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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 8/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.32
AYI's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
52% of the 2543 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 4.46 vs. AYI: 1.32 )
AYI' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.32

Equity to Asset 0.55
AYI's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
58% of the 2512 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 0.57 vs. AYI: 0.55 )
AYI' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 0.55
Current: 0.55

0.28
0.55
Interest Coverage 6.94
AYI's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
60% of the 1455 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 105.08 vs. AYI: 6.94 )
AYI' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.86   Max: 7.51
Current: 6.94

2.86
7.51
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 5.61
M-Score: -2.55
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 10.60
AYI's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 2403 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 3.75 vs. AYI: 10.60 )
AYI' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 4.91   Max: 12.88
Current: 10.6

4.91
12.88
Net-margin (%) 6.10
AYI's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 2405 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 3.08 vs. AYI: 6.10 )
AYI' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.04   Max: 7.32
Current: 6.1

2.04
7.32
ROE (%) 12.82
AYI's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 2375 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 5.84 vs. AYI: 12.82 )
AYI' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 9.64   Max: 25.76
Current: 12.82

9.64
25.76
ROA (%) 6.69
AYI's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 2410 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 2.93 vs. AYI: 6.69 )
AYI' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 3.04   Max: 10.52
Current: 6.69

3.04
10.52
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 70.07
AYI's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 2402 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 11.83 vs. AYI: 70.07 )
AYI' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 22.64   Max: 101.2
Current: 70.07

22.64
101.2
Revenue Growth (%) 9.40
AYI's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1831 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 2.60 vs. AYI: 9.40 )
AYI' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -13.3   Max: 9.4
Current: 9.4

-13.3
9.4
EBITDA Growth (%) 13.50
AYI's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1488 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. AYI: 13.50 )
AYI' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -14.6   Max: 28.1
Current: 13.5

-14.6
28.1
EPS Growth (%) 18.80
AYI's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1341 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 vs. AYI: 18.80 )
AYI' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -24.1   Max: 86.5
Current: 18.8

-24.1
86.5
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

AYI Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Caxton Associates 175,677 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 46,253 sh (+1480.76%)
Ron Baron 1,000,000 sh (unchged)
Columbia Wanger 2,249,850 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
John Burbank Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
John Keeley 129,178 sh (-8.61%)
Mario Gabelli 26,695 sh (-9.19%)
Chuck Royce 219,763 sh (-13.74%)
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Q3 2013

AYI Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Columbia Wanger 2,249,850 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 1,000,000 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
John Keeley Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 25,795 sh (-3.37%)
Chuck Royce 196,763 sh (-10.47%)
Steven Cohen 6,605 sh (-85.72%)
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Q4 2013

AYI Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Caxton Associates 23,737 sh (New)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Columbia Wanger 2,241,350 sh (-0.38%)
Ron Baron 900,000 sh (-10%)
Mario Gabelli 19,895 sh (-22.87%)
Chuck Royce 126,763 sh (-35.58%)
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Q1 2014

AYI Guru Trades in Q1 2014

George Soros 2,400 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 2,991 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 7,523 sh (New)
Ron Baron 900,000 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 126,763 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 17,995 sh (-9.55%)
Columbia Wanger 1,788,650 sh (-20.2%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with AYI

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 New Buy0.02%$106.28 - $143.65 $ 112.89-14%7523
George Soros 2014-03-31 New Buy$106.28 - $143.65 $ 112.89-14%2400
Mario Gabelli 2013-12-31 Reduce -22.87%$92.84 - $110.19 $ 112.8911%19895
John Keeley 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.19%$81.39 - $93.65 $ 112.8929%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.03%$68.25 - $78.37 $ 112.8952%0
John Burbank 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.01%$68.25 - $78.37 $ 112.8952%0
John Keeley 2013-03-31 Reduce -71.98%0.55%$65.46 - $72.93 $ 112.8962%141345
John Burbank 2013-03-31 New Buy0.01%$65.46 - $72.93 $ 112.8962%4866
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Reduce -25.06%0.01%$65.46 - $72.93 $ 112.8962%8773
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Reduce -46.15%0.04%$56.46 - $68.95 $ 112.8981%12958
Ron Baron 2012-06-30 Add 60.83%0.12%$49.36 - $63.75 $ 112.89108%1000000
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Add 258.47%0.06%$49.36 - $63.75 $ 112.89108%24064
John Burbank 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.0028%$49.36 - $63.75 $ 112.89108%0
John Keeley 2012-03-31 Reduce -26.81%0.27%$50.32 - $64.76 $ 112.89103%662704
Ron Baron 2012-03-31 Add 24.36%0.05%$50.32 - $64.76 $ 112.89103%621789
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 New Buy0.04%$50.32 - $64.76 $ 112.89103%6713
John Burbank 2012-03-31 New Buy$50.32 - $64.76 $ 112.89103%1300
Mario Gabelli 2012-03-31 Add 29.26%$50.32 - $64.76 $ 112.89103%25620
Ron Baron 2011-12-31 Add 100%0.09%$33.97 - $53 $ 112.89143%500000
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.01%$33.97 - $53 $ 112.89143%0
Ron Baron 2011-09-30 Reduce -50%0.08%$36.59 - $56.53 $ 112.89147%250000
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 New Buy0.01%$36.59 - $56.53 $ 112.89148%25600
Ron Baron 2011-06-30 New Buy0.16%$54.67 - $60.96 $ 112.8994%500000
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Guru Investment Theses on Acuity Brands Inc

