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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 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of JC Penney Co Inc was 0.47. The lowest was -4.60. And the median was -2.62.
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 * 1||+||0.528 * 0.8538||+||0.404 * 0.7238||+||0.892 * 1.01||+||0.115 * 0.9558|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.958||+||4.679 * -0.1526||-||0.327 * 1.0852|
|This Year (Jan15) TTM:||Last Year (Apr14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $0 Mil.|
Revenue was 3893 + 0 + 2764 + 2799 = $9,456 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1314 + 0 + 1013 + 1008 = $3,335 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $4,331 Mil.
Total Assets was $10,404 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $5,148 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $630 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $2,989 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,241 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $5,360 Mil.
Net Income was -59 + 0 + -188 + -172 = $-419 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 0 + -34 + 0 = $-34 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 693 + 693 + -320 + 137 = $1,203 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $0 Mil.
Revenue was 2801 + 3782 + 0 + 2779 = $9,362 Mil.
Gross Profit was 926 + 1074 + 0 + 819 = $2,819 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $4,395 Mil.
Total Assets was $11,292 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $5,510 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $641 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $3,089 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,711 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $4,891 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)|
|=||(0 / 9456)||/||(0 / 9362)|
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)|
|=||(0 / 9362)||/||(1314 / 9456)|
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 - (4331 + 5148) / 10404)||/||(1 - (4395 + 5510) / 11292)|
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))|
|=||(641 / (641 + 5510))||/||(630 / (630 + 5148))|
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)|
|=||(2989 / 9456)||/||(3089 / 9362)|
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)|
|=||((5360 + 2241) / 10404)||/||((4891 + 2711) / 11292)|
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|
|=||(-419 - -34||-||1203)||/||10404|
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 -3.40 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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