Altria Beneish M Score

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USD 54.50  0.61  1.13%

This module uses fundamental data of Altria to approximate the value of its Beneish M Score. Altria M Score tells investors if the company management is likely to be manipulating earnings. The score is calculated using eight financial indicators that are adjusted by a specific multiplier. Please note, the M Score is a probabilistic model and cannot detect companies that manipulate their earnings with 100% accuracy. Additionally, see Altria Piotroski F Score and Altria Altman Z Score analysis.
  
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Altria Debt Current is quite stable at the moment as compared to the past year. The company's current value of Debt Current is estimated at 1.13 Billion. Long Term Debt to Equity is expected to rise to 9.57 this year, although the value of Total Debt will most likely fall to about 25.7 B. Altria Accrued Expenses Turnover is quite stable at the moment as compared to the past year. The company's current value of Accrued Expenses Turnover is estimated at 3.38. Cash and Equivalents Turnover is expected to rise to 7.73 this year, although the value of PPandE Turnover will most likely fall to 11.26.
At this time, it appears that Altria Group is a possible manipulator. The earnings manipulation may begin if Altria's top management creates an artificial sense of financial success, forcing the stock price to be traded at a high price-earnings multiple than it should be. In general, excessive earnings management by Altria executives may lead to removing some of the operating profits from subsequent periods to inflate earnings in the following periods. This way, the manipulation of Altria's earnings can lead to misrepresentations of actual financial condition, taking the otherwise loyal stakeholders on to the path of questionable ethical practices and plain fraud.
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Beneish M Score - Possible Manipulator
Elasticity of Receivables0.94Focus
Asset Quality1.03Focus
Expense Coverage0.88Focus
Gross Margin Strengs1.02Focus
Accruals Factor0.88Focus
Depreciation Resistance1.0Focus
Net Sales Growth1.09Focus
Financial Leverage Condition0.87Focus

Altria Beneish M-Score Indicator Trends

The cure to earnings manipulation is the transparency of financial reporting. It will typically remove the temptation of the top executives to inflate earnings (i.e., to promote the idea of 'winning at any cost'). Because a healthy internal audit department can enhance transparency, the board should promote the auditors' access to all the record-keeping systems across the enterprise. For example, if Altria's auditors report directly to the board (not management), the managers will be reluctant to manipulate simply due to the fear of punishment. On the other hand, the auditors will be free to investigate the ledgers properly because they know that the board has their back.
Current ValueLast YearChange From Last Year 10 Year Trend
Revenues28.3 B26 B
Significantly Up
Increasing
Slightly volatile
Selling General and Administrative Expense2.3 B2.4 B
Sufficiently Down
Decreasing
Slightly volatile
Net Cash Flow from Operations7.8 B8.4 B
Significantly Down
Increasing
Slightly volatile
Depreciation Amortization and Accretion259.5 M244 M
Notably Up
Increasing
Stable
Total Assets44.7 B39.5 B
Moderately Up
Increasing
Slightly volatile
Investments15.8 B13.5 B
Fairly Up
Increasing
Slightly volatile
Investments Non Current15.8 B13.5 B
Fairly Up
Increasing
Slightly volatile
Property Plant and Equipment Net1.6 B1.6 B
Notably Up
Decreasing
Slightly volatile
Trade and Non Trade Receivables48.2 M47 M
Fairly Up
Decreasing
Slightly volatile
Total Liabilities42 B41.1 B
Fairly Up
Increasing
Slightly volatile
Current Assets5.7 B6.1 B
Notably Down
Decreasing
Slightly volatile
Assets Non Current38 B33.4 B
Fairly Up
Increasing
Slightly volatile
Current Liabilities9.7 B8.6 B
Moderately Up
Increasing
Stable
Liabilities Non Current32.2 B32.5 B
Slightly Down
Increasing
Slightly volatile
Total Debt25.7 B28 B
Significantly Down
Increasing
Slightly volatile
Debt Current1.1 B1.1 B
Fairly Up
Increasing
Stable
Debt Non Current24 B26.9 B
Fairly Down
Increasing
Slightly volatile
Operating Income11.2 B11.6 B
Fairly Down
Increasing
Slightly volatile
Gross Margin0.550.538
Fairly Up
Increasing
Slightly volatile

Altria Group Beneish M-Score Driver Matrix

One of the toughest challenges investors face today is learning how to quickly synthesize historical financial statements and information provided by the company, SEC reporting, and various external parties in order to detect the potential manipulation of earnings. Understanding the correlation between Altria's different financial indicators related to revenue, expenses, operating profit, and net earnings helps investors identify and prioritize their investing strategies towards Altria in a much-optimized way. Analyzing correlations between earnings drivers directly associated with dollar figures is the most effective way to find Altria's degree of accounting gimmicks and manipulations.

