856 Shares in Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI) Acquired by Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V.

Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. acquired a new stake in shares of Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm acquired 856 shares of the electronics maker’s stock, valued at approximately $151,000.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently made changes to their positions in the business. QS Investors LLC lifted its position in Acuity Brands by 1.2% during the second quarter. QS Investors LLC now owns 588 shares of the electronics maker’s stock valued at $120,000 after buying an additional 7 shares during the period. Sentry Investment Management LLC lifted its position in Acuity Brands by 1.1% during the second quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 3,301 shares of the electronics maker’s stock valued at $671,000 after buying an additional 35 shares during the period. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System lifted its position in Acuity Brands by 0.5% during the third quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns 63,862 shares of the electronics maker’s stock valued at $10,938,000 after buying an additional 330 shares during the period. Global X MANAGEMENT CO LLC lifted its position in Acuity Brands by 21.3% during the third quarter. Global X MANAGEMENT CO LLC now owns 2,108 shares of the electronics maker’s stock valued at $361,000 after buying an additional 370 shares during the period. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corp lifted its position in Acuity Brands by 0.5% during the third quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corp now owns 87,824 shares of the electronics maker’s stock valued at $15,042,000 after buying an additional 438 shares during the period.

Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE AYI) opened at $147.05 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.21, a current ratio of 2.23 and a quick ratio of 1.65. The stock has a market capitalization of $6,130.24, a PE ratio of 18.38, a PEG ratio of 1.47 and a beta of 1.28. Acuity Brands, Inc. has a 52-week low of $141.77 and a 52-week high of $225.36.

Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, January 9th. The electronics maker reported $1.81 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.97 by ($0.16). The company had revenue of $842.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $883.97 million. Acuity Brands had a return on equity of 20.08% and a net margin of 8.91%. research analysts expect that Acuity Brands, Inc. will post 9 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 1st. Stockholders of record on Monday, January 22nd were given a $0.13 dividend. This represents a $0.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.35%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, January 19th. Acuity Brands’s dividend payout ratio is presently 7.14%.

Several equities analysts have commented on the company. Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $175.00 price objective (down previously from $185.00) on shares of Acuity Brands in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised Acuity Brands from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Seaport Global Securities reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Acuity Brands in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Williams Capital lowered Acuity Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and lowered their price objective for the company from $204.00 to $175.00 in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reissued a “hold” rating and set a $198.00 price objective on shares of Acuity Brands in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $196.23.

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Acuity Brands Company Profile

Acuity Brands, Inc 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 offers a portfolio of indoor and outdoor lighting and building management solutions for commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure and residential applications.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYI)

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