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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.
Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances Inc has a M-score of -2.91 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.
During the past 12 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances Inc was -2.63. The lowest was -4.09. And the median was -3.33.
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 Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances 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 * 0.7423||+||0.528 * 0.9992||+||0.404 * 1.055||+||0.892 * 1.203||+||0.115 * 0.9948|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0144||+||4.679 * -0.087||-||0.327 * 0.9553|
|This Year (Apr14) TTM:||Last Year (Apr13) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $27 Mil.|
Revenue was 713.77 + 868.082 + 618.781 + 600.998 = $2,802 Mil.
Gross Profit was 245.953 + 293.561 + 231.661 + 212.077 = $983 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,090 Mil.
Total Assets was $1,699 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $604 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $112 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $642 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $302 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0 Mil.
Net Income was 49.953 + 70.682 + 45.43 + 44.911 = $211 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 0.138 + 0.014 + 0.036 = $0 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 73.693 + 227.592 + 15.613 + 41.685 = $359 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $30 Mil.
Revenue was 582.712 + 758.835 + 505.64 + 481.683 = $2,329 Mil.
Gross Profit was 203.949 + 259.644 + 185.493 + 167.625 = $817 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $829 Mil.
Total Assets was $1,332 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $499 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $92 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $526 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $248 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0 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)|
|=||(26.722 / 2801.631)||/||(29.925 / 2328.87)|
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)|
|=||(293.561 / 2328.87)||/||(245.953 / 2801.631)|
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 - (1090.49 + 603.933) / 1699.225)||/||(1 - (828.615 + 499.395) / 1331.577)|
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))|
|=||(92.027 / (92.027 + 499.395))||/||(111.977 / (111.977 + 603.933))|
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)|
|=||(642.478 / 2801.631)||/||(526.484 / 2328.87)|
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)|
|=||((0 + 302.419) / 1699.225)||/||((0 + 248.067) / 1331.577)|
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|
|=||(210.976 - 0.188||-||358.583)||/||1699.225|
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.
Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances Inc has a M-score of -2.91 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
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