About Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Westar Energy, Inc. is an electric utility. The Company provides electric generation, transmission and distribution services. The Company provides these services in central and northeastern Kansas, including the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina and Hutchinson. Its subsidiary, Kansas Gas and Electric Company (KGE), provides these services in south-central and southeastern Kansas, including the city of Wichita. Both the Company and KGE conduct business using the name Westar Energy. The Company supplies electric energy at retail to customers in Kansas. The Company also supplies electric energy at wholesale to municipalities and electric cooperatives in Kansas, and has contracts for the sale or purchase of wholesale electricity with other utilities. As of December 31, 2016, it had 6,292 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity in service.
Industry, Sector and Symbol
Industry UTIL-ELEC PWR
Trailing P/E Ratio22.207146286988
Forward P/E Ratio20.16
Sales & Book Value
Annual Sales$2.57 billion
Price / Sales2.79
Cash Flow$5.16 per share
Price / Cash9.77
Book Value$27.17 per share
Price / Book1.86
Net Income$323.92 million
Return on Equity8.40%
Return on Assets2.79%
Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) Frequently Asked Questions
What is Westar Energy's stock symbol?
Westar Energy trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "WR."
How often does Westar Energy pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Westar Energy?
Westar Energy declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, February 21st. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.40 per share on Monday, April 2nd. This represents a $1.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.17%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 8th. View Westar Energy's Dividend History.
How were Westar Energy's earnings last quarter?
Westar Energy Inc (NYSE:WR) issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February, 21st. The utilities provider reported $0.24 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.16. The utilities provider earned $595 million during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $642.02 million. Westar Energy had a net margin of 12.60% and a return on equity of 8.40%. The firm's revenue for the quarter was down 1.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.38 EPS. View Westar Energy's Earnings History.
Where is Westar Energy's stock going? Where will Westar Energy's stock price be in 2018?
5 equities research analysts have issued 12-month target prices for Westar Energy's stock. Their forecasts range from $53.00 to $57.00. On average, they anticipate Westar Energy's stock price to reach $55.25 in the next year. View Analyst Ratings for Westar Energy.
Who are some of Westar Energy's key competitors?
Some companies that are related to Westar Energy include Entergy (ETR), Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP), Fortis (FTS), EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A (EDPFY), Ameren (AEE), Enel Americas (ENIA), CMS Energy (CMS), CenterPoint Energy (CNP), Red El�ctrica de Espa�a (RDEIY), Huaneng Power International (HNP), NRG Energy (NRG), Alliant Energy (LNT), Vistra Energy (VST), Pinnacle West Capital (PNW), NiSource (NI), Enel Generaci�n Chile (EOCC), CPFL Energia (CPL) and AES (AES).
Who are Westar Energy's key executives?
Westar Energy's management team includes the folowing people:
- Charles Q. Chandler IV, Independent Chairman of the Board (Age 63)
- Mark A. Ruelle, President, Chief Executive Officer, Director (Age 55)
- Anthony D. Somma, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer (Age 53)
- John T. Bridson, Senior Vice President -Generation and Marketing (Age 47)
- Bruce A. Akin, Senior Vice President-Power Delivery (Age 51)
- Jerl L. Banning, Senior Vice President-Operations Support and Administration (Age 56)
- Gregory A. Greenwood, Senior Vice President - Strategy (Age 51)
- Larry D. Irick, Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary (Age 60)
- Kevin L. Kongs, Vice President, Controller (Age 54)
- Mollie Hale Carter, Independent Director (Age 55)
Has Westar Energy been receiving favorable news coverage?
Media headlines about WR stock have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Westar Energy earned a media sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern's scale. They also assigned news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.99 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company's share price in the near term.
Who are Westar Energy's major shareholders?
