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Brocade Communications Systems Inc (NAS:BRCD)
Piotroski F-Score
8 (As of Today)

Good Sign:

Piotroski F-Score of 8 is 8, indicating very healthy situation.

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 8. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

BRCD' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 3   Max: 9
Current: 8

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 own currency.

This Year (Oct14) TTM:Last Year (Oct13) TTM:
Net Income was 80.884 + -13.684 + 87.352 + 83.419 = $238 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 109.469 + 168.244 + 106.031 + 157.853 = $542 Mil.
Revenue was 564.535 + 536.91 + 545.464 + 564.358 = $2,211 Mil.
Gross Profit was 372.67 + 354.292 + 361.713 + 377.118 = $1,466 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Oct13)
to the end of this year (Oct14) was
(3621.391 + 3577.837 + 3608.909 + 3601.89 + 3733.675) / 5 = $3628.7404 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Oct13) was $3,621 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $595 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,658 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $587 Mil.
Net Income was -21.255 + 46.949 + 118.696 + 64.233 = $209 Mil.

Revenue was 588.729 + 538.784 + 536.551 + 558.8 = $2,223 Mil.
Gross Profit was 373.925 + 334.112 + 338.202 + 362.64 = $1,409 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Oct12)
to the end of last year (Oct13) was
(3581.261 + 3772.182 + 3510.823 + 3521.731 + 3621.391) / 5 = $3601.4776 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Oct12) was $3,581 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $596 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,423 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $561 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.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's current net income (TTM) was 238. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

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.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 542. ==> 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 (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of This Year (Oct13)
=237.971/3621.391
=0.06571259

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Oct12)
=208.623/3581.261
=0.05825406

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.06571259. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.05825406. ==> This year is higher. ==> Score 1.

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.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's current net income (TTM) was 238. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 542. ==> 542 > 238 ==> 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: Oct14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Oct13 to Oct14
=595.45/3628.7404
=0.16409275

Gearing (Last Year: Oct13)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Oct12 to Oct13
=596.208/3601.4776
=0.16554539

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's gearing of this year was 0.16409275. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's gearing of last year was 0.16554539. ==> This year is lower or equal to last year. ==> Score 1.

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: Oct14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=1658.005/587.308
=2.82305877

Current Ratio (Last Year: Oct13)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=1422.803/560.663
=2.53771517

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's current ratio of this year was 2.82305877. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's current ratio of last year was 2.53771517. ==> 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.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 441.6. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 460.2. ==> There is smaller number of shares in issue this year, or the same. ==> Score 1.

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: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1465.793/2211.267
=0.66287472

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1408.879/2222.864
=0.6338125

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.66287472. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.6338125. ==> This year's gross margin is higher. ==> Score 1.

Q9. 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 (Oct13)
=2211.267/3621.391
=0.61061261

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Oct12)
=2222.864/3581.261
=0.6206931

Brocade Communications Systems Inc's asset turnover of this year was 0.61061261. Brocade Communications Systems Inc's asset turnover of last year was 0.6206931. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score=Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4+Q5+Q6+Q7+Q8+Q9
=1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+0
=8

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

Brocade Communications Systems Inc has an F-score of 8. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.


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.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc Annual Data

Oct05Oct06Oct07Oct08Oct09Oct10Oct11Oct12Oct13Oct14
Q1 1111011111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1111010111
Q4 1111111111
Q5 1100111111
Q6 0100010111
Q7 0000000111
Q8 1101011111
Q9 1110001100
F-score 7855376988

Brocade Communications Systems Inc Quarterly Data

Jul12Oct12Jan13Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14Jul14Oct14
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1111111111
Q4 1111111111
Q5 1111111111
Q6 0101111111
Q7 1111111111
Q8 0111111111
Q9 1111100000
F-score 7989988888
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