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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 Dow Chemical Co was -1.08. The lowest was -3.13. And the median was -2.64.
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 Dow Chemical 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 * 0.8663||+||0.528 * 0.8656||+||0.404 * 0.9726||+||0.892 * 0.9811||+||0.115 * 1.0164|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0354||+||4.679 * -0.0562||-||0.327 * 1.0595|
|This Year (Mar15) TTM:||Last Year (Mar14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $4,695 Mil.|
Revenue was 12370 + 14384 + 14405 + 14917 = $56,076 Mil.
Gross Profit was 2835 + 2773 + 2629 + 2573 = $10,810 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $24,394 Mil.
Total Assets was $67,789 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $18,066 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $2,709 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $3,079 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $12,387 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $17,867 Mil.
Net Income was 1478 + 819 + 937 + 967 = $4,201 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 831 + -8 + 206 + -202 = $827 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 1258 + 2757 + 1775 + 1395 = $7,185 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $5,524 Mil.
Revenue was 14461 + 14386 + 13734 + 14577 = $57,158 Mil.
Gross Profit was 2728 + 2318 + 2018 + 2474 = $9,538 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $25,062 Mil.
Total Assets was $69,233 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $17,573 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $2,685 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $3,031 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $12,226 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $16,936 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)|
|=||(4695 / 56076)||/||(5524 / 57158)|
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)|
|=||(2773 / 57158)||/||(2835 / 56076)|
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 - (24394 + 18066) / 67789)||/||(1 - (25062 + 17573) / 69233)|
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))|
|=||(2685 / (2685 + 17573))||/||(2709 / (2709 + 18066))|
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)|
|=||(3079 / 56076)||/||(3031 / 57158)|
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)|
|=||((17867 + 12387) / 67789)||/||((16936 + 12226) / 69233)|
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|
|=||(4201 - 827||-||7185)||/||67789|
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.
Dow Chemical Co has a M-score of -2.99 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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