# Free Altman Z Score Spreadsheet

Written by

Jae Jun

What You Will Learn

• Find Out if a Company Will Go Bankrupt Using Altman Z
• How to Use the Free Altman Z Spreadsheet and Where to Get Technical Help

This is not how to calculate using the Altman Z Score Spreadsheet | Flickr: pellesten

#### What is the Altman Z Score Spreadsheet?

Here is a free Altman Z score spreadsheet you can download and run in excel. It is an excel spreadsheet requiring the use of macros but will automatically pull data from the internet and let you calculate the Altman Z Score with this free spreadsheet.

#### The Altman Z Score

The Altman Z score was formulated by a professor in 1968 to predict bankruptcy. You can also read a somewhat current paper by professor Altman which includes his work on the Z score, if you’re into that stuff.

Otherwise, a good concise summary and explanation can be found at Chroma Investing (he has some great stock picks as well).

The Z-score formula may be used to predict the probability that a firm will go into bankruptcy within two years.

Z-scores are used to predict corporate defaults and an easy-to-calculate control measure for the financial distress status of companies in academic studies. The Z-score uses multiple corporate income and balance sheet values to measure the financial health of a company. - Wikipedia

The main problem with the Altman Z formula is that the formula is not suited for many industries. Industries that operate with high leverage, such as radio and utilities will produce a low Z score which equates to a high risk of bankruptcy.

Get my customizable scorecard to see if your stocks pass the numbers test

When I run companies such as Entercom Communications [[ETM]], the Z score comes out to 0.42. Even Time Warner [[TWX]] and Waste Management [[WM]] is expected to fail in the near future.

This is why it is important for investors to not just blindly believe that a low Z score predicts the death of a company. Just have to be smart about it.

As you can see, it is very easy to use. Simply enter the ticker, click the “Calculate” button and it will automatically calculate the Z score for you.

The list includes nine free spreadsheets, the add-in required to download data from the internet as well as all the installation help material.

The Altman Z score spreadsheet is completely free. You are free to edit, share, link or do anything you want to it.

Feel free to check out the free version and then when ready, go to the stock valuation software page and review what you will get with the premium.

The premium version includes several valuation models as well as fundamental analysis data, historical data, charts and competitor comparison features. Just by entering one ticker, you can immediately get all that information on your favorite stock which will save you hours in your analysis.

Go now and see for yourself why people rave about the spreadsheets.

#### IMPORTANT!

To date, I’ve been spending hours helping people with simple excel issues on a free product rather than anything spreadsheet related.

So for all excel and install problems, place all questions in the comment sections below. That way I won’t have to answer the same question again and again.

• Jim

Jae, nice spreadsheet. Much prettier than mine. I’ve been using the Z-Score for a few years now. It’s a useful tool.

• http://www.oldschoolvalue.com Jae Jun

Thanks Jim. It does look to be useful. Combine it with Piotroski and some good FCF figures and I should be able to find some solid companies.

• http://chromainvesting.com Chroma

Jae,

Thanks for the plug! I wanted to add that Altman had a later revision of his Z score. The original was for manufacturing companies this later version was more simple, more accurate and for non manufacturing companies. I gave a brief description of it at: http://chromainvesting.com/2010/01/09/altman-z-score-redux-covering-your-back-side-better/
.-= Chroma´s last blog ..Investing Regret =-.

• http://www.oldschoolvalue.com Jae Jun

Chroma,
What do you mean by “The revised Altman Z score cannot be used for Manufacturing companies, which requires the original Altman Z score.”?

So the old one is for manufacturing and the revised is for non manufacturing?

• http://chromainvesting.com Chroma

Yes. The original Z-score from 1968 was to be used for manufacturing companies. He later revised the score because he realized that it was not effective for non-manufacturing companies. And neither versio is meant to predict bankruptcies for financial companies. I think he actually has more proprietary versions now, that he does not release the actual equations for. Is that more clear or did I muddy things up more?

I am looking forward to using your spreadsheet. Thanks again for all the hard work.
.-= Chroma´s last blog ..Investing Regret =-.

• Mike

I am getting a bunch of #?name errors in the cells.

I have downloaded Randy’s SMF excel Add-in to desktop, extracted the file to a folder on the desktop, and installed the Add-in excel file in excel. Do I need to do anything to other excel file, RCHGetelementNumber-Element-Definition? Should I save it somewhere else? etc?

Cheers

• Jim

Jae, Chroma is correct on what he said. There are two equations for the score both relating to different industries.

• http://www.oldschoolvalue.com Jae Jun

Oh right. Forgot the install section.

You have to unzip the SMF addin to c:\SMF for it to work. Then follow the instructions that I just put up in the edited post to get excel to recognize the add-in.

• Mike

Jae – just perfect!

Thanks!

Cheers

• lei

• Julie

Hi Jae Jun,

Thanks,
Julie

• http://www.oldschoolvalue.com Jae Jun

Hi Julie,

• Ashok

Please send me the working spresd sheet.
Many thanks

• Nicki Aggelopoulou