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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 11 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Aircastle Ltd was 2.32. The lowest was -3.70. 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 Aircastle Ltd 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 * 0.7111||+||0.528 * 1.0036||+||0.404 * 1.2582||+||0.892 * 1.0995||+||0.115 * 1.0704|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9202||+||4.679 * -0.0633||-||0.327 * 1.0271|
|This Year (Sep15) TTM:||Last Year (Sep14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $3.0 Mil.|
Revenue was 212.074 + 204.565 + 194.296 + 238.257 = $849.2 Mil.
Gross Profit was 209.554 + 200.902 + 191.353 + 236.24 = $838.0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $236.3 Mil.
Total Assets was $6,488.4 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $5,885.8 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $311.7 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $56.6 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $214.7 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,995.2 Mil.
Net Income was -13.989 + 41.808 + 43.269 + 72.764 = $143.9 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 15.749 + 21.379 + 6.247 + 10.211 = $53.6 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 158.864 + 116.678 + 132.928 + 92.811 = $501.3 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $3.9 Mil.
Revenue was 177.596 + 226.146 + 176.603 + 191.988 = $772.3 Mil.
Gross Profit was 176.883 + 223.5 + 174.74 + 189.821 = $764.9 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $657.6 Mil.
Total Assets was $6,167.2 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $5,232.9 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $297.7 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $56.0 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $211.0 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,685.0 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)|
|=||(3.046 / 849.192)||/||(3.896 / 772.333)|
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)|
|=||(200.902 / 772.333)||/||(209.554 / 849.192)|
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 - (236.345 + 5885.807) / 6488.396)||/||(1 - (657.626 + 5232.94) / 6167.244)|
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))|
|=||(297.706 / (297.706 + 5232.94))||/||(311.673 / (311.673 + 5885.807))|
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)|
|=||(56.618 / 849.192)||/||(55.957 / 772.333)|
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)|
|=||((3995.22 + 214.656) / 6488.396)||/||((3685.033 + 210.997) / 6167.244)|
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|
|=||(143.852 - 53.586||-||501.281)||/||6488.396|
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.
Aircastle Ltd has a M-score of -2.83 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
Aircastle Ltd Annual Data
Aircastle Ltd Quarterly Data