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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 Sunoco Logistics Partners LP was -1.07. The lowest was -2.73. And the median was -2.35.
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 Sunoco Logistics Partners LP 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 * 0.7438||+||0.528 * 0.9374||+||0.404 * 0.9281||+||0.892 * 1.0871||+||0.115 * 1.2068|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.2035||+||4.679 * -0.022||-||0.327 * 1.0937|
|This Year (Dec14) TTM:||Last Year (Dec13) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $1,766 Mil.|
Revenue was 3875 + 4915 + 4821 + 4477 = $18,088 Mil.
Gross Profit was 330 + 334 + 304 + 267 = $1,235 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $2,349 Mil.
Total Assets was $13,644 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $8,849 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $296 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $314 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,311 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $4,260 Mil.
Net Income was -127 + 155 + 156 + 107 = $291 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 7 + 7 + 7 + 4 = $25 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 240 + 105 + 346 + -125 = $566 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $2,184 Mil.
Revenue was 4288 + 4528 + 4311 + 3512 = $16,639 Mil.
Gross Profit was 248 + 241 + 288 + 288 = $1,065 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $3,080 Mil.
Total Assets was $11,897 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $6,519 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $265 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $240 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,736 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $2,503 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)|
|=||(1766 / 18088)||/||(2184 / 16639)|
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)|
|=||(334 / 16639)||/||(330 / 18088)|
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 - (2349 + 8849) / 13644)||/||(1 - (3080 + 6519) / 11897)|
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))|
|=||(265 / (265 + 6519))||/||(296 / (296 + 8849))|
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)|
|=||(314 / 18088)||/||(240 / 16639)|
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)|
|=||((4260 + 2311) / 13644)||/||((2503 + 2736) / 11897)|
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|
|=||(291 - 25||-||566)||/||13644|
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.
Sunoco Logistics Partners LP has a M-score of -2.84 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
Sunoco Logistics Partners LP Annual Data
Sunoco Logistics Partners LP Quarterly Data