Baron Funds Comments on Acuity Brands Inc - Jul 22, 2014

Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI), which provides LED lighting systems for commercial real estate facilities, typifies our fallen angel investments. After our initial purchase in 2011, the stock dropped off sharply in reaction to an earnings miss. We used the weakness to significantly increase our position in Acuity. Since then, the stock has more than doubled. The company has an extensive distribution network and expertise in complex lighting schemes that is unparalleled in the industry, and we think it will continue to take market share in the growing number of commercial buildings being retrofit with energy efficient lighting systems.



From Baron Funds' Second Quarter 2014 Shareholder Letter.



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Baron Funds Comments on Acuity Brands - May 05, 2014

Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI), the leading domestic provider of lighting solutions, is benefitting from secular demand for more energy efficiency and the trend to retrofit to LED lighting. The shares gained 21% in the quarter after the company posted strong results. Revenues grew 19.5%, led by LED sales which doubled and now comprise more than a quarter of the company's sales. We see a long runway of growth for Acuity since the LED revolution is early in its development and will



accelerate as the cost of LED decline, making the lamps more affordable. Plus, we think non-residential construction is rebounding, so the cyclical backdrop is also improving.





From Baron Funds' first quarter 2014 commentary.



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Top Ranked Articles about Acuity Brands Inc

Baron Funds Comments on Acuity Brands Inc
Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI), which provides LED lighting systems for commercial real estate facilities, typifies our fallen angel investments. After our initial purchase in 2011, the stock dropped off sharply in reaction to an earnings miss. We used the weakness to significantly increase our position in Acuity. Since then, the stock has more than doubled. The company has an extensive distribution network and expertise in complex lighting schemes that is unparalleled in the industry, and we think it will continue to take market share in the growing number of commercial buildings being retrofit with energy efficient lighting systems. Read more...
Baron Funds Comments on Acuity Brands
Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI), the leading domestic provider of lighting solutions, is benefitting from secular demand for more energy efficiency and the trend to retrofit to LED lighting. The shares gained 21% in the quarter after the company posted strong results. Revenues grew 19.5%, led by LED sales which doubled and now comprise more than a quarter of the company's sales. We see a long runway of growth for Acuity since the LED revolution is early in its development and will Read more...

Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 29.40
AYI's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
65% of the 2657 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 31.80 vs. AYI: 29.40 )
AYI' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 7.32   Max: 40.33
Current: 29.4

7.32
40.33
P/B 4.34
AYI's P/B is ranked lower than
62% of the 2657 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. AYI: 4.34 )
AYI' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.45   Max: 5.7
Current: 4.34

1.45
5.7
P/S 2.10
AYI's P/S is ranked lower than
55% of the 2657 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 0.99 vs. AYI: 2.10 )
AYI' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 2.74
Current: 2.1

0.3
2.74
PFCF 30.51
AYI's PFCF is ranked higher than
71% of the 2657 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 82.23 vs. AYI: 30.51 )
AYI' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.62   Max: 48.28
Current: 30.51

4.62
48.28
EV-to-EBIT 16.63
AYI's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
72% of the 2657 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 23.84 vs. AYI: 16.63 )
AYI' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 4.7   Max: 23.2
Current: 16.63

4.7
23.2
PEG 2.98
AYI's PEG is ranked higher than
84% of the 2657 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AYI: 2.98 )
AYI' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.39   Max: 42.12
Current: 2.98

0.39
42.12
Shiller P/E 40.62
AYI's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
86% of the 2657 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AYI: 40.62 )
AYI' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.9   Max: 52.38
Current: 40.62

8.9
52.38
Current Ratio 2.62
AYI's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
75% of the 2530 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 1.96 vs. AYI: 2.62 )
AYI' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.89   Max: 2.7
Current: 2.62

0.89
2.7
Quick Ratio 2.09
AYI's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
76% of the 2530 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 1.44 vs. AYI: 2.09 )
AYI' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 2.09
Current: 2.09

0.59
2.09

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 0.46
AYI's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
88% of the 1669 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. AYI: 0.46 )
AYI' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 4.11
Current: 0.46

