Southern Company Profile (NYSE:SO)

About Southern

Southern logoThe Southern Company (Southern Company) is a holding company. The Company owns all of the stock of the traditional operating companies and Southern Power Company (Southern Power), and owns other direct and indirect subsidiaries. Southern Company's segments include the sale of electricity by four traditional operating companies, Southern Power and All Other. The traditional operating companies, including Alabama Power Company (Alabama Power), Georgia Power Company (Georgia Power), Gulf Power Company (Gulf Power) and Mississippi Power Company (Mississippi Power), are vertically integrated utilities providing electric service in over four Southeastern states. The Company has interests in the Southern Communications Services, Inc., Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., Southern Company Holdings, Inc. and other direct and indirect subsidiaries. Its subsidiary also includes PowerSecure International, Inc.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Utilities
  • Industry: Electric Utilities
  • Sub-Industry: Electric Utilities
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Symbol: SO
  • CUSIP: 84258710
Key Metrics:
  • Previous Close: $50.72
  • 50 Day Moving Average: $51.39
  • 200 Day Moving Average: $51.35
  • 52-Week Range: $43.38 - $54.64
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 20.13
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 16.96
  • P/E Growth: 5.61
  • Market Cap: $47.76B
  • Outstanding Shares: 941,598,000
  • Beta: 0.08
  • Net Margins: 13.77%
  • Return on Equity: 12.50%
  • Return on Assets: 3.34%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 1.55%
  • Current Ratio: 1.78%
  • Quick Ratio: 1.54%
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Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Southern (NYSE:SO) (?)
Ratings Breakdown: 1 Sell Rating, 9 Hold Ratings, 2 Buy Ratings
Consensus Rating:Hold (Score: 2.08)
Consensus Price Target: $52.85 (4.20% upside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Southern (NYSE:SO)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetDetails
9/26/2016SunTrust Banks Inc.Boost Price TargetNeutral$52.00 -> $54.00View Rating Details
8/4/2016Jefferies GroupReiterated RatingHoldView Rating Details
7/14/2016Goldman Sachs Group Inc.Reiterated RatingNeutral$54.00View Rating Details
7/14/2016Barclays PLCUpgradeEqual Weight -> Overweight$54.00 -> $62.00View Rating Details
7/12/2016MizuhoBoost Price TargetNeutral$50.00 -> $52.00View Rating Details
6/15/2016ArgusReiterated RatingBuyView Rating Details
5/14/2016ScotiabankReiterated RatingSector Perform$52.00View Rating Details
5/13/2016Howard WeilInitiated CoverageSector Perform$52.00View Rating Details
4/28/2016BMO Capital MarketsReiterated RatingHoldView Rating Details
4/19/2016Deutsche Bank AGReiterated RatingHoldView Rating Details
1/26/2016Evercore ISIUpgradeSell -> HoldView Rating Details
1/14/2016MacquarieBoost Price Target$45.50 -> $47.00View Rating Details
1/13/2016Morgan StanleyReiterated RatingUnderweightView Rating Details
10/2/2015Bank of America Corp.Reiterated RatingUnderperformView Rating Details
5/26/2015Royal Bank Of CanadaReiterated RatingSector Perform$49.00 -> $48.00View Rating Details
4/22/2015GuggenheimInitiated CoverageNeutralView Rating Details
10/30/2014Wolfe ResearchDowngradeMarket Perform -> UnderperformView Rating Details
10/30/2014Hilliard LyonsDowngradeBuy -> NeutralView Rating Details
(Data available from 10/21/2014 forward)


