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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 Barnes & Noble Inc was -2.04. The lowest was -3.25. 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 Barnes & Noble 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 * 0.8485||+||0.528 * 0.9437||+||0.404 * 1.0795||+||0.892 * 0.9511||+||0.115 * 1.0148|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.011||+||4.679 * -0.006||-||0.327 * 0.9208|
|This Year (Apr15) TTM:||Last Year (Apr14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $44 Mil.|
Revenue was 1184.079 + 1961.151 + 1687.82 + 1236.447 = $6,069 Mil.
Gross Profit was 401.882 + 628.037 + 459.888 + 382.692 = $1,872 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,729 Mil.
Total Assets was $3,230 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $449 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $200 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,545 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,447 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0 Mil.
Net Income was -19.421 + 72.168 + 12.298 + -28.449 = $37 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = $0 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was -195.845 + 197.156 + 193.629 + -139.032 = $56 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $54 Mil.
Revenue was 1321.906 + 1995.79 + 1734.159 + 1329.502 = $6,381 Mil.
Gross Profit was 424.351 + 603.441 + 461.942 + 368.201 = $1,858 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,980 Mil.
Total Assets was $3,537 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $491 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $223 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,607 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,722 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $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)|
|=||(43.88 / 6069.497)||/||(54.375 / 6381.357)|
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)|
|=||(628.037 / 6381.357)||/||(401.882 / 6069.497)|
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 - (1729.315 + 449.292) / 3229.505)||/||(1 - (1980.438 + 490.713) / 3537.449)|
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))|
|=||(222.764 / (222.764 + 490.713))||/||(199.652 / (199.652 + 449.292))|
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)|
|=||(1545.152 / 6069.497)||/||(1606.936 / 6381.357)|
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 + 1447.259) / 3229.505)||/||((0 + 1721.645) / 3537.449)|
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|
|=||(36.596 - 0||-||55.908)||/||3229.505|
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.
Barnes & Noble Inc has a M-score of -2.66 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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