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The zones of discrimination for M-Score is as such:
An M-Score of less than -2.22 suggests that the company is not an accounting manipulator.
An M-Score of greater than -2.22 signals that the company is likely an accounting manipulator.
During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Alcoa Inc was -2.01. The lowest was -3.25. And the median was -2.65.
The M-score was created by Professor Messod Beneish. Instead of measuring the bankruptcy risk (Z-Score) or business trend (F-Score), M-score can be used to detect the risk of earnings manipulation. This is the original research paper on M-score.
The M-Score Variables:
The M-score of Alcoa Inc for today is based on a combination of the following eight different indices:
|M||=||-4.84||+||0.92 * DSRI||+||0.528 * GMI||+||0.404 * AQI||+||0.892 * SGI||+||0.115 * DEPI|
|=||-4.84||+||0.92 * 0.6193||+||0.528 * 0.8638||+||0.404 * 1.2538||+||0.892 * 1.0239||+||0.115 * 0.9488|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9857||+||4.679 * -0.0394||-||0.327 * 1.0209|
|This Year (Sep15) TTM:||Last Year (Sep14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $1,525 Mil.|
Revenue was 5573 + 5897 + 5819 + 6377 = $23,666 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1014 + 1234 + 1376 + 1404 = $5,028 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $8,592 Mil.
Total Assets was $36,587 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $14,752 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $1,295 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $988 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $5,147 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $9,091 Mil.
Net Income was 44 + 140 + 195 + 159 = $538 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 11 + -217 + 9 + 0 = $-197 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 420 + 472 + -175 + 1458 = $2,175 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $2,405 Mil.
Revenue was 6239 + 5836 + 5454 + 5585 = $23,114 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1335 + 1071 + 959 + 877 = $4,242 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $9,689 Mil.
Total Assets was $37,122 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $16,716 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $1,386 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $979 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $5,354 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $8,797 Mil.
1. DSRI = Days Sales in Receivables Index
A large increase in DSR could be indicative of revenue inflation.
|DSRI||=||(Receivables_t / Revenue_t)||/||(Receivables_t-1 / Revenue_t-1)|
|=||(1525 / 23666)||/||(2405 / 23114)|
2. GMI = Gross Margin Index
Measured as the ratio of gross margin in year t-1 to gross margin in year t.
Gross margin has deteriorated when this index is above 1. A firm with poorer prospects is more likely to manipulate earnings.
|=||(GrossProfit_t-1 / Revenue_t-1)||/||(GrossProfit_t / Revenue_t)|
|=||(1234 / 23114)||/||(1014 / 23666)|
3. AQI = Asset Quality Index
AQI is the ratio of asset quality in year t to year t-1.
|AQI||=||(1 - (CurrentAssets_t + PPE_t) / TotalAssets_t)||/||(1 - (CurrentAssets_t-1 + PPE_t-1) / TotalAssets_t-1)|
|=||(1 - (8592 + 14752) / 36587)||/||(1 - (9689 + 16716) / 37122)|
4. SGI = Sales Growth Index
Ratio of sales in year t to sales in year t-1.
Sales growth is not itself a measure of manipulation. However, growth companies are likely to find themselves under pressure to manipulate in order to keep up appearances.
5. DEPI = Depreciation Index
Measured as the ratio of the rate of depreciation in year t-1 to the corresponding rate in year t.
DEPI greater than 1 indicates that assets are being depreciated at a slower rate. This suggests that the firm might be revising useful asset life assumptions upwards, or adopting a new method that is income friendly.
|DEPI||=||(Depreciation_t-1 / (Depreciaton_t-1 + PPE_t-1))||/||(Depreciation_t / (Depreciaton_t + PPE_t))|
|=||(1386 / (1386 + 16716))||/||(1295 / (1295 + 14752))|
6. SGAI = Sales, General and Administrative expenses Index
The ratio of SGA expenses in year t relative to year t-1.
SGA expenses index > 1 means that the company is becoming less efficient in generate sales.
|SGAI||=||(SGA_t / Sales_t)||/||(SGA_t-1 /Sales_t-1)|
|=||(988 / 23666)||/||(979 / 23114)|
7. LVGI = Leverage Index
The ratio of total debt to total assets in year t relative to yeat t-1.
An LVGI > 1 indicates an increase$sgai= in leverage
|LVGI||=||((LTD_t + CurrentLiabilities_t) / TotalAssets_t)||/||((LTD_t-1 + CurrentLiabilities_t-1) / TotalAssets_t-1)|
|=||((9091 + 5147) / 36587)||/||((8797 + 5354) / 37122)|
8. TATA = Total Accruals to Total Assets
Total accruals calculated as the change in working capital accounts other than cash less depreciation.
|=||(NetIncome_t - NonOperatingIncome_t||-||CashFlowsfromOperations_t)||/||TotalAssets_t|
|=||(538 - -197||-||2175)||/||36587|
An M-Score of less than -2.22 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator. An M-Score of greater than -2.22 signals that the company is likely to be a manipulator.
Alcoa Inc has a M-score of -2.97 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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