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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 Motorola Solutions Inc was -0.87. The lowest was -3.60. And the median was -2.61.
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 Motorola Solutions 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 * 1.0585||+||0.528 * 1.0028||+||0.404 * 0.9789||+||0.892 * 0.9935||+||0.115 * 0.8294|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 2.364||+||4.679 * 0.0602||-||0.327 * 1.5058|
|This Year (Sep15) TTM:||Last Year (Sep14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $1,222 Mil.|
Revenue was 1422 + 1368 + 1223 + 1823 = $5,836 Mil.
Gross Profit was 685 + 648 + 548 + 912 = $2,793 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $4,787 Mil.
Total Assets was $8,086 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $467 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $155 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $2,957 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,029 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $4,386 Mil.
Net Income was 115 + 142 + 74 + 201 = $532 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 9 + 0 + 49 + 1 = $59 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 300 + 140 + 151 + -605 = $-14 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $1,162 Mil.
Revenue was 1436 + 1393 + 1228 + 1817 = $5,874 Mil.
Gross Profit was 685 + 656 + 577 + 901 = $2,819 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $7,168 Mil.
Total Assets was $12,195 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $664 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $173 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,259 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,024 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,401 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)|
|=||(1222 / 5836)||/||(1162 / 5874)|
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)|
|=||(648 / 5874)||/||(685 / 5836)|
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 - (4787 + 467) / 8086)||/||(1 - (7168 + 664) / 12195)|
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))|
|=||(173 / (173 + 664))||/||(155 / (155 + 467))|
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)|
|=||(2957 / 5836)||/||(1259 / 5874)|
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)|
|=||((4386 + 2029) / 8086)||/||((3401 + 3024) / 12195)|
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|
|=||(532 - 59||-||-14)||/||8086|
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.
Motorola Solutions Inc has a M-score of -2.58 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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