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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 American Public Education Inc was 2.86. The lowest was -3.37. And the median was -2.98.
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 American Public Education 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 * 1.1938||+||0.528 * 1.0114||+||0.404 * 1.0035||+||0.892 * 0.945||+||0.115 * 0.8559|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9741||+||4.679 * -0.0944||-||0.327 * 0.96|
|This Year (Jun16) TTM:||Last Year (Jun15) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $6.5 Mil.|
Revenue was 76.745 + 83.966 + 85.912 + 76.291 = $322.9 Mil.
Gross Profit was 47.559 + 54.258 + 56.187 + 47.124 = $205.1 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $143.1 Mil.
Total Assets was $315.4 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $107.5 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $20.9 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $131.3 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $44.3 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.0 Mil.
Net Income was 6.596 + 10.34 + 9.791 + 6.757 = $33.5 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = $0.0 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 8.735 + 20.052 + 14.403 + 20.077 = $63.3 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $5.7 Mil.
Revenue was 80.263 + 85.444 + 91.297 + 84.707 = $341.7 Mil.
Gross Profit was 50.567 + 55.184 + 59.703 + 54.081 = $219.5 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $123.5 Mil.
Total Assets was $291.4 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $108.2 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $17.6 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $142.7 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $42.6 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.0 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)|
|=||(6.464 / 322.914)||/||(5.73 / 341.711)|
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)|
|=||(219.535 / 341.711)||/||(205.128 / 322.914)|
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 - (143.117 + 107.49) / 315.412)||/||(1 - (123.531 + 108.24) / 291.442)|
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))|
|=||(17.561 / (17.561 + 108.24))||/||(20.947 / (20.947 + 107.49))|
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)|
|=||(131.317 / 322.914)||/||(142.655 / 341.711)|
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)|
|=||((0 + 44.274) / 315.412)||/||((0 + 42.615) / 291.442)|
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|
|=||(33.484 - 0||-||63.267)||/||315.412|
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.
American Public Education Inc has a M-score of -2.78 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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