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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 Darden Restaurants Inc was 2.79. The lowest was -3.95. And the median was -2.76.
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 Darden Restaurants 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 * 0.6534||+||0.528 * 0.9338||+||0.404 * 1.0031||+||0.892 * 1.0796||+||0.115 * 0.8918|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9492||+||4.679 * -0.0409||-||0.327 * 0.8399|
|This Year (Aug15) TTM:||Last Year (Aug14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $61 Mil.|
Revenue was 1687 + 1878.3 + 1730.9 + 1559 = $6,855 Mil.
Gross Profit was 376.3 + 431.4 + 388.6 + 289.3 = $1,486 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,205 Mil.
Total Assets was $6,027 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $3,104 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $322 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $676 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,143 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,438 Mil.
Net Income was 86.4 + 105.3 + 133.8 + -32.8 = $293 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 51 + -4.4 + -39.7 = $7 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 138 + -85 + 358.1 + 120.9 = $532 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $86 Mil.
Revenue was 1595.8 + 1650.1 + 1618.5 + 1485.6 = $6,350 Mil.
Gross Profit was 313.2 + 334 + 352.7 + 285.1 = $1,285 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,004 Mil.
Total Assets was $6,124 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $3,380 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $309 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $660 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,602 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,520 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)|
|=||(60.8 / 6855.2)||/||(86.2 / 6350)|
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)|
|=||(431.4 / 6350)||/||(376.3 / 6855.2)|
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 - (1204.6 + 3104.2) / 6026.5)||/||(1 - (1003.9 + 3380) / 6124.1)|
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))|
|=||(308.9 / (308.9 + 3380))||/||(321.7 / (321.7 + 3104.2))|
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)|
|=||(676.2 / 6855.2)||/||(659.9 / 6350)|
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)|
|=||((1437.6 + 1142.6) / 6026.5)||/||((1519.9 + 1601.8) / 6124.1)|
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|
|=||(292.7 - 6.9||-||532)||/||6026.5|
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.
Darden Restaurants Inc has a M-score of -2.90 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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