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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 Plains All American Pipeline LP was -0.50. The lowest was -3.31. And the median was -2.47.
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 Plains All American Pipeline LP 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 * 1.5157||+||0.528 * 0.8069||+||0.404 * 0.9474||+||0.892 * 0.6963||+||0.115 * 0.9167|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.3657||+||4.679 * -0.0077||-||0.327 * 0.9636|
|This Year (Sep16) TTM:||Last Year (Sep15) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $1,946 Mil.|
Revenue was 5170 + 4950 + 4111 + 4996 = $19,227 Mil.
Gross Profit was 452 + 423 + 463 + 518 = $1,856 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $3,773 Mil.
Total Assets was $23,507 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $13,811 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $464 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $271 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $4,077 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $9,634 Mil.
Net Income was 264 + 101 + 202 + 246 = $813 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 63 + 65 + 52 + 49 = $229 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 255 + -248 + 635 + 122 = $764 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $1,844 Mil.
Revenue was 5551 + 6663 + 5942 + 9459 = $27,615 Mil.
Gross Profit was 502 + 398 + 554 + 697 = $2,151 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $2,958 Mil.
Total Assets was $22,217 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $13,350 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $410 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $285 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,478 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $9,970 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)|
|=||(1946 / 19227)||/||(1844 / 27615)|
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)|
|=||(2151 / 27615)||/||(1856 / 19227)|
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 - (3773 + 13811) / 23507)||/||(1 - (2958 + 13350) / 22217)|
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))|
|=||(410 / (410 + 13350))||/||(464 / (464 + 13811))|
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)|
|=||(271 / 19227)||/||(285 / 27615)|
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)|
|=||((9634 + 4077) / 23507)||/||((9970 + 3478) / 22217)|
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|
|=||(813 - 229||-||764)||/||23507|
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.
Plains All American Pipeline LP has a M-score of -2.50 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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