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Anglogold Ashanti Ltd (NYSE:AU)
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

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd has an F-score of 4 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: 4

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 (Jun15) TTM:Last Year (Jun14) TTM:
Net Income was 41 + -58 + -1 + -142 = $-160 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 361 + 106 + 190 + 323 = $980 Mil.
Revenue was 1325 + 1283 + 1079 + 1018 = $4,705 Mil.
Gross Profit was 273 + 223 + 209 + 188 = $893 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Jun14)
to the end of this year (Jun15) was
(9601 + 9310 + 9134 + 8853 + 8817) / 5 = $9143 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Jun14) was $9,601 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,651 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $2,400 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $872 Mil.
Net Income was 1 + -305 + 39 + -80 = $-345 Mil.

Revenue was 1340 + 1446 + 1308 + 1246 = $5,340 Mil.
Gross Profit was 276 + 404 + 296 + 241 = $1,217 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Jun13)
to the end of last year (Jun14) was
(10178 + 10770 + 9674 + 9678 + 9601) / 5 = $9980.2 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Jun13) was $10,178 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,619 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,980 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,050 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.

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's current net income (TTM) was -160. ==> Negative ==> Score 0.

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.

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 980. ==> 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 (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Jun13)
=-345/10178
=-0.03389664

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's return on assets of this year was -0.01666493. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's return on assets of last year was -0.03389664. ==> This year is higher. ==> Score 1.

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.

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's current net income (TTM) was -160. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 980. ==> 980 > -160 ==> 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: Jun15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Jun14 to Jun15
=3651/9143
=0.39932189

Gearing (Last Year: Jun14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Jun13 to Jun14
=3619/9980.2
=0.36261798

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's gearing of this year was 0.39932189. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's gearing of last year was 0.36261798. ==> Last year is lower than this year ==> Score 0.

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: Jun15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=2400/872
=2.75229358

Current Ratio (Last Year: Jun14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=1980/1050
=1.88571429

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's current ratio of this year was 2.75229358. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's current ratio of last year was 1.88571429. ==> This year's current ratio is higher. ==> Score 1.

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.

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's number of shares in issue this year was 407.5. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's number of shares in issue last year was 406. ==> 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
=893/4705
=0.18979809

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1217/5340
=0.22790262

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's gross margin of this year was 0.18979809. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's gross margin of last year was 0.22790262. ==> 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 (Jun14)
=4705/9601
=0.49005312

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Jun13)
=5340/10178
=0.52466103

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's asset turnover of this year was 0.49005312. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd's asset turnover of last year was 0.52466103. ==> 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
=0+1+1+1+0+1+0+0+0
=4

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

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd 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.

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
Question 1 0000011100
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 0001011001
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 0111101100
Question 6 0101011010
Question 7 0000000100
Question 8 0110010000
Question 9 0110011001
F-score 2655377534

Anglogold Ashanti Ltd Quarterly Data

Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15
Question 1 1000000000
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 0000011111
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 0100000000
Question 6 0011110011
Question 7 1110000000
Question 8 0000001000
Question 9 0000011110
F-score 4443355454
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