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Groupon Inc (NAS:GRPN)
Beneish M-Score
-2.25 (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.

Groupon Inc has a M-score of -2.25 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.

GRPN' s 10-Year Beneish M-Score Range
Min: -3.75   Max: -2.25
Current: -2.25

-3.75
-2.25

During the past 5 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Groupon Inc was -2.25. The lowest was -3.75. And the median was -2.86.


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 Groupon 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 * 1.1657+0.528 * 1.183+0.404 * 1.5523+0.892 * 1.1885+0.115 * 0.9161
-0.172 * SGAI+4.679 * TATA-0.327 * LVGI
-0.172 * 0.8818+4.679 * -0.0843-0.327 * 1.0812
=-2.25

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

This Year (Jun14) TTM:Last Year (Jun13) TTM:
Accounts Receivable was $134 Mil.
Revenue was 751.576 + 757.637 + 768.447 + 595.059 = $2,873 Mil.
Gross Profit was 389.862 + 385.721 + 378.208 + 359.622 = $1,513 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,269 Mil.
Total Assets was $2,137 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $173 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $117 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,513 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,245 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0 Mil.
Net Income was -22.875 + -37.795 + -81.247 + -2.58 = $-144 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -1.307 + -1.128 + -85.102 + 0.384 = $-87 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was -22.747 + -20.717 + 178.275 + -11.905 = $123 Mil.
Accounts Receivable was $97 Mil.
Revenue was 608.747 + 601.402 + 638.302 + 568.552 = $2,417 Mil.
Gross Profit was 384.694 + 379.009 + 355.83 + 386.766 = $1,506 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,437 Mil.
Total Assets was $1,977 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $126 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $73 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,443 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,065 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $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)
=(134.127 / 2872.719) / (96.808 / 2417.003)
=0.04668991 / 0.04005291
=1.1657

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)
=(385.721 / 2417.003) / (389.862 / 2872.719)
=0.6232094 / 0.5268225
=1.183

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 - (1269.34 + 173.403) / 2137.439) / (1 - (1436.951 + 125.86) / 1976.668)
=0.32501325 / 0.20937102
=1.5523

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
=2872.719 / 2417.003
=1.1885

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))
=(73.443 / (73.443 + 125.86)) / (116.679 / (116.679 + 173.403))
=0.36849922 / 0.40222765
=0.9161

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)
=(1512.723 / 2872.719) / (1443.363 / 2417.003)
=0.52658231 / 0.59717055
=0.8818

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 + 1245.08) / 2137.439) / ((0 + 1064.946) / 1976.668)
=0.58251019 / 0.53875815
=1.0812

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
=(-144.497 - -87.153 - 122.906) / 2137.439
=-0.0843

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.

Groupon Inc has a M-score of -2.25 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.

Groupon Inc Annual Data

Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
DSRI 0.7848
GMI 1.1862
AQI 0.8123
SGI 1.1025
DEPI 0.7896
SGAI 0.8531
LVGI 1.0113
TATA -0.1066
M-score -3.07

Groupon Inc Quarterly Data

Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14
DSRI 0.66050.83210.70170.78481.06391.1657
GMI 1.25241.27661.24981.18621.18411.183
AQI 0.93470.83170.90320.81231.42621.5523
SGI 1.26811.17911.11661.10251.14871.1885
DEPI 1.12710.89350.82240.78960.8510.9161
SGAI 0.71880.78160.8230.85320.87070.8818
LVGI 0.97410.97110.94091.01131.02471.0812
TATA -0.1233-0.0974-0.0717-0.1066-0.0993-0.0843
M-score -2.95-2.82-2.86-3.07-2.49-2.25
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