About Southern (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
Industry Electric Utilities
Trailing P/E Ratio78.6428571428571
Forward P/E Ratio14.88
Sales & Book Value
Annual Sales$19.90 billion
Price / Sales2.22
Cash Flow$5.71 per share
Price / Cash7.71
Book Value$25.24 per share
Price / Book1.74
Net Income$2.49 billion
Return on Equity10.81%
Return on Assets2.50%
Southern (NYSE:SO) Frequently Asked Questions
What is Southern's stock symbol?
Southern trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "SO."
How often does Southern pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Southern?
Southern declared a quarterly dividend on Friday, January 19th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, February 20th will be paid a dividend of $0.58 per share on Tuesday, March 6th. This represents a $2.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.27%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 16th. View Southern's Dividend History.
How were Southern's earnings last quarter?
Southern Co (NYSE:SO) announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November, 1st. The utilities provider reported $1.12 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.08 by $0.04. The utilities provider earned $6.20 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $6.16 billion. Southern had a return on equity of 10.81% and a net margin of 2.59%. The firm's revenue was down 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.27 earnings per share. View Southern's Earnings History.
When will Southern make its next earnings announcement?
Where is Southern's stock going? Where will Southern's stock price be in 2018?
17 brokers have issued 12-month target prices for Southern's shares. Their predictions range from $44.00 to $56.00. On average, they anticipate Southern's stock price to reach $50.64 in the next year. View Analyst Ratings for Southern.
What are Wall Street analysts saying about Southern stock?
Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Southern stock:
- 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Following continued timing and cost overrun issues over two large construction projects – Vogtle and Kemper – we are recalibrating our investment thesis on Southern Company to Sell from Hold. Despite Georgia PSC's nod for the construction of the half-finished Vogtle nuclear plant expansion in Georgia, doubts remain about the $20 billion initiative that has gone well over budget and is years behind schedule. Southern is also facing challenges to place its Kemper, Mississippi project in service, which suffered yet another setback with the suspension of all coal gasification operations amid additional cost burden. We believe the financial stress from these projects, together with Southern’s hefty expenses to comply with environmental controls/regulations will cause an underperformance in the utility's shares relative to the market as well as the sector in the coming quarters." (1/15/2018)
- 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)
Are investors shorting Southern?
Southern saw a increase in short interest during the month of December. As of December 29th, there was short interest totalling 28,105,080 shares, an increase of 25.0% from the December 15th total of 22,476,645 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 5,861,720 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 4.8 days. Approximately 2.8% of the shares of the company are short sold.
Who are some of Southern's key competitors?
Some companies that are related to Southern include Duke Energy (DUK), Dominion Energy (D), Exelon (EXC), American Electric Power (AEP), Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG), Consolidated Edison (ED), Xcel Energy (XEL), PG&E (PCG), Korea Electric Power (KEP), Edison International (EIX), WEC Energy Group (WEC), Eversource Energy (ES), DTE Energy (DTE), Fortis (FTS), FirstEnergy (FE), Entergy (ETR), Enel Americas (ENIA) and SSE (SSE).
Who are Southern's key executives?
Southern's management team includes the folowing people:
- Thomas A. Fanning, Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer (Age 60)
- Arthur P. Beattie, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President (Age 62)
- Stanley W. Connally Jr., Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer and Independent director of Gulf Power (Age 47)
- Stephen E. Kuczynski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Nuclear (Age 54)
- Anthony L. Wilson, President , Chief Executive Officer and Director of Mississippi Power (Age 52)
- Kimberly S. Greene, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President (Age 50)
- James Y. Kerr II, Executive Vice President, General Counsel (Age 52)
- W. Paul Bowers, Executive Vice President; President (Age 60)
- Mark A. Crosswhite, Executive Vice President; President and Chief Executive Officer of Alabama Power (Age 54)
- Andrew W. Evans, Executive Vice President (Age 50)
Who owns Southern stock?
Southern's stock is owned by a number of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. (0.36%), Confluence Investment Management LLC (0.20%), Bank of Montreal Can (0.20%), Hexavest Inc. (0.19%), Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. (0.09%) and National Pension Service (0.08%). Company insiders that own Southern 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.
Who sold Southern stock? Who is selling Southern stock?
Southern's stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Sit Investment Associates Inc., State of Alaska Department of Revenue, Cullinan Associates Inc., Exxonmobil Investment Management Inc. TX, USS Investment Management Ltd, DnB Asset Management AS, Leavell Investment Management Inc. and Fulton Bank N.A.. Company insiders that have sold Southern company 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.
