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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.
Clorox Co has a M-score of -2.90 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.
During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Clorox Co was -2.15. The lowest was -3.70. And the median was -2.68.
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 Clorox Co 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 * 0.9071||+||0.528 * 1.0204||+||0.404 * 1.0242||+||0.892 * 0.9913||+||0.115 * 0.9539|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9686||+||4.679 * -0.0757||-||0.327 * 0.9709|
|This Year (Sep14) TTM:||Last Year (Sep13) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $455 Mil.|
Revenue was 1352 + 1511 + 1386 + 1330 = $5,579 Mil.
Gross Profit was 578 + 639 + 579 + 557 = $2,353 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,351 Mil.
Total Assets was $4,150 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $947 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $180 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,252 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,533 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,596 Mil.
Net Income was 90 + 170 + 137 + 115 = $512 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -3 + 3 + -10 + 4 = $-6 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 243 + 337 + 220 + 32 = $832 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $506 Mil.
Revenue was 1343 + 1547 + 1413 + 1325 = $5,628 Mil.
Gross Profit was 584 + 680 + 595 + 563 = $2,422 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,420 Mil.
Total Assets was $4,301 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $1,007 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $181 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,304 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,170 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,170 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)|
|=||(455 / 5579)||/||(506 / 5628)|
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)|
|=||(639 / 5628)||/||(578 / 5579)|
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 - (1351 + 947) / 4150)||/||(1 - (1420 + 1007) / 4301)|
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))|
|=||(181 / (181 + 1007))||/||(180 / (180 + 947))|
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)|
|=||(1252 / 5579)||/||(1304 / 5628)|
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)|
|=||((1596 + 1533) / 4150)||/||((2170 + 1170) / 4301)|
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|
|=||(512 - -6||-||832)||/||4150|
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.
Clorox Co has a M-score of -2.90 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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