Montag & Caldwell LLC purchased a new position in shares of Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm purchased 1,205 shares of the electronics maker’s stock, valued at approximately $212,000.

Other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC raised its holdings in Acuity Brands by 661.1% during the 2nd quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 548 shares of the electronics maker’s stock worth $111,000 after purchasing an additional 476 shares during the last quarter. QS Investors LLC grew its position in shares of Acuity Brands by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter. QS Investors LLC now owns 588 shares of the electronics maker’s stock worth $120,000 after buying an additional 7 shares during the period. First Bank & Trust grew its position in shares of Acuity Brands by 183.7% during the 3rd quarter. First Bank & Trust now owns 746 shares of the electronics maker’s stock worth $128,000 after buying an additional 483 shares during the period. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. acquired a new stake in shares of Acuity Brands during the 4th quarter worth approximately $151,000. Finally, Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Acuity Brands during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $206,000.

Shares of Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE AYI) opened at $153.66 on Friday. Acuity Brands, Inc. has a 52-week low of $151.51 and a 52-week high of $225.36. 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 cap of $6,510.93 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.11.

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). Acuity Brands had a net margin of 8.91% and a return on equity of 20.08%. The business had revenue of $842.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $883.97 million. equities analysts forecast that Acuity Brands, Inc. will post 9 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 1st. Investors of record on Monday, January 22nd were given a $0.13 dividend. This represents a $0.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.34%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, January 19th. Acuity Brands’s payout ratio is currently 7.14%.

Several analysts have recently commented on AYI shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Acuity Brands from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Seaport Global Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $200.00 price objective (down previously from $225.00) on shares of Acuity Brands in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Williams Capital downgraded shares of Acuity Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their price objective for the stock from $204.00 to $175.00 in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $198.00 price objective on shares of Acuity Brands in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed 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. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target 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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