Acuity Brands Inc

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AYI : NYSE : Technology
$207.86 | %
Today's Range: 206.83 - 209.98
Avg. Daily Volume: 641100.0
01/20/17 - 4:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis

ACUITY BRANDS INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company managed to grow both sales and net income at a faster pace than the average competitor in its industry this quarter as compared to the same quarter a year ago. ACUITY BRANDS INC has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.60 which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year, indicating deteriorating cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 20.57% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is unlikely to face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)851.2736.6
EBITDA ($mil)146.6128.8
EBIT ($mil)129.4114.5
Net Income ($mil)81.768.4

Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)451.2560.2
Total Assets ($mil)2963.42506.3
Total Debt ($mil)356.0352.4
Equity ($mil)1730.11434.9

Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin44.4545.38
EBITDA Margin17.2217.48
Operating Margin15.215.54
Sales Turnover1.151.12
Return on Assets10.269.55
Return on Equity17.5716.68
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio2.222.45
Interest Expense8.68.3
Interest Coverage15.0513.8

Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)43.8243.51
Div / share0.130.13
Book value / share39.4832.98
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume596584.0317498.0


BUY. ACUITY BRANDS INC's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 24.31 for the Electrical Equipment industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.49. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 5.45 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.84 and a premium versus the industry average of 4.19. The current price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average and above the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, ACUITY BRANDS INC proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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AYI 31.02 Peers 24.31   AYI 28.24 Peers 13.76

Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.

AYI is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Premium. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

AYI is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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AYI 18.56 Peers 21.69   AYI 0.72 Peers 2.19

Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.

AYI is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.


Discount. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

AYI trades at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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AYI 5.45 Peers 4.19   AYI 26.22 Peers -6.10

Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

AYI is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

AYI is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.

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  Sales Growth
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AYI 2.77 Peers 2.55   AYI 21.81 Peers -8.51

Average. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

AYI is trading at a valuation on par with its industry on this measurement.


Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.

AYI has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.



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