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Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (NYSE:FBHS)
Piotroski F-Score
6 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

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

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc has an F-score of 6 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

FBHS' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 6   Max: 8
Current: 6

6
8

During the past 5 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc was 8. The lowest was 6. 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 (Dec13) TTM:Last Year (Dec12) TTM:
Net Income was 64.2 + 64.2 + 64 + 37.3 = $230 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 131.6 + 120.3 + 118.4 + -72.5 = $298 Mil.
Revenue was 1101.9 + 1125.1 + 1040.4 + 890 = $4,157 Mil.
Gross Profit was 376.7 + 384.9 + 377 + 300.2 = $1,439 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Dec12) was $3,874 Mil.
Total Assets was $4,178 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $350 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,327 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $739 Mil.
Net Income was 18.4 + 40 + 47.8 + 12.5 = $119 Mil.

Revenue was 947.9 + 909.1 + 935.3 + 798.8 = $3,591 Mil.
Gross Profit was 303.5 + 302.3 + 317.4 + 246.8 = $1,170 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Dec11) was $3,638 Mil.
Total Assets was $3,874 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $298 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,228 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $632 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.

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's current net income was 230. ==> 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.

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's current cash flow from operations was 298. ==> 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)
=229.7/3873.9
=0.05929425

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Dec11)
=118.7/3637.9
=0.03262871

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.05929425. Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.03262871. ==> 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.

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's current net income was 230. Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's current cash flow from operations was 298. ==> 298 > 230 ==> 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
=350/4178.1
=0.08377013

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=297.5/3873.9
=0.07679599

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's gearing of this year was 0.08377013. Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's gearing of last year was 0.07679599. ==> 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
=1327.4/738.7
=1.79694057

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=1227.9/632.4
=1.94165085

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's current ratio of this year was 1.79694057. Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's current ratio of last year was 1.94165085. ==> 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.

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 171.9. Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 169.1. ==> 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
=1438.8/4157.4
=0.34608169

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1170/3591.1
=0.32580546

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.34608169. Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.32580546. ==> This year's gross margin is higher. ==> Score 1.

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)
=4157.4/3873.9
=1.07318206

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Dec11)
=3591.1/3637.9
=0.98713544

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's asset turnover of this year was 1.07318206. Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc's asset turnover of last year was 0.98713544. ==> This year's asset turnover is higher. ==> Score 1.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score=Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4+Q5+Q6+Q7+Q8+Q9
=1+1+1+1+0+0+0+1+1
=6

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc has an F-score of 6 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.

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc Annual Data

Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 1
Q2 1
Q3 1
Q4 1
Q5 0
Q6 0
Q7 0
Q8 1
Q9 1
F-score 6

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc Quarterly Data

Sep11Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13
Q1 1111
Q2 1111
Q3 1111
Q4 1111
Q5 1110
Q6 1100
Q7 0000
Q8 1111
Q9 1111
F-score 0000088876
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