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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 eBay Inc was -1.72. The lowest was -3.58. 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 eBay 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 * 1.0151||+||0.528 * 1.0257||+||0.404 * 0.9648||+||0.892 * 1.0364||+||0.115 * 0.999|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9345||+||4.679 * -0.0827||-||0.327 * 0.902|
|This Year (Sep16) TTM:||Last Year (Sep15) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $626 Mil.|
Revenue was 2217 + 2230 + 2137 + 2322 = $8,906 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1719 + 1737 + 1660 + 1829 = $6,945 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $9,783 Mil.
Total Assets was $20,502 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $1,526 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $677 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $3,266 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,763 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $7,582 Mil.
Net Income was 413 + 435 + 482 + 477 = $1,807 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 0 + 0 + 256 = $256 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 802 + 763 + 641 + 1040 = $3,246 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $595 Mil.
Revenue was 2099 + 2110 + 2061 + 2323 = $8,593 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1666 + 1676 + 1650 + 1881 = $6,873 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $8,280 Mil.
Total Assets was $18,338 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $1,535 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $680 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $3,372 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $4,436 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $6,814 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)|
|=||(626 / 8906)||/||(595 / 8593)|
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)|
|=||(6873 / 8593)||/||(6945 / 8906)|
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 - (9783 + 1526) / 20502)||/||(1 - (8280 + 1535) / 18338)|
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))|
|=||(680 / (680 + 1535))||/||(677 / (677 + 1526))|
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)|
|=||(3266 / 8906)||/||(3372 / 8593)|
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)|
|=||((7582 + 3763) / 20502)||/||((6814 + 4436) / 18338)|
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|
|=||(1807 - 256||-||3246)||/||20502|
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.
eBay Inc has a M-score of -2.78 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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