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Symantec Corp (NAS:SYMC)
Piotroski F-Score
5 (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

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

SYMC' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2   Max: 9
Current: 5

2
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Symantec Corp was 9. 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 (Jun16) TTM:Last Year (Jun15) TTM:
Net Income was 156 + 170 + 2045 + 135 = $2,506 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 134 + 112 + 250 + -772 = $-276 Mil.
Revenue was 1498 + 909 + 873 + 884 = $4,164 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1234 + 759 + 726 + 735 = $3,454 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Jun15)
to the end of this year (Jun16) was
(12784 + 12460 + 11936 + 11767 + 11530) / 5 = $12095.4 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Jun15) was $12,784 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,605 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $6,799 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,322 Mil.
Net Income was 244 + 222 + 176 + 117 = $759 Mil.

Revenue was 1617 + 1638 + 899 + 912 = $5,066 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1339 + 1359 + 723 + 754 = $4,175 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Jun14)
to the end of last year (Jun15) was
(13164 + 12883 + 13102 + 13233 + 12784) / 5 = $13033.2 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Jun14) was $13,164 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,741 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $5,022 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $4,064 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.

Symantec Corp's current net income (TTM) was 2,506. ==> 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.

Symantec Corp's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was -276. ==> Negative ==> Score 0.

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.

Symantec Corp's return on assets of this year was 0.19602628. Symantec Corp's return on assets of last year was 0.05765725. ==> 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.

Symantec Corp's current net income (TTM) was 2,506. Symantec Corp's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was -276. ==> -276 <= 2,506 ==> 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: Jun16)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Jun15 to Jun16
=2605/12095.4
=0.21537113

Gearing (Last Year: Jun15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Jun14 to Jun15
=1741/13033.2
=0.13358193

Symantec Corp's gearing of this year was 0.21537113. Symantec Corp's gearing of last year was 0.13358193. ==> 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: Jun16)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=6799/3322
=2.04665864

Current Ratio (Last Year: Jun15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=5022/4064
=1.23572835

Symantec Corp's current ratio of this year was 2.04665864. Symantec Corp's current ratio of last year was 1.23572835. ==> 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.

Symantec Corp's number of shares in issue this year was 620. Symantec Corp's number of shares in issue last year was 691. ==> 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
=3454/4164
=0.82949087

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=4175/5066
=0.82412159

Symantec Corp's gross margin of this year was 0.82949087. Symantec Corp's gross margin of last year was 0.82412159. ==> 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 (Jun15)
=4164/12784
=0.32571965

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Jun14)
=5066/13164
=0.38483744

Symantec Corp's asset turnover of this year was 0.32571965. Symantec Corp's asset turnover of last year was 0.38483744. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score= Que. 1+ Que. 2+ Que. 3+Que. 4+Que. 5+Que. 6+Que. 7+Que. 8+Que. 9
=1+0+1+0+0+1+1+1+0
=5

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

Symantec Corp 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.

Symantec Corp Annual Data

Mar07Mar08Mar09Mar10Mar11Mar12Mar13Mar14Mar15Mar16
Question 1 1101111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 0101010111
Question 4 1111111110
Question 5 0010111010
Question 6 1001011101
Question 7 1111111111
Question 8 1111110001
Question 9 0111001000
F-score 6768687666

Symantec Corp Quarterly Data

Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111110
Question 3 1111100011
Question 4 1111111100
Question 5 0011110000
Question 6 1100001111
Question 7 1111111111
Question 8 0010000011
Question 9 0011000000
F-score 6687655565
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