Earnings History for Southern (NYSE:SO)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
7/27/2016Q216$0.70$0.74$4.54 billion$4.45 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/27/2016Q116$0.53$0.58$4.25 billion$3.97 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/3/2016Q415$0.43$0.44$4.48 billion$3.61 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/28/2015Q315$1.16$1.17$5.73 billion$5.40 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/29/2015Q215$0.69$0.71$4.64 billion$4.34 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/29/2015Q115$0.58$0.56$4.41 billion$4.18 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/4/2015Q414$0.38$0.38$3.73 billion$4.05 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/29/2014Q314$1.07$1.09$5.30 billion$5.34 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/30/2014Q214$0.66$0.68$4.32 billion$4.47 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/30/2014Q114$0.52$0.66$3.83 billion$4.60 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
1/29/2014Q413$0.46$0.48$3.87 billion$3.93 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/30/2013Q413$1.11$1.08$5.37 billion$5.02 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/31/2013Q2 2013$0.67$0.66$4.30 billion$4.25 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/24/2013Q1 2013$0.49$0.49$3.75 billion$3.90 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/30/2013Q4 2012$0.40$0.30$4.58 billion$3.70 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
11/5/2012Q312$1.13$1.11$5.97 billion$5.05 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/25/2012$0.68$0.71ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/25/2012$0.47$0.42ViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/25/2012$0.30$0.30ViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/26/2011$1.04$1.07ViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/27/2011$0.64$0.71ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/27/2011$0.50$0.50ViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/26/2011$0.18$0.18ViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)


Earnings Estimates for Southern (NYSE:SO)
Current Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.88 EPS
Next Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.99 EPS
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20163$0.53$0.55$0.54
Q2 20161$0.70$0.70$0.70
Q3 20163$1.15$1.20$1.17
Q4 20162$0.37$0.40$0.39
Q1 20171$0.60$0.60$0.60
Q2 20171$0.77$0.77$0.77
Q3 20171$1.21$1.21$1.21
Q4 20171$0.38$0.38$0.38
Q1 20181$0.63$0.63$0.63
Q2 20181$0.80$0.80$0.80
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Southern (NYSE:SO)
Annual Dividend:$2.24
Dividend Yield:4.42%
Dividend Growth:3.50% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:87.50% (Based on Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
77.78% (Based on Current Year Consensus EPS Estimate)
74.92% (Based on Next Year Consensus EPS Estimate)
Track Record:14 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth

