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Symantec Corp  (NAS:SYMC) Beneish M-Score: -2.01 (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.

Symantec Corp has a M-score of -2.01 signals that the company is a manipulator.

NAS:SYMC' s Beneish M-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -6.57   Max: 0.31
Current: -2.01

-6.57
0.31

During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of Symantec Corp was 0.31. The lowest was -6.57. And the median was -2.76.


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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Symantec Corp Annual Data

Mar08 Mar09 Mar10 Mar11 Mar12 Mar13 Mar14 Mar15 Mar16 Mar17
Beneish M-Score Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only -2.75 -2.32 -2.80 -2.12 -2.00

Symantec Corp Quarterly Data

Sep12 Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17
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 -2.06 -2.24 -1.50 -2.00 -2.01

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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 Symantec Corp 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 * 1.2352+0.528 * 1.0686+0.404 * 2.2404+0.892 * 1.2066+0.115 * 0.5913
-0.172 * SGAI+4.679 * TATA-0.327 * LVGI
-0.172 * 1.2017+4.679 * -0.0717-0.327 * 1.143
=-2.01

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

This Year (Jun17) TTM:Last Year (Jun16) TTM:
Accounts Receivable was $468 Mil.
Revenue was 1175 + 1115 + 1041 + 979 = $4,310 Mil.
Gross Profit was 918 + 856 + 806 + 769 = $3,349 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $3,173 Mil.
Total Assets was $15,868 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $895 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $649 Mil.
Selling, General, & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $2,230 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,121 Mil.
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $6,202 Mil.
Net Income was -133 + -143 + 46 + -144 = $-374 Mil.
Non-Recurring Items was -12 + -3 + 5 + 10 = $0 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 213 + 353 + 144 + 53 = $763 Mil.
Accounts Receivable was $314 Mil.
Revenue was 884 + 873 + 909 + 906 = $3,572 Mil.
Gross Profit was 735 + 726 + 759 + 746 = $2,966 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $6,799 Mil.
Total Assets was $11,530 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $904 Mil.
(DDA) was $299 Mil.
Selling, General, & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $1,538 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $3,322 Mil.
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $2,605 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)
=(468 / 4310) / (314 / 3572)
=0.10858469 / 0.08790594
=1.2352

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)
=(2966 / 3572) / (3349 / 4310)
=0.83034714 / 0.77703016
=1.0686

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 - (3173 + 895) / 15868) / (1 - (6799 + 904) / 11530)
=0.74363499 / 0.33191674
=2.2404

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
=4310 / 3572
=1.2066

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))
=(299 / (299 + 904)) / (649 / (649 + 895))
=0.2485453 / 0.42033679
=0.5913

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)
=(2230 / 4310) / (1538 / 3572)
=0.51740139 / 0.43057111
=1.2017

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)
=((6202 + 3121) / 15868) / ((2605 + 3322) / 11530)
=0.58753466 / 0.5140503
=1.143

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
=(-374 - 0 - 763) / 15868
=-0.0717

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.

Symantec Corp has a M-score of -2.01 signals that the company is likely to be a manipulator.


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