Westar Energy's stock is owned by many different of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include BlackRock Inc. (13.38%), Renaissance Technologies LLC (2.92%), Gabelli Funds LLC (1.76%), Franklin Resources Inc. (1.45%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (1.37%) and Citadel Advisors LLC (0.97%). Company insiders that own Westar Energy stock include Anthony D Somma, Bruce A Akin, Greg A Greenwood, Jerl L Banning, Kevin L Kongs, Larry D Irick and Mark A Ruelle. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Westar Energy.
Which institutional investors are selling Westar Energy stock?
WR stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Water Island Capital LLC, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., First Trust Advisors LP, Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp, Teacher Retirement System of Texas, Gabelli Funds LLC, Gamco Investors INC. ET AL and Two Sigma Investments LP. Company insiders that have sold Westar Energy company stock in the last year include Anthony D Somma, Bruce A Akin, Greg A Greenwood, Kevin L Kongs, Larry D Irick and Mark A Ruelle. View Insider Buying and Selling for Westar Energy.
Which institutional investors are buying Westar Energy stock?
WR stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Renaissance Technologies LLC, Citadel Advisors LLC, BlackRock Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, Franklin Resources Inc., Brandywine Global Investment Management LLC, Millennium Management LLC and MetLife Investment Advisors LLC. View Insider Buying and Selling for Westar Energy.
How do I buy shares of Westar Energy?
Shares of WR 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 Westar Energy's stock price today?
One share of WR stock can currently be purchased for approximately $50.41.
How big of a company is Westar Energy?
Westar Energy has a market capitalization of $7.27 billion and generates $2.57 billion in revenue each year. The utilities provider earns $323.92 million in net income (profit) each year or $2.27 on an earnings per share basis. Westar Energy employs 2,205 workers across the globe.
How can I contact Westar Energy?
Westar Energy's mailing address is 818 SOUTH KANSAS AVENUE, TOPEKA KS, 66612. The utilities provider can be reached via phone at 785-575-6300 or via email at [email protected]
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Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) Earnings History and Estimates Chart
Westar Energy (NYSE WR) 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|
|2/21/2018||Q4 2017||$0.40||$0.24||$642.02 million||$595.00 million||View||N/A|
|10/31/2017||Q3 2017||$1.20||$1.11||$773.96 million||$794.33 million||View||N/A|
|8/8/2017||Q2 2017||$0.56||$0.50||$633.96 million||$609.32 million||View||Listen|
|5/9/2017||Q1 2017||$0.46||$0.42||$574.16 million||$572.57 million||View||N/A|
|2/22/2017||Q4 2016||$0.42||$0.38||$578.83 million||$606.53 million||View||N/A|
|11/1/2016||Q3||$1.04||$1.09||$777.07 million||$764.65 million||View||N/A|
|8/2/2016||Q2||$0.53||$0.51||$639.24 million||$621.45 million||View||Listen|
|5/3/2016||Q1||$0.46||$0.46||$630.91 million||$569.50 million||View||Listen|
|2/24/2016||Q4||$0.36||$0.28||$639.79 million||$545.97 million||View||Listen|
|11/3/2015||Q3||$1.03||$0.97||$787.32 million||$732.80 million||View||Listen|
|8/4/2015||Q2||$0.42||$0.47||$625.10 million||$589.60 million||View||Listen|
|5/5/2015||Q115||$0.43||$0.38||$610.00 million||$590.80 million||View||Listen|
|2/25/2015||Q4||$0.35||$0.32||$551.61 million||$596.44 million||View||Listen|
|11/5/2014||Q314||$1.07||$1.13||$738.70 million||$764.00 million||View||Listen|
