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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 Encana Corp was 19.37. The lowest was -4.75. And the median was -2.51.
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 Encana Corp 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 * 1.4928||+||0.528 * 1.6087||+||0.404 * 1.457||+||0.892 * 0.5539||+||0.115 * 1.1913|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.8971||+||4.679 * -0.0327||-||0.327 * 0.8504|
|This Year (Sep16) TTM:||Last Year (Sep15) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $583 Mil.|
Revenue was 979 + 364 + 753 + 1031 = $3,127 Mil.
Gross Profit was 415 + -124 + 222 + 468 = $981 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,733 Mil.
Total Assets was $14,577 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $8,004 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $951 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $289 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,283 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $4,523 Mil.
Net Income was 317 + -601 + -379 + -612 = $-1,275 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 338 + -546 + -459 + -1005 = $-1,672 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 186 + 83 + 157 + 448 = $874 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $705 Mil.
Revenue was 1312 + 830 + 1249 + 2254 = $5,645 Mil.
Gross Profit was 716 + 216 + 580 + 1337 = $2,849 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,871 Mil.
Total Assets was $17,294 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $11,482 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $1,663 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $275 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,594 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $6,506 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)|
|=||(583 / 3127)||/||(705 / 5645)|
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)|
|=||(2849 / 5645)||/||(981 / 3127)|
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 - (1733 + 8004) / 14577)||/||(1 - (1871 + 11482) / 17294)|
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))|
|=||(1663 / (1663 + 11482))||/||(951 / (951 + 8004))|
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)|
|=||(289 / 3127)||/||(275 / 5645)|
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)|
|=||((4523 + 1283) / 14577)||/||((6506 + 1594) / 17294)|
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|
|=||(-1275 - -1672||-||874)||/||14577|
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.
Encana Corp has a M-score of -2.15 signals that the company is likely to 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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