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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI)?

The company in question is, Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) currently with a stock price of 261.38 (-0.55% today). The market cap for Acuity Brands, Inc. is 11535.17, and is in the sector Technology, and Diversified Electronics industry. The target price for Acuity Brands, Inc. is 284. Currently Acuity Brands, Inc. is trading with a P/E of 42.89, and a forward P/E of 26.99. Average volume for Acuity Brands, Inc. is 503.67 and so far today it is 64072.

Performance in the last year for Acuity Brands, Inc. has been 37.52%. For EPS growth, Acuity Brands, Inc. has seen a growth of 25.80%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 21.56%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 23.20% over the last five years and could be 19.50% for the next five years. Acuity Brands, Inc. has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at 24.50%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at 14.00%. The 20-day simple moving average is 2.68%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 14.20%.

Since the IPO date for Acuity Brands, Inc. on the 12/3/2001, Acuity Brands, Inc. has seen performance year to date to be 12.60%. With Acuity Brands, Inc. trading at 261.38, the dividend yield is 0.20%, and the EPS is 6.13.

So could Acuity Brands, Inc., be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 42.89. The PEG is 2.2, P/S is 3.69 and the P/B is at 7.2. The P/cash is 34.23, with P/free cash flow at 41.82.

Acuity Brands, Inc. ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 2, and the quick ratio is 1.5. This is with long term debt/equity at 0.22, and total debt/equity at 0.22.

In terms of margins, Acuity Brands, Inc. has a gross margin of 43.40%, an operating margin of 14.50% and a profit margin of 8.60%.Payout ratio for Acuity Brands, Inc. is 8.40%. Return on assets come to 10.40% with return on investment coming to 14.90%.

Insider ownership for Acuity Brands, Inc., is at 0.90% and institutional ownership comes to 98.10%. Outstanding shares are at 43.89. While shares float is 43.41. The float short is currently 4.34%, and short ratio is 3.74.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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