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Synaptics Inc (NAS:SYNA)
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

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

SYNA' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4   Max: 8
Current: 7

4
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Synaptics Inc was 8. 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 (Dec15) TTM:Last Year (Dec14) TTM:
Net Income was 31.478 + 31.359 + 23.8 + 35 = $122 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 128.132 + 31.568 + 12.3 + 94.5 = $267 Mil.
Revenue was 477.598 + 478.956 + 470 + 470.5 = $1,897 Mil.
Gross Profit was 164.345 + 167.335 + 163.8 + 165.2 = $661 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Dec14)
to the end of this year (Dec15) was
(1503.574 + 1511.217 + 1519.4 + 1394.1 + 1453.3) / 5 = $1476.3182 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Dec14) was $1,504 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $224 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $892 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $398 Mil.
Net Income was -40.056 + 34.483 + 26.6 + 21 = $42 Mil.

Revenue was 204.271 + 314.859 + 282.8 + 463.7 = $1,266 Mil.
Gross Profit was 92.43 + 139.846 + 120.3 + 126.8 = $479 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Dec13)
to the end of last year (Dec14) was
(822.026 + 894.806 + 1020.3 + 1024.049 + 1503.574) / 5 = $1052.951 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Dec13) was $822 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $238 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $843 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $394 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.

Synaptics Inc's current net income (TTM) was 122. ==> 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.

Synaptics Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 267. ==> 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 (Dec14)
=121.637/1503.574
=0.08089858

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Dec13)
=42.027/822.026
=0.05112612

Synaptics Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.08089858. Synaptics Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.05112612. ==> 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.

Synaptics Inc's current net income (TTM) was 122. Synaptics Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 267. ==> 267 > 122 ==> 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: Dec15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Dec14 to Dec15
=223.7/1476.3182
=0.1515256

Gearing (Last Year: Dec14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Dec13 to Dec14
=238.099/1052.951
=0.22612543

Synaptics Inc's gearing of this year was 0.1515256. Synaptics Inc's gearing of last year was 0.22612543. ==> 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: Dec15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=892.3/398.1
=2.24139663

Current Ratio (Last Year: Dec14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=842.98/394.321
=2.13780144

Synaptics Inc's current ratio of this year was 2.24139663. Synaptics Inc's current ratio of last year was 2.13780144. ==> 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.

Synaptics Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 37.7. Synaptics Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 38.2. ==> 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
=660.68/1897.054
=0.34826631

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=479.376/1265.63
=0.37876473

Synaptics Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.34826631. Synaptics Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.37876473. ==> 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 (Dec14)
=1897.054/1503.574
=1.26169646

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Dec13)
=1265.63/822.026
=1.53964716

Synaptics Inc's asset turnover of this year was 1.26169646. Synaptics Inc's asset turnover of last year was 1.53964716. ==> 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+1+1+1+1+1+1+0+0
=7

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

Synaptics Inc 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.

Synaptics Inc Annual Data

Jun06Jun07Jun08Jun09Jun10Jun11Jun12Jun13Jun14Jun15
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 0111010101
Question 4 1011111111
Question 5 1111011110
Question 6 1100111000
Question 7 1111101100
Question 8 0010111100
Question 9 0111010111
F-score 6787687855

Synaptics Inc Quarterly Data

Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1100001111
Question 4 0111111111
Question 5 1111100001
Question 6 0000000001
Question 7 0000000011
Question 8 1100000000
Question 9 1111111110
F-score 6755545567
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