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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 -1.06. The lowest was -3.50. And the median was -2.37.
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 * 0.4045||+||0.528 * 1.0436||+||0.404 * 1.7886||+||0.892 * 1.2115||+||0.115 * 0.726|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0213||+||4.679 * -0.1155||-||0.327 * 1.0477|
|This Year (Jun15) TTM:||Last Year (Jun14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $46.1 Mil.|
Revenue was 154.314 + 148.103 + 161.37 + 147.935 = $611.7 Mil.
Gross Profit was 104.003 + 103.395 + 113.705 + 104.533 = $425.6 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $547.4 Mil.
Total Assets was $1,020.6 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $82.7 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $20.3 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $190.3 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $345.7 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $286.5 Mil.
Net Income was 19.463 + 1.721 + 34.145 + 33.765 = $89.1 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -0.648 + -8.57 + 5.299 + 5.22 = $1.3 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 58.652 + 38.179 + 58.354 + 50.532 = $205.7 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $94.1 Mil.
Revenue was 131.849 + 115.382 + 134.63 + 123.055 = $504.9 Mil.
Gross Profit was 95.477 + 83.842 + 98.425 + 88.91 = $366.7 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $614.2 Mil.
Total Assets was $888.0 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $83.8 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $14.0 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $153.8 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $240.4 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $284.6 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)|
|=||(46.123 / 611.722)||/||(94.123 / 504.916)|
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)|
|=||(103.395 / 504.916)||/||(104.003 / 611.722)|
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 - (547.354 + 82.735) / 1020.635)||/||(1 - (614.216 + 83.781) / 887.965)|
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))|
|=||(14.005 / (14.005 + 83.781))||/||(20.334 / (20.334 + 82.735))|
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)|
|=||(190.317 / 611.722)||/||(153.809 / 504.916)|
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)|
|=||((286.525 + 345.679) / 1020.635)||/||((284.552 + 240.449) / 887.965)|
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|
|=||(89.094 - 1.301||-||205.717)||/||1020.635|
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 -3.09 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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