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Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO)
Piotroski F-Score
6 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

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

Coca-Cola Co has an F-score of 6 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

KO' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3   Max: 8
Current: 6

3
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Coca-Cola Co was 8. 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 local exchange's currency.

This Year (Dec15) TTM:Last Year (Dec14) TTM:
Net Income was $7,351 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was $10,528 Mil.
Revenue was $44,294 Mil.
Gross Profit was $26,812 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Dec14)
to the end of this year (Dec15) was (92023 + 89996) / 2 = $91009.5 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Dec14) was $92,023 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $28,311 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $33,395 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $26,929 Mil.
Net Income was $7,098 Mil.

Revenue was $45,998 Mil.
Gross Profit was $28,109 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Dec13)
to the end of last year (Dec14) was (90055 + 92023) / 2 = $91039 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Dec13) was $90,055 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $19,063 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $32,986 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $32,374 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.

Coca-Cola Co's current net income (TTM) was 7,351. ==> 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.

Coca-Cola Co's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 10,528. ==> 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.

Coca-Cola Co's return on assets of this year was 0.0798822. Coca-Cola Co's return on assets of last year was 0.0788185. ==> 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.

Coca-Cola Co's current net income (TTM) was 7,351. Coca-Cola Co's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 10,528. ==> 10,528 > 7,351 ==> 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: Dec15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Dec14 to Dec15
=28311/91009.5
=0.31107741

Gearing (Last Year: Dec14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Dec13 to Dec14
=19063/91039
=0.20939378

Coca-Cola Co's gearing of this year was 0.31107741. Coca-Cola Co's gearing of last year was 0.20939378. ==> 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: Dec15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=33395/26929
=1.24011289

Current Ratio (Last Year: Dec14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=32986/32374
=1.01890406

Coca-Cola Co's current ratio of this year was 1.24011289. Coca-Cola Co's current ratio of last year was 1.01890406. ==> 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.

Coca-Cola Co's number of shares in issue this year was 4405. Coca-Cola Co's number of shares in issue last year was 4450. ==> 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
=26812/44294
=0.605319

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=28109/45998
=0.61109179

Coca-Cola Co's gross margin of this year was 0.605319. Coca-Cola Co's gross margin of last year was 0.61109179. ==> Last year's gross margin is higher ==> Score 0.

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 (Dec14)
=44294/92023
=0.48133619

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Dec13)
=45998/90055
=0.51077675

Coca-Cola Co's asset turnover of this year was 0.48133619. Coca-Cola Co's asset turnover of last year was 0.51077675. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

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+0+0
=6

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

Coca-Cola Co 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 local exchange's currency.

Coca-Cola Co Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1101100001
Question 4 1111011111
Question 5 0010011010
Question 6 0011001101
Question 7 1101011111
Question 8 1010000110
Question 9 1101000000
F-score 7667356666
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