Why Acuity Brands Inc.'s Shares Popped

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of lighting solution company Acuity Brands  (NYSE: AYI  ) jumped as much as 24% today after the company released earnings.

So what: Fiscal-first-quarter revenue was up 19.5% from a year ago to $574.7 million and easily topped Wall Street's estimate of $540.9 million. On the bottom line, earnings per share of $0.96 topped estimates by $0.12 and management thinks 2014 will see more growth as end markets improve.  

Now what: Results may be volatile next year, but CEO Vernon Nagel said forecasts show a mid-single-digit growth rate for renovations and retrofits in North America, which should lead to more growth. Shares are by no means cheap at 27 times forward earnings, but Acuity Brands' growth rate and solid profitability give plenty of upside. I think the stock can move higher as energy efficiency becomes more important, and if shares pull back after this pop it would be a nice entry point.

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Travis Hoium has been writing for since July 2010 and covers the solar industry, renewable energy, and gaming stocks among other things.

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