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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 11 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Rackspace Hosting Inc was -2.59. The lowest was -3.65. And the median was -3.31.
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 Rackspace Hosting 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 * 1.0668||+||0.528 * 0.9963||+||0.404 * 0.8221||+||0.892 * 1.1464||+||0.115 * 1.0422|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.9569||+||4.679 * -0.2315||-||0.327 * 1.251|
|This Year (Jun15) TTM:||Last Year (Jun14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $160 Mil.|
Revenue was 489.4 + 480.2 + 472.422 + 459.776 = $1,902 Mil.
Gross Profit was 325.5 + 318.9 + 318.51 + 316.822 = $1,280 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $538 Mil.
Total Assets was $1,833 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $1,151 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $388 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $586 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $291 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $169 Mil.
Net Income was 29.2 + 28.4 + 36.916 + 25.74 = $120 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = $0 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 122.9 + 145.3 + 150.886 + 125.424 = $545 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $131 Mil.
Revenue was 441.2 + 421 + 408.103 + 388.636 = $1,659 Mil.
Gross Profit was 296.1 + 280.6 + 274.282 + 261.232 = $1,112 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $518 Mil.
Total Assets was $1,648 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $973 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $347 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $534 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $279 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $51 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)|
|=||(160.1 / 1901.798)||/||(130.911 / 1658.939)|
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)|
|=||(318.9 / 1658.939)||/||(325.5 / 1901.798)|
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 - (537.9 + 1150.8) / 1832.6)||/||(1 - (517.733 + 972.83) / 1647.975)|
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))|
|=||(346.836 / (346.836 + 972.83))||/||(388.084 / (388.084 + 1150.8))|
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)|
|=||(585.691 / 1901.798)||/||(533.937 / 1658.939)|
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)|
|=||((168.8 + 290.7) / 1832.6)||/||((51.262 + 279.052) / 1647.975)|
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|
|=||(120.256 - 0||-||544.51)||/||1832.6|
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.
Rackspace Hosting Inc has a M-score of -3.51 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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