About Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
The Southern Company (Southern Company) is a holding company. The Company owns all of the stock of the traditional electric operating companies and the parent entities of Southern Power Company (Southern Power) and Southern Company Gas, and owns other direct and indirect subsidiaries. The Company's segments include Gas distribution operations, Gas marketing services, Wholesale gas services, Gas midstream operations and All other. The Gas distribution operations segment includes natural gas local distribution utilities that construct, manage, and maintain intrastate natural gas pipelines and gas distribution facilities in seven states. The Gas marketing services segment provides natural gas commodity and related services to customers markets that provide for customer choice. The Wholesale gas services segment engages in natural gas storage and gas pipeline arbitrage. The Gas midstream operations consist primarily of gas pipeline investments, with storage and fuels.
Industry, Sector and Symbol:
- Sector: Utilities
- Industry: Electric Utilities
- Sub-Industry: Electric Utilities
- Symbol: NYSE:SO
- CUSIP: 84258710
- Web: www.southernco.com
- Market Cap: $52.18254 billion
- Outstanding Shares: 999,473,000
- 50 Day Moving Avg: $49.86
- 200 Day Moving Avg: $49.42
- 52 Week Range: $46.20 - $52.34
Sales & Book Value:
- Trailing P/E Ratio: 85.87
- Foreward P/E Ratio: 17.35
- P/E Growth: 7.20
- Annual Revenue: $22.65 billion
- Price / Sales: 2.30
- Book Value: $23.38 per share
- Price / Book: 2.23
- Annual Dividend: $2.32
- Dividend Yield: 4.4%
- EBITDA: $5.63 billion
- Net Margins: 2.93%
- Return on Equity: 11.30%
- Return on Assets: 2.64%
- Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 1.77%
- Current Ratio: 0.69%
- Quick Ratio: 0.53%
- Average Volume: 4.58 million shs.
- Beta: 0.13
- Short Ratio: 4.71
Frequently Asked Questions for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
What is Southern Company (The)'s stock symbol?
Southern Company (The) trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "SO."
How often does Southern Company (The) pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Southern Company (The)?
Southern Company (The) announced a quarterly dividend on Monday, October 16th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 20th will be paid a dividend of $0.58 per share on Wednesday, December 6th. This represents a $2.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.44%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, November 17th. View Southern Company (The)'s Dividend History.
How were Southern Company (The)'s earnings last quarter?
Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August, 2nd. The company reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.71 by $0.02. The firm earned $5.43 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.23 billion. Southern Company (The) had a net margin of 2.93% and a return on equity of 11.30%. The firm's quarterly revenue was up 21.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.74 EPS. View Southern Company (The)'s Earnings History.
When will Southern Company (The) make its next earnings announcement?
Where is Southern Company (The)'s stock going? Where will Southern Company (The)'s stock price be in 2017?
15 brokers have issued twelve-month target prices for Southern Company (The)'s shares. Their predictions range from $16.78 to $56.00. On average, they expect Southern Company (The)'s share price to reach $49.14 in the next twelve months. View Analyst Ratings for Southern Company (The).
What are analysts saying about Southern Company (The) stock?
Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Southern Company (The) stock:
- 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "SO is one of the largest and best-managed electric utility holding companies in the U.S., dominating the power business across the southeastern region. With good rate base growth and constructive regulation, we expect it to generate steady earnings and dividend growth in the coming years through its long-term power contracts. Additionally, the utility's $12 billion AGL Resources has significantly increased its customer base and diversified its offerings. However, continued timing and cost overrun issues over two large construction projects – Vogtle and Kemper – are major overhangs. While the $20 billion Vogtle nuclear plant has gone well over budget and is years behind schedule, Southern's Kemper project suffered yet another setback with the suspension of all coal gasification operations amid additional cost burden. The interplay of these factors account for our conservative investment thesis." (10/13/2017)
- 2. Argus analysts commented, "We are lowering our rating on Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) to HOLD from BUY. Although the company has a well-run base of regulated utility assets, it continues to face significant delays and cost overruns at its Kemper County plant. As such, we are concerned that the plant may never become economically viable." (3/3/2017)
- 3. Jefferies Group LLC analysts commented, "We are upgrading SO to Buy and believe investors are pricing in too much exposure for Kemper and Vogtle. We believe the company will be able to deliver on its 5% EPS growth target given all the levers they have to pull should Kemper or returns at Power not come to fruition. With the stock at a 10% discount we believe investors who look long-term will be rewarded with multiple expansion to a group average P/E while getting a 4.5% yield." (3/3/2017)
Who are some of Southern Company (The)'s key competitors?
