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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 MercadoLibre Inc was 6.50. The lowest was -3.50. And the median was -2.41.
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 MercadoLibre 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 * 0.7767||+||0.528 * 1.0747||+||0.404 * 1.1202||+||0.892 * 1.1223||+||0.115 * 0.9188|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0371||+||4.679 * -0.0571||-||0.327 * 1.0091|
|This Year (Mar16) TTM:||Last Year (Mar15) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $47.1 Mil.|
Revenue was 157.63 + 180.732 + 168.641 + 154.314 = $661.3 Mil.
Gross Profit was 102.182 + 117.57 + 111.828 + 104.003 = $435.6 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $605.0 Mil.
Total Assets was $1,083.5 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $89.9 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $24.4 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $210.4 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $386.3 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $295.7 Mil.
Net Income was 30.247 + 38.965 + 45.64 + 19.463 = $134.3 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 5.147 + 17.772 + 2.57 + -0.648 = $24.8 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was -11.802 + 110.091 + 14.448 + 58.652 = $171.4 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $54.1 Mil.
Revenue was 148.103 + 161.37 + 147.935 + 131.849 = $589.3 Mil.
Gross Profit was 103.395 + 113.705 + 104.533 + 95.477 = $417.1 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $588.2 Mil.
Total Assets was $976.8 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $75.9 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $18.5 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $180.7 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $323.2 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $286.2 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)|
|=||(47.118 / 661.317)||/||(54.054 / 589.257)|
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)|
|=||(417.11 / 589.257)||/||(435.583 / 661.317)|
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 - (605.049 + 89.932) / 1083.469)||/||(1 - (588.175 + 75.945) / 976.783)|
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))|
|=||(18.509 / (18.509 + 75.945))||/||(24.38 / (24.38 + 89.932))|
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)|
|=||(210.367 / 661.317)||/||(180.741 / 589.257)|
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)|
|=||((295.683 + 386.328) / 1083.469)||/||((286.18 + 323.16) / 976.783)|
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|
|=||(134.315 - 24.841||-||171.389)||/||1083.469|
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.
MercadoLibre Inc has a M-score of -2.77 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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