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Ascena Retail Group Inc (NAS:ASNA)
Beneish M-Score
-3.67 (As of Today)

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.

Ascena Retail Group Inc has a M-score of -3.67 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.

ASNA' s Beneish M-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3.89   Max: 5.13
Current: -3.67

-3.89
5.13

During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Ascena Retail Group Inc was 5.13. The lowest was -3.89. And the median was -2.73.


Definition

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 Ascena Retail Group 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+0.528 * 0.9382+0.404 * 1.0261+0.892 * 1.1841+0.115 * 0.775
-0.172 * SGAI+4.679 * TATA-0.327 * LVGI
-0.172 * 1.0137+4.679 * -0.0917-0.327 * 0.8508
=-3.67

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

This Year (Jan17) TTM:Last Year (Jan16) TTM:
Accounts Receivable was $0 Mil.
Revenue was 1748.2 + 1678.4 + 1812.3 + 1669.3 = $6,908 Mil.
Gross Profit was 945.8 + 1014 + 1041.3 + 1016.7 = $4,018 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,168 Mil.
Total Assets was $5,359 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $1,545 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $377 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $3,433 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $960 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,532 Mil.
Net Income was -35.2 + 14.4 + 13.8 + 15 = $8 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = $0 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 159 + 56 + 282 + 2.2 = $499 Mil.
Accounts Receivable was $169 Mil.
Revenue was 1841.8 + 1672 + 1169.8 + 1150.3 = $5,834 Mil.
Gross Profit was 968 + 902.7 + 637.6 + 675.1 = $3,183 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,237 Mil.
Total Assets was $5,477 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $1,605 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $288 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $2,860 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $955 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,039 Mil.



1. DSRI = Days Sales in Receivables Index

Measured as the ratio of days’ sales in receivables in year t to year t-1.

A large increase in DSR could be indicative of revenue inflation.

DSRI=(Receivables_t / Revenue_t) / (Receivables_t-1 / Revenue_t-1)
=(0 / 6908.2) / (168.9 / 5833.9)
=0 / 0.02895147
=0

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.

GMI=GrossMargin_t-1 / GrossMargin_t
=(GrossProfit_t-1 / Revenue_t-1) / (GrossProfit_t / Revenue_t)
=(3183.4 / 5833.9) / (4017.8 / 6908.2)
=0.54567271 / 0.58159868
=0.9382

3. AQI = Asset Quality Index

AQI is the ratio of asset quality in year t to year t-1.

Asset quality is measured as the ratio of non-current assets other than plant, property and equipment to total assets.

AQI=(1 - (CurrentAssets_t + PPE_t) / TotalAssets_t) / (1 - (CurrentAssets_t-1 + PPE_t-1) / TotalAssets_t-1)
=(1 - (1168.4 + 1545.3) / 5359.2) / (1 - (1237.4 + 1604.7) / 5477.1)
=0.49363711 / 0.48109401
=1.0261

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.

SGI=Sales_t / Sales_t-1
=Revenue_t / Revenue_t-1
=6908.2 / 5833.9
=1.1841

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))
=(287.6 / (287.6 + 1604.7)) / (377 / (377 + 1545.3))
=0.15198436 / 0.19611923
=0.775

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)
=(3432.9 / 6908.2) / (2859.9 / 5833.9)
=0.49693118 / 0.49022095
=1.0137

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)
=((1532 + 960) / 5359.2) / ((2038.7 + 954.6) / 5477.1)
=0.46499478 / 0.54651184
=0.8508

8. TATA = Total Accruals to Total Assets

Total accruals calculated as the change in working capital accounts other than cash less depreciation.

TATA=(IncomefromContinuingOperations_t - CashFlowsfromOperations_t) / TotalAssets_t
=(NetIncome_t - NonOperatingIncome_t - CashFlowsfromOperations_t) / TotalAssets_t
=(8 - 0 - 499.2) / 5359.2
=-0.0917

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.

Ascena Retail Group Inc has a M-score of -3.67 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.


Related Terms

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


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Ascena Retail Group Inc Annual Data

Jul07Jul08Jul09Jul10Jul11Jul12Jul13Jul14Jul15Jul16
DSRI 111111010.77770.8214
GMI 0.98871.05981.0030.93450.72691.02971.00790.98440.99910.9896
AQI 0.86421.16820.81061.10361.15371.2530.95650.90720.77571.7695
SGI 1.09721.01231.03471.58921.22721.15081.4061.01611.00261.4565
DEPI 0.9921.00880.99821.16530.83951.12910.78141.18470.94440.8715
SGAI 0.99051.02331.02721.02831.50370.97031.05091.03451.06030.9939
LVGI 0.92790.88570.95641.01540.88141.1980.74821.2541.08841.4836
TATA -0.0565-0.0702-0.0949-0.0557-0.0578-0.066-0.1008-0.0772-0.2299-0.0832
M-score -2.69-2.66-2.96-2.20-2.70-2.58-3.47-2.94-3.89-2.49

Ascena Retail Group Inc Quarterly Data

Oct14Jan15Apr15Jul15Oct15Jan16Apr16Jul16Oct16Jan17
DSRI 1110.77771110.821400
GMI 0.98510.98350.97760.99911.021.01391.00260.98960.94440.9382
AQI 0.92470.95140.95980.77571.34451.36381.4051.76951.04881.0261
SGI 1.0031.00151.0021.00261.10291.21281.31931.45651.32591.1841
DEPI 1.14821.05991.00040.94441.1051.0140.94820.87150.71550.775
SGAI 1.04621.05421.06971.06031.04831.04821.04160.99391.01421.0137
LVGI 0.9730.91880.92511.08842.01872.30452.19251.48360.8490.8508
TATA -0.0689-0.0967-0.0969-0.2299-0.1154-0.1315-0.1206-0.0832-0.0962-0.0917
M-score -2.82-2.94-2.95-3.89-3.11-3.18-3.00-2.49-3.55-3.67
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