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Lamar Advertising Co (NAS:LAMR)
Piotroski F-Score
4 (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

Lamar Advertising Co has an F-score of 4 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

LAMR' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3   Max: 8
Current: 4

3
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Lamar Advertising 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 (Sep16) TTM:Last Year (Sep15) TTM:
Net Income was 76.529 + 51.314 + 81.909 + 85.061 = $295 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 164.18 + 51.537 + 159.488 + 126.801 = $502 Mil.
Revenue was 355.969 + 338.533 + 387.528 + 387.516 = $1,470 Mil.
Gross Profit was 233.068 + 209.808 + 254.803 + 255.738 = $953 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Sep15)
to the end of this year (Sep16) was
(3416.4 + 3363.744 + 3894.512 + 3912.521 + 3902.52) / 5 = $3697.9394 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Sep15) was $3,416 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,351 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $355 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $259 Mil.
Net Income was 207.883 + 40.716 + 59.36 + 85.965 = $394 Mil.

Revenue was 336.696 + 302.477 + 344.249 + 350.701 = $1,334 Mil.
Gross Profit was 221.6 + 189.245 + 228.298 + 229.025 = $868 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Sep14)
to the end of last year (Sep15) was
(3369.76 + 3318.818 + 3355.224 + 3369.706 + 3416.4) / 5 = $3365.9816 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Sep14) was $3,370 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,949 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $321 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $232 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.

Lamar Advertising Co's current net income (TTM) was 295. ==> 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.

Lamar Advertising Co's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 502. ==> 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 (Sep15)
=294.813/3416.4
=0.08629347

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Sep14)
=393.924/3369.76
=0.11689972

Lamar Advertising Co's return on assets of this year was 0.08629347. Lamar Advertising Co's return on assets of last year was 0.11689972. ==> 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.

Lamar Advertising Co's current net income (TTM) was 295. Lamar Advertising Co's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 502. ==> 502 > 295 ==> 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: Sep16)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep15 to Sep16
=2351.198/3697.9394
=0.63581302

Gearing (Last Year: Sep15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep14 to Sep15
=1949.055/3365.9816
=0.57904505

Lamar Advertising Co's gearing of this year was 0.63581302. Lamar Advertising Co's gearing of last year was 0.57904505. ==> 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: Sep16)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=355.242/259.091
=1.37110899

Current Ratio (Last Year: Sep15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=320.843/232.243
=1.38149697

Lamar Advertising Co's current ratio of this year was 1.37110899. Lamar Advertising Co's current ratio of last year was 1.38149697. ==> 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.

Lamar Advertising Co's number of shares in issue this year was 97.9. Lamar Advertising Co's number of shares in issue last year was 96.6. ==> There is larger number of shares in issue this year. ==> Score 0.

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
=953.417/1469.546
=0.64878337

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=868.168/1334.123
=0.6507406

Lamar Advertising Co's gross margin of this year was 0.64878337. Lamar Advertising Co's gross margin of last year was 0.6507406. ==> 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 (Sep15)
=1469.546/3416.4
=0.4301446

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Sep14)
=1334.123/3369.76
=0.39591039

Lamar Advertising Co's asset turnover of this year was 0.4301446. Lamar Advertising Co's asset turnover of last year was 0.39591039. ==> 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+0+0+0+0+1
=4

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

Lamar Advertising Co has an F-score of 4 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.

Lamar Advertising Co Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
Question 1 1110011111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1100111111
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 0011010101
Question 6 1000100010
Question 7 1111000000
Question 8 0100111101
Question 9 1100111111
F-score 7754676767

Lamar Advertising Co Quarterly Data

Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1111111000
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 0000001000
Question 6 1110000100
Question 7 0000000000
Question 8 0101111000
Question 9 1011111111
F-score 6666667544
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