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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.
Microsoft Corp has a M-score of -2.53 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.
During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Microsoft Corp was -2.06. The lowest was -3.10. And the median was -2.64.
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 Microsoft 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 * 1.0265||+||0.528 * 1.0739||+||0.404 * 0.9675||+||0.892 * 1.0965||+||0.115 * 1.018|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9171||+||4.679 * -0.0382||-||0.327 * 1.0685|
|This Year (Mar14) TTM:||Last Year (Mar13) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $13,497 Mil.|
Revenue was 20403 + 24519 + 18529 + 19896 = $83,347 Mil.
Gross Profit was 14462 + 16235 + 13415 + 14294 = $58,406 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $109,006 Mil.
Total Assets was $156,119 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $11,771 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $4,453 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $20,015 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $33,903 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $20,679 Mil.
Net Income was 5660 + 6558 + 5244 + 4965 = $22,427 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -62 + -175 + 13 + -10 = $-234 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 10099 + 4413 + 8205 + 5903 = $28,620 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $11,991 Mil.
Revenue was 20489 + 21456 + 16008 + 18059 = $76,012 Mil.
Gross Profit was 15702 + 15764 + 11840 + 13896 = $57,202 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $93,524 Mil.
Total Assets was $134,105 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $9,204 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $3,569 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $19,904 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $31,929 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $11,949 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)|
|=||(13497 / 83347)||/||(11991 / 76012)|
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)|
|=||(16235 / 76012)||/||(14462 / 83347)|
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 - (109006 + 11771) / 156119)||/||(1 - (93524 + 9204) / 134105)|
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))|
|=||(3569 / (3569 + 9204))||/||(4453 / (4453 + 11771))|
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)|
|=||(20015 / 83347)||/||(19904 / 76012)|
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)|
|=||((20679 + 33903) / 156119)||/||((11949 + 31929) / 134105)|
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|
|=||(22427 - -234||-||28620)||/||156119|
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.
Microsoft Corp has a M-score of -2.53 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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