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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 Plum Creek Timber Co Inc was 24.10. The lowest was -4.28. And the median was -2.55.
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 Plum Creek Timber Co 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 * 0.8695||+||0.528 * 1.0385||+||0.404 * 1.0043||+||0.892 * 1.124||+||0.115 * 0.9339|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0201||+||4.679 * -0.0827||-||0.327 * 1.0244|
|This Year (Sep15) TTM:||Last Year (Sep14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $43 Mil.|
Revenue was 414 + 302 + 406 + 428 = $1,550 Mil.
Gross Profit was 149 + 75 + 91 + 119 = $434 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $244 Mil.
Total Assets was $5,004 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $4,320 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $136 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $133 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $633 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,759 Mil.
Net Income was 100 + 21 + 42 + 68 = $231 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 25 + 19 + 22 + 22 = $88 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 195 + 76 + 151 + 135 = $557 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $44 Mil.
Revenue was 375 + 356 + 317 + 331 = $1,379 Mil.
Gross Profit was 109 + 109 + 85 + 98 = $401 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $248 Mil.
Total Assets was $5,277 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $4,567 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $134 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $116 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $294 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,198 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)|
|=||(43 / 1550)||/||(44 / 1379)|
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)|
|=||(75 / 1379)||/||(149 / 1550)|
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 - (244 + 4320) / 5004)||/||(1 - (248 + 4567) / 5277)|
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))|
|=||(134 / (134 + 4567))||/||(136 / (136 + 4320))|
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)|
|=||(133 / 1550)||/||(116 / 1379)|
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)|
|=||((2759 + 633) / 5004)||/||((3198 + 294) / 5277)|
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|
|=||(231 - 88||-||557)||/||5004|
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.
Plum Creek Timber Co Inc has a M-score of -2.87 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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