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Bon-Ton Stores Inc (NAS:BONT)
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

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

BONT' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2   Max: 9
Current: 4

2
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Bon-Ton Stores Inc was 9. 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 local exchange's currency.

This Year (Oct16) TTM:Last Year (Oct15) TTM:
Net Income was 50.576 + -37.818 + -38.736 + -31.582 = $-58 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 158.561 + 12.278 + 51.291 + -144.541 = $78 Mil.
Revenue was 950.359 + 608.423 + 558.612 + 607.275 = $2,725 Mil.
Gross Profit was 344.962 + 217.51 + 214.339 + 224.383 = $1,001 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Oct15)
to the end of this year (Oct16) was
(1865.301 + 1550.626 + 1512.584 + 1484.746 + 1734.426) / 5 = $1629.5366 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Oct15) was $1,865 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,049 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,032 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $573 Mil.
Net Income was 71.738 + -34.074 + -39.563 + -33.992 = $-36 Mil.

Revenue was 963.469 + 627.242 + 570.999 + 640.897 = $2,803 Mil.
Gross Profit was 350.362 + 222.777 + 220.171 + 225.872 = $1,019 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Oct14)
to the end of last year (Oct15) was
(1829.98 + 1592.733 + 1570.191 + 1603.752 + 1865.301) / 5 = $1692.3914 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Oct14) was $1,830 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,031 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,099 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $671 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.

Bon-Ton Stores Inc's current net income (TTM) was -58. ==> 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.

Bon-Ton Stores Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 78. ==> 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 (Oct15)
=-57.56/1865.301
=-0.03085829

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Oct14)
=-35.891/1829.98
=-0.01961278

Bon-Ton Stores Inc's return on assets of this year was -0.03085829. Bon-Ton Stores Inc's return on assets of last year was -0.01961278. ==> 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.

Bon-Ton Stores Inc's current net income (TTM) was -58. Bon-Ton Stores Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 78. ==> 78 > -58 ==> 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: Oct16)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Oct15 to Oct16
=1049.188/1629.5366
=0.64385666

Gearing (Last Year: Oct15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Oct14 to Oct15
=1030.736/1692.3914
=0.60904115

Bon-Ton Stores Inc's gearing of this year was 0.64385666. Bon-Ton Stores Inc's gearing of last year was 0.60904115. ==> 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: Oct16)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=1031.89/573.304
=1.79990023

Current Ratio (Last Year: Oct15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=1098.796/671.074
=1.63736935

Bon-Ton Stores Inc's current ratio of this year was 1.79990023. Bon-Ton Stores Inc's current ratio of last year was 1.63736935. ==> 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.

Bon-Ton Stores Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 20. Bon-Ton Stores Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 19.7. ==> 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
=1001.194/2724.669
=0.36745528

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1019.182/2802.607
=0.36365498

Bon-Ton Stores Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.36745528. Bon-Ton Stores Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.36365498. ==> 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 (Oct15)
=2724.669/1865.301
=1.46071278

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Oct14)
=2802.607/1829.98
=1.53149597

Bon-Ton Stores Inc's asset turnover of this year was 1.46071278. Bon-Ton Stores Inc's asset turnover of last year was 1.53149597. ==> 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+0+1+0+1+0+1+0
=4

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

Bon-Ton Stores 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 local exchange's currency.

Bon-Ton Stores Inc Annual Data

Jan07Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14Jan15Jan16
Question 1 1100100000
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1001100100
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 0100111000
Question 6 1110000111
Question 7 0010000000
Question 8 1001100100
Question 9 1001111010
F-score 7545744543

Bon-Ton Stores Inc Quarterly Data

Jul14Oct14Jan15Apr15Jul15Oct15Jan16Apr16Jul16Oct16
Question 1 0000000000
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 0000000000
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 0001100000
Question 6 0010001111
Question 7 0000000000
Question 8 1100000001
Question 9 0011100000
F-score 3344423334
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