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Liquidity Services Piotroski F-Score

: 7 (As of Today)
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Good Sign:

Piotroski F-Score is 7, 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

Liquidity Services has an F-score of 7. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

NAS:LQDT' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2   Med: 5   Max: 7
Current: 7

2
7

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of Liquidity Services was 7. The lowest was 2. And the median was 5.


Liquidity Services Piotroski F-Score Historical Data

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

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Liquidity Services Annual Data
Sep11 Sep12 Sep13 Sep14 Sep15 Sep16 Sep17 Sep18 Sep19 Sep20
Piotroski F-Score Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 5.00 3.00 6.00 3.00 3.00

Liquidity Services Quarterly Data
Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20
Piotroski F-Score Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 2.00 2.00 3.00 3.00 7.00

Competitive Comparison
* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap.


Liquidity Services Piotroski F-Score Distribution

* The bar in red indicates where Liquidity Services's Piotroski F-Score falls into.


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 (Dec20) TTM:Last Year (Dec19) TTM:
Net Income was -4.238 + 0.213 + 5.447 + 4.514 = $5.9 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 6.466 + 21.338 + 7.277 + 6.038 = $41.1 Mil.
Revenue was 52.824 + 47.722 + 55.89 + 55.751 = $212.2 Mil.
Gross Profit was 26.205 + 25.228 + 33.163 + 33.178 = $117.8 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Dec19)
to the end of this year (Dec20) was
(179.196 + 182.072 + 198.864 + 196.634 + 205.254) / 5 = $192.404 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Dec19) was $179.2 Mil.
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $10.0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $100.9 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $77.3 Mil.
Net Income was -4.362 + -4.649 + -5.227 + -5.196 = $-19.4 Mil.

Revenue was 56.8 + 56.882 + 58.79 + 49.504 = $222.0 Mil.
Gross Profit was 31.993 + 31.545 + 31.476 + 25.328 = $120.3 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Dec18)
to the end of last year (Dec19) was
(192.856 + 193.109 + 190.668 + 187.283 + 179.196) / 5 = $188.6224 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Dec18) was $192.9 Mil.
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $7.6 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $70.5 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $57.3 Mil.

*Note: If the latest quarterly/semi-annual/annual total assets data is 0, then we will use previous quarterly/semi-annual/annual data for all the items in the balance sheet.

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.

Liquidity Services's current Net Income (TTM) was 5.9. ==> 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.

Liquidity Services's current Cash Flow from Operations (TTM) was 41.1. ==> 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.

ROA (This Year)=Net Income/Total Assets (Dec19)
=5.936/179.196
=0.03312574

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets (Dec18)
=-19.434/192.856
=-0.10076949

Liquidity Services's return on assets of this year was 0.03312574. Liquidity Services's return on assets of last year was -0.10076949. ==> 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.

Liquidity Services's current Net Income (TTM) was 5.9. Liquidity Services's current Cash Flow from Operations (TTM) was 41.1. ==> 41.1 > 5.9 ==> 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: Dec20)=Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation/Average Total Assets from Dec19 to Dec20
=10.006/192.404
=0.05200516

Gearing (Last Year: Dec19)=Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation/Average Total Assets from Dec18 to Dec19
=7.646/188.6224
=0.04053601

Liquidity Services's gearing of this year was 0.05200516. Liquidity Services's gearing of last year was 0.04053601. ==> Last year is lower than this year ==> Score 0.

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: Dec20)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=100.871/77.293
=1.30504703

Current Ratio (Last Year: Dec19)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=70.523/57.261
=1.23160615

Liquidity Services's current ratio of this year was 1.30504703. Liquidity Services's current ratio of last year was 1.23160615. ==> 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.

Liquidity Services's number of shares in issue this year was 34.911. Liquidity Services's number of shares in issue last year was 33.545. ==> 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
=117.774/212.187
=0.55504814

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=120.342/221.976
=0.54213969

Liquidity Services's gross margin of this year was 0.55504814. Liquidity Services's gross margin of last year was 0.54213969. ==> 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/Total Assets at the Beginning of This Year (Dec19)
=212.187/179.196
=1.18410567

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Dec18)
=221.976/192.856
=1.15099349

Liquidity Services's asset turnover of this year was 1.18410567. Liquidity Services's asset turnover of last year was 1.15099349. ==> 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+0+1+0+1+1
=7

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

Liquidity Services has an F-score of 7. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

Liquidity Services  (NAS:LQDT) Piotroski F-Score 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.


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