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Sonic Corp (NAS:SONC)
Piotroski F-Score
7 (As of Today)

Good Sign:

Piotroski F-Score of 7 is 7, 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

Sonic Corp has an F-score of 7. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

SONC' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 3   Max: 9
Current: 7

3
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Sonic Corp was 9. 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 own currency.

This Year (Feb15) TTM:Last Year (Feb14) TTM:
Net Income was 16.776 + 18.825 + 10.085 + 7.662 = $53.3 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 35.138 + 32.49 + 33.699 + 23.084 = $124.4 Mil.
Revenue was 152.187 + 163.769 + 139.856 + 126.219 = $582.0 Mil.
Gross Profit was 60.47 + 66.271 + 53.407 + 46.587 = $226.7 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Feb14)
to the end of this year (Feb15) was
(618.623 + 641.359 + 650.972 + 641.617 + 625.812) / 5 = $635.6766 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Feb14) was $618.6 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $493.5 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $78.7 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $65.0 Mil.
Net Income was 14.793 + 12.198 + 8.208 + 4.107 = $39.3 Mil.

Revenue was 146.634 + 158.802 + 126.652 + 109.741 = $541.8 Mil.
Gross Profit was 56.578 + 61.527 + 45.269 + 38.23 = $201.6 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Feb13)
to the end of last year (Feb14) was
(624.663 + 642.504 + 660.794 + 656.581 + 618.623) / 5 = $640.633 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Feb13) was $624.7 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $457.5 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $87.8 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $61.1 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.

Sonic Corp's current net income (TTM) was 53.3. ==> 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.

Sonic Corp's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 124.4. ==> 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 (Feb14)
=53.348/618.623
=0.08623669

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Feb13)
=39.306/624.663
=0.06292353

Sonic Corp's return on assets of this year was 0.08623669. Sonic Corp's return on assets of last year was 0.06292353. ==> 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.

Sonic Corp's current net income (TTM) was 53.3. Sonic Corp's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 124.4. ==> 124.4 > 53.3 ==> 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: Feb15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Feb14 to Feb15
=493.498/635.6766
=0.77633501

Gearing (Last Year: Feb14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Feb13 to Feb14
=457.505/640.633
=0.71414523

Sonic Corp's gearing of this year was 0.77633501. Sonic Corp's gearing of last year was 0.71414523. ==> 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: Feb15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=78.72/64.975
=1.2115429

Current Ratio (Last Year: Feb14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=87.784/61.105
=1.43660912

Sonic Corp's current ratio of this year was 1.2115429. Sonic Corp's current ratio of last year was 1.43660912. ==> 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.

Sonic Corp's number of shares in issue this year was 54.7. Sonic Corp's number of shares in issue last year was 57.4. ==> 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
=226.735/582.031
=0.38955829

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=201.604/541.829
=0.37208049

Sonic Corp's gross margin of this year was 0.38955829. Sonic Corp's gross margin of last year was 0.37208049. ==> 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 (Feb14)
=582.031/618.623
=0.94084927

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Feb13)
=541.829/624.663
=0.8673941

Sonic Corp's asset turnover of this year was 0.94084927. Sonic Corp's asset turnover of last year was 0.8673941. ==> 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+0+1+1+1
=7

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

Sonic Corp has an F-score of 7. 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.

Sonic Corp Annual Data

Aug05Aug06Aug07Aug08Aug09Aug10Aug11Aug12Aug13Aug14
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1100001111
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 1001110010
Question 6 0111101110
Question 7 1111100111
Question 8 0010110111
Question 9 1100001101
F-score 7766756887

Sonic Corp Quarterly Data

Nov12Feb13May13Aug13Nov13Feb14May14Aug14Nov14Feb15
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1111111111
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 1111100110
Question 6 1111100000
Question 7 1111101111
Question 8 1111111111
Question 9 1010111111
F-score 9898967887
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