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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 -8.07. 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 * 1.0431||+||0.528 * 0.9795||+||0.404 * 0.9659||+||0.892 * 0.971||+||0.115 * 0.9961|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9836||+||4.679 * -0.024||-||0.327 * 1.1374|
|This Year (Mar16) TTM:||Last Year (Mar15) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $387 Mil.|
Revenue was 539.674 + 673.535 + 604.154 + 582.057 = $2,399 Mil.
Gross Profit was 299.907 + 390.747 + 339.529 + 322.912 = $1,353 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $867 Mil.
Total Assets was $2,035 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $521 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $65 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $697 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $545 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $682 Mil.
Net Income was 65.674 + 123.351 + 88.861 + 77.557 = $355 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -0.596 + 5.197 + -2.553 + -1.687 = $0 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 35.7 + 137.042 + 126.041 + 105.189 = $404 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $382 Mil.
Revenue was 535.701 + 697.428 + 629.1 + 608.834 = $2,471 Mil.
Gross Profit was 298.805 + 394.382 + 343.551 + 328.176 = $1,365 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $815 Mil.
Total Assets was $1,976 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 $638 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $409 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)|
|=||(387.296 / 2399.42)||/||(382.385 / 2471.063)|
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)|
|=||(1364.914 / 2471.063)||/||(1353.095 / 2399.42)|
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 - (866.699 + 521.496) / 2035.273)||/||(1 - (814.85 + 510.518) / 1975.665)|
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))|
|=||(63.117 / (63.117 + 510.518))||/||(64.755 / (64.755 + 521.496))|
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)|
|=||(696.693 / 2399.42)||/||(729.429 / 2471.063)|
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)|
|=||((681.872 + 544.792) / 2035.273)||/||((409.179 + 637.703) / 1975.665)|
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|
|=||(355.443 - 0.361||-||403.972)||/||2035.273|
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 -2.65 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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