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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 Nicholas Financial Inc was 40495.15. The lowest was -3.78. And the median was -1.53.
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 Nicholas Financial 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 * 1.0491||+||0.528 * 1.0001||+||0.404 * 0.8432||+||0.892 * 1.0332||+||0.115 * 0.9899|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0458||+||4.679 * 0.2635||-||0.327 * 0.9504|
|This Year (Dec14) TTM:||Last Year (Dec13) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $283.49 Mil.|
Revenue was 21.801 + 21.723 + 21.333 + 20.443 = $85.30 Mil.
Gross Profit was 21.801 + 21.723 + 21.333 + 20.434 = $85.29 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $289.05 Mil.
Total Assets was $296.50 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $0.91 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $0.36 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $34.43 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $138.04 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.00 Mil.
Net Income was 3.77 + 4.33 + 4.909 + 2.86 = $15.87 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -21.801 + -21.723 + -21.333 + -20.424 = $-85.28 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 6.125 + 4.364 + 7.003 + 5.523 = $23.02 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $261.53 Mil.
Revenue was 20.761 + 20.949 + 20.476 + 20.372 = $82.56 Mil.
Gross Profit was 20.761 + 20.949 + 20.476 + 20.37 = $82.56 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $268.09 Mil.
Total Assets was $276.09 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $0.77 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $0.30 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $31.87 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $135.25 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.00 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)|
|=||(283.492 / 85.3)||/||(261.531 / 82.558)|
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)|
|=||(21.723 / 82.558)||/||(21.801 / 85.3)|
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 - (289.047 + 0.906) / 296.5)||/||(1 - (268.091 + 0.765) / 276.086)|
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))|
|=||(0.303 / (0.303 + 0.765))||/||(0.364 / (0.364 + 0.906))|
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)|
|=||(34.431 / 85.3)||/||(31.866 / 82.558)|
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)|
|=||((0 + 138.044) / 296.5)||/||((0 + 135.248) / 276.086)|
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|
|=||(15.869 - -85.281||-||23.015)||/||296.5|
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.
Nicholas Financial Inc has a M-score of -1.23 signals that the company is likely to 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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