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Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE:ETP)
Piotroski F-Score
6 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

Good or high score = 7, 8, 9
Bad or low score = 0, 1, 2, 3

Energy Transfer Partners LP has an F-score of 6 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

ETP' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3   Max: 8
Current: 6

3
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Energy Transfer Partners LP was 8. The lowest was 3. And the median was 5.


Definition

How is the Piotroski F-Score calculated?

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

This Year (Mar17) TTM:Last Year (Mar16) TTM:
Net Income was 370 + 74 + -458 + 585 = $571 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 1306 + 1039 + 838 + 117 = $3,300 Mil.
Revenue was 5289 + 5531 + 6526 + 3702 = $21,048 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1285 + 1212 + 2771 + 790 = $6,058 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Mar16)
to the end of this year (Mar17) was
(64315 + 66041 + 67927 + 70191 + 19936) / 5 = $57682 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Mar16) was $64,315 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $6,760 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $2,931 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,469 Mil.
Net Income was 654 + 417 + 46 + 145 = $1,262 Mil.

Revenue was 11540 + 6601 + 5825 + 1777 = $25,743 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1551 + 1141 + 3351 + 341 = $6,384 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Mar15)
to the end of last year (Mar16) was
(50629 + 67551 + 64145 + 65173 + 64315) / 5 = $62362.6 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Mar15) was $50,629 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $26,992 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $4,759 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $4,911 Mil.

Profitability

Question 1. Return on Assets (ROA)

Net income before extraordinary items for the year divided by total assets at the beginning of the year.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

Energy Transfer Partners LP's current net income (TTM) was 571. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Question 2. Cash Flow Return on Assets (CFROA)

Net cash flow from operating activities (operating cash flow) divided by total assets at the beginning of the year.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

Energy Transfer Partners LP's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 3,300. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Question 3. Change in Return on Assets

Compare this year’s return on assets (1) to last year’s return on assets.

Score 1 if it’s higher, 0 if it’s lower.

Energy Transfer Partners LP's return on assets of this year was 0.00887818. Energy Transfer Partners LP's return on assets of last year was 0.02492643. ==> Last year is higher ==> Score 0.

Question 4. Quality of Earnings (Accrual)

Compare Cash flow return on assets (2) to return on assets (1)

Score 1 if CFROA > ROA, 0 if CFROA <= ROA.

Energy Transfer Partners LP's current net income (TTM) was 571. Energy Transfer Partners LP's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 3,300. ==> 3,300 > 571 ==> CFROA > ROA ==> Score 1.

Funding

Question 5. Change in Gearing or Leverage

Compare this year’s gearing (long-term debt divided by average total assets) to last year’s gearing.

Score 0 if this year's gearing is higher, 1 otherwise.

Gearing (This Year: Mar17)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Mar16 to Mar17
=6760/57682
=0.11719427

Gearing (Last Year: Mar16)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Mar15 to Mar16
=26992/62362.6
=0.43282352

Energy Transfer Partners LP's gearing of this year was 0.11719427. Energy Transfer Partners LP's gearing of last year was 0.43282352. ==> This year is lower or equal to last year. ==> Score 1.

Question 6. Change in Working Capital (Liquidity)

Compare this year’s current ratio (current assets divided by current liabilities) to last year’s current ratio.

Score 1 if this year'’s current ratio is higher, 0 if it’s lower

Current Ratio (This Year: Mar17)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=2931/2469
=1.18712029

Current Ratio (Last Year: Mar16)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=4759/4911
=0.96904907

Energy Transfer Partners LP's current ratio of this year was 1.18712029. Energy Transfer Partners LP's current ratio of last year was 0.96904907. ==> This year's current ratio is higher. ==> Score 1.

Question 7. Change in Shares in Issue

Compare the number of shares in issue this year, to the number in issue last year.

Score 0 if there is larger number of shares in issue this year, 1 otherwise.

Energy Transfer Partners LP's number of shares in issue this year was 499.2. Energy Transfer Partners LP's number of shares in issue last year was 424.7. ==> There is larger number of shares in issue this year. ==> Score 0.

Efficiency

Question 8. Change in Gross Margin

Compare this year’s gross margin (gross profit divided by sales) to last year’s.

Score 1 if this year’s gross margin is higher, 0 if it’s lower.

Gross Margin (This Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=6058/21048
=0.28781832

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=6384/25743
=0.24798974

Energy Transfer Partners LP's gross margin of this year was 0.28781832. Energy Transfer Partners LP's gross margin of last year was 0.24798974. ==> This year's gross margin is higher. ==> Score 1.

Question 9. Change in asset turnover

Compare this year’s asset turnover (total sales for the year divided by total assets at the beginning of the year) to last year’s asset turnover ratio.

Score 1 if this year’s asset turnover ratio is higher, 0 if it’s lower

Asset Turnover (This Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of This Year (Mar16)
=21048/64315
=0.32726425

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Mar15)
=25743/50629
=0.50846353

Energy Transfer Partners LP's asset turnover of this year was 0.32726425. Energy Transfer Partners LP's asset turnover of last year was 0.50846353. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score= Que. 1+ Que. 2+ Que. 3+Que. 4+Que. 5+Que. 6+Que. 7+Que. 8+Que. 9
=1+1+0+1+1+1+0+1+0
=6

Good or high score = 7, 8, 9
Bad or low score = 0, 1, 2, 3

Energy Transfer Partners LP has an F-score of 6 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.


Explanation

The developer of the system is Joseph D. Piotroski is relatively unknown accounting professor who shuns publicity and rarely gives interviews.

He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in accounting in 1989, received an M.B.A. from Indiana University in 1994. Five years later, in 1999, after earning a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Michigan, he became an associate professor of accounting at the University of Chicago.

In 2000, he wrote a research paper called "Value Investing: The Use of Historical Financial Statement Information to Separate Winners from Losers" (pdf).

He wanted to see if he can develop a system (using a simple nine-point scoring system) that can increase the returns of a strategy of investing in low price to book (referred to in the paper as high book to market) value companies.

What he found was something that exceeded his most optimistic expectations.

Buying only those companies that scored highest (8 or 9) on his nine-point scale, or F-Score as he called it, over the 20 year period from 1976 to 1996 led to an average out-performance over the market of 13.4%.

Even more impressive were the results of a strategy of investing in the highest F-Score companies (8 or 9) and shorting companies with the lowest F-Score (0 or 1).

Over the same period from 1976 to 1996 (20 years) this strategy led to an average yearly return of 23%, substantially outperforming the average S&P 500 index return of 15.83% over the same period.


Related Terms

Net Income, Cash Flow from Operations, Revenue, Gross Profit, Total Assets, Long-Term Debt, Total Current Assets, Total Current Liabilities


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Energy Transfer Partners LP Annual Data

Aug07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1000110100
Question 4 1111101111
Question 5 1011101010
Question 6 0110011010
Question 7 0000000000
Question 8 1011100111
Question 9 0100111100
F-score 6565756664

Energy Transfer Partners LP Quarterly Data

Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16Mar17
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1111000000
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 0000101101
Question 6 0111100001
Question 7 0100010000
Question 8 1111111111
Question 9 1100000000
F-score 6866655546
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