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Mettler-Toledo International Inc (NYSE:MTD)
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 = 7, 8, 9
Bad or low score = 0, 1, 2, 3

Mettler-Toledo International Inc has an F-score of 8. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

MTD' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3   Max: 9
Current: 8

3
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Mettler-Toledo International Inc was 9. The lowest was 3. And the median was 7.


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 123.351 + 65.674 + 79.588 + 101.332 = $370 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 137.042 + 35.7 + 115.525 + 138.922 = $427 Mil.
Revenue was 673.535 + 539.674 + 608.286 + 650.598 = $2,472 Mil.
Gross Profit was 390.747 + 299.907 + 347.576 + 369.494 = $1,408 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Sep15)
to the end of this year (Sep16) was
(2053.546 + 2016.639 + 2035.273 + 2061.747 + 2220.98) / 5 = $2077.637 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Sep15) was $2,054 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $826 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $946 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $621 Mil.
Net Income was 121.172 + 63.051 + 77.557 + 88.861 = $351 Mil.

Revenue was 697.428 + 535.701 + 582.057 + 604.154 = $2,419 Mil.
Gross Profit was 394.382 + 298.805 + 322.912 + 339.529 = $1,356 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Sep14)
to the end of last year (Sep15) was
(2107.455 + 2009.11 + 1975.665 + 2096.949 + 2053.546) / 5 = $2048.545 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Sep14) was $2,107 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $602 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $868 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $593 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.

Mettler-Toledo International Inc's current net income (TTM) was 370. ==> 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.

Mettler-Toledo International Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 427. ==> 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)
=369.945/2053.546
=0.18014936

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Sep14)
=350.641/2107.455
=0.16638125

Mettler-Toledo International Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.18014936. Mettler-Toledo International Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.16638125. ==> 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.

Mettler-Toledo International Inc's current net income (TTM) was 370. Mettler-Toledo International Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 427. ==> 427 > 370 ==> 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
=826.022/2077.637
=0.39757763

Gearing (Last Year: Sep15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep14 to Sep15
=601.731/2048.545
=0.2937358

Mettler-Toledo International Inc's gearing of this year was 0.39757763. Mettler-Toledo International Inc's gearing of last year was 0.2937358. ==> 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
=946.102/620.849
=1.52388423

Current Ratio (Last Year: Sep15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=868.315/593.415
=1.46325084

Mettler-Toledo International Inc's current ratio of this year was 1.52388423. Mettler-Toledo International Inc's current ratio of last year was 1.46325084. ==> 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.

Mettler-Toledo International Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 26.9. Mettler-Toledo International Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 28.1. ==> 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
=1407.724/2472.093
=0.56944621

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1355.628/2419.34
=0.56032968

Mettler-Toledo International Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.56944621. Mettler-Toledo International Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.56032968. ==> 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 (Sep15)
=2472.093/2053.546
=1.20381672

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Sep14)
=2419.34/2107.455
=1.1479913

Mettler-Toledo International Inc's asset turnover of this year was 1.20381672. Mettler-Toledo International Inc's asset turnover of last year was 1.1479913. ==> 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+1+1+0+1+1+1+1
=8

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

Mettler-Toledo International Inc 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 local exchange's currency.

Mettler-Toledo International Inc Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1110101111
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 1001011010
Question 6 0010100101
Question 7 1111111111
Question 8 1111111111
Question 9 0110101101
F-score 7786868878

Mettler-Toledo International Inc Quarterly Data

Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1111111111
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 1111000000
Question 6 0000111101
Question 7 1111111111
Question 8 1111111111
Question 9 1100001111
F-score 8877778878
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