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Synaptics Inc (NAS:SYNA)
Piotroski F-Score
5 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

Good or high score = 8 or 9
Bad or low score = 0 or 1

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

SYNA' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 4   Max: 9
Current: 5

4
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Synaptics Inc was 9. The lowest was 4. 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 own currency.

This Year (Sep14) TTM:Last Year (Sep13) TTM:
Net Income was 17.334 + -40.056 + 34.472 + 26.586 = $38.3 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 56.854 + 5.329 + 40.493 + 60.42 = $163.1 Mil.
Revenue was 205.763 + 204.271 + 314.898 + 282.741 = $1,007.7 Mil.
Gross Profit was 94.545 + 92.43 + 139.826 + 120.189 = $447.0 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Sep13)
to the end of this year (Sep14) was
(683.968 + 822.026 + 894.806 + 1020.333 + 1024.049) / 5 = $889.0 Mil.
Total Assets as of Sep13 was $684.0 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $740.6 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $254.6 Mil.
Net Income was 11.114 + 36.446 + 45.32 + 34.939 = $127.8 Mil.

Revenue was 143.04 + 163.324 + 230.183 + 222.607 = $759.2 Mil.
Gross Profit was 69.03 + 81.083 + 115.121 + 109.279 = $374.5 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Sep12)
to the end of last year (Sep13) was
(559.197 + 544.407 + 601.49 + 691.266 + 683.968) / 5 = $616.1 Mil.
Total Assets as of Sep12 was $559.2 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2.3 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $550.0 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $142.2 Mil.

Profitability

Q1. Return on Assets (ROA)

Net income before extraordinary items for the year divided by beginning of the year total assets.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

Synaptics Inc's current net income (ttm) was 38.3. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Q2. Cash Flow Return on Assets (CFROA)

Net cash flow from operating activities (operating cash flow) divided by beginning of the year total assets.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

Synaptics Inc's current cash flow from operations (ttm) was 163.1. ==> 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 (TTM)/Beginning of This Year Total Assets (Sep13)
=38.336/683.968
=0.05604941

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Beginning of Last Year Total Assets (Sep12)
=127.819/559.197
=0.22857598

Synaptics Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.05604941. Synaptics Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.22857598. ==> Last year is higher ==> Score 0.

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.

Synaptics Inc's current net income (ttm) was 38.3. Synaptics Inc's current cash flow from operations (ttm) was 163.1. ==> 163.1 > 38.3 ==> 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: Sep14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep13 to Sep14
=0/889.0364
=0

Gearing (Last Year: Sep13)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep12 to Sep13
=2.305/616.0656
=0.00374148

Synaptics Inc's gearing of this year was 0. Synaptics Inc's gearing of last year was 0.00374148. ==> 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: Sep14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=740.632/254.554
=2.90952804

Current Ratio (Last Year: Sep13)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=550.016/142.235
=3.86695258

Synaptics Inc's current ratio of this year was 2.90952804. Synaptics Inc's current ratio of last year was 3.86695258. ==> Last year's current ratio is higher ==> Score 0.

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.

Synaptics Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 39.2. Synaptics Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 35. ==> There is larger number of shares in issue this year. ==> Score 0.

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: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=446.99/1007.673
=0.44358636

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=374.513/759.154
=0.49332942

Synaptics Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.44358636. Synaptics Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.49332942. ==> Last year's gross margin is higher ==> Score 0.

Q9. Change in asset turnover

Compare this year’s asset turnover (total sales for the year divided by begining of the year total assets) 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)/Beginning of This Year Total Assets (Sep13)
=1007.673/683.968
=1.47327507

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Beginning of Last Year Total Assets (Sep12)
=759.154/559.197
=1.35757881

Synaptics Inc's asset turnover of this year was 1.47327507. Synaptics Inc's asset turnover of last year was 1.35757881. ==> This year's asset turnover is higher. ==> Score 1.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score=Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4+Q5+Q6+Q7+Q8+Q9
=1+1+0+1+1+0+0+0+1
=5

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Synaptics Inc 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, Altman Z-Score, Beneish M-Score


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Synaptics Inc Annual Data

Jun05Jun06Jun07Jun08Jun09Jun10Jun11Jun12Jun13Jun14
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1011101010
Q4 1101111111
Q5 0110101111
Q6 1110011100
Q7 0111110110
Q8 1001011110
Q9 1011101011
F-score 7677768785

Synaptics Inc Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 0001111000
Q4 1111101111
Q5 1111111111
Q6 1100000000
Q7 1011000000
Q8 1111111000
Q9 0000111111
F-score 7667767555
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