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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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|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
|MG Growth Estimate||15.00%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$102.55|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$60.12|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||4.09%|
|% 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|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||0|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||2/1/2018|
|Total Current Assets||$1,093,400,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$509,600,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||41,500,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$8.45|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$7.07|
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