Dividend History for Southern (NYSE:SO)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading History for Southern (NYSE:SO)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 1.00%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 48.64%
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
8/2/2016Christopher C WomackEVPSell46,008$53.40$2,456,827.20View SEC Filing  
8/1/2016Stan W ConnallyCEOSell14,392$53.75$773,570.00View SEC Filing  
7/28/2016Mark A CrosswhiteCEOSell167,273$53.30$8,915,650.90View SEC Filing  
7/5/2016Art P BeattieCFOSell123,207$54.12$6,667,962.84View SEC Filing  
7/5/2016Kimberly S GreeneCOOSell141,818$54.00$7,658,172.00View SEC Filing  
7/5/2016Mark LantripCEOSell35,884$54.00$1,937,736.00View SEC Filing  
6/30/2016Ann P DaissInsiderSell7,000$53.28$372,960.00View SEC Filing  
6/30/2016Art P BeattieCFOSell62,588$53.00$3,317,164.00View SEC Filing  
6/27/2016Ann P DaissInsiderSell7,000$52.28$365,960.00View SEC Filing  
6/27/2016Art P BeattieCFOSell62,587$52.00$3,254,524.00View SEC Filing  
5/4/2016Stephen E KuczynskiCEOSell62,729$51.43$3,226,152.47View SEC Filing  
5/2/2016Stephen E KuczynskiCEOSell75,000$50.45$3,783,750.00View SEC Filing  
4/29/2016Christopher C WomackEVPSell101,022$50.00$5,051,100.00View SEC Filing  
4/29/2016Stephen E KuczynskiCEOSell182,225$49.77$9,069,338.25View SEC Filing  
3/31/2016Ann P DaissInsiderSell17,830$51.40$916,462.00View SEC Filing  
3/7/2016James Y Kerr IIVPBuy1,000$48.52$48,520.00View SEC Filing  
2/4/2016Christopher C. WomackEVPSell15,635$48.30$755,170.50View SEC Filing  
2/4/2016Mark A. CrosswhiteCEOSell63,926$47.90$3,062,055.40View SEC Filing  
2/3/2016Art P. BeattieCFOSell46,794$50.00$2,339,700.00View SEC Filing  
2/1/2016Art P. BeattieCFOSell46,795$49.00$2,292,955.00View SEC Filing  
1/19/2016Ann P. DaissinsiderSell8,907$47.78$425,576.46View SEC Filing  
1/19/2016Art P. BeattieCFOSell46,795$48.00$2,246,160.00View SEC Filing  
1/19/2016Mark LantripCEOSell35,647$48.00$1,711,056.00View SEC Filing  
11/24/2015Stan W. ConnallyCEOSell8,521$44.70$380,888.70View SEC Filing  
11/2/2015Kimberly S. GreeneCOOSell6,111$44.84$274,017.24View SEC Filing  
10/29/2015Christopher C. WomackEVPSell59,321$44.66$2,649,275.86View SEC Filing  
2/18/2015Mark A CrosswhiteCEOSell67,944$45.89$3,117,950.16View SEC Filing  
2/12/2015Christopher C WomackEVPSell84,482$46.60$3,936,861.20View SEC Filing  
2/6/2015Stephen E KuczynskiCEOSell150,000$48.02$7,203,000.00View SEC Filing  
12/1/2014G Edison HollandCEOSell26,260$48.00$1,260,480.00View SEC Filing  
11/7/2014Mark LantripCEOSell95,789$47.06$4,507,830.34View SEC Filing  
10/30/2014Stan W ConnallyCEOSell16,164$46.17$746,291.88View SEC Filing  
10/14/2014G Edison HollandCEOSell26,260$47.00$1,234,220.00View SEC Filing  
10/13/2014G Edison HollandCEOSell26,260$46.00$1,207,960.00View SEC Filing  
9/5/2014Thomas A FanningCEOSell1,049,185$44.50$46,688,732.50View SEC Filing  
8/29/2014Christopher C WomackEVPSell51,086$44.19$2,257,490.34View SEC Filing  
7/8/2014Art P BeattieCFOSell44,329$44.62$1,977,959.98View SEC Filing  
7/3/2014Art P BeattieCFOSell13,654$43.81$598,181.74View SEC Filing  
5/23/2014E Jenner Wood IIIDirectorBuy2,000$43.13$86,260.00View SEC Filing  
5/2/2014Stan ConnallyCEOSell5,631$44.40$250,016.40View SEC Filing  
5/1/2014Mark CrosswhiteCEOSell22,460$45.15$1,014,069.00View SEC Filing  
4/28/2014Ann DaissInsiderSell23,656$46.31$1,095,509.36View SEC Filing  
4/7/2014Ann DaissInsiderSell8,464$44.00$372,416.00View SEC Filing  
12/6/2013Christopher WomackEVPSell26,310$41.23$1,084,761.30View SEC Filing  
11/1/2013David J GrainDirectorBuy10,000$41.13$411,300.00View SEC Filing  
3/6/2013Susan N StoryCEOSell67,687$45.36$3,070,282.32View SEC Filing  
3/6/2013W Ron HinsonInsiderSell11,197$45.54$509,911.38View SEC Filing  
3/4/2013Mark A CrosswhiteCOOSell42,884$44.74$1,918,630.16View SEC Filing  
11/16/2012E Jenner Wood IIIDirectorBuy1,000$42.30$42,300.00View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)


Latest Headlines for Southern (NYSE:SO)
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News IconFire danger elevated across southern Colorado - KRDO (NYSE:SO) - October 19 at 3:47 PM
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News IconConsensus Estimates on Earnings & Stock Price in Focus for Southern Co (NYSE:SO) Shares - CSZ News (NYSE:SO) - October 17 at 7:16 PM logoSouthern Company announces quarterly dividend - PR Newswire (press release) (NYSE:SO) - October 17 at 7:16 PM
News IconCuster County fire estimated at 13300 acres, prompts evacuations prompts evacuations - (NYSE:SO) - October 17 at 7:16 PM logo5:02 pm Southern's Georgia Power confirms first class of Vogtle 3 & 4 nuclear operators pass NRC licensing exam marking 'major milestone' in transition to operation for new nuclear units (NYSE:SO) - October 17 at 7:16 PM logoThe Liberal Redneck: How Left-Wing Politics And A Southern Twang Helped Trae Crowder Go Viral (NYSE:SO) - October 17 at 4:57 PM
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News IconSouthern Company: Kemper plant now using clean energy to produce electricity (NYSE:SO) - October 13 at 11:13 AM
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Southern (NYSE:SO) Chart for Friday, October, 21, 2016

Last Updated on 10/21/2016 by Staff