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Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NAS:CTSH)
Piotroski F-Score
5 (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

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp has an F-score of 5 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

CTSH' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 3   Max: 8
Current: 5

3
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp was 8. The lowest was 3. 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 (Sep14) TTM:Last Year (Sep13) TTM:
Net Income was 324.332 + 348.878 + 371.908 + 355.624 = $1,401 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 505.873 + 157.32 + 408.313 + 583.181 = $1,655 Mil.
Revenue was 2355.488 + 2422.348 + 2517.094 + 2581.009 = $9,876 Mil.
Gross Profit was 944.333 + 989.904 + 1017.632 + 1011.181 = $3,963 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Sep13)
to the end of this year (Sep14) was
(7617.149 + 8208.914 + 8279.299 + 8687.294 + 9227.043) / 5 = $8403.9398 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Sep13) was $7,617 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $7,260 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,741 Mil.
Net Income was 278.779 + 284.209 + 300.41 + 319.627 = $1,183 Mil.

Revenue was 1948.215 + 2020.738 + 2161.24 + 2305.723 = $8,436 Mil.
Gross Profit was 797.281 + 820.773 + 889.227 + 923.387 = $3,431 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Sep12)
to the end of last year (Sep13) was
(6107.039 + 6521.571 + 6709.302 + 7012.32 + 7617.149) / 5 = $6793.4762 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Sep12) was $6,107 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $5,739 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,602 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.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's current net income (TTM) was 1,401. ==> 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.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 1,655. ==> 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 (Sep13)
=1400.742/7617.149
=0.18389321

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Sep12)
=1183.025/6107.039
=0.19371499

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's return on assets of this year was 0.18389321. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's return on assets of last year was 0.19371499. ==> 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.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's current net income (TTM) was 1,401. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 1,655. ==> 1,655 > 1,401 ==> 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: Sep14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep13 to Sep14
=0/8403.9398
=0

Gearing (Last Year: Sep13)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep12 to Sep13
=0/6793.4762
=0

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's gearing of this year was 0. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's gearing of last year was 0. ==> 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: Sep14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=7260.026/1741.464
=4.16892109

Current Ratio (Last Year: Sep13)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=5739.205/1602.038
=3.58243999

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's current ratio of this year was 4.16892109. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's current ratio of last year was 3.58243999. ==> 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.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's number of shares in issue this year was 612.1. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's number of shares in issue last year was 608.5. ==> 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: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=3963.05/9875.939
=0.40128336

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=3430.668/8435.916
=0.40667404

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's gross margin of this year was 0.40128336. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's gross margin of last year was 0.40667404. ==> Last year's gross margin is higher ==> Score 0.

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 (Sep13)
=9875.939/7617.149
=1.29654008

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Sep12)
=8435.916/6107.039
=1.38134307

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's asset turnover of this year was 1.29654008. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's asset turnover of last year was 1.38134307. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score=Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4+Q5+Q6+Q7+Q8+Q9
=1+1+0+1+1+1+0+0+0
=5

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

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp has an F-score of 5 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.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1100000000
Q4 1010011011
Q5 1111111111
Q6 0100101010
Q7 0000100011
Q8 0100100000
Q9 1010000001
F-score 6653645366

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 0000100100
Q4 1111111111
Q5 1111111111
Q6 0010110111
Q7 1111100000
Q8 0000000000
Q9 0100101100
F-score 5665855755
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