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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.
Westwood Holdings Group Inc has a M-score of -2.55 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.
During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Westwood Holdings Group Inc was -0.57. The lowest was -4.23. And the median was -2.44.
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 Westwood Holdings Group 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 * 1.198||+||0.528 * 1||+||0.404 * 0.7809||+||0.892 * 1.225||+||0.115 * 1.3417|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 0.8715||+||4.679 * -0.1008||-||0.327 * 0.8541|
|This Year (Mar14) TTM:||Last Year (Mar13) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $14.75 Mil.|
Revenue was 25.949 + 25.252 + 22.998 + 23.475 = $97.67 Mil.
Gross Profit was 25.949 + 25.252 + 22.998 + 23.475 = $97.67 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $83.43 Mil.
Total Assets was $101.45 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $2.69 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $0.82 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $65.20 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $9.80 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.00 Mil.
Net Income was 5.759 + 5.86 + 4.319 + 4.879 = $20.82 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = $0.00 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 14.627 + 2.472 + 9.534 + 4.409 = $31.04 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $10.05 Mil.
Revenue was 20.1 + 20.624 + 18.941 + 20.066 = $79.73 Mil.
Gross Profit was 20.1 + 20.624 + 18.941 + 20.066 = $79.73 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $68.40 Mil.
Total Assets was $87.52 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $2.20 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $1.01 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $61.07 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $9.90 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $0.00 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)|
|=||(14.754 / 97.674)||/||(10.053 / 79.731)|
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)|
|=||(25.252 / 79.731)||/||(25.949 / 97.674)|
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 - (83.433 + 2.693) / 101.445)||/||(1 - (68.397 + 2.195) / 87.516)|
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))|
|=||(1.005 / (1.005 + 2.195))||/||(0.823 / (0.823 + 2.693))|
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)|
|=||(65.202 / 97.674)||/||(61.07 / 79.731)|
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 + 9.797) / 101.445)||/||((0 + 9.896) / 87.516)|
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|
|=||(20.817 - 0||-||31.042)||/||101.445|
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.
Westwood Holdings Group Inc has a M-score of -2.55 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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