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Symantec Corp (NAS:SYMC)
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 = 8 or 9
Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Symantec Corp has an F-score of 7 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

SYMC' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 2   Max: 9
Current: 7

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 (Jun14) TTM:Last Year (Jun13) TTM:
Net Income was 236 + 217 + 283 + 241 = $977 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 293 + 449 + 329 + 191 = $1,262 Mil.
Revenue was 1735 + 1625 + 1705 + 1637 = $6,702 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1426 + 1343 + 1422 + 1353 = $5,544 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Jun13) was $13,151 Mil.
Total Assets was $13,164 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,095 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $5,288 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,979 Mil.
Net Income was 157 + 190 + 216 + 189 = $752 Mil.

Revenue was 1709 + 1748 + 1791 + 1699 = $6,947 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1409 + 1440 + 1492 + 1415 = $5,756 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Jun12) was $13,556 Mil.
Total Assets was $13,151 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,094 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $5,179 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $4,205 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.

Symantec Corp's current net income was 977. ==> 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.

Symantec Corp's current cash flow from operations was 1,262. ==> 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 (Jun13)
=977/13151
=0.07429093

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Jun12)
=752/13556
=0.05547359

Symantec Corp's return on assets of this year was 0.07429093. Symantec Corp's return on assets of last year was 0.05547359. ==> This year is higher. ==> Score 1.

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.

Symantec Corp's current net income was 977. Symantec Corp's current cash flow from operations was 1,262. ==> 1,262 > 977 ==> 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 0 if this year's gearing is higher, 1 otherwise.

Gearing (This Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=2095/13164
=0.15914616

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=2094/13151
=0.15922744

Symantec Corp's gearing of this year was 0.15914616. Symantec Corp's gearing of last year was 0.15922744. ==> This year is lower or equal to last year. ==> 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
=5288/3979
=1.32897713

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=5179/4205
=1.23162901

Symantec Corp's current ratio of this year was 1.32897713. Symantec Corp's current ratio of last year was 1.23162901. ==> 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 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 697. Symantec Corp's number of shares in issue last year was 707. ==> There is smaller number of shares in issue this year, or the same. ==> Score 1.

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
=5544/6702
=0.82721576

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=5756/6947
=0.82855909

Symantec Corp's gross margin of this year was 0.82721576. Symantec Corp's gross margin of last year was 0.82855909. ==> 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 (Jun13)
=6702/13151
=0.50961904

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Jun12)
=6947/13556
=0.5124668

Symantec Corp's asset turnover of this year was 0.50961904. Symantec Corp's asset turnover of last year was 0.5124668. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score=Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4+Q5+Q6+Q7+Q8+Q9
=1+1+1+1+1+1+1+0+0
=7

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Symantec Corp has an F-score of 7 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

Mar05Mar06Mar07Mar08Mar09Mar10Mar11Mar12Mar13Mar14
Q1 1111011111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1001010101
Q4 1111111111
Q5 1101011010
Q6 0010010111
Q7 0011111111
Q8 1011111100
Q9 1101110010
F-score 7568596776

Symantec Corp Quarterly Data

Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1111000011
Q4 1111111111
Q5 0111100001
Q6 1111111111
Q7 1111111111
Q8 1000000000
Q9 0011100000
F-score 7788755567
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