Who bought Southern stock? Who is buying Southern stock?
Southern's stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc., Bank of Montreal Can, Confluence Investment Management LLC, Personal Capital Advisors Corp, Hexavest Inc., National Pension Service, Heritage Way Advisors LLC and Windward Capital Management Co. CA. View Insider Buying and Selling for Southern.
How do I buy Southern stock?
Shares of Southern can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.
What is Southern's stock price today?
One share of Southern stock can currently be purchased for approximately $44.04.
How big of a company is Southern?
Southern has a market capitalization of $44.20 billion and generates $19.90 billion in revenue each year. The utilities provider earns $2.49 billion in net income (profit) each year or $0.56 on an earnings per share basis. Southern employs 32,020 workers across the globe.
How can I contact Southern?
Southern's mailing address is 30 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, ATLANTA, GA 30308-3003, United States. The utilities provider can be reached via phone at +1-404-5065000 or via email at [email protected]
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Southern (NYSE:SO) Analysts' Consensus Rating (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
MarketBeat calculates consensus analyst ratings for company stocks 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). Analyst consensus ratings scores are calculated using the mean average of the number of normalized sell, hold, buy and strong buy ratings from Wall Street analysts. Each stock's consensus analyst 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.
|Today||30 Days Ago||90 Days Ago||180 Days Ago|
|Consensus Rating: ||Hold||Hold||Hold||Hold|
|Consensus Rating Score: ||2.12||2.31||2.31||2.00|
|Ratings Breakdown: ||5 Sell Rating(s)|
5 Hold Rating(s)
7 Buy Rating(s)
0 Strong Buy Rating(s)
|3 Sell Rating(s)|
5 Hold Rating(s)
8 Buy Rating(s)
0 Strong Buy Rating(s)
|3 Sell Rating(s)|
5 Hold Rating(s)
8 Buy Rating(s)
0 Strong Buy Rating(s)
|3 Sell Rating(s)|
6 Hold Rating(s)
3 Buy Rating(s)
0 Strong Buy Rating(s)
|Consensus Price Target: ||$50.64||$49.41||$49.27||$51.05|
|Price Target Upside: ||13.40% upside||2.53% upside||5.61% downside||7.69% upside|
Southern (NYSE:SO) Consensus Price Target History
Southern (NYSE:SO) Analyst Ratings History
(Data available from 1/22/2016 forward)
Southern (NYSE:SO) Earnings History and Estimates Chart
Southern (NYSE SO) Earnings History by Quarter
(Earnings results data provided by Zacks Investment Research)
|Date||Quarter||Consensus Estimate||Actual EPS||Revenue Estimate||Actual Revenue||Release Link||Conference Call||Details|
|11/1/2017||Q3 2017||$1.08||$1.12||$6.16 billion||$6.20 billion||View||N/A|
|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|
Southern (NYSE:SO) Earnings Estimates
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.99
(Earnings estimates data provided by Zacks Investment Research)
|Quarter||Number of Estimates||Low Estimate||High Estimate||Average Estimate|
Southern (NYSE:SO) Dividend Information
|Dividend Growth:||3.40% (3 Year Average)|
|Payout Ratio:||414.29% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings) |
78.38% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
77.33% (Based on Next Year's Estimates)
|Track Record:||16 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth|
Southern (NYSE:SO) Dividend History by Quarter
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)
|Announced||Period||Amount||Yield||Ex-Dividend Date||Record Date||Payable Date|
Southern (NYSE SO) Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History
Insider Ownership Percentage: 0.74%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 53.67%
Southern (NYSE SO) Insider Trades by Quarter
