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Dean Foods Co (NYSE:DF)
Beneish M-Score
-2.55 (As of Today)

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.

Dean Foods Co has a M-score of -2.55 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.

DF' s 10-Year Beneish M-Score Range
Min: -4.48   Max: 0.86
Current: -2.55

-4.48
0.86

During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Dean Foods Co was 0.86. The lowest was -4.48. And the median was -2.59.


Definition

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 Dean Foods 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 * 0.8557+0.528 * 1.1404+0.404 * 0.4595+0.892 * 0.9832+0.115 * 0.6872
-0.172 * SGAI+4.679 * TATA-0.327 * LVGI
-0.172 * 0.9253+4.679 * 0.0477-0.327 * 0.9403
=-2.55

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

This Year (Mar14) TTM:Last Year (Mar13) TTM:
Accounts Receivable was $814 Mil.
Revenue was 2341.04 + 2295.45 + 2200.899 + 2227.542 = $9,065 Mil.
Gross Profit was 416.175 + 445.77 + 441.285 + 472.3 = $1,776 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,243 Mil.
Total Assets was $2,863 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $1,203 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $169 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,635 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $822 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $963 Mil.
Net Income was -8.956 + -37.677 + 415.12 + -56.87 = $312 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0.321 + -63.476 + 415.909 + 0.528 = $353 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 32.799 + -72.187 + -13.54 + -125.409 = $-178 Mil.
Accounts Receivable was $967 Mil.
Revenue was 2292.43 + 2455.13 + 2236.969 + 2234.841 = $9,219 Mil.
Gross Profit was 495.232 + 515.803 + 508.41 + 539.902 = $2,059 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,608 Mil.
Total Assets was $5,013 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $1,813 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $167 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,797 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,540 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,783 Mil.



1. DSRI = Days Sales in Receivables Index

Measured as the ratio of days’ sales in receivables in year t to year t-1.

A large increase in DSR could be indicative of revenue inflation.

DSRI=(Receivables_t / Revenue_t) / (Receivables_t-1 / Revenue_t-1)
=(813.505 / 9064.931) / (966.88 / 9219.37)
=0.089742 / 0.10487485
=0.8557

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.

GMI=GrossMargin_t-1 / GrossMargin_t
=(GrossProfit_t-1 / Revenue_t-1) / (GrossProfit_t / Revenue_t)
=(445.77 / 9219.37) / (416.175 / 9064.931)
=0.22337177 / 0.19586801
=1.1404

3. AQI = Asset Quality Index

AQI is the ratio of asset quality in year t to year t-1.

Asset quality is measured as the ratio of non-current assets other than plant, property and equipment to total assets.

AQI=(1 - (CurrentAssets_t + PPE_t) / TotalAssets_t) / (1 - (CurrentAssets_t-1 + PPE_t-1) / TotalAssets_t-1)
=(1 - (1242.705 + 1202.754) / 2863.442) / (1 - (1607.77 + 1812.908) / 5013.134)
=0.14597223 / 0.31765678
=0.4595

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.

SGI=Sales_t / Sales_t-1
=Revenue_t / Revenue_t-1
=9064.931 / 9219.37
=0.9832

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))
=(167.452 / (167.452 + 1812.908)) / (168.771 / (168.771 + 1202.754))
=0.08455634 / 0.12305354
=0.6872

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)
=(1634.915 / 9064.931) / (1796.982 / 9219.37)
=0.18035603 / 0.19491375
=0.9253

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)
=((962.657 + 821.694) / 2863.442) / ((1782.518 + 1539.783) / 5013.134)
=0.62314899 / 0.66271937
=0.9403

8. TATA = Total Accruals to Total Assets

Total accruals calculated as the change in working capital accounts other than cash less depreciation.

TATA=(IncomefromContinuingOperations_t - CashFlowsfromOperations_t) / TotalAssets_t
=(NetIncome_t - NonOperatingIncome_t - CashFlowsfromOperations_t) / TotalAssets_t
=(311.617 - 353.282 - -178.337) / 2863.442
=0.0477

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.

Dean Foods Co has a M-score of -2.55 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.


Related Terms

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


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Dean Foods Co Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
DSRI 1.05350.94390.98370.99530.87171.16820.98990.97161.09911.0049
GMI 1.0540.96690.93571.17160.97920.84641.12681.03841.05691.0983
AQI 1.06390.94550.96910.9891.00820.98330.96970.54250.29931.8904
SGI 1.05891.04620.99251.17071.05350.89231.09080.96030.79670.9721
DEPI 0.97280.93120.95360.98950.98861.07210.93280.97820.90791.0403
SGAI 1.03111.02571.05710.88871.02141.18810.95111.01240.93360.9252
LVGI 0.99191.14941.00821.41330.90550.87540.96261.31290.94160.7224
TATA -0.0363-0.0351-0.0495-0.0303-0.0757-0.0541-0.0557-0.355-0.05710.2773
M-score -2.50-2.76-2.80-2.50-2.89-2.75-2.60-4.47-3.07-0.68

Dean Foods Co Quarterly Data

Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14
DSRI 0.97161.04311.10851.29871.04051.25070.94020.75641.06150.8557
GMI 1.03841.02570.98610.93411.02261.07531.12681.1891.13521.1404
AQI 0.54250.66650.67610.98770.29930.9370.38990.43261.89040.4595
SGI 0.96030.93860.82810.71440.84160.80440.8860.99480.92030.9832
DEPI 0.97821.11051.30851.45720.90791.27430.68890.63431.04030.6872
SGAI 1.01241.00681.04311.10250.95440.92310.88440.84170.9050.9253
LVGI 1.31291.30321.30010.96850.94160.76470.78330.73810.72240.9403
TATA -0.355-0.3467-0.3709-0.0924-0.05710.04760.16950.2120.27730.0477
M-score -4.47-4.33-4.48-2.89-3.11-2.07-1.97-1.78-0.65-2.55
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