|8/6/2014||Q214||$0.51||$0.45||$597.58 million||$457.82 million||View||Listen|
|5/7/2014||Q1||$0.47||$0.53||$582.77 million||$628.55 million||View||Listen|
|2/26/2014||Q4||$0.29||$0.32||$557.14 million||$559.88 million||View||Listen|
|11/8/2013||Q313||$1.00||$1.04||$702.57 million||$694.97 million||View||Listen|
|8/7/2013||Q2 2013||$0.45||$0.53||$570.87 million||$569.59 million||View||Listen|
|5/8/2013||Q1 2013||$0.31||$0.40||$511.03 million||$546.21 million||View||Listen|
|2/28/2013||Q4 2012||$0.20||$0.36||$503.06 million||$523.77 million||View||Listen|
|11/8/2012||Q312||$1.06||$1.10||$707.15 million||$695.76 million||View||N/A|
Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) Earnings Estimates
Current Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.5 EPS
Next Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.88 EPS
Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) Dividend Information
|Dividend Growth:||4.40% (3 Year Average)|
|Payout Ratio:||70.48% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings) |
64.00% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
55.56% (Based on Next Year's Estimates)
|Track Record:||12 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth|
Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) Dividend History by Quarter
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)
|Announced||Period||Amount||Yield||Ex-Dividend Date||Record Date||Payable Date|
Westar Energy (NYSE WR) Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History
Insider Ownership Percentage: 0.70%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 74.62%
Westar Energy (NYSE WR) 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|
|3/16/2018||Larry D Irick||VP||Sell||5,000||$50.56||$252,800.00|| |
|3/15/2018||Bruce A. Akin||SVP||Sell||5,507||$50.53||$278,268.71|| |
|3/13/2018||Anthony D. Somma||CFO||Sell||12,000||$49.93||$599,160.00|| |
|11/13/2017||Mark A. Ruelle||CEO||Sell||37,000||$54.35||$2,010,950.00|| |
|11/8/2017||Kevin L. Kongs||VP||Sell||2,000||$54.06||$108,120.00|| |
|11/6/2017||Anthony D. Somma||CFO||Sell||3,000||$54.53||$163,590.00|| |
|11/6/2017||Larry D. Irick||VP||Sell||5,000||$54.38||$271,900.00|| |
|11/3/2017||Greg A. Greenwood||SVP||Sell||8,100||$53.92||$436,752.00|| |
|8/18/2017||Anthony D. Somma||CFO||Sell||2,500||$51.07||$127,675.00|| |
|8/16/2017||Bruce A. Akin||SVP||Sell||5,000||$51.50||$257,500.00|| |
|8/15/2017||Larry D. Irick||VP||Sell||10,000||$51.17||$511,700.00|| |
|8/14/2017||Anthony D. Somma||CFO||Sell||4,000||$51.21||$204,840.00|| |
|8/14/2017||Greg A. Greenwood||SVP||Sell||10,000||$51.00||$510,000.00|| |
|3/16/2017||Jerl L. Banning||SVP||Sell||1,850||$54.61||$101,028.50|| |
|3/10/2016||Greg A Greenwood||SVP||Sell||5,000||$46.90||$234,500.00||49,108|| |
|3/9/2016||Kevin L Kongs||VP||Sell||1,000||$44.00||$44,000.00||28,321|| |
|11/27/2015||Jerl L Banning||SVP||Sell||2,500||$42.45||$106,125.00||14,591|| |
|11/12/2015||John T Bridson||SVP||Sell||5,500||$41.01||$225,555.00||11,725|| |
|5/12/2015||Larry D Irick||VP||Sell||2,500||$35.90||$89,750.00|| |
|3/30/2015||Larry D Irick||Insider||Sell||5,000||$38.61||$193,050.00|| |
|3/18/2015||Greg A Greenwood||SVP||Sell||2,500||$38.50||$96,250.00|| |
|3/10/2015||Anthony D Somma||CFO||Sell||4,000||$37.10||$148,400.00|| |
|3/5/2015||Mark A Ruelle||CEO||Sell||11,000||$37.81||$415,910.00|| |
|3/4/2015||Bruce A Akin||SVP||Sell||2,500||$38.16||$95,400.00|| |
|3/2/2015||Anthony D Somma||CFO||Sell||5,000||$38.22||$191,100.00|| |
|11/14/2014||Mark A Ruelle||CEO||Sell||5,265||$38.75||$204,018.75|| |
|8/29/2014||Anthony D Somma||CFO||Sell||2,000||$36.73||$73,460.00|| |
|3/28/2014||Anthony Somma||CFO||Sell||1,500||$34.67||$52,005.00||38,545|| |
