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

United States Steel Corp has an F-score of 8. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

X' s 10-Year Piotroski F-Score Range
Min: 1   Max: 9
Current: 8

1
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of United States Steel Corp was 9. 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 (Sep14) TTM:Last Year (Sep13) TTM:
Net Income was 270 + 52 + -18 + -207 = $97 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was -7 + 570 + 783 + -106 = $1,240 Mil.
Revenue was 4269 + 4448 + 4400 + 4587 = $17,704 Mil.
Gross Profit was 358 + 410 + 303 + 739 = $1,810 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Sep13)
to the end of this year (Sep14) was
(13006 + 13143 + 13394 + 13406 + 12008) / 5 = $12991.4 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Sep13) was $13,006 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,162 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $6,101 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,550 Mil.
Net Income was -50 + -73 + -78 + -1791 = $-1,992 Mil.

Revenue was 4487 + 4595 + 4429 + 4131 = $17,642 Mil.
Gross Profit was 293 + 353 + 315 + 382 = $1,343 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Sep12)
to the end of last year (Sep13) was
(15496 + 15217 + 15151 + 14864 + 13006) / 5 = $14746.8 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Sep12) was $15,496 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,618 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $5,354 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,286 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.

United States Steel Corp's current net income (TTM) was 97. ==> 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.

United States Steel Corp's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 1,240. ==> 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 (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Sep12)
=-1992/15496
=-0.1285493

United States Steel Corp's return on assets of this year was 0.0074581. United States Steel Corp's return on assets of last year was -0.1285493. ==> 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.

United States Steel Corp's current net income (TTM) was 97. United States Steel Corp's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 1,240. ==> 1,240 > 97 ==> 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: Sep14)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep13 to Sep14
=3162/12991.4
=0.24339178

Gearing (Last Year: Sep13)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Sep12 to Sep13
=3618/14746.8
=0.24534136

United States Steel Corp's gearing of this year was 0.24339178. United States Steel Corp's gearing of last year was 0.24534136. ==> This year is lower or equal to last year. ==> Score 1.

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: Sep14)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=6101/3550
=1.71859155

Current Ratio (Last Year: Sep13)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=5354/3286
=1.62933658

United States Steel Corp's current ratio of this year was 1.71859155. United States Steel Corp's current ratio of last year was 1.62933658. ==> 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.

United States Steel Corp's number of shares in issue this year was 145.3. United States Steel Corp's number of shares in issue last year was 144.7. ==> There is larger number of shares in issue this year. ==> Score 0.

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
=1810/17704
=0.10223678

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1343/17642
=0.07612516

United States Steel Corp's gross margin of this year was 0.10223678. United States Steel Corp's gross margin of last year was 0.07612516. ==> 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 (Sep13)
=17704/13006
=1.3612179

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Sep12)
=17642/15496
=1.13848735

United States Steel Corp's asset turnover of this year was 1.3612179. United States Steel Corp's asset turnover of last year was 1.13848735. ==> This year's asset turnover is higher. ==> Score 1.

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+1+1+0+1+1
=8

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

United States Steel 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.

United States Steel Corp Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
Question 1 1111000001
Question 2 1111001111
Question 3 0101011001
Question 4 1110111111
Question 5 1101000001
Question 6 1101000110
Question 7 0111000000
Question 8 0101011101
Question 9 0100011001
F-score 5947145437

United States Steel Corp Quarterly Data

Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14
Question 1 0010000011
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 0011000011
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 0001100011
Question 6 1110011110
Question 7 0001100000
Question 8 0100001111
Question 9 0000000011
F-score 3455434487
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