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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.
NorthWestern Corp has a M-score of -2.48 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.
During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of NorthWestern Corp was 6.58. The lowest was -4.75. And the median was -2.44.
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 NorthWestern 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 * 0.9981||+||0.528 * 1.1033||+||0.404 * 0.913||+||0.892 * 1.1207||+||0.115 * 1.0187|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.8872||+||4.679 * -0.0271||-||0.327 * 1.0692|
|This Year (Jun14) TTM:||Last Year (Jun13) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $130 Mil.|
Revenue was 270.281 + 369.723 + 319.09 + 262.248 = $1,221 Mil.
Gross Profit was 157.807 + 202.295 + 182.951 + 157.95 = $701 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $291 Mil.
Total Assets was $3,792 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $2,748 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $117 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $296 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $431 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,211 Mil.
Net Income was 7.746 + 45.58 + 26.093 + 15.647 = $95 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 2.98 + 2.189 + 0.977 + 3.117 = $9 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 12.327 + 112.235 + 22.378 + 41.527 = $188 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $117 Mil.
Revenue was 260.161 + 313.02 + 280.773 + 235.866 = $1,090 Mil.
Gross Profit was 153.248 + 180.824 + 213.223 + 142.805 = $690 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $246 Mil.
Total Assets was $3,551 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $2,532 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $110 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $298 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $352 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,086 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)|
|=||(130.342 / 1221.342)||/||(116.526 / 1089.82)|
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)|
|=||(202.295 / 1089.82)||/||(157.807 / 1221.342)|
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 - (290.657 + 2747.877) / 3791.777)||/||(1 - (246.081 + 2532.359) / 3551.048)|
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))|
|=||(109.817 / (109.817 + 2532.359))||/||(116.886 / (116.886 + 2747.877))|
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)|
|=||(295.817 / 1221.342)||/||(297.537 / 1089.82)|
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)|
|=||((1211.141 + 430.907) / 3791.777)||/||((1085.824 + 352.483) / 3551.048)|
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|
|=||(95.066 - 9.263||-||188.467)||/||3791.777|
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.
NorthWestern Corp has a M-score of -2.48 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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