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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 6 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Groupon Inc was -2.25. The lowest was -3.75. And the median was -2.84.
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 * 0.6225||+||0.528 * 1.1613||+||0.404 * 0.498||+||0.892 * 1.1791||+||0.115 * 0.8028|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.8853||+||4.679 * -0.1503||-||0.327 * 1.0296|
|This Year (Mar15) TTM:||Last Year (Mar14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $92 Mil.|
Revenue was 750.356 + 925.421 + 757.054 + 751.576 = $3,184 Mil.
Gross Profit was 347.406 + 393.459 + 380.144 + 389.862 = $1,511 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,659 Mil.
Total Assets was $2,155 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $170 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $150 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,501 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,262 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0 Mil.
Net Income was -14.273 + 8.788 + -21.208 + -22.875 = $-50 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -19.484 + -10.76 + -20.155 + -1.307 = $-52 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 16.356 + 286.822 + 45.466 + -22.747 = $326 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $126 Mil.
Revenue was 728.415 + 768.447 + 595.059 + 608.747 = $2,701 Mil.
Gross Profit was 365.512 + 378.208 + 359.622 + 384.694 = $1,488 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,428 Mil.
Total Assets was $2,281 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $160 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $96 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,438 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,298 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0 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)|
|=||(92.14 / 3184.407)||/||(125.527 / 2700.668)|
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)|
|=||(393.459 / 2700.668)||/||(347.406 / 3184.407)|
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 - (1658.846 + 169.966) / 2154.651)||/||(1 - (1428.35 + 159.649) / 2280.606)|
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))|
|=||(96.182 / (96.182 + 159.649))||/||(149.688 / (149.688 + 169.966))|
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)|
|=||(1501.25 / 3184.407)||/||(1438.118 / 2700.668)|
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 + 1262.138) / 2154.651)||/||((0 + 1297.551) / 2280.606)|
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|
|=||(-49.568 - -51.706||-||325.897)||/||2154.651|
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 -3.50 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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