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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.
CA Inc has a M-score of -2.54 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.
During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of CA Inc was -1.15. The lowest was -4.00. 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 CA 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 * 1.0538||+||0.528 * 1.0072||+||0.404 * 0.9263||+||0.892 * 0.9772||+||0.115 * 1.0327|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9527||+||4.679 * -0.0111||-||0.327 * 1.0787|
|This Year (Jun14) TTM:||Last Year (Jun13) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $553 Mil.|
Revenue was 1069 + 1084 + 1163 + 1140 = $4,456 Mil.
Gross Profit was 916 + 915 + 996 + 979 = $3,806 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $4,298 Mil.
Total Assets was $11,666 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $291 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $425 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,511 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,562 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,254 Mil.
Net Income was 217 + 107 + 232 + 240 = $796 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + -208 + 0 + -26 = $-234 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 174 + 470 + 429 + 87 = $1,160 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $537 Mil.
Revenue was 1095 + 1118 + 1195 + 1152 = $4,560 Mil.
Gross Profit was 939 + 958 + 1031 + 995 = $3,923 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $3,624 Mil.
Total Assets was $11,366 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $298 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $472 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,623 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,079 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,271 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)|
|=||(553 / 4456)||/||(537 / 4560)|
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)|
|=||(915 / 4560)||/||(916 / 4456)|
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 - (4298 + 291) / 11666)||/||(1 - (3624 + 298) / 11366)|
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))|
|=||(472 / (472 + 298))||/||(425 / (425 + 291))|
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)|
|=||(1511 / 4456)||/||(1623 / 4560)|
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)|
|=||((1254 + 3562) / 11666)||/||((1271 + 3079) / 11366)|
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|
|=||(796 - -234||-||1160)||/||11666|
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.
CA Inc has a M-score of -2.54 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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