0.38
4.11
Dividend Payout 0.12
AYI's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
96% of the 2657 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AYI: 0.12 )
AYI' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 0.79
Current: 0.12

0.13
0.79
Dividend growth (3y) 1.30
AYI's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
73% of the 810 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: -0.10 vs. AYI: 1.30 )
AYI' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 10.1
Current: 1.3

0
10.1
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.52
AYI's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
86% of the 1708 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. AYI: 0.52 )
AYI' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 4.28
Current: 0.52

0.4
4.28
Share Buyback Rate 0.60
AYI's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
85% of the 1323 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: -1.00 vs. AYI: 0.60 )
AYI' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 3   Max: -3
Current: 0.6

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 15.27
AYI's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
68% of the 2657 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 1.99 vs. AYI: 15.27 )
AYI' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 9.35   Max: 777.38
Current: 15.27

9.35
777.38
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.03
AYI's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
85% of the 2656 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AYI: 2.03 )
AYI' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 2.79
Current: 2.03

0.54
2.79
Price/Median PS Value 2.45
AYI's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
66% of the 2657 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 1.17 vs. AYI: 2.45 )
AYI' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 3.13
Current: 2.45

0.27
3.13
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.44
AYI's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
91% of the 2657 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AYI: 2.44 )
AYI' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 4.34
Current: 2.44

0.41
4.34
Price/Graham Number 4.47
AYI's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
53% of the 2657 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 2.33 vs. AYI: 4.47 )
AYI' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.94   Max: 28.14
Current: 4.47

1.94
28.14
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.00
AYI's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
62% of the 2171 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. AYI: 6.00 )
AYI' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 4.3   Max: 21.2
Current: 6

4.3
21.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 13.97
AYI's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1579 Companies
in the Global Electronic Components industry.

( Industry Median: 3.06 vs. AYI: 13.97 )
AYI' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -2.9   Max: 33
Current: 13.97

-2.9
33

Business Description

Industry: Computer Hardware » Electronic Components
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Traded in other countries:AQ8.Germany
Acuity Brands, Inc. the parent company of Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. and other subsidiaries was incorporated in 2001 under the laws of the State of Delaware. The Company is the providers of lighting fixtures, control devices, components, systems and services for commercial and institutional, industrial, infrastructure, and residential applications for various markets throughout North America and select international markets. It designs, produces, and distributes a full range of indoor and outdoor lighting and control systems for commercial and institutional, industrial, infrastructure, and residential applications. The Company manufactures or procures lighting products primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia. These products and related services are marketed under numerous brand names, including Lithonia Lighting, Holophane, Peerless, Mark Architectural LightingTM, Hydrel, American Electric Lighting, Gotham, Carandini, Metal Optics, Antique Street LampsTM, TersenTM, Synergy Lighting Controls, Sensor Switch, Lighting Control & DesignTM, and ROAM.The Company's principal customers include electrical distributors, retail home improvement centers, national accounts, electric utilities, municipalities, and lighting showrooms located in North America and select international markets serving new construction, renovation, and facility maintenance applications. In North America, the Company's products and lighting systems are sold by independent sales agents and factory sales representatives who cover specific geographic areas and market segments. Products are delivered directly or through a network of distribution centers, regional warehouses, and commercial warehouses using both common carriers and a company-owned truck fleet. The Company operates 20 manufacturing facilities, including 11 facilities in the United States, six facilities in Mexico, two facilities in Europe and one in Canada. The Company utilizes a blend of internal and outsourced manufacturing processes and capabilities to fulfill a variety of customer needs in the most cost-effective manner. Products are delivered directly or through a network of strategically located distribution centers, regional warehouses, and commercial warehouses in North America using both common carriers and a company-owned truck fleet. The Company's primary competitors in the North American lighting fixture and controls market include Cooper Industries plc., Hubbell Incorporated, and Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. The operations of the Company are subject to numerous comprehensive laws and regulations relating to the generation, storage, handling, transportation, and disposal of hazardous substances, as well as solid and hazardous wastes, and to the remediation of contaminated sites.
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Baron Funds Comments on Acuity Brands Inc Jul 22 2014 
Baron Funds Comments on Acuity Brands May 05 2014 
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Weekly Top Insider Buys: AA, OI, EVEP, AYI, ATU Apr 16 2012 
The Best Dividends on April 13, 2012 Apr 12 2012 
Acuity Brands Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q) Jan 10 2011 
Acuity Brands Inc. (AYI) EVP & CFO Jeremy M Quick sells 6,433 Shares Nov 10 2010 
Acuity Brands Inc. (AYI) Chairman, President and CEO Vernon J Nagel sells 83,005 Shares Oct 22 2010 
Acuity Brands Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q) Jun 30 2010 

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