Some companies that are related to Southern Company (The) include Duke Energy Corporation (DUK), Dominion Energy (D), Exelon Corporation (EXC), American Electric Power Company (AEP), Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PCG), Consolidated Edison (ED), Edison International (EIX), Xcel Energy (XEL), Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PEG), Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEP), WEC Energy Group (WEC), DTE Energy Company (DTE), Eversource Energy (ES), Fortis (FTS), Entergy Corporation (ETR), FirstEnergy Corporation (FE), Sse Plc (SSE) and Enersis Americas S.A. (ENIA).
Who are Southern Company (The)'s key executives?
Southern Company (The)'s management team includes the folowing people:
- Thomas A. Fanning, Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer
- Arthur P. Beattie, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President
- Stanley W. Connally Jr., Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer and Independent director of Gulf Power
- Stephen E. Kuczynski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Nuclear
- Anthony L. Wilson, President , Chief Executive Officer and Director of Mississippi Power
- Kimberly S. Greene, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President
- James Y. Kerr II, Executive Vice President, General Counsel
- W. Paul Bowers, Executive Vice President; President
- Mark A. Crosswhite, Executive Vice President; President and Chief Executive Officer of Alabama Power
- Andrew W. Evans, Executive Vice President
Who owns Southern Company (The) stock?
Southern Company (The)'s stock is owned by many different of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include APG Asset Management N.V. (0.18%), Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. (0.08%), Shell Asset Management Co. (0.08%), Sabal Trust CO (0.05%), State Treasurer State of Michigan (0.03%) and PGGM Investments (0.03%). Company insiders that own Southern Company (The) stock include Ann P Daiss, Art P Beattie, Christopher C Womack, James Y Kerr II, Kimberly S Greene, Mark A Crosswhite, Mark Lantrip, Stan W Connally, Stephen E Kuczynski and William P Bowers. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Southern Company (The).
Who sold Southern Company (The) stock? Who is selling Southern Company (The) stock?
Southern Company (The)'s stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including PGGM Investments, APG Asset Management N.V., Sit Investment Associates Inc., Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V., Private Asset Management Inc., State Treasurer State of Michigan, Heritage Way Advisors LLC and Oakbrook Investments LLC. Company insiders that have sold Southern Company (The) stock in the last year include Ann P Daiss, Art P Beattie, Christopher C Womack, James Y Kerr II, Mark Lantrip, Stan W Connally and William P Bowers. View Insider Buying and Selling for Southern Company (The).
Who bought Southern Company (The) stock? Who is buying Southern Company (The) stock?
Southern Company (The)'s stock was purchased by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Shell Asset Management Co., Assenagon Asset Management S.A., Edge Wealth Management LLC, Sabal Trust CO, Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services LLC, Viking Fund Management LLC, Stokes & Hubbell Capital Management LLC and Merriman Wealth Management LLC. View Insider Buying and Selling for Southern Company (The).
How do I buy Southern Company (The) stock?
Shares of Southern Company (The) can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.
What is Southern Company (The)'s stock price today?
MarketBeat Community Rating for Southern Company (The) (NYSE SO)MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Southern Company (The) and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.
One share of Southern Company (The) stock can currently be purchased for approximately $52.21.
Consensus Ratings for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
MarketBeat calculates consensus ratings using the most recent rating from each brokerage that has rated a stock within the last twelve months. Since brokers often use different ratings systems, each rating is normalized to a standardized rating score of 1 (sell), 2 (hold), 3 (buy) or 4 (strong buy). Consensus ratings scores are calculated using the mean average of the number of normalized sell, hold, buy and strong buy ratings. Each stock's consensus rating is derived from its calculated consensus ratings score (0-1.5 = Sell, 1.5-2.5 = Hold, 2.5-3.5 = Buy, >3.5 = Strong Buy). MarketBeat's consensus price targets are a mean average of the most recent available price targets set by each analyst that has set a price target for the stock in the last twelve months.