|3/17/2014||Larry Irick||VP||Sell||4,000||$34.88||$139,520.00||67,809|| |
|3/7/2014||Anthony Somma||CFO||Sell||6,500||$33.83||$219,895.00||40,045|| |
|3/4/2014||Greg Greenwood||SVP||Sell||2,653||$34.50||$91,528.50||34,017|| |
|3/3/2014||Douglas Sterbenz||COO||Sell||8,885||$34.11||$303,067.35||45,240|| |
|3/3/2014||Mark Ruelle||CEO||Sell||17,777||$34.05||$605,306.85||151,866|| |
|12/4/2013||Douglas Sterbenz||COO||Sell||14,300||$31.62||$452,166.00||44,340|| |
|5/31/2013||Douglas R Sterbenz||COO||Sell||9,450||$31.92||$301,644.00|| |
|3/5/2013||Greg A Greenwood||SVP||Sell||4,000||$32.10||$128,400.00|| |
Westar Energy (NYSE WR) News Headlines
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) VP Sells $252,800.00 in Stock|
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 16 at 8:14 PM
|Great Plains-Westar merger — and $59M in credits to customers — coming this summer|
finance.yahoo.com - March 16 at 9:10 AM
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) SVP Bruce A. Akin Sells 5,507 Shares|
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 15 at 1:20 PM
|Critical Analysis: Pinnacle West Capital (PNW) and Westar Energy (WR)|
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 15 at 5:27 AM
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) CFO Sells $599,160.00 in Stock|
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 14 at 1:36 PM
|Ashland Announced Higher Product Prices|
finance.yahoo.com - March 13 at 9:10 AM
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) Announces $0.40 Quarterly Dividend|
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 3 at 1:02 PM
|First Republic Investment Management Inc. Decreases Position in Westar Energy Inc (WR)|
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 3 at 9:58 AM
|Water Island Capital LLC Lowers Position in Westar Energy Inc (WR)|
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 2 at 9:38 PM
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) Position Raised by Leucadia National Corp|
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 2 at 5:54 PM
|UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. Has $29.97 Million Position in Westar Energy Inc (WR)|
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 1 at 6:34 PM
|The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company Buys 26,446 Shares of Westar Energy Inc (WR)|
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 1 at 6:03 PM
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) Stake Decreased by Sei Investments Co.|
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 1 at 9:22 AM
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) Given Consensus Rating of "Buy" by Analysts|
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 1 at 5:30 AM
|Bank of New York Mellon Corp Has $102.87 Million Position in Westar Energy Inc (WR)|
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 1 at 4:52 AM
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) Shares Sold by Yakira Capital Management Inc.|
www.americanbankingnews.com - February 28 at 5:04 PM
|Equities Analysts Set Expectations for Westar Energy Inc's FY2022 Earnings (WR)|
www.americanbankingnews.com - February 28 at 4:48 PM
|Financial Counselors Inc. Sells 1,418 Shares of Westar Energy Inc (WR)|
www.americanbankingnews.com - February 28 at 12:58 PM
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) Holdings Trimmed by State of Wisconsin Investment Board|
www.americanbankingnews.com - February 27 at 4:16 PM
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) Holdings Lowered by Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc.|
