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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 Mettler-Toledo International Inc was 1.48. The lowest was -7.87. And the median was -2.51.
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 Mettler-Toledo International 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 * 0.9801||+||0.528 * 0.9684||+||0.404 * 0.9803||+||0.892 * 0.9636||+||0.115 * 0.9927|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9982||+||4.679 * -0.0371||-||0.327 * 1.1498|
|This Year (Dec15) TTM:||Last Year (Dec14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $411 Mil.|
Revenue was 673.535 + 604.154 + 582.057 + 535.701 = $2,395 Mil.
Gross Profit was 390.747 + 339.529 + 322.912 + 298.805 = $1,352 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $863 Mil.
Total Assets was $2,018 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $517 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $64 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $701 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $595 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $577 Mil.
Net Income was 123.351 + 88.861 + 77.557 + 63.051 = $353 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 5.197 + -2.553 + -1.687 + -0.09 = $1 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 137.042 + 126.041 + 105.189 + 58.596 = $427 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $436 Mil.
Revenue was 697.428 + 629.1 + 608.834 + 550.621 = $2,486 Mil.
Gross Profit was 394.382 + 343.551 + 328.176 + 292.641 = $1,359 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $849 Mil.
Total Assets was $2,009 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $511 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $63 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $729 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $679 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $336 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)|
|=||(411.42 / 2395.447)||/||(435.648 / 2485.983)|
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)|
|=||(339.529 / 2485.983)||/||(390.747 / 2395.447)|
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 - (862.815 + 517.229) / 2018.485)||/||(1 - (849.43 + 511.462) / 2009.11)|
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))|
|=||(62.802 / (62.802 + 511.462))||/||(64.038 / (64.038 + 517.229))|
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)|
|=||(700.81 / 2395.447)||/||(728.582 / 2485.983)|
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)|
|=||((576.984 + 595.127) / 2018.485)||/||((335.79 + 678.89) / 2009.11)|
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|
|=||(352.82 - 0.867||-||426.868)||/||2018.485|
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.
Mettler-Toledo International Inc has a M-score of -2.78 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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