MarketBeat will no longer include ratings and price target data in its consensus calculation if a broker drops coverage and MarketBeat has received a report that coverage was dropped. Ratings from certain research firms that issue ratings using purely quantitative methods (such as Zacks, Vetr and ValuEngine) are not included in consensus calculations. MarketBeat's consensus ratings and consensus price targets may differ from those calculated by other firms due to differences in methodology and available data.
|Ratings Breakdown: ||2 Sell Ratings, 5 Hold Ratings, 8 Buy Ratings|
|Consensus Rating:||Hold (Score: 2.40)|
|Consensus Price Target: ||$49.14 (5.89% downside)|Consensus Price Target History for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
Analysts' Ratings History for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
(Data available from 10/22/2015 forward)
|Date||Firm||Action||Rating||Price Target||Impact on Share Price||Details|
|10/20/2017||SunTrust Banks, Inc.||Reiterated Rating||Hold||$52.00||N/A|
|10/3/2017||Citigroup Inc.||Reiterated Rating||Sell||$43.00 -> $44.00||Low|
|9/29/2017||Royal Bank Of Canada||Upgrade||Sector Perform -> Outperform||$53.00||Low|
|9/14/2017||Guggenheim||Upgrade||Neutral -> Buy||$49.00 -> $56.00||Medium|
|9/12/2017||Jefferies Group LLC||Reiterated Rating||Buy||$55.00 -> $56.00||Low|
|9/5/2017||Mizuho||Upgrade||Neutral -> Buy||$53.00||High|
|8/10/2017||Morgan Stanley||Set Price Target||Sell||$48.00 -> $50.00||Low|
|8/8/2017||J P Morgan Chase & Co||Initiated Coverage||Overweight||$19.00 -> $16.78||Low|
|8/3/2017||Credit Suisse Group||Upgrade||Underperform -> Neutral||Low|
|8/1/2017||Deutsche Bank AG||Upgrade||Hold -> Buy||$50.00 -> $52.00||Medium|
|7/25/2017||Barclays PLC||Reiterated Rating||Buy||$54.00||Low|
|7/10/2017||Macquarie||Upgrade||Neutral -> Outperform||$52.00||Low|
|3/30/2017||BMO Capital Markets||Reiterated Rating||Hold||$53.00||Low|
|3/3/2017||Argus||Downgrade||Buy -> Hold||N/A|
|7/14/2016||Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)||Reiterated Rating||Neutral||$54.00||N/A|
|5/14/2016||Scotiabank||Reiterated Rating||Sector Perform||$52.00||N/A|
|5/13/2016||Howard Weil||Initiated Coverage||Sector Perform||$52.00||N/A|
|1/26/2016||Evercore ISI||Upgrade||Sell -> Hold||N/A|
Earnings History for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)Earnings History by Quarter for Southern Company (The) (NYSE SO)
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)
|Date||Quarter||Consensus Estimate||Actual EPS||Revenue Estimate||Actual Revenue||Release Link||Conference Call||Details|
|8/2/2017||Q2 2017||$0.71||$0.73||$5.23 billion||$5.43 billion||View||Listen|
|5/3/2017||Q1 2017||$0.58||$0.66||$5.58 billion||$5.77 billion||View||Listen|
|2/22/2017||Q416||$0.33||$0.24||$4.63 billion||$5.19 billion||View||Listen|
|10/31/2016||Q316||$1.17||$1.28||$3.41 billion||$6.26 billion||View||N/A|
|7/27/2016||Q216||$0.70||$0.74||$4.54 billion||$4.45 billion||View||Listen|
|4/27/2016||Q116||$0.53||$0.58||$4.25 billion||$3.97 billion||View||Listen|
|2/3/2016||Q415||$0.43||$0.44||$4.48 billion||$3.61 billion||View||N/A|
|10/28/2015||Q315||$1.16||$1.17||$5.73 billion||$5.40 billion||View||Listen|
