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Anglogold Ashanti Ltd (NYSE:AU)
Piotroski F-Score
3 (As of Today)

Warning Sign:

Piotroski F-Score of 3 is low, which usually implies poor business operation.

The zones of discrimination were as such:

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

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd has an F-score of 3 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

AU' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 2   Max: 8
Current: 3

2
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Anglogold Ashanti Ltd was 8. The lowest was 2. 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 (Mar14) TTM:Last Year (Mar13) TTM:
Net Income was 39 + -367 + 10 + -2112 = $-2,430 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 350 + 690 + 225 + -25 = $1,240 Mil.
Revenue was 1324 + 1456 + 1398 + 1274 = $5,452 Mil.
Gross Profit was 296 + 82 + 405 + 524 = $1,307 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Mar13) was $12,875 Mil.
Total Assets was $9,678 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,569 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $2,094 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,176 Mil.
Net Income was 239 + -3 + 199 + 317 = $752 Mil.

Revenue was 1463 + 1305 + 1652 + 1641 = $6,061 Mil.
Gross Profit was 434 + 111 + 588 + 795 = $1,928 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Mar12) was $11,698 Mil.
Total Assets was $12,875 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,870 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $2,507 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,710 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.

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's current net income was -2,430. ==> Negative ==> Score 0.

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.

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's current cash flow from operations was 1,240. ==> 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)
=-2430/12875
=-0.18873786

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Mar12)
=752/11698
=0.06428449

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's return on assets of this year was -0.18873786. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's return on assets of last year was 0.06428449. ==> 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.

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's current net income was -2,430. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's current cash flow from operations was 1,240. ==> 1,240 > -2,430 ==> 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
=3569/9678
=0.36877454

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=2870/12875
=0.22291262

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's gearing of this year was 0.36877454. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's gearing of last year was 0.22291262. ==> 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
=2094/1176
=1.78061224

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=2507/1710
=1.46608187

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's current ratio of this year was 1.78061224. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's current ratio of last year was 1.46608187. ==> 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.

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's number of shares in issue this year was 407.2. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's number of shares in issue last year was 406.4. ==> 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
=1307/5452
=0.23972854

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1928/6061
=0.31809932

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's gross margin of this year was 0.23972854. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's gross margin of last year was 0.31809932. ==> 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)
=5452/12875
=0.42345631

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Mar12)
=6061/11698
=0.51812276

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's asset turnover of this year was 0.42345631. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's asset turnover of last year was 0.51812276. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score=Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4+Q5+Q6+Q7+Q8+Q9
=0+1+0+1+0+1+0+0+0
=3

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd has an F-score of 3 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.

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 1000001110
Q2 1111111111
Q3 0010101100
Q4 1111111111
Q5 0011110110
Q6 0010101101
Q7 0000000001
Q8 0010111000
Q9 1011111100
F-score 4274757744

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd Quarterly Data

Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14
Q1 1111110000
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1111000000
Q4 1111111111
Q5 1110100000
Q6 1110000111
Q7 0010111110
Q8 0000000000
Q9 1111000000
F-score 7785543443
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