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Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)
Beneish M-Score
-2.49 (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.

Johnson & Johnson has a M-score of -2.49 suggests that the company is not a manipulator.

JNJ' s Beneish M-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.76   Max: -2.22
Current: -2.49

-2.76
-2.22

During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Johnson & Johnson was -2.22. The lowest was -2.76. And the median was -2.60.


Definition

The M-score was created by Professor Messod Beneish. Instead of measuring the bankruptcy risk (Z-Score) or business trend (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 Johnson & Johnson 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 * 1.0486+0.528 * 0.991+0.404 * 1.0683+0.892 * 1.0284+0.115 * 1.0043
-0.172 * SGAI+4.679 * TATA-0.327 * LVGI
-0.172 * 0.9239+4.679 * -0.015-0.327 * 1.1568
=-2.49

* 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:
Accounts Receivable was $12,300 Mil.
Revenue was 17766 + 18106 + 17820 + 18482 = $72,174 Mil.
Gross Profit was 12380 + 12572 + 12334 + 13146 = $50,432 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $63,347 Mil.
Total Assets was $144,918 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $16,191 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $3,775 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $19,994 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $25,119 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $27,015 Mil.
Net Income was 4422 + 3814 + 4272 + 3997 = $16,505 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 75 + -215 + -8 + -671 = $-819 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 2913 + 6653 + 5361 + 4564 = $19,491 Mil.
Accounts Receivable was $11,406 Mil.
Revenue was 17482 + 17811 + 17102 + 17787 = $70,182 Mil.
Gross Profit was 12153 + 12138 + 11878 + 12430 = $48,599 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $62,738 Mil.
Total Assets was $136,231 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $15,964 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $3,742 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $21,044 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $22,134 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $20,233 Mil.



1. DSRI = Days Sales in Receivables Index

Measured as the ratio of days’ sales in receivables 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)
=(12300 / 72174) / (11406 / 70182)
=0.17042148 / 0.1625203
=1.0486

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)
=(48599 / 70182) / (50432 / 72174)
=0.692471 / 0.69875578
=0.991

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 plant, property and equipment to total assets.

AQI=(1 - (CurrentAssets_t + PPE_t) / TotalAssets_t) / (1 - (CurrentAssets_t-1 + PPE_t-1) / TotalAssets_t-1)
=(1 - (63347 + 16191) / 144918) / (1 - (62738 + 15964) / 136231)
=0.45115169 / 0.42229008
=1.0683

4. SGI = Sales Growth Index

Ratio of sales 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
=72174 / 70182
=1.0284

5. DEPI = Depreciation Index

Measured as the ratio of the rate of depreciation 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))
=(3742 / (3742 + 15964)) / (3775 / (3775 + 16191))
=0.1898914 / 0.18907142
=1.0043

6. SGAI = Sales, General and Administrative expenses Index

The ratio of SGA expenses 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)
=(19994 / 72174) / (21044 / 70182)
=0.27702497 / 0.29984896
=0.9239

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)
=((27015 + 25119) / 144918) / ((20233 + 22134) / 136231)
=0.35974827 / 0.31099383
=1.1568

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
=(16505 - -819 - 19491) / 144918
=-0.015

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.

Johnson & Johnson has a M-score of -2.49 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.


Related Terms

Altman Z-Score, Piotroski F-Score, Accounts Receivable, Revenue, Gross Profit, Total Current Assets, Total Assets, Property, Plant and Equipment, Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization, Selling, General & Admin. Expense, Total Current Liabilities, Long-Term Debt, Net Income, Non Operating Income, Cash Flow from Operations


Historical Data

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

Johnson & Johnson Annual Data

Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
DSRI 0.94610.98631.02221.01841.02521.03390.97640.89981.03651.0624
GMI 1.01150.99981.01091.01021.01161.01340.98710.98951.00190.9919
AQI 0.92930.93651.00120.93520.98361.2420.92120.99940.95720.9937
SGI 1.14571.04340.9710.9951.05591.03371.06081.04230.94271.0259
DEPI 0.87360.99421.04090.94170.95220.95120.94081.01351.02060.9986
SGAI 1.02391.00710.94890.98591.02240.96270.98610.96481.02450.9169
LVGI 1.10761.02640.92720.98991.00530.93580.99781.04780.98811.1338
TATA -0.0483-0.0351-0.0397-0.0371-0.0116-0.024-0.0082-0.0175-0.0412-0.0089
M-score -2.70-2.65-2.63-2.66-2.47-2.40-2.53-2.63-2.70-2.48

Johnson & Johnson Quarterly Data

Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16Mar17
DSRI 0.89980.93030.99891.03291.03651.0371.02211.02241.06241.0486
GMI 0.98950.99640.99221.00141.00191.00110.99950.99550.99190.991
AQI 0.99940.95160.96360.95430.95720.98670.98011.06730.99371.0683
SGI 1.04231.02320.97750.94740.94270.95370.9861.01531.02591.0284
DEPI 1.01351.03011.041.05121.02061.03911.01161.0220.99861.0043
SGAI 0.96480.96961.00561.01171.02451.02070.98190.95670.91690.9239
LVGI 1.04781.08121.04941.0790.98811.03141.12721.12911.13381.1568
TATA -0.0175-0.0161-0.0226-0.0306-0.0412-0.0311-0.0161-0.007-0.0089-0.015
M-score -2.63-2.64-2.64-2.68-2.70-2.65-2.59-2.49-2.48-2.49
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