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Matthews International Corporation (NAS:MATW)
Piotroski F-Score
6 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

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

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

MATW' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 4   Max: 9
Current: 6

4
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Matthews International Corporation was 9. The lowest was 4. 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 (Dec13) TTM:Last Year (Dec12) TTM:
Net Income was 7.914 + 14.45 + 17.991 + 14.192 = $54.5 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 12.272 + 36.388 + 39.498 + 25.703 = $113.9 Mil.
Revenue was 229.945 + 252.706 + 250.652 + 256.39 = $989.7 Mil.
Gross Profit was 81.376 + 90.287 + 91.391 + 94.866 = $357.9 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Dec12) was $1,235.0 Mil.
Total Assets was $1,217.3 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $352.2 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $408.0 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $173.7 Mil.
Net Income was 8.255 + 12.975 + 16.325 + 15.258 = $52.8 Mil.

Revenue was 225.609 + 230.081 + 227.478 + 225.545 = $908.7 Mil.
Gross Profit was 79.974 + 86.159 + 87.709 + 84.707 = $338.5 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Dec11) was $1,086.2 Mil.
Total Assets was $1,235.0 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $379.3 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $399.5 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $187.9 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.

Matthews International Corporation's current net income was 54.5. ==> 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.

Matthews International Corporation's current cash flow from operations was 113.9. ==> 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 (Dec12)
=54.547/1235.035
=0.04416636

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Dec11)
=52.813/1086.176
=0.04862288

Matthews International Corporation's return on assets of this year was 0.04416636. Matthews International Corporation's return on assets of last year was 0.04862288. ==> 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.

Matthews International Corporation's current net income was 54.5. Matthews International Corporation's current cash flow from operations was 113.9. ==> 113.9 > 54.5 ==> 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
=352.218/1217.301
=0.28934339

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=379.322/1235.035
=0.30713462

Matthews International Corporation's gearing of this year was 0.28934339. Matthews International Corporation's gearing of last year was 0.30713462. ==> 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
=407.971/173.704
=2.34865633

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=399.545/187.856
=2.12686845

Matthews International Corporation's current ratio of this year was 2.34865633. Matthews International Corporation's current ratio of last year was 2.12686845. ==> 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.

Matthews International Corporation's number of shares in issue this year was 27.4. Matthews International Corporation's number of shares in issue last year was 27.4. ==> 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
=357.92/989.693
=0.3616475

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=338.549/908.713
=0.37255877

Matthews International Corporation's gross margin of this year was 0.3616475. Matthews International Corporation's gross margin of last year was 0.37255877. ==> Last year's gross margin is higher ==> Score 0.

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 (Dec12)
=989.693/1235.035
=0.80134814

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Dec11)
=908.713/1086.176
=0.83661672

Matthews International Corporation's asset turnover of this year was 0.80134814. Matthews International Corporation's asset turnover of last year was 0.83661672. ==> 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+1+1+0+0+0
=5

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Matthews International Corporation 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.

Matthews International Corporation Annual Data

Sep04Sep05Sep06Sep07Sep08Sep09Sep10Sep11Sep12Sep13
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1000101100
Q4 1101111111
Q5 1010001010
Q6 0011010101
Q7 1111111111
Q8 1010101000
Q9 1100101101
F-score 8565758756

Matthews International Corporation Quarterly Data

Sep11Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1000000000
Q4 1111111111
Q5 0000100001
Q6 1000000111
Q7 1111111111
Q8 0000000000
Q9 1100000110
F-score 7544544666
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