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Google Inc (NAS:GOOG)
Piotroski F-Score
5 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

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

Google Inc has an F-score of 5 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

GOOG' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 4   Max: 8
Current: 5

4
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Google Inc was 8. The lowest was 4. 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 (Jun14) TTM:Last Year (Jun13) TTM:
Net Income was 3422 + 3452 + 3376 + 2970 = $13,220 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 5627 + 4391 + 5238 + 5083 = $20,339 Mil.
Revenue was 15955 + 15420 + 16858 + 14893 = $63,126 Mil.
Gross Profit was 9841 + 9459 + 9420 + 8480 = $37,200 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Jun13) was $101,182 Mil.
Total Assets was $121,608 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,232 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $77,905 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $17,097 Mil.
Net Income was 3228 + 3346 + 2886 + 2176 = $11,636 Mil.

Revenue was 14105 + 13969 + 13215 + 14101 = $55,390 Mil.
Gross Profit was 8042 + 8025 + 7937 + 7547 = $31,551 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Jun12) was $86,051 Mil.
Total Assets was $101,182 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,989 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $66,861 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $15,329 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.

Google Inc's current net income was 13,220. ==> 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.

Google Inc's current cash flow from operations was 20,339. ==> 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 (Jun13)
=13220/101182
=0.13065565

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Jun12)
=11636/86051
=0.13522214

Google Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.13065565. Google Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.13522214. ==> 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.

Google Inc's current net income was 13,220. Google Inc's current cash flow from operations was 20,339. ==> 20,339 > 13,220 ==> 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 0 if this year's gearing is higher, 1 otherwise.

Gearing (This Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=3232/121608
=0.0265772

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=1989/101182
=0.01965765

Google Inc's gearing of this year was 0.0265772. Google Inc's gearing of last year was 0.01965765. ==> Last year is lower than this year ==> 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
=77905/17097
=4.55664737

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=66861/15329
=4.36173266

Google Inc's current ratio of this year was 4.55664737. Google Inc's current ratio of last year was 4.36173266. ==> 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 0 if there is larger number of shares in issue this year, 1 otherwise.

Google Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 686.4. Google Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 676.7. ==> There is larger 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
=37200/63126
=0.5892976

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=31551/55390
=0.56961545

Google Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.5892976. Google Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.56961545. ==> 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 (Jun13)
=63126/101182
=0.62388567

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Jun12)
=55390/86051
=0.64368805

Google Inc's asset turnover of this year was 0.62388567. Google Inc's asset turnover of last year was 0.64368805. ==> 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+1+0
=5

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Google Inc has an F-score of 5 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.

Google Inc Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1000011000
Q4 1111111111
Q5 1111111011
Q6 1100110101
Q7 0000110000
Q8 0110111100
Q9 0000000010
F-score 6654786555

Google Inc Quarterly Data

Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 0000000000
Q4 1111111111
Q5 0111111110
Q6 1000011101
Q7 0111000010
Q8 0000000011
Q9 0011100000
F-score 4566555565
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