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Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp (NYSE:WAB)
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

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp has an F-score of 8. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

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

4
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp was 8. The lowest was 4. 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 (Jun14) TTM:Last Year (Jun13) TTM:
Net Income was 88.705 + 80.134 + 74.041 + 73.943 = $317 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 111.444 + 26.215 + 150.657 + 39.9 = $328 Mil.
Revenue was 731.068 + 695.249 + 681.482 + 631.398 = $2,739 Mil.
Gross Profit was 224.658 + 209.569 + 200.125 + 188.133 = $822 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Jun13) was $2,516 Mil.
Total Assets was $3,164 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $500 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,527 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $668 Mil.
Net Income was 74.638 + 69.613 + 64.765 + 62.994 = $272 Mil.

Revenue was 638.002 + 615.51 + 610.4 + 587.593 = $2,452 Mil.
Gross Profit was 192.881 + 182.888 + 180.48 + 171.279 = $728 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Jun12) was $2,332 Mil.
Total Assets was $2,516 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $397 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,190 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $524 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.

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's current net income was 317. ==> 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.

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's current cash flow from operations was 328. ==> 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 (Jun13)
=316.823/2516.39
=0.12590377

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Jun12)
=272.01/2331.897
=0.11664752

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's return on assets of this year was 0.12590377. Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's return on assets of last year was 0.11664752. ==> 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.

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's current net income was 317. Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's current cash flow from operations was 328. ==> 328 > 317 ==> 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)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=500.219/3163.868
=0.15810363

Gearing (Last Year)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=396.915/2516.39
=0.15773191

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's gearing of this year was 0.15810363. Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's gearing of last year was 0.15773191. ==> Last year is lower than this year ==> Score 0.

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
=1526.851/668.416
=2.28428254

Current Ratio (Last Year)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=1189.985/524.272
=2.26978553

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's current ratio of this year was 2.28428254. Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's current ratio of last year was 2.26978553. ==> 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.

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's number of shares in issue this year was 97.1. Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's number of shares in issue last year was 97.1. ==> 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)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=822.485/2739.197
=0.300265

Gross Margin (Last Year)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=727.528/2451.505
=0.2967679

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's gross margin of this year was 0.300265. Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's gross margin of last year was 0.2967679. ==> 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 (Jun13)
=2739.197/2516.39
=1.08854232

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the beginning of last year (Jun12)
=2451.505/2331.897
=1.05129215

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's asset turnover of this year was 1.08854232. Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp's asset turnover of last year was 1.05129215. ==> 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+0+1+1+1+1
=8

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies 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


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1111101111
Q4 1111111100
Q5 1111011110
Q6 0111011011
Q7 0000110000
Q8 0110011011
Q9 1101001110
F-score 6877578675

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp Quarterly Data

Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1111111111
Q4 1010100001
Q5 1011111010
Q6 0111111111
Q7 0110100001
Q8 0001111111
Q9 1111000001
F-score 6687866568
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