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VF Corporation (NYSE:VFC)
Piotroski F-Score
9 (As of Today)

Good Sign:

Piotroski F-Score of 9 is 9, 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

VF Corporation has an F-score of 9. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

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

5
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of VF Corporation was 9. 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 (Dec13) TTM:Last Year (Dec12) TTM:
Net Income was 367.667 + 433.761 + 138.274 + 270.417 = $1,210 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 1087.965 + 126.663 + 279.739 + 11.674 = $1,506 Mil.
Revenue was 3290.099 + 3297.269 + 2220.411 + 2611.869 = $11,420 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1585.409 + 1569.125 + 1077.053 + 1256.592 = $5,488 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Dec12) was $9,633 Mil.
Total Assets was $10,315 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,427 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $3,883 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,568 Mil.
Net Income was 334.168 + 381.318 + 155.297 + 215.216 = $1,086 Mil.

Revenue was 3033.26 + 3148.354 + 2141.786 + 2556.455 = $10,880 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1437.748 + 1470.264 + 986.374 + 1167.589 = $5,062 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Dec11) was $9,313 Mil.
Total Assets was $9,633 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,429 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $3,450 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,732 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.

VF Corporation's current net income was 1,210. ==> 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.

VF Corporation's current cash flow from operations was 1,506. ==> 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)
=1210.119/9633.021
=0.12562196

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Dec11)
=1085.999/9313.126
=0.1166095

VF Corporation's return on assets of this year was 0.12562196. VF Corporation's return on assets of last year was 0.1166095. ==> 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.

VF Corporation's current net income was 1,210. VF Corporation's current cash flow from operations was 1,506. ==> 1,506 > 1,210 ==> 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
=1426.829/10315.443
=0.1383197

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=1429.166/9633.021
=0.14836114

VF Corporation's gearing of this year was 0.1383197. VF Corporation's gearing of last year was 0.14836114. ==> 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
=3882.982/1568.001
=2.47639

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=3449.583/1732.212
=1.99143234

VF Corporation's current ratio of this year was 2.47639. VF Corporation's current ratio of last year was 1.99143234. ==> 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 1 if there is fewer number of shares in issue this year. Score 0 otherwise.

VF Corporation's number of shares in issue this year was 447.8. VF Corporation's number of shares in issue last year was 448.3. ==> There is the same number of shares in issue this year, or fewer. ==> 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
=5488.179/11419.648
=0.48059091

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=5061.975/10879.855
=0.46526126

VF Corporation's gross margin of this year was 0.48059091. VF Corporation's gross margin of last year was 0.46526126. ==> 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)
=11419.648/9633.021
=1.18546902

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Dec11)
=10879.855/9313.126
=1.16822805

VF Corporation's asset turnover of this year was 1.18546902. VF Corporation's asset turnover of last year was 1.16822805. ==> 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+1+1
=9

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

VF Corporation has an F-score of 9. 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.

VF Corporation Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 0011001101
Q4 1101111111
Q5 1010111011
Q6 0110101011
Q7 0010101001
Q8 1111111011
Q9 0011001101
F-score 5586759569

VF Corporation Quarterly Data

Sep11Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1111000011
Q4 0111111111
Q5 0000111111
Q6 0000111111
Q7 0000011011
Q8 0000011111
Q9 1111000011
F-score 4555577699
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