About Altria Beneish M Score

M-Score is one of many grading techniques for value stocks. It was developed by Professor M. Daniel Beneish of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and published in 1999 under the paper titled The Detection of Earnings Manipulation. The Beneish score is a multi-factor model that utilizes financial identifiers to compile eight variables used to classify whether a company has manipulated its reported earnings. The variables are built from the officially filed financial statements to create a final score call 'M Score.' The score helps to identify companies that are likely to manipulate their profits if they show deteriorating gross margins, operating expenses, and leverage against growing revenue.

Cost of Revenue

12.11 Billion

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Altria Cost of Revenue is quite stable at the moment as compared to the past year. The company's current value of Cost of Revenue is estimated at 12.11 Billion

Altria Earnings Manipulation Drivers

Although earnings manipulation is typically not the result of intentional misconduct by the c-level executives, it is still a widespread practice by the senior management of public companies such as Altria. It is usually done by a series of misrepresentations of various accounting rules and operating activities across multiple financial cycles. The best way to spot the manipulation is to examine the historical financial statement to find inconsistencies in earning reports to find trends in assets or liabilities that are not sustainable in the future.
201720182019202020212022 (projected)
Revenues25.58 B25.36 B25.11 B26.15 B26.01 B28.26 B
Total Assets43.2 B55.46 B49.27 B47.41 B39.52 B44.68 B
Current Assets4.34 B4.3 B4.82 B7.12 B6.08 B5.71 B
Assets Non Current38.86 B51.16 B44.45 B40.3 B33.44 B38.03 B
Total Liabilities27.78 B40.63 B42.91 B44.45 B41.13 B41.96 B
Current Liabilities6.79 B21.19 B8.17 B9.06 B8.58 B9.71 B
Total Debt13.89 B25.75 B28.04 B29.47 B28.04 B25.74 B
Debt Non Current13.03 B11.9 B27.04 B27.97 B26.94 B24.01 B
Operating Income9.59 B9.12 B10.33 B10.87 B11.56 B11.22 B
Investments17.95 B30.5 B23.58 B19.53 B13.48 B15.79 B
Gross Margin0.470.480.510.50.540.55

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The Macroaxis Fundamental Analysis modules help investors analyze Altria Group's financials across various querterly and yearly statements, indicators and fundamental ratios. We help investors to determine the real value of Altria using virtually all public information available. We use both quantitative as well as qualitative analysis to arrive at the intrinsic value of Altria Group based on its fundamental data. In general, a quantitative approach, as applied to this company, focuses on analyzing financial statements comparatively, whereas a qaualitative method uses data that is important to a company's growth but cannot be measured and presented in a numerical way.
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Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells smokeable and oral tobacco products in the United States. Altria Group, Inc. was founded in 1822 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Altria operates under Tobacco classification in the United States and is traded on New York Stock Exchange. It employs 6000 people.

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Is Altria's industry expected to grow? Or is there an opportunity to expand the business' product line in the future? Factors like these will boost the valuation of Altria. If investors know Altria will grow in the future, the company's valuation will be higher. The financial industry is built on trying to define current growth potential and future valuation accurately. All the valuation information about Altria listed above have to be considered, but the key to understanding future value is determining which factors weigh more heavily than others.
The market value of Altria Group is measured differently than its book value, which is the value of Altria that is recorded on the company's balance sheet. Investors also form their own opinion of Altria's value that differs from its market value or its book value, called intrinsic value, which is Altria's true underlying value. Investors use various methods to calculate intrinsic value and buy a stock when its market value falls below its intrinsic value. Because Altria's market value can be influenced by many factors that don't directly affect Altria's underlying business (such as a pandemic or basic market pessimism), market value can vary widely from intrinsic value.
Please note, there is a significant difference between Altria's value and its price as these two are different measures arrived at by different means. Investors typically determine Altria value by looking at such factors as earnings, sales, fundamental and technical indicators, competition as well as analyst projections. However, Altria's price is the amount at which it trades on the open market and represents the number that a seller and buyer find agreeable to each party.