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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 Equifax Inc was -2.13. The lowest was -3.90. And the median was -2.69.
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 Equifax 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 * 0.913||+||0.528 * 1.0304||+||0.404 * 0.9742||+||0.892 * 1.1856||+||0.115 * 0.9187|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.8942||+||4.679 * -0.0408||-||0.327 * 0.8889|
* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.
|This Year (Mar17) TTM:||Last Year (Mar16) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was USD 460 Mil.|
Revenue was 832.2 + 801.1 + 804.1 + 811.3 = USD 3,249 Mil.
Gross Profit was 531.4 + 514.8 + 516.1 + 525.5 = USD 2,088 Mil.
Total Current Assets was USD 705 Mil.
Total Assets was USD 6,789 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was USD 479 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was USD 284 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was USD 948 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was USD 1,201 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was USD 2,037 Mil.
Net Income was 153.3 + 123 + 132.8 + 130.9 = USD 540 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 3.1 + 2.8 + 2.4 + -0.8 = USD 8 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 103.7 + 271.3 + 245 + 189.2 = USD 809 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was USD 425 Mil.
Revenue was 728.3 + 666.3 + 667.4 + 678.1 = USD 2,740 Mil.
Gross Profit was 475 + 441.3 + 440.9 + 457.3 = USD 1,815 Mil.
Total Current Assets was USD 630 Mil.
Total Assets was USD 6,733 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was USD 397 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was USD 207 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was USD 895 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was USD 1,729 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was USD 1,884 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)|
|=||(459.7 / 3248.7)||/||(424.7 / 2740.1)|
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.
|=||(GrossProfit_t-1 / Revenue_t-1)||/||(GrossProfit_t / Revenue_t)|
|=||(1814.5 / 2740.1)||/||(2087.8 / 3248.7)|
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 - (705.2 + 479) / 6789)||/||(1 - (630.1 + 397.4) / 6732.9)|
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))|
|=||(206.5 / (206.5 + 397.4))||/||(284 / (284 + 479))|
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)|
|=||(948.3 / 3248.7)||/||(894.5 / 2740.1)|
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)|
|=||((2037.4 + 1201.3) / 6789)||/||((1883.8 + 1729.4) / 6732.9)|
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|
|=||(540 - 7.5||-||809.2)||/||6789|
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.
Equifax Inc has a M-score of -2.53 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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