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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 Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc was 38.17. The lowest was -5.05. And the median was -2.40.
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 Alexion Pharmaceuticals 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 * 0.8776||+||0.528 * 0.9937||+||0.404 * 0.9375||+||0.892 * 1.2745||+||0.115 * 1.2853|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0581||+||4.679 * -0.0233||-||0.327 * 1.1072|
|This Year (Mar15) TTM:||Last Year (Mar14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $480 Mil.|
Revenue was 600.333 + 599.476 + 555.146 + 512.495 = $2,267 Mil.
Gross Profit was 530.934 + 550.037 + 503.288 + 472.869 = $2,057 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $2,853 Mil.
Total Assets was $4,415 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $440 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $48 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $688 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $580 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $115 Mil.
Net Income was 91.323 + 153.332 + 177.731 + 166.495 = $589 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 1.005 + -0.001 + -2.045 + -1.202 = $-2 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 23.034 + 283.459 + 281.521 + 106.15 = $694 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $429 Mil.
Revenue was 566.616 + 441.909 + 400.405 + 370.091 = $1,779 Mil.
Gross Profit was 533.677 + 390.357 + 349.047 + 330.714 = $1,604 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $2,246 Mil.
Total Assets was $3,380 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $218 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $32 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $510 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $397 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $84 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)|
|=||(479.883 / 2267.45)||/||(429.021 / 1779.021)|
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)|
|=||(550.037 / 1779.021)||/||(530.934 / 2267.45)|
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 - (2852.987 + 440.487) / 4414.925)||/||(1 - (2245.88 + 218.086) / 3379.666)|
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))|
|=||(31.695 / (31.695 + 218.086))||/||(48.249 / (48.249 + 440.487))|
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)|
|=||(688.034 / 2267.45)||/||(510.185 / 1779.021)|
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)|
|=||((114.912 + 580.439) / 4414.925)||/||((83.917 + 396.822) / 3379.666)|
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|
|=||(588.881 - -2.243||-||694.164)||/||4414.925|
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.
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc has a M-score of -2.50 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
Altman Z-Score, Piotroski F-Score, Accounts Receivable, Revenue, Gross Profit, Total Current Assets, Total Assets, Property, Plant and Equipment, Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization, Selling, General & Admin. Expense, Total Current Liabilities, Long-Term Debt, Net Income, Non Operating Income, Cash Flow from Operations
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