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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 Seagate Technology PLC was 0.30. The lowest was -5.75. And the median was -2.70.
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 Seagate Technology PLC 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 * 1.0629||+||0.528 * 0.9939||+||0.404 * 1.2096||+||0.892 * 1.0191||+||0.115 * 1.0835|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0808||+||4.679 * -0.1109||-||0.327 * 0.988|
|This Year (Mar15) TTM:||Last Year (Mar14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $1,769 Mil.|
Revenue was 3330 + 3696 + 3785 + 3301 = $14,112 Mil.
Gross Profit was 955 + 1027 + 1051 + 925 = $3,958 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $5,831 Mil.
Total Assets was $10,036 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $2,182 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $840 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $814 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,043 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,457 Mil.
Net Income was 291 + 933 + 381 + 320 = $1,925 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 8 + 122 + -11 + -77 = $42 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 374 + 1443 + 602 + 577 = $2,996 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $1,633 Mil.
Revenue was 3406 + 3528 + 3489 + 3424 = $13,847 Mil.
Gross Profit was 959 + 987 + 975 + 939 = $3,860 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $5,151 Mil.
Total Assets was $8,659 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $2,065 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $890 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $739 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,162 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $3,514 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)|
|=||(1769 / 14112)||/||(1633 / 13847)|
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)|
|=||(1027 / 13847)||/||(955 / 14112)|
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 - (5831 + 2182) / 10036)||/||(1 - (5151 + 2065) / 8659)|
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))|
|=||(890 / (890 + 2065))||/||(840 / (840 + 2182))|
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)|
|=||(814 / 14112)||/||(739 / 13847)|
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)|
|=||((3457 + 3043) / 10036)||/||((3514 + 2162) / 8659)|
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|
|=||(1925 - 42||-||2996)||/||10036|
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.
Seagate Technology PLC has a M-score of -2.84 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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