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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 NCR Corp was -1.97. The lowest was -3.11. And the median was -2.57.
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 NCR 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 * 0.9336||+||0.528 * 1.1009||+||0.404 * 1.0384||+||0.892 * 1.051||+||0.115 * 0.8184|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0641||+||4.679 * -0.0422||-||0.327 * 0.962|
|This Year (Mar15) TTM:||Last Year (Mar14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $1,415 Mil.|
Revenue was 1476 + 1768 + 1647 + 1658 = $6,549 Mil.
Gross Profit was 390 + 432 + 404 + 480 = $1,706 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $3,102 Mil.
Total Assets was $8,513 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $351 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $291 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $992 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,024 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,443 Mil.
Net Income was 40 + 33 + 15 + 90 = $178 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -7 + -11 + -14 + -3 = $-35 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 79 + 289 + 124 + 80 = $572 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $1,442 Mil.
Revenue was 1518 + 1670 + 1508 + 1535 = $6,231 Mil.
Gross Profit was 416 + 530 + 415 + 426 = $1,787 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $3,385 Mil.
Total Assets was $8,828 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $390 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $230 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $887 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,008 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,885 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)|
|=||(1415 / 6549)||/||(1442 / 6231)|
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)|
|=||(432 / 6231)||/||(390 / 6549)|
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 - (3102 + 351) / 8513)||/||(1 - (3385 + 390) / 8828)|
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))|
|=||(230 / (230 + 390))||/||(291 / (291 + 351))|
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)|
|=||(992 / 6549)||/||(887 / 6231)|
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)|
|=||((3443 + 2024) / 8513)||/||((3885 + 2008) / 8828)|
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|
|=||(178 - -35||-||572)||/||8513|
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.
NCR Corp has a M-score of -2.64 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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