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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.
Media General Inc has a M-score of -1.35 signals that the company is a manipulator.
During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Media General Inc was 3.71. The lowest was -6.94. And the median was -2.63.
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 Media General 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 * 0.7754||+||0.528 * 1.0866||+||0.404 * 1.1854||+||0.892 * 2.3316||+||0.115 * 0.1663|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0743||+||4.679 * 0.0338||-||0.327 * 1.0507|
|This Year (Jun14) TTM:||Last Year (Jun13) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $108.7 Mil.|
Revenue was 154.111 + 143.918 + 35.464 + 78.489 = $412.0 Mil.
Gross Profit was 103.293 + 93.303 + 35.638 + 46.516 = $278.8 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $149.6 Mil.
Total Assets was $1,841.7 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $273.9 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $49.3 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $126.2 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $97.1 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $850.5 Mil.
Net Income was 6.786 + 5.385 + 54.597 + -14.616 = $52.2 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + -0.183 + -4.329 + 0.042 = $-4.5 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 24.355 + -21.536 + 35.623 + -44.158 = $-5.7 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $60.2 Mil.
Revenue was 55.782 + 50.045 + -22.881 + 93.752 = $176.7 Mil.
Gross Profit was 36.207 + 30.833 + 0.579 + 62.294 = $129.9 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $96.6 Mil.
Total Assets was $739.6 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $162.6 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $4.2 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $50.4 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $66.0 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $296.2 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)|
|=||(108.744 / 411.982)||/||(60.152 / 176.698)|
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)|
|=||(93.303 / 176.698)||/||(103.293 / 411.982)|
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 - (149.552 + 273.91) / 1841.681)||/||(1 - (96.575 + 162.58) / 739.637)|
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))|
|=||(4.228 / (4.228 + 162.58))||/||(49.272 / (49.272 + 273.91))|
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)|
|=||(126.189 / 411.982)||/||(50.38 / 176.698)|
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)|
|=||((850.498 + 97.104) / 1841.681)||/||((296.21 + 65.979) / 739.637)|
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|
|=||(52.152 - -4.47||-||-5.716)||/||1841.681|
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.
Media General Inc has a M-score of -1.35 signals that the company is likely to 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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