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Lamar Advertising Co (NAS:LAMR)
Piotroski F-Score
8 (As of Today)

Good Sign:

Piotroski F-Score of 8 is 8, indicating very healthy situation.

The zones of discrimination were as such:

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

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

LAMR' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 2   Max: 8
Current: 8

2
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Lamar Advertising Co was 8. 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 (Mar14) TTM:Last Year (Mar13) TTM:
Net Income was -4.837 + 6.614 + 18.34 + 21.255 = $41 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 62.584 + 100.021 + 142.73 + 100.233 = $406 Mil.
Revenue was 284.933 + 314.495 + 323.184 + 324.684 = $1,247 Mil.
Gross Profit was 173.425 + 204.533 + 213.544 + 213.961 = $805 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Mar13) was $3,511 Mil.
Total Assets was $3,427 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,946 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $343 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $203 Mil.
Net Income was -10.263 + 5.288 + 11.496 + 13.922 = $20 Mil.

Revenue was 276.605 + 302.34 + 306.286 + 304.872 = $1,190 Mil.
Gross Profit was 170.086 + 196.141 + 202.441 + 199.801 = $768 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Mar12) was $3,417 Mil.
Total Assets was $3,511 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,122 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $336 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $199 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.

Lamar Advertising Co's current net income was 41. ==> 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.

Lamar Advertising Co's current cash flow from operations was 406. ==> 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 (Mar13)
=41.372/3510.658
=0.01178469

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Mar12)
=20.443/3416.831
=0.00598303

Lamar Advertising Co's return on assets of this year was 0.01178469. Lamar Advertising Co's return on assets of last year was 0.00598303. ==> This year is higher. ==> Score 1.

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.

Lamar Advertising Co's current net income was 41. Lamar Advertising Co's current cash flow from operations was 406. ==> 406 > 41 ==> 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 1 if gearing is lower, 0 if it’s higher.

Gearing (This Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=1945.985/3426.578
=0.56790915

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=2121.557/3510.658
=0.60431891

Lamar Advertising Co's gearing of this year was 0.56790915. Lamar Advertising Co's gearing of last year was 0.60431891. ==> This year is lower. ==> Score 1.

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
=343.117/202.614
=1.69345159

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=335.703/198.994
=1.68700061

Lamar Advertising Co's current ratio of this year was 1.69345159. Lamar Advertising Co's current ratio of last year was 1.68700061. ==> 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 1 if there is fewer number of shares in issue this year. Score 0 otherwise.

Lamar Advertising Co's number of shares in issue this year was 94.9. Lamar Advertising Co's number of shares in issue last year was 94. ==> There is more 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
=805.463/1247.296
=0.64576732

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=768.469/1190.103
=0.64571638

Lamar Advertising Co's gross margin of this year was 0.64576732. Lamar Advertising Co's gross margin of last year was 0.64571638. ==> 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 (Mar13)
=1247.296/3510.658
=0.35528838

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Mar12)
=1190.103/3416.831
=0.34830608

Lamar Advertising Co's asset turnover of this year was 0.35528838. Lamar Advertising Co's asset turnover of last year was 0.34830608. ==> This year's asset turnover is higher. ==> Score 1.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score=Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4+Q5+Q6+Q7+Q8+Q9
=1+1+1+1+1+1+0+1+1
=8

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Lamar Advertising Co 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.

Lamar Advertising Co Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 1111100111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1111001101
Q4 1111111111
Q5 1100010111
Q6 0110001000
Q7 0011110000
Q8 1001001111
Q9 1111001111
F-score 7777446767

Lamar Advertising Co Quarterly Data

Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14
Q1 1011111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1111011111
Q4 1111111111
Q5 1111111111
Q6 0000010001
Q7 0000000000
Q8 1111111111
Q9 1111111111
F-score 7677687778
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