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The Wendy's Co (NAS:WEN)
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 = 7, 8, 9
Bad or low score = 0, 1, 2, 3

The Wendy's Co has an F-score of 7. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

WEN' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1   Max: 8
Current: 7

1
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of The Wendy's Co was 8. The lowest was 1. And the median was 5.


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 (Mar16) TTM:Last Year (Mar15) TTM:
Net Income was 40.195 + 7.584 + 85.856 + 25.363 = $159 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 31.374 + 65.515 + 93.851 + 47.274 = $238 Mil.
Revenue was 489.534 + 464.629 + 464.365 + 378.787 = $1,797 Mil.
Gross Profit was 174.412 + 173.105 + 192.049 + 164.051 = $704 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Mar15)
to the end of this year (Mar16) was
(4133.835 + 5106.545 + 4080.782 + 4108.72 + 4150.31) / 5 = $4316.0384 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Mar15) was $4,134 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,479 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $607 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $257 Mil.
Net Income was 29.007 + 22.83 + 23.294 + 27.507 = $103 Mil.

Revenue was 506.079 + 496.67 + 487.303 + 451.769 = $1,942 Mil.
Gross Profit was 170.938 + 164.025 + 163.368 + 146.658 = $645 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Mar14)
to the end of last year (Mar15) was
(4154.077 + 4157.055 + 4179.455 + 4137.599 + 4133.835) / 5 = $4152.4042 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Mar14) was $4,154 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,392 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $538 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $333 Mil.

Profitability

Question 1. 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.

The Wendy's Co's current net income (TTM) was 159. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Question 2. 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.

The Wendy's Co's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 238. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Question 3. 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)/Total Assets at the Beginning of This Year (Mar15)
=158.998/4133.835
=0.03846259

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Mar14)
=102.638/4154.077
=0.02470778

The Wendy's Co's return on assets of this year was 0.03846259. The Wendy's Co's return on assets of last year was 0.02470778. ==> This year is higher. ==> Score 1.

Question 4. 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.

The Wendy's Co's current net income (TTM) was 159. The Wendy's Co's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 238. ==> 238 > 159 ==> CFROA > ROA ==> Score 1.

Funding

Question 5. 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: Mar16)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Mar15 to Mar16
=2478.581/4316.0384
=0.57427223

Gearing (Last Year: Mar15)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Mar14 to Mar15
=1392.309/4152.4042
=0.3353019

The Wendy's Co's gearing of this year was 0.57427223. The Wendy's Co's gearing of last year was 0.3353019. ==> Last year is lower than this year ==> Score 0.

Question 6. 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: Mar16)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=607.355/256.995
=2.36329501

Current Ratio (Last Year: Mar15)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=538.422/332.604
=1.61880795

The Wendy's Co's current ratio of this year was 2.36329501. The Wendy's Co's current ratio of last year was 1.61880795. ==> This year's current ratio is higher. ==> Score 1.

Question 7. 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.

The Wendy's Co's number of shares in issue this year was 274.8. The Wendy's Co's number of shares in issue last year was 373.2. ==> There is smaller number of shares in issue this year, or the same. ==> Score 1.

Efficiency

Question 8. 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
=703.617/1797.315
=0.39148229

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=644.989/1941.821
=0.33215677

The Wendy's Co's gross margin of this year was 0.39148229. The Wendy's Co's gross margin of last year was 0.33215677. ==> This year's gross margin is higher. ==> Score 1.

Question 9. Change in asset turnover

Compare this year’s asset turnover (total sales for the year 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 (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of This Year (Mar15)
=1797.315/4133.835
=0.4347815

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Mar14)
=1941.821/4154.077
=0.46744945

The Wendy's Co's asset turnover of this year was 0.4347815. The Wendy's Co's asset turnover of last year was 0.46744945. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score= Que. 1+ Que. 2+ Que. 3+Que. 4+Que. 5+Que. 6+Que. 7+Que. 8+Que. 9
=1+1+1+1+0+1+1+1+0
=7

Good or high score = 7, 8, 9
Bad or low score = 0, 1, 2, 3

The Wendy's Co has an F-score of 7. 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.

The Wendy's Co Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
Question 1 0101011111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1101010111
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 1001010110
Question 6 1001011101
Question 7 0010111011
Question 8 0001010111
Question 9 0110101000
F-score 5547486777

The Wendy's Co Quarterly Data

Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1111111011
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 1101100000
Question 6 1010001011
Question 7 0111111111
Question 8 1111111111
Question 9 0000000000
F-score 7777767577
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