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JC Penney Co Inc (NYSE:JCP)
Beneish M-Score
-2.40 (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.

JC Penney Co Inc has a M-score of -3.77 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.

JCP' s 10-Year Beneish M-Score Range
Min: -4.22   Max: -1.29
Current: -2.4

-4.22
-1.29

During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of JC Penney Co Inc was -1.29. The lowest was -4.22. And the median was -2.67.


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 JC Penney Co 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+0.528 * 0.8246+0.404 * 0+0.892 * 0.9068+0.115 * 0.1002
-0.172 * SGAI+4.679 * TATA-0.327 * LVGI
-0.172 * 1.0958+4.679 * -0.327 * 0
=-3.77

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

This Year (Dec14) TTM:Last Year (Jan14) TTM:
Accounts Receivable was $0 Mil.
Revenue was 0 + 2764 + 2799 + 2801 = $8,364 Mil.
Gross Profit was 0 + 1013 + 1008 + 926 = $2,947 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $0 Mil.
Total Assets was $0 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $0 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $631 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $2,965 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $0 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0 Mil.
Net Income was 0 + -188 + -172 + -352 = $-712 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + -34 + 0 + 0 = $-34 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 693 + -320 + 137 + -271 = $239 Mil.
Accounts Receivable was $4 Mil.
Revenue was 3782 + 0 + 2779 + 2663 = $9,224 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1074 + 0 + 819 + 787 = $2,680 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $4,833 Mil.
Total Assets was $11,801 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $5,619 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $626 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $2,984 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,846 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $4,901 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)
=(0 / 8364) / (4 / 9224)
=0 / 0.00043365
=0

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)
=(1013 / 9224) / (0 / 8364)
=0.2905464 / 0.35234338
=0.8246

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 - (0 + 0) / 0) / (1 - (4833 + 5619) / 11801)
= / 0.11431235
=0

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
=8364 / 9224
=0.9068

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))
=(626 / (626 + 5619)) / (631 / (631 + 0))
=0.10024019 / 1
=0.1002

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)
=(2965 / 8364) / (2984 / 9224)
=0.35449546 / 0.3235039
=1.0958

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 + 0) / 0) / ((4901 + 2846) / 11801)
= / 0.65646979
=0

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
=(-712 - -34 - 239) / 0
=

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.

JC Penney Co Inc has a M-score of -3.77 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.

JC Penney Co Inc Annual Data

Jan06Jan07Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14Jan15
DSRI 0.94950.91921.63850.87941.18160.83590.51750.4510.07680
GMI 0.95570.99891.01791.03260.95041.00431.08791.15051.06340.847
AQI 0.98270.91091.23560.19441.28792.43020.92460.74561.50080.7778
SGI 1.03791.05970.99780.93080.94971.01160.97190.75230.91331.0336
DEPI 1.01071.05631.08050.98440.95010.95050.97820.98780.95310.8849
SGAI 1.08580.90280.9761.0611.13510.95990.96741.1480.9890.9446
LVGI 1.04061.03020.93211.09660.9470.88711.1181.14661.16241.1129
TATA -0.0295-0.0122-0.0122-0.0487-0.1051-0.014-0.0851-0.09970.0458-0.0938
M-score -2.69-2.58-1.81-3.23-2.77-2.07-3.37-3.77-3.01-4.02

JC Penney Co Inc Quarterly Data

Apr13Jul13Oct13Dec13Jan14Apr14Jul14Oct14Dec14Jan15
DSRI 0.0079014.09631111
GMI 1.19871.19731.23560.97940.91250.87150.90430.8538
AQI 0.8470.9990.93261.58091.74571.9511.92670.7238
SGI 0.60610.63211.31430.97651.01960.78441.50381.01
DEPI 0.97770.936910.63650.92720.88730.88959.36540.9558
SGAI 1.21541.29271.17050.86420.78730.77660.79691.0086
LVGI 1.27721.38071.32981.0320.92880.97781.01091.0852
TATA -0.1459-0.1031-0.026-0.0209-0.0499-0.1009-0.0512-0.1526
M-score -4.51-4.29-1.250.48-2.39-2.80-0.95-3.41
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