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Viacom Inc (NAS:VIA)
Beneish M-Score
-2.53 (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.

Viacom Inc has a M-score of -2.53 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.

VIA' s 10-Year Beneish M-Score Range
Min: -2.7   Max: -2.07
Current: -2.53

-2.7
-2.07

During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Viacom Inc was -2.07. The lowest was -2.70. And the median was -2.57.


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 Viacom 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 * 1.0273+0.528 * 0.9653+0.404 * 1.0812+0.892 * 0.9992+0.115 * 1.0033
-0.172 * SGAI+4.679 * TATA-0.327 * LVGI
-0.172 * 1.0256+4.679 * -0.0109-0.327 * 1.0985
=-2.53

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

This Year (Sep14) TTM:Last Year (Sep13) TTM:
Accounts Receivable was $3,066 Mil.
Revenue was 3991 + 3421 + 3174 + 3197 = $13,783 Mil.
Gross Profit was 2026 + 1856 + 1636 + 1723 = $7,241 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $5,252 Mil.
Total Assets was $23,117 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $1,016 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $4,423 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $2,899 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,935 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $12,751 Mil.
Net Income was 732 + 610 + 502 + 547 = $2,391 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 14 + 7 + 26 = $47 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 1234 + 550 + 520 + 293 = $2,597 Mil.
Accounts Receivable was $2,987 Mil.
Revenue was 3652 + 3693 + 3135 + 3314 = $13,794 Mil.
Gross Profit was 2000 + 1848 + 1596 + 1551 = $6,995 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $6,726 Mil.
Total Assets was $23,829 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $1,040 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $4,608 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $2,829 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,790 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $11,867 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)
=(3066 / 13783) / (2987 / 13794)
=0.22244794 / 0.21654342
=1.0273

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)
=(1856 / 13794) / (2026 / 13783)
=0.50710454 / 0.52535732
=0.9653

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 - (5252 + 1016) / 23117) / (1 - (6726 + 1040) / 23829)
=0.72885755 / 0.67409459
=1.0812

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
=13783 / 13794
=0.9992

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))
=(4608 / (4608 + 1040)) / (4423 / (4423 + 1016))
=0.81586402 / 0.81320096
=1.0033

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)
=(2899 / 13783) / (2829 / 13794)
=0.21033157 / 0.20508917
=1.0256

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)
=((12751 + 3935) / 23117) / ((11867 + 3790) / 23829)
=0.72180646 / 0.65705653
=1.0985

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
=(2391 - 47 - 2597) / 23117
=-0.0109

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.

Viacom Inc has a M-score of -2.53 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.

Viacom Inc Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Sep11Sep12Sep13Sep14
DSRI 0.94550.99060.79641.36230.86590.99571.18721.0273
GMI 1.07231.06431.11840.90130.93750.95170.9790.9653
AQI 0.9960.98051.01640.99330.97181.01520.91851.0812
SGI 1.19351.18151.08950.93121.09510.93110.99330.9992
DEPI 0.89340.9270.94631.0240.96731.01930.99541.0033
SGAI 0.84950.9951.00251.010.97461.01371.0331.0256
LVGI 1.19281.040.97320.83841.0421.08621.22231.0985
TATA -0.0308-0.002-0.02660.03-0.02-0.0226-0.035-0.0109
M-score -2.51-2.33-2.64-2.07-2.67-2.70-2.60-2.53

Viacom Inc Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
DSRI 0.91690.99570.95271.11621.2141.18721.08560.99991.02321.0273
GMI 1.010.95170.92380.9370.94950.9790.96190.96050.93740.9653
AQI 1.01681.01521.03150.98180.95610.91850.96590.94810.99131.0812
SGI 1.0330.93110.8810.86430.92650.99331.03231.05080.99550.9992
DEPI 0.69551.01931.01661.01230.93660.99540.96650.94651.08931.0033
SGAI 0.94841.01371.07851.10611.06981.0330.99360.98621.0371.0256
LVGI 1.1471.08621.04541.04351.04331.22231.19961.25991.24791.0985
TATA -0.0277-0.0226-0.0097-0.0086-0.0264-0.035-0.0209-0.0103-0.0044-0.0109
M-score -2.72-2.70-2.73-2.61-2.55-2.60-2.57-2.61-2.60-2.53
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