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Vivus (NAS:VVUS)
Piotroski F-Score
4 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

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

Vivus has an F-score of 4 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

VVUS' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 1   Max: 8
Current: 4

1
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Vivus was 8. The lowest was 1. And the median was 4.


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 -17.164 + -15.55 + -25.825 + -15.825 = $-74.36 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was -14.113 + -24.917 + 7.062 + -14.107 = $-46.08 Mil.
Revenue was 44.057 + 36.691 + 21.881 + 33.877 = $136.51 Mil.
Gross Profit was 40.892 + 27.158 + 14.866 + 26.609 = $109.53 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Sep13)
to the end of this year (Sep14) was
(422.478 + 431.796 + 420.896 + 400.674 + 391.823) / 5 = $413.53 Mil.
Total Assets as of Sep13 was $422.48 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $217.11 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $382.46 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $57.74 Mil.
Net Income was -56.659 + -53.576 + -55.512 + -48.204 = $-213.95 Mil.

Revenue was 1.971 + 4.112 + 5.534 + 27.379 = $39.00 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1.788 + 3.722 + 4.962 + 26.638 = $37.11 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Sep12)
to the end of last year (Sep13) was
(308.5 + 264.114 + 210.933 + 427.012 + 422.478) / 5 = $326.61 Mil.
Total Assets as of Sep12 was $308.50 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $209.64 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $411.64 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $58.99 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.

Vivus's current net income (ttm) was -74.36. ==> Negative ==> Score 0.

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.

Vivus's current cash flow from operations (ttm) was -46.08. ==> Negative ==> Score 0.

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)
=-74.364/422.478
=-0.17601863

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Beginning of Last Year Total Assets (Sep12)
=-213.951/308.5
=-0.69352026

Vivus's return on assets of this year was -0.17601863. Vivus's return on assets of last year was -0.69352026. ==> 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.

Vivus's current net income (ttm) was -74.36. Vivus's current cash flow from operations (ttm) was -46.08. ==> -46.08 > -74.36 ==> 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
=217.11/413.5334
=0.52501201

Gearing (Last Year: Sep13)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep12 to Sep13
=209.642/326.6074
=0.64187768

Vivus's gearing of this year was 0.52501201. Vivus's gearing of last year was 0.64187768. ==> 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
=382.46/57.742
=6.62360154

Current Ratio (Last Year: Sep13)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=411.636/58.989
=6.97818237

Vivus's current ratio of this year was 6.62360154. Vivus's current ratio of last year was 6.97818237. ==> 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.

Vivus's number of shares in issue this year was 103.5. Vivus's number of shares in issue last year was 100.9. ==> 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
=109.525/136.506
=0.80234568

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=37.11/38.996
=0.95163607

Vivus's gross margin of this year was 0.80234568. Vivus's gross margin of last year was 0.95163607. ==> 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)
=136.506/422.478
=0.32310795

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Beginning of Last Year Total Assets (Sep12)
=38.996/308.5
=0.12640519

Vivus's asset turnover of this year was 0.32310795. Vivus's asset turnover of last year was 0.12640519. ==> This year's asset turnover is higher. ==> Score 1.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score=Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4+Q5+Q6+Q7+Q8+Q9
=0+0+1+1+1+0+0+0+1
=4

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Vivus has an F-score of 4 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.

Vivus Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 0000000000
Q2 0001000000
Q3 0011000001
Q4 0111001111
Q5 0001001110
Q6 0010111101
Q7 0000000000
Q8 0011100011
Q9 0011000011
F-score 0156213345

Vivus Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
Q1 0000000000
Q2 0000000000
Q3 0000001011
Q4 1110111111
Q5 1111000011
Q6 1000001100
Q7 0000000000
Q8 0111111000
Q9 0111111111
F-score 3443335344
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