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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 Epiq Systems Inc was -1.97. The lowest was -3.34. And the median was -2.47.
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 Epiq Systems 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 * 1.0401||+||0.528 * 1.0088||+||0.404 * 1.0483||+||0.892 * 1.147||+||0.115 * 0.9733|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.8891||+||4.679 * -0.1132||-||0.327 * 1.1299|
|This Year (Dec15) TTM:||Last Year (Dec14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $140.6 Mil.|
Revenue was 144.632 + 142.535 + 138.01 + 119.028 = $544.2 Mil.
Gross Profit was 72.138 + 67.403 + 62.819 + 57.495 = $259.9 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $197.0 Mil.
Total Assets was $823.9 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $77.7 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $56.2 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $170.4 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $84.9 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $12.5 Mil.
Net Income was 8.75 + -19.18 + -3.241 + 1.733 = $-11.9 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = $0.0 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 34.51 + 18.865 + 24.107 + 3.824 = $81.3 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $117.9 Mil.
Revenue was 115.137 + 111.006 + 125.056 + 123.271 = $474.5 Mil.
Gross Profit was 55.653 + 55.986 + 58.089 + 58.833 = $228.6 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $194.5 Mil.
Total Assets was $727.9 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $70.6 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $48.7 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $167.1 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $64.4 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $11.8 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)|
|=||(140.597 / 544.205)||/||(117.854 / 474.47)|
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)|
|=||(67.403 / 474.47)||/||(72.138 / 544.205)|
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 - (197.043 + 77.715) / 823.897)||/||(1 - (194.522 + 70.579) / 727.924)|
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))|
|=||(48.697 / (48.697 + 70.579))||/||(56.157 / (56.157 + 77.715))|
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)|
|=||(170.352 / 544.205)||/||(167.053 / 474.47)|
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)|
|=||((12.476 + 84.899) / 823.897)||/||((11.789 + 64.354) / 727.924)|
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|
|=||(-11.938 - 0||-||81.306)||/||823.897|
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.
Epiq Systems Inc has a M-score of -2.84 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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