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DGSE Companies Inc (AMEX:DGSE)
Piotroski F-Score
2 (As of Today)

Warning Sign:

Piotroski F-Score of 2 is low, which usually implies poor business operation.

The zones of discrimination were as such:

Good or high score = 8 or 9
Bad or low score = 0 or 1

DGSE Companies Inc has an F-score of 2. It is a bad or low score, which usually implies poor business operation.

DGSE' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 2   Max: 7
Current: 2

2
7

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of DGSE Companies Inc was 7. 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 (Dec13) TTM:Last Year (Dec12) TTM:
Net Income was -0.405 + -1.432 + -1.123 + 0.3 = $-2.7 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 2.039 + 0.008 + -0.607 + -1.11 = $0.3 Mil.
Revenue was 24.722 + 23.755 + 29.524 + 30.541 = $108.5 Mil.
Gross Profit was 5.479 + 4.532 + 4.136 + 5.614 = $19.8 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Dec12) was $26.1 Mil.
Total Assets was $24.9 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1.8 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $16.6 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $10.3 Mil.
Net Income was 0.135 + -0.536 + -2.408 + 0.497 = $-2.3 Mil.

Revenue was 37.502 + 28.975 + 28.585 + 32.815 = $127.9 Mil.
Gross Profit was 7.357 + 6.187 + 4.012 + 6.728 = $24.3 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Dec11) was $27.6 Mil.
Total Assets was $26.1 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1.8 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $17.9 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $7.6 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.

DGSE Companies Inc's current net income was -2.7. ==> Negative ==> Score 0.

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.

DGSE Companies Inc's current cash flow from operations was 0.3. ==> 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/Total Assets at the beginning of this year (Dec12)
=-2.66/26.115
=-0.10185717

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Dec11)
=-2.312/27.649
=-0.08361966

DGSE Companies Inc's return on assets of this year was -0.10185717. DGSE Companies Inc's return on assets of last year was -0.08361966. ==> 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.

DGSE Companies Inc's current net income was -2.7. DGSE Companies Inc's current cash flow from operations was 0.3. ==> 0.3 > -2.7 ==> 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 1 if gearing is lower, 0 if it’s higher.

Gearing (This Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=1.758/24.904
=0.07059107

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=1.843/26.115
=0.07057247

DGSE Companies Inc's gearing of this year was 0.07059107. DGSE Companies Inc's gearing of last year was 0.07057247. ==> Last year is lower ==> Score 0.

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)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=16.643/10.339
=1.60973015

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=17.884/7.605
=2.35161078

DGSE Companies Inc's current ratio of this year was 1.60973015. DGSE Companies Inc's current ratio of last year was 2.35161078. ==> Last year's current ratio is higher ==> Score 0.

Q7. Change in Shares in Issue

Compare the number of shares in issue this year, to the number in issue last year.

Score 1 if there is fewer number of shares in issue this year. Score 0 otherwise.

DGSE Companies Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 12.2. DGSE Companies Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 12.2. ==> There is more 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)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=19.761/108.542
=0.18205856

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=24.284/127.877
=0.18990123

DGSE Companies Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.18205856. DGSE Companies Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.18990123. ==> Last year's gross margin is higher ==> Score 0.

Q9. Change in asset turnover

Compare this year’s asset turnover (total sales 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/Total Assets at the beginning of this year (Dec12)
=108.542/26.115
=4.15630863

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Dec11)
=127.877/27.649
=4.62501356

DGSE Companies Inc's asset turnover of this year was 4.15630863. DGSE Companies Inc's asset turnover of last year was 4.62501356. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score=Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4+Q5+Q6+Q7+Q8+Q9
=0+1+0+1+0+0+0+0+0
=2

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

DGSE Companies Inc has an F-score of 2. It is a bad or low score, which usually implies poor business operation.


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.

DGSE Companies Inc Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 1111001100
Q2 0110010101
Q3 1101011000
Q4 0000110111
Q5 0000011110
Q6 1011000110
Q7 0110000100
Q8 0001011010
Q9 1111000100
F-score 4555154742

DGSE Companies Inc Quarterly Data

Sep11Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13
Q1 1110000000
Q2 1111001111
Q3 1000000000
Q4 1111011111
Q5 1111011110
Q6 0110110100
Q7 0100011000
Q8 0011111100
Q9 1111001110
F-score 6775256642
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