ACUITY BRANDS, INC.

ACUITY BRANDS, INC.

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Company Overview
Acuity Brands Inc is a publicly quoted company holding company that owns and manages two businesses that serve distinctive markets: lighting equipment and specialty products. The company has its registered office located in Atlanta, United states. It is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol AYI.
The lighting equipment business of Acuity Brands is operated by its wholly owned subsidiary, Acuity Brands Lightning (ABL). ABL is a provider of lighting fixtures for new construction, renovation, and facility maintenance. Products include a range of indoor and outdoor lighting for commercial and institutional, industrial, infrastructure and residential applications throughout North America and select international markets. Acuity Brands Lighting is one of the world’s leading providers of lighting fixtures and includes brands such as Lithonia Lightingr, Holophaner, Peerlessr, Hydrelr, and American Electric Lightingr.
The specialty products business is operated through its wholly owned subsidiary, Acuity Specialty Products Group Inc (ASP). ASP is a provider of specialty chemical products in the industrial and institutional, and retail markets. Products include cleaners, sanitizers, disinfectants, polishes, floor finishes, degreasers, deodorizers, pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides. Acuity Specialty Products is a leading provider of specialty chemicals and includes brands such as Zepr, Zep Commercialr, Enforcerr, and SeligT.
During the fiscal year ended August of 2006 (fiscal 2006), the lighting equipment segment generated approximately 77% of the company’s total net sales and the specialty products segment generated the remaining 23% of total net sales. In July of 2007, Acuity Brands, Inc. acquired Mark Lighting Fixture Company, Inc., which is a specification-oriented manufacturer of lighting products. The company is also present in Mexico.
Business Summary
Acuity Brands, Inc. (Acuity Brands), incorporated in 2001, is the parent company of Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. (ABL), and other subsidiaries. The Company is a provider of lighting fixtures, control devices, components, systems and services for commercial and institutional, industrial, infrastructure, and residential applications for various markets throughout North America and select international markets. Acuity Brands designs, produces, and distributes a range of indoor and outdoor lighting and control systems for commercial and institutional, industrial, infrastructure, and residential applications. The Company manufactures or procures lighting products primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia. These products and related services are marketed under numerous brand names. As of August 31, 2010, the Company manufactured products in 14 plants in North America and two plants in Europe. On October 14, 2010, the Company acquired all of Winona Lighting, Inc.
Description and history
Acuity Brands, Inc. (Acuity Brands), incorporated in 2001, is the parent company of Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. (ABL), and other subsidiaries. The Company is a provider of lighting fixtures, control devices, components, systems and services for commercial and institutional, industrial, infrastructure, and residential applications for various markets throughout North America and select international markets. Acuity Brands designs, produces, and distributes a range of indoor and outdoor lighting and control systems for commercial and institutional, industrial, infrastructure, and residential applications. The Company manufactures or procures lighting products primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia. These products and related services are marketed under numerous brand names, including Lithonia Lighting, Holophane, Peerless, Mark Architectural Lighting, Hydrel, American Electric Lighting, Gotham, Carandini, Metal Optics, Antique Street Lamps, Tersen, Synergy Lighting Controls, Sensor Switch, Lighting Control & Design, and ROAM. As of August 31, 2010, the Company manufactured products in 14 plants in North America and two plants in Europe.

On October 14, 2010, the Company acquired all of Winona Lighting, Inc. (Winona Lighting), a provider of architectural indoor and outdoor lighting products. On July 26, 2010, the Company acquired Renaissance Lighting, Inc. (Renaissance). Renaissance offered a range of light-emitting diode (LED)-based specification-grade downlighting luminaires and developed an intellectual property portfolio related to advanced LED optical solutions and technologies.

The Company’s customers include electrical distributors, retail home improvement centers, national accounts, electric utilities, municipalities, and lighting showrooms located in North America and select international markets serving new construction, renovation, and facility maintenance applications. In North America, the Company’s products and lighting systems are sold by independent sales agents and factory sales representatives who cover specific geographic areas and market segments. The Company operates 16 manufacturing facilities, including eight facilities in the United States, six facilities in Mexico, and two facilities in Europe.

The Company produces a variety of lighting fixtures, and related products and services used in applications, such as commercial and institutional, industrial, infrastructure, residential, and services. Commercial and Institutional includes stores, hotels, offices, schools, and hospitals, as well as other government and public buildings. Products that serve these applications include recessed, surface, and suspended lighting products, recessed downlighting, track lighting, and controls systems (occupancy sensors, photocontrols, relay panels, architectural dimming panels, and integrated controls systems), as well as special-use lighting products. The outdoor areas associated with these applications are addressed by a variety of outdoor lighting products, such as area and flood lighting, decorative site lighting, and landscape lighting.

Industrial includes highways, tunnels, airports, railway yards, and ports. Products that serve these applications include street, area, high-mast, off-set roadway, sign lighting, and integrated controls systems. Residential applications are addressed with a combination of decorative fluorescent and downlighting products, as well as utilitarian fluorescent products. Services includes monitoring and controlling of lighting systems through machine-to-machine wireless network technology for outdoor applications, as well as energy audit and turn-key labor renovation services for indoor applications in the commercial, industrial, institutional, and infrastructure markets.

The Company competes with Cooper Industries plc., Hubbell Incorporated, and Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.

Business Line
Holding company that owns and manages two businesses that serve distinctive markets: Lighting equipment and specialty products
Subsidiary
ACUITY BRANDS LIGHTING OPERATIONS DE MЙXICO, S. DE R. L. DE C.V.
Advisor
ERNST & YOUNG LLP
IPO date
11/4/2001
US SIC Code
3641
Company Address
Suite 2400
1170, Peachtree Street, NE
City province or state postal code
30309, ATLANTA, GA
Phone: +1 404 853 1400
Fax: +1 404 853 1430
Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Website url: www.acuitybrands.com

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