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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 9 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Fluidigm Corp was 1.80. The lowest was -3.48. And the median was -2.09.
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 Fluidigm 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 * 0.7306||+||0.528 * 1.1327||+||0.404 * 1.0261||+||0.892 * 1.426||+||0.115 * 0.595|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0169||+||4.679 * -0.0754||-||0.327 * 1.0724|
|This Year (Mar15) TTM:||Last Year (Mar14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $19.6 Mil.|
Revenue was 26.729 + 33.49 + 29.635 + 27.607 = $117.5 Mil.
Gross Profit was 16.083 + 20.721 + 18.214 + 17.652 = $72.7 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $155.2 Mil.
Total Assets was $395.0 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $14.1 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $15.7 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $76.2 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $24.9 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $195.5 Mil.
Net Income was -15.931 + -10.944 + -13.79 + -12.682 = $-53.3 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -1.12 + -0.549 + -0.006 + -0.018 = $-1.7 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was -9.8 + -3.525 + -8.863 + 0.312 = $-21.9 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $18.8 Mil.
Revenue was 25.724 + 20.881 + 18.287 + 17.48 = $82.4 Mil.
Gross Profit was 17.02 + 14.95 + 13.149 + 12.604 = $57.7 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $178.8 Mil.
Total Assets was $424.7 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $9.4 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $4.3 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $52.5 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $25.7 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $195.2 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)|
|=||(19.577 / 117.461)||/||(18.79 / 82.372)|
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)|
|=||(20.721 / 82.372)||/||(16.083 / 117.461)|
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 - (155.233 + 14.053) / 395.031)||/||(1 - (178.813 + 9.377) / 424.723)|
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))|
|=||(4.287 / (4.287 + 9.377))||/||(15.679 / (15.679 + 14.053))|
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)|
|=||(76.161 / 117.461)||/||(52.523 / 82.372)|
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)|
|=||((195.512 + 24.904) / 395.031)||/||((195.249 + 25.736) / 424.723)|
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|
|=||(-53.347 - -1.693||-||-21.876)||/||395.031|
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.
Fluidigm Corp has a M-score of -2.69 suggests that the company will not 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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