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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 Brown-Forman Corp was -1.88. The lowest was -2.93. And the median was -2.49.
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 Brown-Forman Corp 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 * 0.9393||+||0.528 * 1.0043||+||0.404 * 0.9569||+||0.892 * 1.017||+||0.115 * 1.0653|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9426||+||4.679 * -0.0037||-||0.327 * 1.3828|
|This Year (Oct15) TTM:||Last Year (Oct14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $727 Mil.|
Revenue was 854 + 699 + 739 + 813 = $3,105 Mil.
Gross Profit was 586 + 491 + 526 + 553 = $2,156 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $2,348 Mil.
Total Assets was $4,319 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $619 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $53 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,113 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,130 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,229 Mil.
Net Income was 200 + 156 + 141 + 186 = $683 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = $0 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 14 + 147 + 233 + 305 = $699 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $761 Mil.
Revenue was 877 + 705 + 689 + 782 = $3,053 Mil.
Gross Profit was 609 + 495 + 493 + 532 = $2,129 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $2,299 Mil.
Total Assets was $4,243 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $556 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $51 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,161 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $678 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $998 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)|
|=||(727 / 3105)||/||(761 / 3053)|
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)|
|=||(491 / 3053)||/||(586 / 3105)|
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 - (2348 + 619) / 4319)||/||(1 - (2299 + 556) / 4243)|
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))|
|=||(51 / (51 + 556))||/||(53 / (53 + 619))|
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)|
|=||(1113 / 3105)||/||(1161 / 3053)|
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)|
|=||((1229 + 1130) / 4319)||/||((998 + 678) / 4243)|
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|
|=||(683 - 0||-||699)||/||4319|
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.
Brown-Forman Corp has a M-score of -2.66 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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