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ACUITY BRANDS INC (AYI) News

Nordea Investment Management AB Buys 14,233 Shares of Acuity Brands Inc (AYI)

Nordea Investment Management AB lifted its stake in Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE:AYI) by 50.3% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 42,522 shares of the electronics maker’s stock after purchasing an additional 14,233 shares during the period. Nordea Investment Management AB owned about 0.10% of Acuity Brands worth $8,644,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other large investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in AYI. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. boosted its holdings in Acuity Brands by 10.7% in the first quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 116,044 shares of the electronics maker’s stock valued at $23,673,000 after purchasing an additional 11,223 shares during the period. Karp Capital Management Corp purchased a new position in Acuity Brands in the first quarter valued at $1,468,000. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS boosted its holdings in Acuity Brands by 29.4% in the first quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 3,271 shares of the electronics maker’s stock valued at $667,000 after purchasing an additional 744 shares during the period. Mason Street Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in Acuity Brands by 1.0% in the first quarter. Mason Street Advisors LLC now owns 6,093 shares of the electronics maker’s stock valued at $1,243,000 after purchasing an additional 63 shares during the period. Finally, Pacer Advisors Inc. boosted its holdings in Acuity Brands by 3.3% in the first quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 846 shares of the electronics maker’s stock valued at $173,000 after purchasing an additional 27 shares during the period.

In other news, EVP Mark A. Black sold 5,427 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $205.29, for a total transaction of $1,114,108.83. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC. Also, Director Peter C. Browning sold 970 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $200.05, for a total transaction of $194,048.50. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 1,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $200,050. Corporate insiders own 1.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the company. JMP Securities reiterated an “underperform” rating and issued a $183.00 target price (up from $170.00) on shares of Acuity Brands in a report on Friday, June 30th. Deutsche Bank AG lifted their target price on Acuity Brands from $215.00 to $245.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 30th. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $215.00 target price on shares of Acuity Brands in a report on Friday, June 30th. BidaskClub upgraded Acuity Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, July 1st. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. decreased their target price on Acuity Brands from $265.00 to $215.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, July 4th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $216.53.

Shares of Acuity Brands Inc (AYI) opened at 165.03 on Wednesday. Acuity Brands Inc has a 52-week low of $153.28 and a 52-week high of $267.08. The firm has a market cap of $7.11 billion, a PE ratio of 23.02 and a beta of 1.42. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $181.93 and its 200-day moving average price is $185.88.

Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, June 29th. The electronics maker reported $2.15 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.03 by $0.12. The company had revenue of $891.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $878.66 million. Acuity Brands had a net margin of 9.04% and a return on equity of 19.89%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $2.06 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Acuity Brands Inc will post $8.32 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Acuity Brands declared that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase program on Thursday, June 29th that authorizes the company to buyback 2,000,000 outstanding shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the electronics maker to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are usually a sign that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

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