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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 Xerox Corp was -1.11. The lowest was -3.76. And the median was -2.47.
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 Xerox 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 * 0.988||+||0.528 * 1.0952||+||0.404 * 1.0823||+||0.892 * 0.9219||+||0.115 * 1.0451|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0178||+||4.679 * -0.0215||-||0.327 * 1.0467|
|This Year (Dec15) TTM:||Last Year (Dec14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $2,319 Mil.|
Revenue was 4653 + 4333 + 4590 + 4469 = $18,045 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1456 + 987 + 1426 + 1394 = $5,263 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $6,685 Mil.
Total Assets was $24,817 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $1,491 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $1,190 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $3,559 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $5,254 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $6,382 Mil.
Net Income was 271 + -34 + 12 + 225 = $474 Mil.
Non Operating Income was -71 + -125 + -312 + -96 = $-604 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 878 + 271 + 349 + 113 = $1,611 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $2,546 Mil.
Revenue was 4040 + 5120 + 5292 + 5121 = $19,573 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1502 + 1575 + 1628 + 1547 = $6,252 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $8,874 Mil.
Total Assets was $27,658 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $1,648 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $1,426 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $3,793 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $6,076 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $6,314 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)|
|=||(2319 / 18045)||/||(2546 / 19573)|
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)|
|=||(987 / 19573)||/||(1456 / 18045)|
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 - (6685 + 1491) / 24817)||/||(1 - (8874 + 1648) / 27658)|
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))|
|=||(1426 / (1426 + 1648))||/||(1190 / (1190 + 1491))|
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)|
|=||(3559 / 18045)||/||(3793 / 19573)|
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)|
|=||((6382 + 5254) / 24817)||/||((6314 + 6076) / 27658)|
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|
|=||(474 - -604||-||1611)||/||24817|
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.
Xerox Corp has a M-score of -2.59 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
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