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This is a system of estimation of a company’s financial sustainability by translating the calculated financial indicators into scores. YouControl’s financial scoring results in a composite index called FinScore.
FinScore is a score index that measures a company’s financial sustainability, calculated by YouControl analysts. It is based on 10 financial indicators that provide a comprehensive description of the company’s liquidity, solvency, profitability and business activity. Since this index is used, first of all, to compare competitors in the market of Ukraine, it is not vulnerable to global changes within a particular industry. This index describes a company’s financial standing in comparison to other companies in a particular industry.
The values of the FinScore index may vary from 1 (minimum financial sustainability) to 4 (maximum financial sustainability), depending on the values of the company’s financial indicators.
Components of this index have been thoroughly selected based on the results of empirical analysis of trends of about 50 conventional financial indicators.
Risk indicators used in calculating this index demonstrate maximum forecasting capacity that allows predicting the probability of a company’s bankruptcy.
That means that Ukrainian companies with lower values of these indicators more often went bankrupt than their competitors during the analysed period of 2011 to 2015.
Current assets / Current liabilities x 100%
Current Ratio - measures a company’s ability to pay off its current liabilities with an up to one year’s period of maturity, with its current assets. This ratio shows whether the company has sufficient resources to satisfy short-term claims of its creditors. Recommended value > 100%.
Cash & Equivalents / Current liabilities x 100%
Cash Ratio is the strictest liquidity ratio that measures a company’s ability to pay off its current liabilities with only cash or cash equivalents. This ratio shows whether a company has sufficient cash to satisfy creditors’ claims at any particular point in time. Recommended value > 20%.
Equity / Assets x 100%
Equity-to-Assets is a solvency indicator. Proportion of assets financed with equity.
Net Profit / Assets x 100%
Return on Assets (ROA) is a profitability indicator. ROA gives an idea as to how efficiently management use company assets to generate profit
Net Profit / Current Assets x 100%
Return on Current Assets (RCA) is a profitability indicator calculated as profit divided by current assets. Firm's efficiency to use its current assets.
Net Profit / Revenue x 100%
Net Margin (NPM) is a profitability ratio of a company’s net profit to total revenues. The higher is the net profit margin, the more efficient the company is in terms of its ability to translate sales into real profit. Negative values mean losses.
EBIT / Assets x 100%
Return on Total Assets (ROTA) is a profitability indicator. ROA gives an idea as to how efficiently management use company assets to generate operational profit (or earnings before interest and taxes).
Revenue / avg Assets
Total Assets Turnover is a business activity indicator. The efficiency of a company's use of its assets to product sales. The ratio helps to measure the productivity of a company's assets.
Revenue / avg Working Capital
Working Capital Turnover is a business performance indicator that measures how well a company is utilizing its working capital in terms of the generated sales revenues. Working capital is the difference between the current assets and current liabilities. Optimal values vary for various industries.
Revenue / avg Receivables
Receivables Turnover is a business activity indicator. This ratio determines how quickly a company collects outstanding cash balances from its customers during an accounting period.
The values of each indicator included in the FinScore index are automatically translated into 1 to 4 scores depending on their rank against empirical quartiles of a set of values of a respective indicator for the rest of the companies in the market. Where the value of a company’s indicator tends towards the maximum positive value in terms of financial sustainability, the company gets 4 for this indicator. Companies with worse values get lower scores.
Empirical quartiles of a set of values of the net profit margin (NPM) indicator for the analysed year and a respective sector of economy were [0%, 1%, 5%]. So the score for this indicator for the companies in the sector was calculated in the following manner:
Where the company had very high net profit margin (NPM > 5%) it got 4 scores.
In case 1 < NPM < 5% the company got 3 scores.
In case 0 < NPM < 1% the company got 2 scores.
In case NPM < 0% the company got only 1 score.
Scores for the rest of the indicators included in the FinScore index can be calculated in a similar manner.
Fi – score for the factor expressed as indicator i. Constraint:
Wi – weight of factor Fi — Constraint:
n – number of index indicators. n= 10.
The efficiency of the financial scoring model suggested by YouControl analysts has been proved by the history of bankruptcies of Ukrainian companies.
Thus, the companies that went bankrupt had demonstrated average lower values of the index compared to the survived companies. Decrease of this index also signals about potential degradation of financial sustainability.
Thus, the companies that went bankrupt in 2017 had been demonstrating decreasing FinScore index during the previous 7 years (Diagram 1), unlike the still existing companies whose FinScore median had not been changing (Diagram 2).
DIAGRAM 1. FINSCORE INDEX OF BANKRUPT COMPANIES
DIAGRAM 2. FINSCORE INDEX OF SURVIVED COMPANIES
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