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Watsco Inc (NYSE:WSO)
Piotroski F-Score
6 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

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

Watsco Inc has an F-score of 6 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

WSO' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 3   Max: 9
Current: 6

3
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Watsco Inc was 9. The lowest was 3. 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 17.321 + 16.753 + 56.101 + 54.461 = $145 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 99.086 + 24.901 + -90.059 + 106.877 = $141 Mil.
Revenue was 827.352 + 762.568 + 1170.186 + 1134.999 = $3,895 Mil.
Gross Profit was 198.53 + 188.069 + 279.273 + 274.765 = $941 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Sep13)
to the end of this year (Sep14) was
(1818.033 + 1669.531 + 1776.856 + 1990.839 + 1904.988) / 5 = $1832.0494 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Sep13) was $1,818 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $353 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,271 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $341 Mil.
Net Income was 14.759 + 13.385 + 51.318 + 45.699 = $125 Mil.

Revenue was 765.54 + 713.633 + 1120.452 + 1081.893 = $3,682 Mil.
Gross Profit was 182.793 + 175.446 + 266.68 + 258.597 = $884 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Sep12)
to the end of last year (Sep13) was
(1799.817 + 1682.055 + 1727.283 + 1913.009 + 1818.033) / 5 = $1788.0394 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Sep12) was $1,800 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $285 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,162 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $312 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.

Watsco Inc's current net income (TTM) was 145. ==> 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.

Watsco Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 141. ==> 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)/Total Assets at the Beginning of This Year (Sep13)
=144.636/1818.033
=0.07955631

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Sep12)
=125.161/1799.817
=0.06954096

Watsco Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.07955631. Watsco Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.06954096. ==> 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.

Watsco Inc's current net income (TTM) was 145. Watsco Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 141. ==> 141 <= 145 ==> CFROA <= ROA ==> Score 0.

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
=352.732/1832.0494
=0.19253411

Gearing (Last Year: Sep13)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep12 to Sep13
=284.8/1788.0394
=0.15928061

Watsco Inc's gearing of this year was 0.19253411. Watsco Inc's gearing of last year was 0.15928061. ==> 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: Sep14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=1271.336/340.751
=3.73098245

Current Ratio (Last Year: Sep13)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=1161.815/311.789
=3.72628605

Watsco Inc's current ratio of this year was 3.73098245. Watsco Inc's current ratio of last year was 3.72628605. ==> 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.

Watsco Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 32.4. Watsco Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 32.3. ==> 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
=940.637/3895.105
=0.24149208

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=883.516/3681.518
=0.23998687

Watsco Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.24149208. Watsco Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.23998687. ==> This year's gross margin is higher. ==> Score 1.

Q9. 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 (Sep13)
=3895.105/1818.033
=2.14248311

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Sep12)
=3681.518/1799.817
=2.04549574

Watsco Inc's asset turnover of this year was 2.14248311. Watsco Inc's asset turnover of last year was 2.04549574. ==> 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+0+0+1+0+1+1
=6

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

Watsco Inc has an F-score of 6 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


Historical Data

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

Watsco Inc Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1110001110
Q4 1001111011
Q5 1110111101
Q6 0011100101
Q7 0001100000
Q8 1010100101
Q9 1100010010
F-score 7565755656

Watsco Inc Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1111100011
Q4 0111111110
Q5 0000001110
Q6 1101111011
Q7 0000000000
Q8 0000011111
Q9 1111000011
F-score 5656556586
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