|7/29/2015||Q215||$0.69||$0.71||$4.64 billion||$4.34 billion||View||Listen|
|4/29/2015||Q115||$0.58||$0.56||$4.41 billion||$4.18 billion||View||N/A|
|2/4/2015||Q414||$0.38||$0.38||$3.73 billion||$4.05 billion||View||N/A|
|10/29/2014||Q314||$1.07||$1.09||$5.30 billion||$5.34 billion||View||N/A|
|7/30/2014||Q214||$0.66||$0.68||$4.32 billion||$4.47 billion||View||N/A|
|4/30/2014||Q114||$0.52||$0.66||$3.83 billion||$4.60 billion||View||Listen|
|1/29/2014||Q413||$0.46||$0.48||$3.87 billion||$3.93 billion||View||N/A|
|10/30/2013||Q413||$1.11||$1.08||$5.37 billion||$5.02 billion||View||N/A|
|7/31/2013||Q2 2013||$0.67||$0.66||$4.30 billion||$4.25 billion||View||N/A|
|4/24/2013||Q1 2013||$0.49||$0.49||$3.75 billion||$3.90 billion||View||N/A|
|1/30/2013||Q4 2012||$0.40||$0.30||$4.58 billion||$3.70 billion||View||N/A|
|11/5/2012||Q312||$1.13||$1.11||$5.97 billion||$5.05 billion||View||N/A|
Earnings Estimates for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.83
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.97
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)
|Quarter||Number of Estimates||Low Estimate||High Estimate||Average Estimate|
Current Dividend Information for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
|Dividend Growth:||3.40% (3 Year Average)|
|Payout Ratio:||346.27% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings) |
78.64% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
77.08% (Based on Next Year's Estimates)
|Track Record:||15 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth|
Dividend History by Quarter for Southern Company (The) (NYSE SO)
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)
|Announced||Period||Amount||Yield||Ex-Dividend Date||Record Date||Payable Date|
Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 1.00%Insider Trades by Quarter for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 53.26%
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)
|Transaction Date||Insider Name||Title||Buy/Sell||Number of Shares||Average Share Price||Total Transaction||Details|
|10/10/2017||William P Bowers||CEO||Sell||85,151||$50.00||$4,257,550.00|| |
|8/3/2017||Christopher C Womack||EVP||Sell||75,144||$49.29||$3,703,847.76|| |
|6/14/2017||Art P Beattie||Insider||Sell||46,940||$51.50||$2,417,410.00|| |
|6/14/2017||Mark Lantrip||CEO||Sell||25,000||$51.50||$1,287,500.00|| |
|6/12/2017||Ann P Daiss||Insider||Sell||5,000||$51.28||$256,400.00|| |
|5/5/2017||James Y Kerr II||VP||Sell||68,609||$50.05||$3,433,880.45|| |
|2/28/2017||Stan W Connally||CEO||Sell||16,100||$50.50||$813,050.00|| |
|2/27/2017||Christopher C Womack||EVP||Sell||2,182||$50.36||$109,885.52|| |
|1/9/2017||William P Bowers||CEO||Sell||70,680||$48.88||$3,454,838.40|| |
|8/2/2016||Christopher C Womack||EVP||Sell||46,008||$53.40||$2,456,827.20|| |
|8/1/2016||Stan W Connally||CEO||Sell||14,392||$53.75||$773,570.00|| |
|7/28/2016||Mark A Crosswhite||CEO||Sell||167,273||$53.30||$8,915,650.90|| |
|7/5/2016||Art P Beattie||CFO||Sell||123,207||$54.12||$6,667,962.84|| |
|7/5/2016||Kimberly S Greene||COO||Sell||141,818||$54.00||$7,658,172.00|| |
|7/5/2016||Mark Lantrip||CEO||Sell||35,884||$54.00||$1,937,736.00|| |
|6/30/2016||Ann P Daiss||Insider||Sell||7,000||$53.28||$372,960.00|| |
