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Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP)
Piotroski F-Score
8 (As of Today)

Good Sign:

Piotroski F-Score of 8 is 8, 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

Targa Resources Corp has an F-score of 8. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

TRGP' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 5   Max: 8
Current: 8

5
8

During the past 6 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Targa Resources Corp was 8. The lowest was 5. 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 (Sep14) TTM:Last Year (Sep13) TTM:
Net Income was 20.5 + 19.6 + 26.4 + 30.7 = $97 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 105.7 + 318.7 + 105.8 + 94.6 = $625 Mil.
Revenue was 2345.7 + 2352.9 + 2061.9 + 2288.3 = $9,049 Mil.
Gross Profit was 355.1 + 379.6 + 384 + 407.8 = $1,527 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Sep13)
to the end of this year (Sep14) was
(5725.3 + 6048.6 + 6055.2 + 6328.4 + 6491.9) / 5 = $6,130 Mil.
Total Assets as of Sep13 was $5,725 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,137 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,053 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $803 Mil.
Net Income was 11.2 + 13.4 + 15 + 16.3 = $56 Mil.

Revenue was 1527.3 + 1397.8 + 1441.6 + 1466 = $5,833 Mil.
Gross Profit was 260.1 + 260.3 + 265.2 + 297 = $1,083 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Sep12)
to the end of last year (Sep13) was
(3881.5 + 5105 + 5148.5 + 5407.1 + 5725.3) / 5 = $5,053 Mil.
Total Assets as of Sep12 was $3,882 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,868 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $809 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $687 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.

Targa Resources Corp's current net income (ttm) was 97. ==> 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.

Targa Resources Corp's current cash flow from operations (ttm) was 625. ==> 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)
=97.2/5725.3
=0.01697728

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Beginning of Last Year Total Assets (Sep12)
=55.9/3881.5
=0.01440165

Targa Resources Corp's return on assets of this year was 0.01697728. Targa Resources Corp's return on assets of last year was 0.01440165. ==> 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.

Targa Resources Corp's current net income (ttm) was 97. Targa Resources Corp's current cash flow from operations (ttm) was 625. ==> 625 > 97 ==> 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
=3137.2/6129.88
=0.51178816

Gearing (Last Year: Sep13)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep12 to Sep13
=2867.9/5053.48
=0.56750991

Targa Resources Corp's gearing of this year was 0.51178816. Targa Resources Corp's gearing of last year was 0.56750991. ==> 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
=1053.1/802.7
=1.31194718

Current Ratio (Last Year: Sep13)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=809/687.1
=1.17741231

Targa Resources Corp's current ratio of this year was 1.31194718. Targa Resources Corp's current ratio of last year was 1.17741231. ==> 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.

Targa Resources Corp's number of shares in issue this year was 42.1. Targa Resources Corp's number of shares in issue last year was 42.1. ==> 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: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1526.5/9048.8
=0.1686964

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1082.6/5832.7
=0.18560872

Targa Resources Corp's gross margin of this year was 0.1686964. Targa Resources Corp's gross margin of last year was 0.18560872. ==> 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)
=9048.8/5725.3
=1.5804936

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Beginning of Last Year Total Assets (Sep12)
=5832.7/3881.5
=1.50269226

Targa Resources Corp's asset turnover of this year was 1.5804936. Targa Resources Corp's asset turnover of last year was 1.50269226. ==> 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+1+1+0+1
=8

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Targa Resources Corp has an F-score of 8. 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, 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.

Targa Resources Corp Annual Data

Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 11
Q2 11
Q3 11
Q4 11
Q5 01
Q6 01
Q7 00
Q8 11
Q9 00
F-score 57

Targa Resources Corp Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 0111111111
Q4 1111111111
Q5 0000001111
Q6 1000001111
Q7 0000000011
Q8 1111111000
Q9 1000000001
F-score 6555557678
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