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Qualcomm Inc (NAS:QCOM)
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

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

QCOM' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 2   Max: 8
Current: 6

2
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Qualcomm Inc 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 (Mar15) TTM:Last Year (Mar14) TTM:
Net Income was 2238 + 1894 + 1972 + 1053 = $7,157 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 2673 + 1619 + 2364 + -658 = $5,998 Mil.
Revenue was 6806 + 6692 + 7099 + 6894 = $27,491 Mil.
Gross Profit was 4066 + 3935 + 4052 + 4266 = $16,319 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Mar14)
to the end of this year (Mar15) was
(47875 + 48355 + 48574 + 48447 + 47173) / 5 = $48084.8 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Mar14) was $47,875 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $20,740 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $6,169 Mil.
Net Income was 1580 + 1501 + 1875 + 1959 = $6,915 Mil.

Revenue was 6243 + 6481 + 6622 + 6367 = $25,713 Mil.
Gross Profit was 3746 + 3767 + 3916 + 3885 = $15,314 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Mar13)
to the end of last year (Mar14) was
(47599 + 46809 + 45516 + 46282 + 47875) / 5 = $46816.2 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Mar13) was $47,599 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $21,008 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $5,901 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.

Qualcomm Inc's current net income (TTM) was 7,157. ==> 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.

Qualcomm Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 5,998. ==> 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.

Qualcomm Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.14949347. Qualcomm Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.14527616. ==> 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.

Qualcomm Inc's current net income (TTM) was 7,157. Qualcomm Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 5,998. ==> 5,998 <= 7,157 ==> CFROA <= ROA ==> Score 0.

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: Mar15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Mar14 to Mar15
=0/48084.8
=0

Gearing (Last Year: Mar14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Mar13 to Mar14
=0/46816.2
=0

Qualcomm Inc's gearing of this year was 0. Qualcomm Inc's gearing of last year was 0. ==> This year is lower or equal to last year. ==> Score 1.

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: Mar15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=20740/6169
=3.36197115

Current Ratio (Last Year: Mar14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=21008/5901
=3.56007456

Qualcomm Inc's current ratio of this year was 3.36197115. Qualcomm Inc's current ratio of last year was 3.56007456. ==> 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.

Qualcomm Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 1667. Qualcomm Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 1719. ==> 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
=16319/27491
=0.59361245

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=15314/25713
=0.59557422

Qualcomm Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.59361245. Qualcomm Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.59557422. ==> 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 (Mar14)
=27491/47875
=0.57422454

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Mar13)
=25713/47599
=0.54020042

Qualcomm Inc's asset turnover of this year was 0.57422454. Qualcomm Inc's asset turnover of last year was 0.54020042. ==> 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+0+1+0+1+0+1
=6

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

Qualcomm Inc 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 own currency.

Qualcomm Inc Annual Data

Sep05Sep06Sep07Sep08Sep09Sep10Sep11Sep12Sep13Sep14
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1010011101
Question 4 1111111011
Question 5 1111111111
Question 6 0001001110
Question 7 0011010001
Question 8 1100100000
Question 9 0101001111
F-score 6667567667

Qualcomm Inc Quarterly Data

Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1000001111
Question 4 0111111110
Question 5 1111111111
Question 6 1011111000
Question 7 0001111111
Question 8 0000000000
Question 9 1111111111
F-score 6567778776
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