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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 Amazon.com Inc was 6.36. The lowest was -4.36. And the median was -2.73.
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 Amazon.com 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 * 0.9486||+||0.528 * 0.9356||+||0.404 * 0.9537||+||0.892 * 1.2724||+||0.115 * 1.0216|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0293||+||4.679 * -0.1764||-||0.327 * 0.9477|
|This Year (Sep16) TTM:||Last Year (Sep15) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $6,566 Mil.|
Revenue was 32714 + 30404 + 29128 + 35747 = $127,993 Mil.
Gross Profit was 11454 + 11224 + 10262 + 11406 = $44,346 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $35,609 Mil.
Total Assets was $70,897 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $27,177 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $7,572 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $25,029 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $33,498 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $8,205 Mil.
Net Income was 252 + 857 + 513 + 482 = $2,104 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 8 + -14 + 81 + -69 = $6 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 4486 + 3465 + -2160 + 8812 = $14,603 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $5,440 Mil.
Revenue was 25358 + 23185 + 22717 + 29329 = $100,589 Mil.
Gross Profit was 8603 + 8025 + 7322 + 8657 = $32,607 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $28,849 Mil.
Total Assets was $56,230 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $20,636 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $5,909 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $19,111 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $26,657 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $8,243 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)|
|=||(6566 / 127993)||/||(5440 / 100589)|
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)|
|=||(32607 / 100589)||/||(44346 / 127993)|
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 - (35609 + 27177) / 70897)||/||(1 - (28849 + 20636) / 56230)|
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))|
|=||(5909 / (5909 + 20636))||/||(7572 / (7572 + 27177))|
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)|
|=||(25029 / 127993)||/||(19111 / 100589)|
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)|
|=||((8205 + 33498) / 70897)||/||((8243 + 26657) / 56230)|
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|
|=||(2104 - 6||-||14603)||/||70897|
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.
Amazon.com Inc has a M-score of -3.15 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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