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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 Noble Corp PLC was -1.31. The lowest was -3.59. And the median was -2.62.
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 Noble Corp PLC 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 * 0.4875||+||0.528 * 0.9759||+||0.404 * 1.1154||+||0.892 * 1.2299||+||0.115 * 0.856|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.7357||+||4.679 * -0.1268||-||0.327 * 1.0229|
|This Year (Dec14) TTM:||Last Year (Dec13) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $569 Mil.|
Revenue was 804.74 + 828.796 + 1240.363 + 1251.17 = $4,125 Mil.
Gross Profit was 400.183 + 429.481 + 634.508 + 653.207 = $2,117 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $929 Mil.
Total Assets was $13,287 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $12,113 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $864 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $107 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $669 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $4,869 Mil.
Net Income was -609.569 + 127.175 + 234.559 + 256.326 = $8 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -1.298 + 0 + 0 + -83.164 = $-84 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 389.91 + 356.475 + 526.027 + 505.796 = $1,778 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $949 Mil.
Revenue was 725.089 + 640.513 + 1017.385 + 970.975 = $3,354 Mil.
Gross Profit was 378.791 + 340.188 + 497.364 + 463.678 = $1,680 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,391 Mil.
Total Assets was $16,218 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $14,558 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $879 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $118 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,052 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $5,556 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)|
|=||(569.096 / 4125.069)||/||(949.069 / 3353.962)|
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)|
|=||(429.481 / 3353.962)||/||(400.183 / 4125.069)|
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 - (928.562 + 12112.509) / 13286.822)||/||(1 - (1390.935 + 14558.09) / 16217.957)|
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))|
|=||(879.422 / (879.422 + 14558.09))||/||(863.547 / (863.547 + 12112.509))|
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)|
|=||(106.771 / 4125.069)||/||(117.996 / 3353.962)|
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)|
|=||((4869.02 + 668.674) / 13286.822)||/||((5556.251 + 1051.915) / 16217.957)|
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|
|=||(8.491 - -84.462||-||1778.208)||/||13286.822|
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.
Noble Corp PLC has a M-score of -3.28 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
Altman Z-Score, Piotroski F-Score, Accounts Receivable, Revenue, Gross Profit, Total Current Assets, Total Assets, Property, Plant and Equipment, Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization, Selling, General & Admin. Expense, Total Current Liabilities, Long-Term Debt, Net Income, Non Operating Income, Cash Flow from Operations
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