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Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI)
Piotroski F-Score
8 (As of Today)

Good Sign:

Piotroski F-Score of 8 is 8, indicating very healthy situation.

The zones of discrimination were as such:

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

Motorola Solutions Inc has an F-score of 8. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

MSI' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1   Max: 8
Current: 8

1
8

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Motorola Solutions Inc was 8. The lowest was 1. And the median was 6.


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 107 + 192 + 243 + 77 = $619 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 291 + 348 + 513 + 142 = $1,294 Mil.
Revenue was 1430 + 1532 + 1883 + 1281 = $6,126 Mil.
Gross Profit was 676 + 762 + 928 + 570 = $2,936 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Mar16)
to the end of this year (Mar17) was
(9049 + 8467 + 8619 + 8463 + 8140) / 5 = $8547.6 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Mar16) was $9,049 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $4,414 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $3,073 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,385 Mil.
Net Income was 142 + 115 + 279 + 17 = $553 Mil.

Revenue was 1368 + 1422 + 1682 + 1193 = $5,665 Mil.
Gross Profit was 648 + 685 + 838 + 502 = $2,673 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Mar15)
to the end of last year (Mar16) was
(9425 + 9160 + 8086 + 8387 + 9049) / 5 = $8821.4 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Mar15) was $9,425 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $5,023 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $4,001 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $2,032 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.

Motorola Solutions Inc's current net income (TTM) was 619. ==> 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.

Motorola Solutions Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 1,294. ==> 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.

Motorola Solutions Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.06840535. Motorola Solutions Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.05867374. ==> This year is higher. ==> Score 1.

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.

Motorola Solutions Inc's current net income (TTM) was 619. Motorola Solutions Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 1,294. ==> 1,294 > 619 ==> 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
=4414/8547.6
=0.51640226

Gearing (Last Year: Mar16)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Mar15 to Mar16
=5023/8821.4
=0.56941075

Motorola Solutions Inc's gearing of this year was 0.51640226. Motorola Solutions Inc's gearing of last year was 0.56941075. ==> 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
=3073/2385
=1.2884696

Current Ratio (Last Year: Mar16)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=4001/2032
=1.96899606

Motorola Solutions Inc's current ratio of this year was 1.2884696. Motorola Solutions Inc's current ratio of last year was 1.96899606. ==> Last year's current ratio is higher ==> Score 0.

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.

Motorola Solutions Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 169.9. Motorola Solutions Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 177. ==> There is smaller number of shares in issue this year, or the same. ==> Score 1.

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
=2936/6126
=0.47926869

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=2673/5665
=0.47184466

Motorola Solutions Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.47926869. Motorola Solutions Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.47184466. ==> 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)
=6126/9049
=0.67698088

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Mar15)
=5665/9425
=0.60106101

Motorola Solutions Inc's asset turnover of this year was 0.67698088. Motorola Solutions Inc's asset turnover of last year was 0.60106101. ==> This year's asset turnover is higher. ==> Score 1.

Evaluation

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

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

Motorola Solutions Inc has an F-score of 8. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.


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.

Motorola Solutions Inc Annual Data

Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
Question 1 0001111111
Question 2 1111111011
Question 3 0011111101
Question 4 1111010011
Question 5 0001100000
Question 6 0011100100
Question 7 1100111111
Question 8 0111100000
Question 9 0001011011
F-score 3458765456

Motorola Solutions Inc Quarterly Data

Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16Mar17
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 0000111111
Question 3 1100001111
Question 4 0000111111
Question 5 0000000001
Question 6 1110000000
Question 7 1111111111
Question 8 0001000001
Question 9 0000111111
F-score 4433556668
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