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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 Meredith Corp was -2.09. The lowest was -3.45. And the median was -2.59.
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 Meredith 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 * 1.0515||+||0.528 * 0.9869||+||0.404 * 1.0312||+||0.892 * 1.0643||+||0.115 * 0.909|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9793||+||4.679 * -0.0266||-||0.327 * 1.1374|
|This Year (Mar15) TTM:||Last Year (Mar14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $270 Mil.|
Revenue was 398.179 + 398.905 + 371.184 + 390.794 = $1,559 Mil.
Gross Profit was 243.731 + 258.622 + 229.297 + 241.529 = $973 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $470 Mil.
Total Assets was $2,829 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $210 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $69 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $689 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $507 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $763 Mil.
Net Income was 25.256 + 39.591 + 29.365 + 40.445 = $135 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = $0 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 48.926 + 63.223 + 11.146 + 86.733 = $210 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $241 Mil.
Revenue was 367.414 + 354.048 + 356.452 + 386.973 = $1,465 Mil.
Gross Profit was 222.648 + 221.832 + 215.675 + 242.248 = $902 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $418 Mil.
Total Assets was $2,303 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $189 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $55 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $661 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $459 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $450 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)|
|=||(269.527 / 1559.062)||/||(240.846 / 1464.887)|
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)|
|=||(258.622 / 1464.887)||/||(243.731 / 1559.062)|
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 - (470.327 + 210.266) / 2828.723)||/||(1 - (418.25 + 188.812) / 2303.206)|
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))|
|=||(54.691 / (54.691 + 188.812))||/||(69.001 / (69.001 + 210.266))|
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)|
|=||(688.585 / 1559.062)||/||(660.652 / 1464.887)|
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)|
|=||((763.125 + 506.703) / 2828.723)||/||((450 + 459.016) / 2303.206)|
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|
|=||(134.657 - 0||-||210.028)||/||2828.723|
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.
Meredith Corp has a M-score of -2.55 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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