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Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 11602.32. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Acuity Brands, Inc. is 263.24 (with a change from open of 0.64%), this in conjunction with a target price of 282.13. Volume today has so far reached 115924, with an average volume of about 283.94. The GAP for this stock, is 0.53%.

The P/E ratio is 42.46, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 26.71. The current EPS for Acuity Brands, Inc., is 6.13, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 25.80%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 11.47%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Acuity Brands, Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 21.57% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 19.50%. Quarter over quarter is 14.00% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 24.50%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 23.20%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 10.70%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.90% and institutional ownership is 97.00%. Shares outstanding is 44.59, while shares float is at a value of 43.41. Float short for Acuity Brands, Inc. is 4.09% and the short ratio is 6.26.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.22, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.22. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 2, and the quick ratio is 1.5. The most recent gross margin is 43.40% and their operating margin is 14.50%. The profit margin is 8.60%.

Acuity Brands, Inc. has seen returns on assets of 10.40%, and on investment, 14.90%. Return on equity is 18.20%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.18. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 3.71, with Price/book ratio coming to 7.13 and Price/cash is 34.43, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 42.07.

The simple moving averages are -1.98% and 9.98% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -6.28% and the 52 week low is 56.75%.

Acuity Brands, Inc. has a dividend yield of 0.20%, with a current price of 263.24. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 8.40%. This is in an industry, Diversified Electronics, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Technology. Acuity Brands, Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Diversified Electronics industry means that Acuity Brands, Inc. has seen performance for the past week of -0.46%, with performance for the month coming to -5.48%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 6.44%, and for the half year the performance is 33.74%. Volatility for this week is 2.05% and for the month this is 1.67%.

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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