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Ellie Mae Inc (NYSE:ELLI)
Piotroski F-Score
4 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

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

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

ELLI' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 4   Max: 8
Current: 4

4
8

During the past 6 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Ellie Mae Inc was 8. The lowest was 4. And the median was 6.


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 1.618 + 3.36 + 3.685 + 3.913 = $12.6 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 8.27 + 0.316 + 11.442 + 9.22 = $29.2 Mil.
Revenue was 30.35 + 33.006 + 34.27 + 30.855 = $128.5 Mil.
Gross Profit was 22.152 + 24.674 + 25.663 + 23.244 = $95.7 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Dec12) was $185.6 Mil.
Total Assets was $228.6 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $98.3 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $20.7 Mil.
Net Income was 3.994 + 6.829 + 4.999 + 3.642 = $19.5 Mil.

Revenue was 29.914 + 27.456 + 23.569 + 20.906 = $101.8 Mil.
Gross Profit was 23.389 + 21.407 + 18.286 + 15.649 = $78.7 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Dec11) was $99.8 Mil.
Total Assets was $185.6 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $74.7 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $15.9 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.

Ellie Mae Inc's current net income was 12.6. ==> 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.

Ellie Mae Inc's current cash flow from operations was 29.2. ==> 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)
=12.576/185.615
=0.06775314

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Dec11)
=19.464/99.771
=0.19508675

Ellie Mae Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.06775314. Ellie Mae Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.19508675. ==> 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.

Ellie Mae Inc's current net income was 12.6. Ellie Mae Inc's current cash flow from operations was 29.2. ==> 29.2 > 12.6 ==> 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
=0/228.572
=0

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=0/185.615
=0

Ellie Mae Inc's gearing of this year was 0. Ellie Mae Inc's gearing of last year was 0. ==> 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
=98.284/20.724
=4.74252075

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=74.711/15.927
=4.69083946

Ellie Mae Inc's current ratio of this year was 4.74252075. Ellie Mae Inc's current ratio of last year was 4.69083946. ==> 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 1 if there is fewer number of shares in issue this year. Score 0 otherwise.

Ellie Mae Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 34.8. Ellie Mae Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 25.8. ==> 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
=95.733/128.481
=0.74511406

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=78.731/101.845
=0.77304728

Ellie Mae Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.74511406. Ellie Mae Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.77304728. ==> 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)
=128.481/185.615
=0.69219083

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Dec11)
=101.845/99.771
=1.0207876

Ellie Mae Inc's asset turnover of this year was 0.69219083. Ellie Mae Inc's asset turnover of last year was 1.0207876. ==> 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+0+1+0+0+0
=4

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Ellie Mae 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 own currency.

Ellie Mae Inc Annual Data

Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 11
Q2 11
Q3 10
Q4 11
Q5 10
Q6 11
Q7 00
Q8 10
Q9 10
F-score 84

Ellie Mae Inc Quarterly Data

Sep11Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13
Q1 111111
Q2 111111
Q3 111100
Q4 111111
Q5 111000
Q6 111101
Q7 001000
Q8 111100
Q9 111100
F-score 0006889734
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