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Sonic Corp (NAS:SONC)
Beneish M-Score
-3.01 (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.

Sonic Corp has a M-score of -3.01 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.

SONC' s 10-Year Beneish M-Score Range
Min: -8.32   Max: -0.97
Current: -3.01

-8.32
-0.97

During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Sonic Corp was -0.97. The lowest was -8.32. And the median was -3.09.


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 Sonic 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 * 1.0025+0.528 * 0.9551+0.404 * 0.9621+0.892 * 1.0742+0.115 * 0.9255
-0.172 * SGAI+4.679 * TATA-0.327 * LVGI
-0.172 * 1.0158+4.679 * -0.1136-0.327 * 1.0645
=-3.01

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

This Year (Feb15) TTM:Last Year (Feb14) TTM:
Accounts Receivable was $35.2 Mil.
Revenue was 126.219 + 139.856 + 163.769 + 152.187 = $582.0 Mil.
Gross Profit was 46.587 + 53.407 + 66.271 + 60.47 = $226.7 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $78.7 Mil.
Total Assets was $625.8 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $434.7 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $45.3 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $73.5 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $65.0 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $493.5 Mil.
Net Income was 7.662 + 10.085 + 18.825 + 16.776 = $53.3 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = $0.0 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 23.084 + 33.699 + 32.49 + 35.138 = $124.4 Mil.
Accounts Receivable was $32.7 Mil.
Revenue was 109.741 + 126.652 + 158.802 + 146.634 = $541.8 Mil.
Gross Profit was 38.23 + 45.269 + 61.527 + 56.578 = $201.6 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $87.8 Mil.
Total Assets was $618.6 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $415.3 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $39.8 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $67.3 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $61.1 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $457.5 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)
=(35.192 / 582.031) / (32.681 / 541.829)
=0.06046413 / 0.06031608
=1.0025

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)
=(53.407 / 541.829) / (46.587 / 582.031)
=0.37208049 / 0.38955829
=0.9551

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 - (78.72 + 434.678) / 625.812) / (1 - (87.784 + 415.334) / 618.623)
=0.17962903 / 0.18671307
=0.9621

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
=582.031 / 541.829
=1.0742

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))
=(39.788 / (39.788 + 415.334)) / (45.344 / (45.344 + 434.678))
=0.08742271 / 0.09446234
=0.9255

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)
=(73.45 / 582.031) / (67.316 / 541.829)
=0.12619603 / 0.12423846
=1.0158

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)
=((493.498 + 64.975) / 625.812) / ((457.505 + 61.105) / 618.623)
=0.8923974 / 0.83832965
=1.0645

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
=(53.348 - 0 - 124.411) / 625.812
=-0.1136

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.

Sonic Corp has a M-score of -3.01 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.

Sonic Corp Annual Data

Aug05Aug06Aug07Aug08Aug09Aug10Aug11Aug12Aug13Aug14
DSRI 0.8951.01680.5162.3421.05330.83750.84171.13750.97131.0886
GMI 1.01321.89320.90141.12720.9330.95941.02520.96270.98230.9654
AQI 0.89940.99381.09940.88250.80411.06871.15391.07410.94980.9551
SGI 1.16151.11271.11141.04440.87770.780.9910.99590.99791.018
DEPI 0.9830.88710.92261.07120.94651.04880.98360.94240.94181.0528
SGAI 1.02330.2261.01540.99731.17991.35260.98041.00761.01521.0328
LVGI 0.87471.28663.08410.93530.90860.97990.92880.98330.95541.01
TATA -0.1091-0.076-0.0654-0.0799-0.0642-0.0761-0.0616-0.1322-0.0707-0.0855
M-score -2.94-2.22-3.84-1.53-2.96-3.22-2.82-2.97-2.86-2.82

Sonic Corp Quarterly Data

Nov12Feb13May13Aug13Nov13Feb14May14Aug14Nov14Feb15
DSRI 0.74220.82790.51170.97131.11131.04491.01431.08861.02151.0025
GMI 0.94540.94130.95770.98230.98790.99020.97930.96540.95690.9551
AQI 1.1231.14841.09440.94980.88270.89260.87290.95510.98390.9621
SGI 0.99330.98330.9830.99791.00331.0081.02371.0181.04111.0742
DEPI 0.86650.89190.92140.94181.04491.08281.06381.05281.00010.9255
SGAI 1.03511.02311.02741.01521.0121.02321.01811.03281.02231.0158
LVGI 0.98930.99010.96710.95540.92780.99140.991.011.03141.0645
TATA -0.1336-0.1298-0.1222-0.0707-0.0882-0.0947-0.0901-0.0855-0.0926-0.1136
M-score -3.35-3.24-3.50-2.86-2.81-2.91-2.92-2.82-2.90-3.01
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