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)
|Transaction Date||Insider Name||Title||Buy/Sell||Number of Shares||Average Share Price||Total Transaction||Shares Held After Transaction||Details|
|11/3/2017||Ann P Daiss||Insider||Sell||5,080||$53.28||$270,662.40||7,474|| |
|11/2/2017||Christopher C Womack||EVP||Sell||46,641||$53.00||$2,471,973.00||56,799|| |
|10/26/2017||Art P Beattie||Insider||Sell||46,941||$52.50||$2,464,402.50||59,494|| |
|10/20/2017||Ann P Daiss||Insider||Sell||5,000||$52.28||$261,400.00||7,394|| |
|10/20/2017||James Y Kerr II||VP||Sell||25,000||$52.16||$1,304,000.00||26,000|| |
|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||85,298|| |
|6/14/2017||Art P Beattie||Insider||Sell||46,940||$51.50||$2,417,410.00||59,493|| |
|6/14/2017||Mark Lantrip||CEO||Sell||25,000||$51.50||$1,287,500.00||31,080|| |
|6/12/2017||Ann P Daiss||Insider||Sell||5,000||$51.28||$256,400.00||7,394|| |
|5/5/2017||James Y Kerr II||VP||Sell||68,609||$50.05||$3,433,880.45||69,609|| |
|2/28/2017||Stan W Connally||CEO||Sell||16,100||$50.50||$813,050.00||19,424|| |
|2/27/2017||Christopher C Womack||EVP||Sell||2,182||$50.36||$109,885.52||10,151|| |
|1/9/2017||William P Bowers||CEO||Sell||70,680||$48.88||$3,454,838.40||122,669|| |
|8/2/2016||Christopher C Womack||EVP||Sell||46,008||$53.40||$2,456,827.20||56,149|| |
|8/1/2016||Stan W Connally||CEO||Sell||14,392||$53.75||$773,570.00||17,716|| |
|7/28/2016||Mark A Crosswhite||CEO||Sell||167,273||$53.30||$8,915,650.90||171,983|| |
|7/5/2016||Art P Beattie||CFO||Sell||123,207||$54.12||$6,667,962.84||75,141|| |
|7/5/2016||Kimberly S Greene||COO||Sell||141,818||$54.00||$7,658,172.00||177,686|| |
|7/5/2016||Mark Lantrip||CEO||Sell||35,884||$54.00||$1,937,736.00||41,934|| |
|6/30/2016||Ann P Daiss||Insider||Sell||7,000||$53.28||$372,960.00||9,394|| |
|6/30/2016||Art P Beattie||CFO||Sell||62,588||$53.00||$3,317,164.00||75,141|| |
|6/27/2016||Ann P Daiss||Insider||Sell||7,000||$52.28||$365,960.00||9,394|| |
|6/27/2016||Art P Beattie||CFO||Sell||62,587||$52.00||$3,254,524.00||75,140|| |
|5/4/2016||Stephen E Kuczynski||CEO||Sell||62,729||$51.43||$3,226,152.47||81,184|| |
|5/2/2016||Stephen E Kuczynski||CEO||Sell||75,000||$50.45||$3,783,750.00||93,455|| |
|4/29/2016||Christopher C Womack||EVP||Sell||101,022||$50.00||$5,051,100.00||56,194|| |
|4/29/2016||Stephen E Kuczynski||CEO||Sell||182,225||$49.77||$9,069,338.25||200,680|| |
|3/31/2016||Ann P Daiss||Insider||Sell||17,830||$51.40||$916,462.00||13,224|| |
|3/7/2016||James Y Kerr II||VP||Buy||1,000||$48.52||$48,520.00||1,000|| |
|2/4/2016||Christopher C. Womack||EVP||Sell||15,635||$48.30||$755,170.50||10,134|| |
|2/4/2016||Mark A. Crosswhite||CEO||Sell||63,926||$47.90||$3,062,055.40||4,710|| |
|2/3/2016||Art P. Beattie||CFO||Sell||46,794||$50.00||$2,339,700.00||12,553|| |
|2/1/2016||Art P. Beattie||CFO||Sell||46,795||$49.00||$2,292,955.00||12,553|| |
|1/19/2016||Ann P. Daiss||insider||Sell||8,907||$47.78||$425,576.46||2,992|| |
|1/19/2016||Art P. Beattie||CFO||Sell||46,795||$48.00||$2,246,160.00||12,553|| |
|1/19/2016||Mark Lantrip||CEO||Sell||35,647||$48.00||$1,711,056.00||6,021|| |
|11/24/2015||Stan W. Connally||CEO||Sell||8,521||$44.70||$380,888.70||1,960|| |
|11/2/2015||Kimberly S. Greene||COO||Sell||6,111||$44.84||$274,017.24||38,427|| |
|10/29/2015||Christopher C. Womack||EVP||Sell||59,321||$44.66||$2,649,275.86||11,089|| |
|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||1,777|| |
|5/1/2014||Mark Crosswhite||CEO||Sell||22,460||$45.15||$1,014,069.00||1,663|| |
|4/28/2014||Ann Daiss||Insider||Sell||23,656||$46.31||$1,095,509.36||2,436|| |
|4/7/2014||Ann Daiss||Insider||Sell||8,464||$44.00||$372,416.00||2,436|| |
|12/6/2013||Christopher Womack||EVP||Sell||26,310||$41.23||$1,084,761.30||7,689|| |
|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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