Acuity Brands Inc Valuation – June 2018 $AYI

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Acuity Brands, Inc., incorporated on September 20, 2007, is a provider of lighting solutions for commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure and residential applications throughout North America and other international markets. The Company operates through North American segment. The Company’s lighting and building management solutions vary from individual devices to intelligent network systems. Its individual devices include luminaires, lighting controls, lighting components, controllers for various building systems (including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, shades and access control), power supplies and prismatic skylights. The Company’s lighting and building management solutions are marketed under various brand names, including Lithonia Lighting, Holophane, Peerless, Gotham, Mark Architectural Lighting, Winona Lighting, Juno, Indy, AccuLite, Aculux, Healthcare Lighting, Hydrel, American Electric Lighting, Carandini, Antique Street Lamps, Sunoptics, RELOC Wiring Solutions, eldoLED, Distech Controls and Acuity Controls. Through its subsidiary, IOTA Engineering, L.L.C., the Company provides emergency lighting products and power equipment.

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ModernGraham Valuation of AYI – June 2018

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $4,835,882,290 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.15 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 261.90% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 16.68 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.99 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 2.15 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.61 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $7.07
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $272.30
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B
MG Value based on 3% Growth $102.55
MG Value based on 0% Growth $60.12
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.09%
Current Price $117.95
% of Intrinsic Value 43.32%

Acuity Brands, Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial position. . The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.12 in 2014 to an estimated $7.07 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.09% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Acuity Brands, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $86.97. The company pays a dividend of $0.52 per share, for a yield of 0.4% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 16.68, which was below the industry average of 25.61, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-0.51.

Acuity Brands, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$0.51
Graham Number $86.97
PEmg 16.68
Current Ratio 2.15
PB Ratio 2.99
Current Dividend $0.52
Dividend Yield 0.44%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 2/1/2018
Total Current Assets $1,093,400,000
Total Current Liabilities $509,600,000
Long-Term Debt $356,500,000
Total Assets $2,750,500,000
Intangible Assets $1,359,400,000
Total Liabilities $1,114,700,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 41,500,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $8.45
Aug2017 $7.43
Aug2016 $6.63
Aug2015 $5.09
Aug2014 $4.05
Aug2013 $2.95
Aug2012 $2.72
Aug2011 $2.42
Aug2010 $1.80
Aug2009 $2.00
Aug2008 $3.56
Aug2007 $3.37
Aug2006 $2.34
Aug2005 $1.17
Aug2004 $1.56
Aug2003 $1.15
Aug2002 $1.26
Aug2001 $0.99

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.07
Aug2017 $6.00
Aug2016 $4.95
Aug2015 $3.89
Aug2014 $3.12
Aug2013 $2.57
Aug2012 $2.42
Aug2011 $2.39
Aug2010 $2.45
Aug2009 $2.68
Aug2008 $2.81
Aug2007 $2.27
Aug2006 $1.64
Aug2005 $1.27
Aug2004 $1.21
Aug2003 $0.92
Aug2002 $0.68

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