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Brocade Communications Systems Inc (NAS:BRCD)
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

Brocade Communications Systems Inc has an F-score of 4 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

BRCD' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3   Max: 9
Current: 4

3
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Brocade Communications Systems Inc was 9. The lowest was 3. And the median was 7.


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 $214 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was $412 Mil.
Revenue was $2,346 Mil.
Gross Profit was $1,516 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Oct15)
to the end of this year (Oct16) was (4036.153 + 4937.354) / 2 = $4486.7535 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Oct15) was $4,036 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,502 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,675 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $695 Mil.
Net Income was $340 Mil.

Revenue was $2,263 Mil.
Gross Profit was $1,528 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Oct14)
to the end of last year (Oct15) was (3733.675 + 4036.153) / 2 = $3884.914 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Oct14) was $3,734 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $794 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,852 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $562 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.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's current net income (TTM) was 214. ==> 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.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 412. ==> 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)
=213.815/4036.153
=0.05297495

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Oct14)
=340.362/3733.675
=0.09116005

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.05297495. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.09116005. ==> 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.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's current net income (TTM) was 214. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 412. ==> 412 > 214 ==> 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
=1502.063/4486.7535
=0.33477725

Gearing (Last Year: Oct15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Oct14 to Oct15
=793.779/3884.914
=0.20432344

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's gearing of this year was 0.33477725. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's gearing of last year was 0.20432344. ==> 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
=1675.175/694.652
=2.41153124

Current Ratio (Last Year: Oct15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=1852.199/562.364
=3.29359454

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's current ratio of this year was 2.41153124. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's current ratio of last year was 3.29359454. ==> 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.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 417.1. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 430.6. ==> There is smaller number of shares in issue this year, or the same. ==> Score 1.

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
=1516.339/2345.61
=0.64645828

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1528.073/2263.46
=0.67510493

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.64645828. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.67510493. ==> 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 (Oct15)
=2345.61/4036.153
=0.58114992

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Oct14)
=2263.46/3733.675
=0.60622845

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's asset turnover of this year was 0.58114992. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's asset turnover of last year was 0.60622845. ==> 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+0+0+1+0+0
=4

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

Brocade Communications Systems 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.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc Annual Data

Oct07Oct08Oct09Oct10Oct11Oct12Oct13Oct14Oct15Oct16
Question 1 1101111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1101011110
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 0011111100
Question 6 0001011110
Question 7 0000011111
Question 8 0101111110
Question 9 1000110000
F-score 5537698874
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