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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 MarketAxess Holdings Inc was -1.64. The lowest was -3.32. And the median was -2.69.
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 MarketAxess Holdings 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 * 1.0044||+||0.528 * 1||+||0.404 * 0.8764||+||0.892 * 1.1403||+||0.115 * 0.9924|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9692||+||4.679 * 0.1054||-||0.327 * 1.0204|
|This Year (Mar16) TTM:||Last Year (Mar15) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $52.8 Mil.|
Revenue was 88.573 + 76.644 + 74.192 + 75.491 = $314.9 Mil.
Gross Profit was 88.573 + 76.644 + 74.192 + 75.491 = $314.9 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $338.0 Mil.
Total Assets was $451.8 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $32.1 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $18.6 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $142.5 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $41.4 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.0 Mil.
Net Income was 28.963 + 24.491 + 22.715 + 24.238 = $100.4 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = $0.0 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was -57.383 + 43.858 + 35.743 + 30.561 = $52.8 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $46.1 Mil.
Revenue was 76.771 + 70.167 + 64.245 + 64.964 = $276.1 Mil.
Gross Profit was 76.771 + 70.167 + 64.245 + 64.964 = $276.1 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $269.3 Mil.
Total Assets was $378.7 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $31.2 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $17.9 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $128.9 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $34.0 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.0 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)|
|=||(52.755 / 314.9)||/||(46.062 / 276.147)|
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)|
|=||(276.147 / 276.147)||/||(314.9 / 314.9)|
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 - (337.976 + 32.094) / 451.842)||/||(1 - (269.305 + 31.19) / 378.694)|
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))|
|=||(17.87 / (17.87 + 31.19))||/||(18.611 / (18.611 + 32.094))|
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)|
|=||(142.521 / 314.9)||/||(128.947 / 276.147)|
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)|
|=||((0 + 41.426) / 451.842)||/||((0 + 34.024) / 378.694)|
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|
|=||(100.407 - 0||-||52.779)||/||451.842|
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.
MarketAxess Holdings Inc has a M-score of -1.91 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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