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Sears Holdings Corp (NAS:SHLD)
Beneish M-Score
-2.77 (As of Today)

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.

Sears Holdings Corp has a M-score of -2.77 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.

SHLD' s 10-Year Beneish M-Score Range
Min: -4.27   Max: 8.32
Current: -2.77

-4.27
8.32

During the past 11 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Sears Holdings Corp was 8.32. The lowest was -4.27. And the median was -2.69.


Definition

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 Sears Holdings 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 * 1.0131+0.528 * 1.0938+0.404 * 0.9123+0.892 * 0.9124+0.115 * 1.0293
-0.172 * SGAI+4.679 * TATA-0.327 * LVGI
-0.172 * 0.9723+4.679 * -0.0412-0.327 * 1.153
=-2.77

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

This Year (Apr14) TTM:Last Year (Apr13) TTM:
Accounts Receivable was $562 Mil.
Revenue was 7879 + 10593 + 8272 + 8871 = $35,615 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1828 + 2482 + 1931 + 2186 = $8,427 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $8,527 Mil.
Total Assets was $16,930 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $5,190 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $696 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $9,255 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $8,012 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,821 Mil.
Net Income was -402 + -358 + -534 + -194 = $-1,488 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -3 + 168 + 1 + -1 = $165 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was -560 + 563 + -957 + -2 = $-956 Mil.
Accounts Receivable was $608 Mil.
Revenue was 8452 + 12260 + 8857 + 9467 = $39,036 Mil.
Gross Profit was 2156 + 3163 + 2253 + 2531 = $10,103 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $9,451 Mil.
Total Assets was $19,396 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $5,910 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $819 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $10,433 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $8,835 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,929 Mil.



1. DSRI = Days Sales in Receivables Index

Measured as the ratio of days’ sales in receivables in year t to year t-1.

A large increase in DSR could be indicative of revenue inflation.

DSRI=(Receivables_t / Revenue_t) / (Receivables_t-1 / Revenue_t-1)
=(562 / 35615) / (608 / 39036)
=0.01577987 / 0.01557537
=1.0131

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.

GMI=GrossMargin_t-1 / GrossMargin_t
=(GrossProfit_t-1 / Revenue_t-1) / (GrossProfit_t / Revenue_t)
=(2482 / 39036) / (1828 / 35615)
=0.25881238 / 0.23661379
=1.0938

3. AQI = Asset Quality Index

AQI is the ratio of asset quality in year t to year t-1.

Asset quality is measured as the ratio of non-current assets other than plant, property and equipment to total assets.

AQI=(1 - (CurrentAssets_t + PPE_t) / TotalAssets_t) / (1 - (CurrentAssets_t-1 + PPE_t-1) / TotalAssets_t-1)
=(1 - (8527 + 5190) / 16930) / (1 - (9451 + 5910) / 19396)
=0.18978145 / 0.20803258
=0.9123

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.

SGI=Sales_t / Sales_t-1
=Revenue_t / Revenue_t-1
=35615 / 39036
=0.9124

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))
=(819 / (819 + 5910)) / (696 / (696 + 5190))
=0.12171199 / 0.11824669
=1.0293

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)
=(9255 / 35615) / (10433 / 39036)
=0.25986242 / 0.26726611
=0.9723

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)
=((2821 + 8012) / 16930) / ((1929 + 8835) / 19396)
=0.63987005 / 0.55495979
=1.153

8. TATA = Total Accruals to Total Assets

Total accruals calculated as the change in working capital accounts other than cash less depreciation.

TATA=(IncomefromContinuingOperations_t - CashFlowsfromOperations_t) / TotalAssets_t
=(NetIncome_t - NonOperatingIncome_t - CashFlowsfromOperations_t) / TotalAssets_t
=(-1488 - 165 - -956) / 16930
=-0.0412

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.

Sears Holdings Corp has a M-score of -2.77 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.


Related Terms

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


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Sears Holdings Corp Annual Data

Jan05Jan06Jan07Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14
DSRI 0.91411.22250.82521.09091.03530.95290.9591
GMI 1.0331.02540.97511.01481.0720.96671.0904
AQI 1.13231.10050.99111.0250.91180.97511.0291
SGI 0.95640.92240.94170.96870.97430.95880.908
DEPI 1.05310.97871.00840.98370.94960.95211.0092
SGAI 1.0361.04551.02291.01011.04991.04260.9695
LVGI 1.04130.94570.94521.13611.17181.01331.1268
TATA -0.0283-0.0413-0.04880.001-0.1358-0.0352-0.0232
M-score -2.67-2.48-2.92-2.45-3.17-2.77-2.68

Sears Holdings Corp Quarterly Data

Jan12Apr12Jul12Oct12Jan13Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14
DSRI 1.03531.00830.74931.05130.95290.99881.19060.86130.95911.0131
GMI 1.0721.04911.02641.01790.96670.9941.02341.04231.09041.0938
AQI 0.91180.96870.94670.93020.97510.98940.97540.99181.02910.9123
SGI 0.97430.97960.9710.96420.95880.94530.94620.94450.9080.9124
DEPI 0.94960.91040.91880.90280.95210.95250.96531.00731.00921.0293
SGAI 1.04991.0431.03641.02931.04261.04111.04161.03340.96950.9723
LVGI 1.17181.08891.10371.07971.01331.05541.07211.07051.12681.153
TATA -0.1358-0.1279-0.1383-0.1211-0.0352-0.0255-0.0293-0.0422-0.0232-0.0412
M-score -3.17-3.12-3.44-3.09-2.77-2.69-2.52-2.86-2.68-2.77
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