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Western Union Co (NYSE:WU)
Piotroski F-Score
6 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

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

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

WU' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 4   Max: 8
Current: 6

4
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Western Union Co 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 214.4 + 173.4 + 203 + 193.8 = $785 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 333.4 + 277.7 + 196.8 + 253.3 = $1,061 Mil.
Revenue was 1408.8 + 1421.9 + 1350.8 + 1405.6 = $5,587 Mil.
Gross Profit was 590.6 + 576.2 + 553.6 + 577.8 = $2,298 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Jun13)
to the end of this year (Jun14) was
(9589.4 + 9940.9 + 10121.3 + 9922.6 + 9874.6) / 5 = $9,890 Mil.
Total Assets was $9,875 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,719 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $5,208 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $4,704 Mil.
Net Income was 269.5 + 237.9 + 212 + 198.6 = $918 Mil.

Revenue was 1421.6 + 1424.7 + 1325.4 + 1385.9 = $5,558 Mil.
Gross Profit was 625.3 + 607.3 + 566 + 574.2 = $2,373 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Jun12)
to the end of last year (Jun13) was
(9166 + 9355.1 + 9465.7 + 9361.7 + 9589.4) / 5 = $9,388 Mil.
Total Assets was $9,589 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,717 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $4,858 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $4,566 Mil.

Profitability

Q1. Return on Assets (ROA)

Net income before extraordinary items for the year divided by average total assets throughout the year.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

Western Union Co's current net income (ttm) was 785. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Q2. Cash Flow Return on Assets (CFROA)

Net cash flow from operating activities (operating cash flow) divided by average total assets throughout the year.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

Western Union Co's current cash flow from operations (ttm) was 1,061. ==> 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)/Average Total Assets from Jun13 to Jun14
=784.6/9889.76
=0.07933458

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Average Total Assets from Jun12 to Jun13
=918/9387.58
=0.09778878

Western Union Co's return on assets of this year was 0.07933458. Western Union Co's return on assets of last year was 0.09778878. ==> Last year is higher ==> Score 0.

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.

Western Union Co's current net income (ttm) was 785. Western Union Co's current cash flow from operations (ttm) was 1,061. ==> 1,061 > 785 ==> CFROA > ROA ==> Score 1.

Funding

Q5. Change in Gearing or Leverage

Compare this year’s gearing (long-term debt divided by total assets) to last year’s gearing.

Score 0 if this year's gearing is higher, 1 otherwise.

Gearing (This Year: Jun14)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=3719.1/9874.6
=0.37663298

Gearing (Last Year: Jun13)=Long-Term Debt/Total Assets
=3717.3/9589.4
=0.38764678

Western Union Co's gearing of this year was 0.37663298. Western Union Co's gearing of last year was 0.38764678. ==> 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: Jun14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=5208.4/4703.5
=1.10734559

Current Ratio (Last Year: Jun13)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=4858.2/4565.5
=1.06411127

Western Union Co's current ratio of this year was 1.10734559. Western Union Co's current ratio of last year was 1.06411127. ==> 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.

Western Union Co's number of shares in issue this year was 539.9. Western Union Co's number of shares in issue last year was 558.3. ==> 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: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=2298.2/5587.1
=0.41134041

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=2372.8/5557.6
=0.42694688

Western Union Co's gross margin of this year was 0.41134041. Western Union Co's gross margin of last year was 0.42694688. ==> 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 average total assets throughout 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)/Average Total Assets from Jun13 to Jun14
=5587.1/9889.76
=0.56493788

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Average Total Assets from Jun12 to Jun13
=5557.6/9387.58
=0.59201626

Western Union Co's asset turnover of this year was 0.56493788. Western Union Co's asset turnover of last year was 0.59201626. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score=Q1+Q2+Q3+Q4+Q5+Q6+Q7+Q8+Q9
=1+1+0+1+1+1+1+0+0
=6

Good or high score = 8 or 9

Bad or low score = 0 or 1

Western Union Co 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, 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.

Western Union Co Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Q1 1111111
Q2 1111111
Q3 000
Q4 111
Q5 100
Q6 011
Q7 111
Q8 110
Q9 000
F-score 665

Western Union Co Quarterly Data

Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14
Q1 1111111111
Q2 1111111111
Q3 1110000000
Q4 0001111111
Q5 1110010011
Q6 0001001111
Q7 1111111111
Q8 1111000000
Q9 0000000000
F-score 6666455566
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