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Health Net Inc (NYSE:HNT)
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

Health Net Inc has an F-score of 7. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

HNT' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 2   Max: 9
Current: 7

2
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Health Net Inc was 9. The lowest was 2. 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 (Dec14) TTM:Last Year (Dec13) TTM:
Net Income was 28.787 + 120.867 + -8.939 + 4.914 = $146 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 311.458 + -13.75 + 587.955 + -109.662 = $776 Mil.
Revenue was 3038.935 + 3421.392 + 3789.87 + 3758.389 = $14,009 Mil.
Gross Profit was 504.619 + 525.005 + 561.457 + 573.111 = $2,164 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Dec13)
to the end of this year (Dec14) was
(3929.125 + 4430.619 + 4777.025 + 4962.904 + 5395.934) / 5 = $4699.1214 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Dec13) was $3,929 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $500 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $4,516 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,945 Mil.
Net Income was 50.05 + 33.483 + 66.84 + 19.753 = $170 Mil.

Revenue was 2797.037 + 2738.431 + 2775.031 + 2743.244 = $11,054 Mil.
Gross Profit was 402.826 + 419.113 + 453.136 + 389.203 = $1,664 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Dec12)
to the end of last year (Dec13) was
(3934.39 + 3875.307 + 3881.453 + 4041.501 + 3929.125) / 5 = $3932.3552 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Dec12) was $3,934 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $499 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $2,920 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,577 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.

Health Net Inc's current net income (TTM) was 146. ==> 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.

Health Net Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 776. ==> 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 (Dec13)
=145.629/3929.125
=0.03706398

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Dec12)
=170.126/3934.39
=0.04324076

Health Net Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.03706398. Health Net Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.04324076. ==> Last year is higher ==> Score 0.

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.

Health Net Inc's current net income (TTM) was 146. Health Net Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 776. ==> 776 > 146 ==> 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: Dec14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Dec13 to Dec14
=499.504/4699.1214
=0.10629732

Gearing (Last Year: Dec13)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Dec12 to Dec13
=499.3/3932.3552
=0.12697225

Health Net Inc's gearing of this year was 0.10629732. Health Net Inc's gearing of last year was 0.12697225. ==> 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: Dec14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=4515.617/2944.503
=1.53357528

Current Ratio (Last Year: Dec13)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=2919.89/1577.178
=1.85133828

Health Net Inc's current ratio of this year was 1.53357528. Health Net Inc's current ratio of last year was 1.85133828. ==> Last year's current ratio is higher ==> Score 0.

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.

Health Net Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 79.5. Health Net Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 80.6. ==> 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
=2164.192/14008.586
=0.1544904

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1664.278/11053.743
=0.15056239

Health Net Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.1544904. Health Net Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.15056239. ==> 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 (Dec13)
=14008.586/3929.125
=3.5653195

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Dec12)
=11053.743/3934.39
=2.80951888

Health Net Inc's asset turnover of this year was 3.5653195. Health Net Inc's asset turnover of last year was 2.80951888. ==> 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+0+1+1+0+1+1+1
=7

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

Health Net Inc has an F-score of 7. 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.

Health Net Inc Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
Question 1 1111011111
Question 2 1110111111
Question 3 1100010110
Question 4 0010111001
Question 5 1100110011
Question 6 1011111000
Question 7 0011111110
Question 8 1110111011
Question 9 0110100101
F-score 6673786566

Health Net Inc Quarterly Data

Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 0110111111
Question 3 1110010100
Question 4 0000101111
Question 5 1110111111
Question 6 1011000000
Question 7 1111110011
Question 8 0001111111
Question 9 1110101111
F-score 6674766777
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