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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 304.97, and so far today it has a volume of 914100. Performance year to date since the 12/3/2001 is 4.52%.

To help you determine whether Acuity Brands, Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 39.81 and forward P/E is 25.02. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Acuity Brands, Inc. has a value for PEG of 2.04. P/S ratio is 3.4 and the P/B ratio is 6.68. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 31.49 and 38.48 respectively.

At the current price Acuity Brands, Inc. is trading at, 243.97 (0.40% today), Acuity Brands, Inc. has a dividend yield of 0.21%, 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 21.70% 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 43.5, and the number of shares float is 43.41. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.90%, and institutional ownership is at 97.20%. The float short is 4.23%, with the short ratio at a value of 6.02. 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 -13.14%, with 44.15% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -8.61% and the 200 day simple moving average is 1.15%.

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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