|6/30/2016||Art P Beattie||CFO||Sell||62,588||$53.00||$3,317,164.00|| |
|6/27/2016||Ann P Daiss||Insider||Sell||7,000||$52.28||$365,960.00|| |
|6/27/2016||Art P Beattie||CFO||Sell||62,587||$52.00||$3,254,524.00|| |
|5/4/2016||Stephen E Kuczynski||CEO||Sell||62,729||$51.43||$3,226,152.47|| |
|5/2/2016||Stephen E Kuczynski||CEO||Sell||75,000||$50.45||$3,783,750.00|| |
|4/29/2016||Christopher C Womack||EVP||Sell||101,022||$50.00||$5,051,100.00|| |
|4/29/2016||Stephen E Kuczynski||CEO||Sell||182,225||$49.77||$9,069,338.25|| |
|3/31/2016||Ann P Daiss||Insider||Sell||17,830||$51.40||$916,462.00|| |
|3/7/2016||James Y Kerr II||VP||Buy||1,000||$48.52||$48,520.00|| |
|2/4/2016||Christopher C. Womack||EVP||Sell||15,635||$48.30||$755,170.50|| |
|2/4/2016||Mark A. Crosswhite||CEO||Sell||63,926||$47.90||$3,062,055.40|| |
|2/3/2016||Art P. Beattie||CFO||Sell||46,794||$50.00||$2,339,700.00|| |
|2/1/2016||Art P. Beattie||CFO||Sell||46,795||$49.00||$2,292,955.00|| |
|1/19/2016||Ann P. Daiss||insider||Sell||8,907||$47.78||$425,576.46|| |
|1/19/2016||Art P. Beattie||CFO||Sell||46,795||$48.00||$2,246,160.00|| |
|1/19/2016||Mark Lantrip||CEO||Sell||35,647||$48.00||$1,711,056.00|| |
|11/24/2015||Stan W. Connally||CEO||Sell||8,521||$44.70||$380,888.70|| |
|11/2/2015||Kimberly S. Greene||COO||Sell||6,111||$44.84||$274,017.24|| |
|10/29/2015||Christopher C. Womack||EVP||Sell||59,321||$44.66||$2,649,275.86|| |
|2/18/2015||Mark A Crosswhite||CEO||Sell||67,944||$45.89||$3,117,950.16|| |
|2/12/2015||Christopher C Womack||EVP||Sell||84,482||$46.60||$3,936,861.20|| |
|2/6/2015||Stephen E Kuczynski||CEO||Sell||150,000||$48.02||$7,203,000.00|| |
|12/1/2014||G Edison Holland||CEO||Sell||26,260||$48.00||$1,260,480.00|| |
|11/7/2014||Mark Lantrip||CEO||Sell||95,789||$47.06||$4,507,830.34|| |
|10/30/2014||Stan W Connally||CEO||Sell||16,164||$46.17||$746,291.88|| |
|10/14/2014||G Edison Holland||CEO||Sell||26,260||$47.00||$1,234,220.00|| |
|10/13/2014||G Edison Holland||CEO||Sell||26,260||$46.00||$1,207,960.00|| |
|9/5/2014||Thomas A Fanning||CEO||Sell||1,049,185||$44.50||$46,688,732.50|| |
|8/29/2014||Christopher C Womack||EVP||Sell||51,086||$44.19||$2,257,490.34|| |
|7/8/2014||Art P Beattie||CFO||Sell||44,329||$44.62||$1,977,959.98|| |
|7/3/2014||Art P Beattie||CFO||Sell||13,654||$43.81||$598,181.74|| |
|5/23/2014||E Jenner Wood III||Director||Buy||2,000||$43.13||$86,260.00|| |
|5/2/2014||Stan Connally||CEO||Sell||5,631||$44.40||$250,016.40|| |
|5/1/2014||Mark Crosswhite||CEO||Sell||22,460||$45.15||$1,014,069.00|| |
|4/28/2014||Ann Daiss||Insider||Sell||23,656||$46.31||$1,095,509.36|| |
|4/7/2014||Ann Daiss||Insider||Sell||8,464||$44.00||$372,416.00|| |
|12/6/2013||Christopher Womack||EVP||Sell||26,310||$41.23||$1,084,761.30|| |
|11/1/2013||David J Grain||Director||Buy||10,000||$41.13||$411,300.00|| |
|3/6/2013||Susan N Story||CEO||Sell||67,687||$45.36||$3,070,282.32|| |
|3/6/2013||W Ron Hinson||Insider||Sell||11,197||$45.54||$509,911.38|| |
|3/4/2013||Mark A Crosswhite||COO||Sell||42,884||$44.74||$1,918,630.16|| |
|11/16/2012||E Jenner Wood III||Director||Buy||1,000||$42.30||$42,300.00|| |
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Southern Company (The) (SO) Chart for Sunday, October, 22, 2017