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Is Acuity Brands, Inc.(NYSE: AYI), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 12/3/2001. Acuity Brands, Inc. is in the Diversified Electronics industry and Technology sector. Average volume for Acuity Brands, Inc., is 286.38, and so far today it has a volume of 328800. Performance year to date since the 12/3/2001 is 11.28%.

To help you determine whether Acuity Brands, Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 42.39 and forward P/E is 26.66. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Acuity Brands, Inc. has a value for PEG of 2.17. P/S ratio is 3.65 and the P/B ratio is 7.12. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 33.83 and 41.34 respectively.

At the current price Acuity Brands, Inc. is trading at, 259.75 (-0.46% today), Acuity Brands, Inc. has a dividend yield of 0.20%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 8.40%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 6.13, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 21.57% after growing 25.80% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 14.00%, and 24.50% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 43.89, and the number of shares float is 43.41. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.90%, and institutional ownership is at 97.10%. The float short is 4.09%, with the short ratio at a value of 6.2. Management has seen a return on assets of 10.40%, and also a return on investment of 14.90%.

The ability for Acuity Brands, Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 2, and quick ratio is 1.5. Long term debt/equity is 0.22 and total debt/equity is 0.22. In terms of margins, Acuity Brands, Inc. has a gross margin of 43.40%, with its operating margin at 14.50%, and Acuity Brands, Inc. has a profit margin of 8.60%.

The 52 week high is -7.53%, with 54.67% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -3.10% and the 200 day simple moving average is 8.23%.

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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