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Dollar Tree Stores Inc (NAS:DLTR)
Beneish M-Score
-0.56 (As of Today)

Warning Sign:

Beneish M-Score -0.56 higher than -2.22, which implies that it might have manipulated its financial results.

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.

Dollar Tree Stores Inc has a M-score of -0.56 signals that the company is a manipulator.

DLTR' s Beneish M-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3.66   Max: -0.55
Current: -0.56

-3.66
-0.55

During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Dollar Tree Stores Inc was -0.55. The lowest was -3.66. And the median was -2.71.


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 Dollar Tree Stores 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+0.528 * 1.1308+0.404 * 4.7618+0.892 * 1.5079+0.115 * 1.3823
-0.172 * SGAI+4.679 * TATA-0.327 * LVGI
-0.172 * 1.0133+4.679 * -0.0143-0.327 * 1.293
=-0.56

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

This Year (Oct15) TTM:Last Year (Oct14) TTM:
Accounts Receivable was $0 Mil.
Revenue was 4945.2 + 3011.2 + 2176.7 + 2475.6 = $12,609 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1400 + 855.2 + 748.9 + 918.1 = $3,922 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $4,628 Mil.
Total Assets was $16,699 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $3,141 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $367 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $2,959 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,161 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $8,248 Mil.
Net Income was 81.9 + -98 + 69.5 + 206.5 = $260 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -0.6 + 1.7 + 2.6 + 7.1 = $11 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was -4.8 + -175.5 + 129.8 + 538.3 = $488 Mil.
Accounts Receivable was $0 Mil.
Revenue was 2095.2 + 2031.1 + 2000.3 + 2234.9 = $8,362 Mil.
Gross Profit was 725.3 + 694.1 + 696.6 + 825.2 = $2,941 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,796 Mil.
Total Assets was $3,368 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $1,193 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $202 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,936 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $867 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $757 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)
=(0 / 12608.7) / (0 / 8361.5)
=0 / 0
=1

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)
=(855.2 / 8361.5) / (1400 / 12608.7)
=0.35175507 / 0.31107093
=1.1308

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 - (4628 + 3141) / 16699) / (1 - (1796.1 + 1193.4) / 3367.7)
=0.53476256 / 0.11230216
=4.7618

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
=12608.7 / 8361.5
=1.5079

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))
=(201.7 / (201.7 + 1193.4)) / (366.9 / (366.9 + 3141))
=0.14457745 / 0.10459249
=1.3823

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)
=(2958.7 / 12608.7) / (1936.4 / 8361.5)
=0.23465544 / 0.23158524
=1.0133

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)
=((8248 + 2161.2) / 16699) / ((757 + 866.5) / 3367.7)
=0.62334272 / 0.48207976
=1.293

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
=(259.9 - 10.8 - 487.8) / 16699
=-0.0143

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.

Dollar Tree Stores Inc has a M-score of -0.56 signals that the company is likely to 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.

Dollar Tree Stores Inc Annual Data

Jan06Jan07Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14Jan15
DSRI 1111111111
GMI 1.03031.01030.99281.00470.96571.00020.98940.99991.00821.0089
AQI 1.25441.09971.35070.86750.95111.09130.98150.9150.93530.9393
SGI 1.08571.16961.06881.09481.12621.12451.12721.11521.06031.0972
DEPI 0.92760.94071.03080.95141.02481.02061.071.07371.04051.0202
SGAI 0.99991.00631.01110.99060.97310.96450.97150.97330.99040.9987
LVGI 0.99791.12491.07530.88350.9781.03731.08520.95021.53550.8715
TATA -0.1019-0.1131-0.087-0.0853-0.1138-0.0533-0.0852-0.0436-0.0714-0.0935
M-score -2.77-2.86-2.71-2.81-2.92-2.59-2.79-2.59-2.95-2.81

Dollar Tree Stores Inc Quarterly Data

Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14Jul14Oct14Jan15Apr15Jul15Oct15
DSRI 1111111111
GMI 0.99970.9971.00821.01161.01591.01941.00881.00951.06021.1308
AQI 0.88920.89930.93530.94440.94341.10460.93930.27745.36054.7618
SGI 1.10281.10671.06031.05811.06041.0651.09721.10081.19721.5079
DEPI 1.10931.07461.04050.99810.98991.00441.02021.03082.02371.3823
SGAI 0.97860.98540.99040.99210.99410.99370.99881.00721.01311.0133
LVGI 0.96091.70761.53551.52861.52390.78350.87151.62521.28251.293
TATA -0.0407-0.0838-0.0714-0.0889-0.0782-0.0574-0.0888-0.0294-0.013-0.0143
M-score -2.59-3.04-2.95-3.03-2.98-2.57-2.78-3.02-0.55-0.56
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