www.americanbankingnews.com - February 27 at 7:36 AM
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) Shares Sold by Rhumbline Advisers|
www.americanbankingnews.com - February 26 at 1:42 PM
|Westar Energy (WR) Rating Lowered to C+ at TheStreet|
www.americanbankingnews.com - February 24 at 1:38 PM
|Westar misses 4Q profit forecasts|
finance.yahoo.com - February 22 at 8:54 AM
|Westar Energy announces 2017 results|
finance.yahoo.com - February 22 at 8:54 AM
|Westar Energy, Inc. to Host Earnings Call|
finance.yahoo.com - February 22 at 8:54 AM
|Westar Energy (WR) Issues Quarterly Earnings Results|
www.americanbankingnews.com - February 21 at 10:28 PM
|Updates on Ashland’s Product Price Increases|
finance.yahoo.com - February 15 at 4:54 PM
|Westar Energy (WR) Rating Lowered to Sell at Zacks Investment Research|
www.americanbankingnews.com - February 14 at 3:12 PM
|Westar Energy (WR) to Release Earnings on Tuesday|
www.americanbankingnews.com - February 13 at 3:32 AM
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) Given Average Rating of "Buy" by Brokerages|
www.americanbankingnews.com - February 4 at 8:02 AM
|Westar Energy (WR) Coverage Initiated at UBS Group|
www.americanbankingnews.com - February 3 at 4:54 PM
|Westar Energy (WR) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to "Hold"|
www.americanbankingnews.com - January 26 at 7:34 PM
|What's in the Cards for WEC Energy (WEC) in Q4 Earnings?|
finance.yahoo.com - January 26 at 9:36 AM
|Westar Energy (WR) PT Lowered to $56.00 at JPMorgan Chase & Co.|
www.americanbankingnews.com - January 25 at 2:30 PM
|Westar Energy, Inc. (WR) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for January 23, 2018 - Nasdaq|
www.nasdaq.com - January 22 at 3:07 PM
|Analysts Anticipate UTLF To Hit $28 - Nasdaq|
www.nasdaq.com - January 22 at 3:07 PM
|Westar Energy (WR) Lifted to Buy at Zacks Investment Research|
www.americanbankingnews.com - January 21 at 6:34 AM
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) Given Consensus Recommendation of "Buy" by Analysts|
www.americanbankingnews.com - January 10 at 8:14 AM
|Analysts Expect UTLF To Hit $29 - Nasdaq|
www.nasdaq.com - December 22 at 6:30 PM
|Westar Energy is Now Oversold (WR)|
www.nasdaq.com - December 22 at 10:48 AM
|Westar Energy (WR) and Xcel Energy (XEL) Head-To-Head Contrast|
www.americanbankingnews.com - December 21 at 9:28 AM
|Westar Energy Inc (WR) Given Consensus Recommendation of "Buy" by Brokerages|
www.americanbankingnews.com - December 16 at 8:48 AM
|Westar Energy (WR) Rating Increased to Hold at Zacks Investment Research|
www.americanbankingnews.com - December 13 at 1:52 PM
|Westar Energy, Inc. : WR-US: Dividend Analysis : December 08th, 2017 (record date) : By the numbers : December 8, 2017|
finance.yahoo.com - December 8 at 4:21 PM
|Critical Survey: Westar Energy (WR) vs. Atlantic Power (AT)|
www.americanbankingnews.com - December 6 at 2:46 PM
|Westar Energy, Inc. (WR) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for December 07, 2017 - Nasdaq|
www.nasdaq.com - December 6 at 10:51 AM
|Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy Shareholders Approve Merger at Special Shareholder Meetings - Business Wire (press release)|
www.businesswire.com - November 23 at 6:26 AM
|Westar Energy, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend of $0.40 (WR)|
www.americanbankingnews.com - November 22 at 5:59 PM
|Westar Energy, Inc. (WR) Given Average Rating of "Buy" by Brokerages|
www.americanbankingnews.com - November 21 at 8:24 AM
|Westar Energy, Inc. (WR) CEO Sells $2,010,950.00 in Stock|
www.americanbankingnews.com - November 15 at 1:31 PM
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