0011000100
Question 8 1110011001
Question 9 1000010100
F-score 6686575554

Ascena Retail Group Inc Quarterly Data

Jan13Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14Jul14Oct14Jan15Apr15
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 0000000000
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 0011110011
Question 6 0011000110
Question 7 0000000010
Question 8 0000001111
Question 9 1100000000
F-score 4455444575
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