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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 Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp was -0.96. The lowest was -3.13. And the median was -2.41.
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 Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies 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 * 0.6504||+||0.528 * 0.9642||+||0.404 * 1.0014||+||0.892 * 1.1971||+||0.115 * 1.0677|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0554||+||4.679 * -0.0371||-||0.327 * 0.9967|
|This Year (Mar15) TTM:||Last Year (Mar14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $496 Mil.|
Revenue was 818.594 + 820.866 + 797.271 + 731.068 = $3,168 Mil.
Gross Profit was 255.355 + 254.297 + 247.458 + 224.658 = $982 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,504 Mil.
Total Assets was $3,168 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $349 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $63 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $339 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $696 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $420 Mil.
Net Income was 96.164 + 92.686 + 90.155 + 88.705 = $368 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -2.866 + -1.752 + -0.154 + 0.243 = $-5 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 43.661 + 242.221 + 92.505 + 111.444 = $490 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $637 Mil.
Revenue was 695.249 + 681.482 + 631.398 + 638.002 = $2,646 Mil.
Gross Profit was 209.569 + 200.125 + 188.133 + 192.881 = $791 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $1,434 Mil.
Total Assets was $2,917 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $274 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $54 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $268 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $581 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $450 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)|
|=||(495.712 / 3167.799)||/||(636.654 / 2646.131)|
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)|
|=||(254.297 / 2646.131)||/||(255.355 / 3167.799)|
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 - (1503.933 + 349.043) / 3167.507)||/||(1 - (1434.178 + 273.647) / 2916.519)|
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))|
|=||(53.601 / (53.601 + 273.647))||/||(63.252 / (63.252 + 349.043))|
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)|
|=||(339.229 / 3167.799)||/||(268.499 / 2646.131)|
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)|
|=||((420.406 + 695.769) / 3167.507)||/||((450.247 + 580.905) / 2916.519)|
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|
|=||(367.71 - -4.529||-||489.831)||/||3167.507|
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.
Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp has a M-score of -2.82 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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