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Equifax Inc  (NYSE:EFX) Beneish M-Score: -2.65 (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.

Equifax Inc has a M-score of -2.65 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.

NYSE:EFX' s Beneish M-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3.9   Max: -2.13
Current: -2.65

-3.9
-2.13

During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Equifax Inc was -2.13. The lowest was -3.90. And the median was -2.69.


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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Equifax Inc Annual Data

Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16
Beneish M-Score Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only -2.70 -2.69 -2.66 -2.76 -2.54

Equifax Inc Quarterly Data

Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17
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 -2.51 -2.54 -2.52 -2.54 -2.65

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 Equifax 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 * 0.9507+0.528 * 1.0074+0.404 * 0.9542+0.892 * 1.1046+0.115 * 1.0049
-0.172 * SGAI+4.679 * TATA-0.327 * LVGI
-0.172 * 1.0036+4.679 * -0.0472-0.327 * 0.9401
=-2.65

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

This Year (Sep17) TTM:Last Year (Sep16) TTM:
Accounts Receivable was $458 Mil.
Revenue was 834.8 + 856.7 + 832.2 + 801.1 = $3,325 Mil.
Gross Profit was 537.5 + 563 + 531.4 + 514.8 = $2,147 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $899 Mil.
Total Assets was $7,116 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $529 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $290 Mil.
Selling, General, & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,024 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,336 Mil.
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $2,039 Mil.
Net Income was 96.3 + 165.4 + 153.3 + 123 = $538 Mil.
Non-Recurring Items was 4.5 + 3.1 + 3.1 + 2.8 = $14 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 279.6 + 225.4 + 103.7 + 251.6 = $860 Mil.
Accounts Receivable was $436 Mil.
Revenue was 804.1 + 811.3 + 728.3 + 666.3 = $3,010 Mil.
Gross Profit was 516.1 + 525.5 + 475 + 441.3 = $1,958 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $662 Mil.
Total Assets was $6,807 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $443 Mil.
(DDA) was $245 Mil.
Selling, General, & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $924 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,298 Mil.
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $2,136 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)
=(458.3 / 3324.8) / (436.4 / 3010)
=0.13784288 / 0.14498339
=0.9507

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)
=(1957.9 / 3010) / (2146.7 / 3324.8)
=0.65046512 / 0.6456629
=1.0074

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 - (899.3 + 528.7) / 7115.7) / (1 - (661.8 + 443.3) / 6806.6)
=0.799317 / 0.83764288
=0.9542

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
=3324.8 / 3010
=1.1046

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))
=(245 / (245 + 443.3)) / (290 / (290 + 528.7))
=0.35594944 / 0.35422011
=1.0049

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)
=(1023.9 / 3324.8) / (923.6 / 3010)
=0.30795837 / 0.30684385
=1.0036

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)
=((2038.7 + 1336.3) / 7115.7) / ((2136.3 + 1297.7) / 6806.6)
=0.4743033 / 0.50451033
=0.9401

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
=(538 - 13.5 - 860.3) / 7115.7
=-0.0472

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.

Equifax Inc has a M-score of -2.65 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.

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