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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.
BHP Billiton Ltd has a M-score of -2.79 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.
During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of BHP Billiton Ltd was -2.16. The lowest was -6.92. And the median was -2.72.
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 BHP Billiton 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 * 0.9851||+||0.528 * 1.0188||+||0.404 * 1.0616||+||0.892 * 0.9134||+||0.115 * 0.9973|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.1495||+||4.679 * -0.0485||-||0.327 * 1.004|
|This Year (Jun13) TTM:||Last Year (Jun12) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $7,055 Mil.|
Revenue was $65,968 Mil.
Gross Profit was $40,839 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $19,786 Mil.
Total Assets was $138,109 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $102,927 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $6,945 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $10,865 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $20,372 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $29,847 Mil.
Net Income was $10,876 Mil.
Non Operating Income was $-672 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was $18,252 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $7,841 Mil.
Revenue was $72,226 Mil.
Gross Profit was $45,555 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $20,451 Mil.
Total Assets was $129,273 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $95,247 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $6,408 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $10,349 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $22,034 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $24,784 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)|
|=||(7055 / 65968)||/||(7841 / 72226)|
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)|
|=||( / 72226)||/||( / 65968)|
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 - (19786 + 102927) / 138109)||/||(1 - (20451 + 95247) / 129273)|
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))|
|=||(6408 / (6408 + 95247))||/||(6945 / (6945 + 102927))|
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)|
|=||(10865 / 65968)||/||(10349 / 72226)|
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)|
|=||((29847 + 20372) / 138109)||/||((24784 + 22034) / 129273)|
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|
|=||(10876 - -672||-||18252)||/||138109|
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.
BHP Billiton Ltd has a M-score of -2.79 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
BHP Billiton Ltd Annual Data