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Exponent Inc (NAS:EXPO)
Beneish M-Score
-2.49 (As of Today)

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.

Exponent Inc has a M-score of -2.49 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.

EXPO' s Beneish M-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -4.41   Max: 6.81
Current: -2.49

-4.41
6.81

During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Exponent Inc was 6.81. The lowest was -4.41. And the median was -2.64.


Definition

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 Exponent 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 * 1.0549+0.528 * 0.9627+0.404 * 1.1345+0.892 * 1.0216+0.115 * 1.0206
-0.172 * SGAI+4.679 * TATA-0.327 * LVGI
-0.172 * 0.9594+4.679 * -0.0308-0.327 * 0.9439
=-2.49

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

This Year (Mar16) TTM:Last Year (Mar15) TTM:
Accounts Receivable was $94.9 Mil.
Revenue was 83.156 + 73.681 + 78.994 + 79.864 = $315.7 Mil.
Gross Profit was 26.933 + 25.032 + 31.65 + 29.495 = $113.1 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $261.7 Mil.
Total Assets was $377.4 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $28.5 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $5.5 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $15.3 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $54.7 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.0 Mil.
Net Income was 15.35 + 9.85 + 11.719 + 11.697 = $48.6 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 1.159 + 1.626 + -2.195 + 0.553 = $1.1 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 0.313 + 26.179 + 19.49 + 13.119 = $59.1 Mil.
Accounts Receivable was $88.1 Mil.
Revenue was 80.293 + 73.611 + 78.557 + 76.574 = $309.0 Mil.
Gross Profit was 25.026 + 24.969 + 30.316 + 26.282 = $106.6 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $256.8 Mil.
Total Assets was $357.2 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $27.6 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $5.5 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $15.6 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $54.9 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.0 Mil.



1. DSRI = Days Sales in Receivables Index

Measured as the ratio of days’ sales in receivables in year t to year t-1.

A large increase in DSR could be indicative of revenue inflation.

DSRI=(Receivables_t / Revenue_t) / (Receivables_t-1 / Revenue_t-1)
=(94.912 / 315.695) / (88.076 / 309.035)
=0.30064461 / 0.28500332
=1.0549

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.

GMI=GrossMargin_t-1 / GrossMargin_t
=(GrossProfit_t-1 / Revenue_t-1) / (GrossProfit_t / Revenue_t)
=(106.593 / 309.035) / (113.11 / 315.695)
=0.3449221 / 0.35828885
=0.9627

3. AQI = Asset Quality Index

AQI is the ratio of asset quality in year t to year t-1.

Asset quality is measured as the ratio of non-current assets other than plant, property and equipment to total assets.

AQI=(1 - (CurrentAssets_t + PPE_t) / TotalAssets_t) / (1 - (CurrentAssets_t-1 + PPE_t-1) / TotalAssets_t-1)
=(1 - (261.652 + 28.465) / 377.405) / (1 - (256.825 + 27.587) / 357.243)
=0.23128469 / 0.20386963
=1.1345

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.

SGI=Sales_t / Sales_t-1
=Revenue_t / Revenue_t-1
=315.695 / 309.035
=1.0216

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))
=(5.463 / (5.463 + 27.587)) / (5.501 / (5.501 + 28.465))
=0.16529501 / 0.16195607
=1.0206

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)
=(15.321 / 315.695) / (15.632 / 309.035)
=0.04853102 / 0.05058327
=0.9594

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)
=((0 + 54.72) / 377.405) / ((0 + 54.878) / 357.243)
=0.14499013 / 0.15361533
=0.9439

8. TATA = Total Accruals to Total Assets

Total accruals calculated as the change in working capital accounts other than cash less depreciation.

TATA=(IncomefromContinuingOperations_t - CashFlowsfromOperations_t) / TotalAssets_t
=(NetIncome_t - NonOperatingIncome_t - CashFlowsfromOperations_t) / TotalAssets_t
=(48.616 - 1.143 - 59.101) / 377.405
=-0.0308

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.

Exponent Inc has a M-score of -2.49 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.


Related Terms

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


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Exponent Inc Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
DSRI 0.96091.01920.93231.01151.05310.92611.08760.89111.09050.9989
GMI 0.98561.03192.47681.10390.92990.93921.01820.99930.93420.9756
AQI 1.40490.91061.05461.20251.01721.11831.04111.11251.04221.1525
SGI 1.08571.21751.11550.99581.09161.09521.07421.0121.02881.0267
DEPI 0.9920.93881.20850.89060.95020.98120.9520.99640.91610.995
SGAI 1.03460.9260.09130.82541.02920.96860.96241.07231.04650.9404
LVGI 1.18531.26471.0930.82871.02151.01391.00630.92131.03610.9561
TATA -0.0425-0.0464-0.0725-0.0379-0.0456-0.0559-0.0478-0.0901-0.0323-0.0487
M-score -2.55-2.59-1.83-2.44-2.61-2.71-2.53-2.93-2.57-2.61

Exponent Inc Quarterly Data

Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16
DSRI 1.03311.46991.09311.09051.00480.67471.01290.99891.05491.5306
GMI 0.97210.99470.96210.93420.96460.93160.95810.97560.96271.0016
AQI 0.91941.04531.03761.04221.08871.01630.97321.15251.13451.1502
SGI 1.02071.02081.02541.02881.03191.03921.02931.02671.02161.0026
DEPI 0.95930.93080.95660.91610.91490.92010.9860.9951.02061.3206
SGAI 1.04281.00831.03461.04651.01121.02180.9630.94040.95940.9605
LVGI 1.25620.99021.11581.03610.84190.95410.93020.95610.94390.9107
TATA -0.0805-0.0684-0.0533-0.0323-0.0539-0.0363-0.0421-0.0487-0.0308-0.002
M-score -2.95-2.34-2.67-2.57-2.64-2.94-2.64-2.61-2.49-1.86
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