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Taser International, Inc. (NAS:TASR)
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

Taser International, Inc. has an F-score of 7 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

TASR' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 3   Max: 8
Current: 7

3
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Taser International, Inc. was 8. 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 (Dec13) TTM:Last Year (Dec12) TTM:
Net Income was 5.375 + 5.114 + 4.458 + 3.298 = $18.2 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 9.339 + 10.863 + 7.704 + 4.52 = $32.4 Mil.
Revenue was 40.025 + 35.197 + 32.176 + 30.434 = $137.8 Mil.
Gross Profit was 25.554 + 22.096 + 19.742 + 18.451 = $85.8 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Dec12) was $116.2 Mil.
Total Assets was $148.4 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.1 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $97.5 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $23.1 Mil.
Net Income was 3.815 + 3.677 + 3.442 + 3.804 = $14.7 Mil.

Revenue was 32.116 + 28.773 + 28.222 + 25.641 = $114.8 Mil.
Gross Profit was 19.168 + 16.803 + 16.502 + 15.241 = $67.7 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Dec11) was $105.0 Mil.
Total Assets was $116.2 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.1 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $79.1 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $18.1 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.

Taser International, Inc.'s current net income was 18.2. ==> 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.

Taser International, Inc.'s current cash flow from operations was 32.4. ==> 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 (Dec12)
=18.245/116.236
=0.15696514

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Dec11)
=14.738/104.963
=0.14041138

Taser International, Inc.'s return on assets of this year was 0.15696514. Taser International, Inc.'s return on assets of last year was 0.14041138. ==> 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.

Taser International, Inc.'s current net income was 18.2. Taser International, Inc.'s current cash flow from operations was 32.4. ==> 32.4 > 18.2 ==> 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 1 if gearing is lower, 0 if it’s higher.

Gearing (This Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=0.067/148.382
=0.00045154

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=0.103/116.236
=0.00088613

Taser International, Inc.'s gearing of this year was 0.00045154. Taser International, Inc.'s gearing of last year was 0.00088613. ==> This year is lower. ==> 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
=97.467/23.129
=4.21406027

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=79.053/18.109
=4.36539842

Taser International, Inc.'s current ratio of this year was 4.21406027. Taser International, Inc.'s current ratio of last year was 4.36539842. ==> 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 1 if there is fewer number of shares in issue this year. Score 0 otherwise.

Taser International, Inc.'s number of shares in issue this year was 55.7. Taser International, Inc.'s number of shares in issue last year was 43.4. ==> There is more 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)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=85.843/137.832
=0.62280893

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=67.714/114.752
=0.59008993

Taser International, Inc.'s gross margin of this year was 0.62280893. Taser International, Inc.'s gross margin of last year was 0.59008993. ==> This year's gross margin is higher. ==> Score 1.

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 (Dec12)
=137.832/116.236
=1.18579442

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Dec11)
=114.752/104.963
=1.09326143

Taser International, Inc.'s asset turnover of this year was 1.18579442. Taser International, Inc.'s asset turnover of last year was 1.09326143. ==> This year's asset turnover is higher. ==> Score 1.

Evaluation

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

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Taser International, Inc. 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.

Taser International, Inc. Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 1101100011
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1001000011
Q4 1110111111
Q5 1011100001
Q6 1001101010
Q7 0010110111
Q8 1010100011
Q9 0011010111
F-score 7366743488

Taser International, Inc. Quarterly Data

Sep11Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13
Q1 0001111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 0011111111
Q4 1111111111
Q5 0000000001
Q6 0000011010
Q7 1111111100
Q8 0010011111
Q9 0111111111
F-score 3466688777
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