Southern Company (The) Company Profile (NYSE:SO)

About Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)

Southern Company (The) logoThe 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:
  • Market Cap: $52.18254 billion
  • Outstanding Shares: 999,473,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $49.86
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $49.42
  • 52 Week Range: $46.20 - $52.34
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 85.87
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 17.35
  • P/E Growth: 7.20
Sales & Book Value:
  • 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?

Southern Company (The) is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Wednesday, November, 1st 2017. View Earnings Estimates for Southern Company (The).

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?

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?

One share of Southern Company (The) stock can currently be purchased for approximately $52.21.

MarketBeat Community Rating for Southern Company (The) (NYSE SO)
Community Ranking:  1.5 out of 5 (star half star)
Outperform Votes:  229 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  524 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  753
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.

Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
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)
Price Target History for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
Analysts' Ratings History for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
10/20/2017SunTrust Banks, Inc.Reiterated RatingHold$52.00N/AView Rating Details
10/3/2017Citigroup Inc.Reiterated RatingSell$43.00 -> $44.00LowView Rating Details
9/29/2017Royal Bank Of CanadaUpgradeSector Perform -> Outperform$53.00LowView Rating Details
9/14/2017GuggenheimUpgradeNeutral -> Buy$49.00 -> $56.00MediumView Rating Details
9/12/2017Jefferies Group LLCReiterated RatingBuy$55.00 -> $56.00LowView Rating Details
9/5/2017MizuhoUpgradeNeutral -> Buy$53.00HighView Rating Details
9/1/2017KeyCorpReiterated RatingHoldLowView Rating Details
8/10/2017Morgan StanleySet Price TargetSell$48.00 -> $50.00LowView Rating Details
8/8/2017J P Morgan Chase & CoInitiated CoverageOverweight$19.00 -> $16.78LowView Rating Details
8/3/2017Credit Suisse GroupUpgradeUnderperform -> NeutralLowView Rating Details
8/1/2017Deutsche Bank AGUpgradeHold -> Buy$50.00 -> $52.00MediumView Rating Details
7/25/2017Barclays PLCReiterated RatingBuy$54.00LowView Rating Details
7/10/2017MacquarieUpgradeNeutral -> Outperform$52.00LowView Rating Details
3/30/2017BMO Capital MarketsReiterated RatingHold$53.00LowView Rating Details
3/3/2017ArgusDowngradeBuy -> HoldN/AView Rating Details
7/14/2016Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)Reiterated RatingNeutral$54.00N/AView Rating Details
5/14/2016ScotiabankReiterated RatingSector Perform$52.00N/AView Rating Details
5/13/2016Howard WeilInitiated CoverageSector Perform$52.00N/AView Rating Details
1/26/2016Evercore ISIUpgradeSell -> HoldN/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 10/22/2015 forward)


Earnings History for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
Earnings by Quarter for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
Earnings History by Quarter for Southern Company (The) (NYSE SO)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
11/1/2017$1.18N/AView Earnings Details
8/2/2017Q2 2017$0.71$0.73$5.23 billion$5.43 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/3/2017Q1 2017$0.58$0.66$5.58 billion$5.77 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/22/2017Q416$0.33$0.24$4.63 billion$5.19 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/31/2016Q316$1.17$1.28$3.41 billion$6.26 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
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 Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.83
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.97
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20173$0.57$0.60$0.58
Q2 20173$0.70$0.72$0.71
Q3 20173$1.06$1.30$1.15
Q4 20172$0.30$0.50$0.40
Q1 20182$0.60$0.67$0.64
Q2 20181$0.74$0.74$0.74
Q3 20181$1.08$1.08$1.08
Q4 20181$0.51$0.51$0.51
Q1 20191$0.70$0.70$0.70
Q2 20191$0.78$0.78$0.78
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
Next Dividend:12/6/2017
Annual Dividend:$2.32
Dividend Yield:4.44%
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 Payments by Quarter for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)

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

Insider Trades

Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 1.00%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 53.26%
Insider Trades by Quarter for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
Insider Trades by Quarter for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
10/10/2017William P BowersCEOSell85,151$50.00$4,257,550.00View SEC Filing  
8/3/2017Christopher C WomackEVPSell75,144$49.29$3,703,847.76View SEC Filing  
6/14/2017Art P BeattieInsiderSell46,940$51.50$2,417,410.00View SEC Filing  
6/14/2017Mark LantripCEOSell25,000$51.50$1,287,500.00View SEC Filing  
6/12/2017Ann P DaissInsiderSell5,000$51.28$256,400.00View SEC Filing  
5/5/2017James Y Kerr IIVPSell68,609$50.05$3,433,880.45View SEC Filing  
2/28/2017Stan W ConnallyCEOSell16,100$50.50$813,050.00View SEC Filing  
2/27/2017Christopher C WomackEVPSell2,182$50.36$109,885.52View SEC Filing  
1/9/2017William P BowersCEOSell70,680$48.88$3,454,838.40View SEC Filing  
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)


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