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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 Microsoft Corp was -2.06. The lowest was -3.10. 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 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 * 0.9039||+||0.528 * 1.0849||+||0.404 * 1.1226||+||0.892 * 1.1201||+||0.115 * 0.8837|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9118||+||4.679 * -0.0674||-||0.327 * 1.0598|
|This Year (Dec14) TTM:||Last Year (Dec13) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $16,186 Mil.|
Revenue was 26470 + 23201 + 23382 + 20403 = $93,456 Mil.
Gross Profit was 16334 + 14928 + 15787 + 14462 = $61,511 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $116,362 Mil.
Total Assets was $174,848 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $13,607 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $5,946 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $21,091 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $47,415 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $18,260 Mil.
Net Income was 5863 + 4540 + 4612 + 5660 = $20,675 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 236 + -12 + -1 + -62 = $161 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 4340 + 8354 + 9514 + 10099 = $32,307 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $15,986 Mil.
Revenue was 24519 + 18529 + 19896 + 20489 = $83,433 Mil.
Gross Profit was 16197 + 13384 + 14294 + 15702 = $59,577 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $106,870 Mil.
Total Assets was $153,543 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $11,567 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $4,251 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $20,651 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $33,742 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $20,676 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)|
|=||(16186 / 93456)||/||(15986 / 83433)|
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)|
|=||(14928 / 83433)||/||(16334 / 93456)|
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 - (116362 + 13607) / 174848)||/||(1 - (106870 + 11567) / 153543)|
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))|
|=||(4251 / (4251 + 11567))||/||(5946 / (5946 + 13607))|
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)|
|=||(21091 / 93456)||/||(20651 / 83433)|
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)|
|=||((18260 + 47415) / 174848)||/||((20676 + 33742) / 153543)|
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|
|=||(20675 - 161||-||32307)||/||174848|
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 -2.70 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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