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Express Scripts Holding Co (NAS:ESRX)
Piotroski F-Score
9 (As of Today)

Good Sign:

Piotroski F-Score of 9 is 9, 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

Express Scripts Holding Co has an F-score of 9. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

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

3
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Express Scripts Holding Co was 9. The lowest was 3. 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 (Mar15) TTM:Last Year (Mar14) TTM:
Net Income was 515.2 + 582.3 + 581.8 + 441.1 = $2,120 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 735.5 + 435.1 + 2924.4 + 281.4 = $4,376 Mil.
Revenue was 25111 + 25778.5 + 26312.6 + 24899.6 = $102,102 Mil.
Gross Profit was 2007.7 + 2073 + 2094 + 1834 = $8,009 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Mar14)
to the end of this year (Mar15) was
(52747.1 + 54633.8 + 53439.2 + 53798.9 + 51905.1) / 5 = $53304.82 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Mar14) was $52,747 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $10,741 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $9,172 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $14,900 Mil.
Net Income was 543 + 426.7 + 501.9 + 328.3 = $1,800 Mil.

Revenue was 26381.9 + 25915.6 + 25781.4 + 23685 = $101,764 Mil.
Gross Profit was 2115.1 + 1994.2 + 2061 + 1750.4 = $7,921 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Mar13)
to the end of last year (Mar14) was
(55585.7 + 54581.5 + 54763 + 53548.2 + 52747.1) / 5 = $54245.1 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Mar13) was $55,586 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $11,145 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $8,134 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $13,575 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.

Express Scripts Holding Co's current net income (TTM) was 2,120. ==> 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.

Express Scripts Holding Co's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 4,376. ==> 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 (Mar14)
=2120.4/52747.1
=0.04019937

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Mar13)
=1799.9/55585.7
=0.03238063

Express Scripts Holding Co's return on assets of this year was 0.04019937. Express Scripts Holding Co's return on assets of last year was 0.03238063. ==> This year is higher. ==> Score 1.

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.

Express Scripts Holding Co's current net income (TTM) was 2,120. Express Scripts Holding Co's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 4,376. ==> 4,376 > 2,120 ==> 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: Mar15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Mar14 to Mar15
=10741.2/53304.82
=0.20150523

Gearing (Last Year: Mar14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Mar13 to Mar14
=11145.1/54245.1
=0.20545819

Express Scripts Holding Co's gearing of this year was 0.20150523. Express Scripts Holding Co's gearing of last year was 0.20545819. ==> This year is lower or equal to last year. ==> Score 1.

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: Mar15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=9171.5/14900.2
=0.61552865

Current Ratio (Last Year: Mar14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=8134.4/13574.9
=0.59922357

Express Scripts Holding Co's current ratio of this year was 0.61552865. Express Scripts Holding Co's current ratio of last year was 0.59922357. ==> This year's current ratio is higher. ==> Score 1.

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.

Express Scripts Holding Co's number of shares in issue this year was 735.4. Express Scripts Holding Co's number of shares in issue last year was 786.4. ==> 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
=8008.7/102101.7
=0.07843846

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=7920.7/101763.9
=0.07783408

Express Scripts Holding Co's gross margin of this year was 0.07843846. Express Scripts Holding Co's gross margin of last year was 0.07783408. ==> This year's gross margin is higher. ==> Score 1.

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 (Mar14)
=102101.7/52747.1
=1.93568367

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Mar13)
=101763.9/55585.7
=1.83075683

Express Scripts Holding Co's asset turnover of this year was 1.93568367. Express Scripts Holding Co's asset turnover of last year was 1.83075683. ==> This year's asset turnover is higher. ==> Score 1.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score= Que. 1+ Que. 2+ Que. 3+Que. 4+Que. 5+Que. 6+Que. 7+Que. 8+Que. 9
=1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1
=9

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

Express Scripts Holding Co has an F-score of 9. 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.

Express Scripts Holding Co Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1011101001
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 0101010111
Question 6 1010101000
Question 7 1111001001
Question 8 1110101111
Question 9 1011101101
F-score 8687748658

Express Scripts Holding Co Quarterly Data

Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 0000001111
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 1111111111
Question 6 0011000001
Question 7 0001111111
Question 8 1111100011
Question 9 1100001011
F-score 6667657689
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