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Waters Corp (FRA:WAZ)
Piotroski F-Score
7 (As of Today)

Good Sign:

Piotroski F-Score of 7 is 7, 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

Waters Corp has an F-score of 8. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

FRA:WAZ' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4   Max: 8
Current: 7

4
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Waters Corp was 8. The lowest was 4. 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 (Sep15) TTM:Last Year (Sep14) TTM:
Net Income was 122.702351987 + 88.7563522129 + 94.1432771986 + 103.609551813 = €409 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 131.161394972 + 142.834703871 + 100.649558941 + 123.935667825 = €499 Mil.
Revenue was 473.536090835 + 425.394068188 + 440.826873385 + 446.028691081 = €1,786 Mil.
Gross Profit was 284.469586375 + 250.538667652 + 254.863227301 + 261.760670053 = €1,052 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Sep14)
to the end of this year (Sep15) was
(2911.20974626 + 3145.12084347 + 3578.23708768 + 3589.81021117 + 3672.14113873) / 5 = €3379.30380546 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Sep14) was €2,911 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was €1,296 Mil.
Total Current Assets was €2,757 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was €478 Mil.
Net Income was 103.216446745 + 50.8292965078 + 71.0451166556 + 88.0709241872 = €313 Mil.

Revenue was 412.224247284 + 311.26310462 + 354.604401266 + 382.684100256 = €1,461 Mil.
Gross Profit was 245.28468324 + 175.539729593 + 206.041068669 + 225.764724141 = €853 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Sep13)
to the end of last year (Sep14) was
(2565.58984346 + 2611.81672377 + 2638.8077507 + 2743.45330095 + 2911.20974626) / 5 = €2694.17547303 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Sep13) was €2,566 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was €935 Mil.
Total Current Assets was €2,095 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was €446 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.

Waters Corp's current net income (TTM) was 409. ==> 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.

Waters Corp's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 499. ==> 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 (Sep14)
=409.211533212/2911.20974626
=0.14056408

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Sep13)
=313.161784096/2565.58984346
=0.12206229

Waters Corp's return on assets of this year was 0.14056408. Waters Corp's return on assets of last year was 0.12206229. ==> 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.

Waters Corp's current net income (TTM) was 409. Waters Corp's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 499. ==> 499 > 409 ==> 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: Sep15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep14 to Sep15
=1296.44480086/3379.30380546
=0.38364257

Gearing (Last Year: Sep14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep13 to Sep14
=935.050826414/2694.17547303
=0.34706382

Waters Corp's gearing of this year was 0.38364257. Waters Corp's gearing of last year was 0.34706382. ==> Last year is lower than this year ==> Score 0.

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: Sep15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=2756.70230776/477.549674775
=5.77259802

Current Ratio (Last Year: Sep14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=2094.67680608/445.781795608
=4.69888368

Waters Corp's current ratio of this year was 5.77259802. Waters Corp's current ratio of last year was 4.69888368. ==> 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.

Waters Corp's number of shares in issue this year was 82.8. Waters Corp's number of shares in issue last year was 84.4. ==> 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
=1051.63215138/1785.78572349
=0.58889045

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=852.630205642/1460.77585343
=0.58368312

Waters Corp's gross margin of this year was 0.58889045. Waters Corp's gross margin of last year was 0.58368312. ==> 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 (Sep14)
=1785.78572349/2911.20974626
=0.61341706

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Sep13)
=1460.77585343/2565.58984346
=0.56937232

Waters Corp's asset turnover of this year was 0.61341706. Waters Corp's asset turnover of last year was 0.56937232. ==> 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+0+1+1+1+1
=8

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

Waters Corp has an F-score of 8. 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.

Waters Corp Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 0111100001
Question 4 1111110110
Question 5 1101010100
Question 6 0110101101
Question 7 1111111111
Question 8 0011010001
Question 9 0101100001
F-score 5878764647

Waters Corp Quarterly Data

Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 0000001111
Question 4 0111111110
Question 5 0111100000
Question 6 1100001111
Question 7 1111111111
Question 8 0000001111
Question 9 0000001111
F-score 4655548887
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