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AutoZone Inc  (NYSE:AZO) Beneish M-Score: -2.67 (As of Today)

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.

AutoZone Inc has a M-score of -2.67 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.

NYSE:AZO' s Beneish M-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3.08   Max: 0.23
Current: -2.67

-3.08
0.23

During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of AutoZone Inc was 0.23. The lowest was -3.08. And the median was -2.59.


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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AutoZone Inc Annual Data

Aug08 Aug09 Aug10 Aug11 Aug12 Aug13 Aug14 Aug15 Aug16 Aug17
Beneish M-Score Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only -2.64 -2.44 -2.45 -2.58 -2.67

AutoZone Inc Quarterly Data

Nov12 Feb13 May13 Aug13 Nov13 Feb14 May14 Aug14 Nov14 Feb15 May15 Aug15 Nov15 Feb16 May16 Aug16 Nov16 Feb17 May17 Aug17
Beneish M-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 -2.58 -2.66 -2.85 -2.70 -2.67

Competitive Comparison
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Calculation

The M-score was created by Professor Messod Beneish. Instead of measuring the bankruptcy risk (Altman Z-Score) or business trend (Piotroski 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 AutoZone 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 * 0.9532+0.528 * 1.0004+0.404 * 0.9147+0.892 * 1.0238+0.115 * 0.9945
-0.172 * SGAI+4.679 * TATA-0.327 * LVGI
-0.172 * 1.0074+4.679 * -0.0313-0.327 * 0.9512
=-2.67

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

This Year (Aug17) TTM:Last Year (Aug16) TTM:
Accounts Receivable was $281 Mil.
Revenue was 3512.605 + 2619.007 + 2289.219 + 2467.845 = $10,889 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1854.124 + 1378.418 + 1205.536 + 1301.542 = $5,740 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $4,611 Mil.
Total Assets was $9,260 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $4,031 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $323 Mil.
Selling, General, & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $3,660 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $4,766 Mil.
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $5,081 Mil.
Net Income was 433.9 + 331.7 + 237.145 + 278.125 = $1,281 Mil.
Non-Recurring Items was 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = $0 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 561.382 + 445.332 + 157.398 + 406.5 = $1,571 Mil.
Accounts Receivable was $288 Mil.
Revenue was 3398.769 + 2593.672 + 2257.192 + 2386.043 = $10,636 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1794.748 + 1370.458 + 1190.596 + 1252.934 = $5,609 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $4,240 Mil.
Total Assets was $8,600 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $3,733 Mil.
(DDA) was $297 Mil.
Selling, General, & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $3,548 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $4,690 Mil.
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $4,924 Mil.




1. DSRI = Days Sales in Receivables Index

Measured as the ratio of Revenue in Accounts Receivable in year t to year t-1.

A large increase in DSR could be indicative of revenue inflation.

DSRI=(Receivables_t / Revenue_t) / (Receivables_t-1 / Revenue_t-1)
=(280.733 / 10888.676) / (287.68 / 10635.676)
=0.02578211 / 0.02704859
=0.9532

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.

GMI=GrossMargin_t-1 / GrossMargin_t
=(GrossProfit_t-1 / Revenue_t-1) / (GrossProfit_t / Revenue_t)
=(5608.736 / 10635.676) / (5739.62 / 10888.676)
=0.52735115 / 0.52711826
=1.0004

3. AQI = Asset Quality Index

AQI is the ratio of asset quality in year t to year t-1.

Asset quality is measured as the ratio of non-current assets other than Property, Plant and Equipment to Total Assets.

AQI=(1 - (CurrentAssets_t + PPE_t) / TotalAssets_t) / (1 - (CurrentAssets_t-1 + PPE_t-1) / TotalAssets_t-1)
=(1 - (4611.255 + 4031.018) / 9259.781) / (1 - (4239.573 + 3733.254) / 8599.787)
=0.06668711 / 0.07290413
=0.9147

4. SGI = Sales Growth Index

Ratio of Revenue 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.

SGI=Sales_t / Sales_t-1
=Revenue_t / Revenue_t-1
=10888.676 / 10635.676
=1.0238

5. DEPI = Depreciation Index

Measured as the ratio of the rate of Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization 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))
=(297.397 / (297.397 + 3733.254)) / (323.051 / (323.051 + 4031.018))
=0.07378386 / 0.0741952
=0.9945

6. SGAI = Sales, General and Administrative expenses Index

The ratio of c 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)
=(3659.552 / 10888.676) / (3548.341 / 10635.676)
=0.33608788 / 0.33362628
=1.0074

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)
=((5081.238 + 4766.301) / 9259.781) / ((4924.119 + 4690.32) / 8599.787)
=1.06347429 / 1.11798571
=0.9512

8. TATA = Total Accruals to Total Assets

Total accruals calculated as the change in working capital accounts other than cash less depreciation.

TATA=(IncomefromContinuingOperations_t - CashFlowsfromOperations_t) / TotalAssets_t
=(NetIncome_t - NonOperatingIncome_t - CashFlowsfromOperations_t) / TotalAssets_t
=(1280.87 - 0 - 1570.612) / 9259.781
=-0.0313

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.

AutoZone Inc has a M-score of -2.67 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.


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