Westar Energy Company Profile (NYSE:WR)

About Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)

Westar Energy logoWestar 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:
  • Sector: Utilities
  • Industry: Electric Utilities - NEC
  • Sub-Industry: Electric Utilities
  • Symbol: NYSE:WR
  • CUSIP: 95709T10
  • Web: www.westarenergy.com
Capitalization:
  • Market Cap: $7.16 billion
  • Outstanding Shares: 142,093,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $52.40
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $53.43
  • 52 Week Range: $49.21 - $57.50
P/E:
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 20.72
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 19.30
  • P/E Growth: 7.13
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $2.57 billion
  • Price / Sales: 2.78
  • Book Value: $26.79 per share
  • Price / Book: 1.88
Dividend:
  • Annual Dividend: $1.60
  • Dividend Yield: 3.2%
Profitability:
  • EBIDTA: $1.05 billion
  • Net Margins: 13.28%
  • Return on Equity: 8.96%
  • Return on Assets: 3.01%
Debt:
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.98%
  • Current Ratio: 0.94%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.54%
Misc:
  • Average Volume: 883,997 shs.
  • Beta: 0.4
  • Short Ratio: 1.8
 

Frequently Asked Questions for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)

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 Friday, May 19th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.40 per share on Monday, July 3rd. This represents a $1.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.18%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, June 7th. View Westar Energy's Dividend History.

How were Westar Energy's earnings last quarter?

Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) released its earnings results on Wednesday, February, 22nd. The company reported $0.38 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.42 by $0.04. The firm earned $606.53 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $578.83 million. Westar Energy had a net margin of 13.28% and a return on equity of 8.96%. The company's revenue was up 11.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.28 EPS. View Westar Energy's Earnings History.

Where is Westar Energy's stock going? Where will Westar Energy's stock price be in 2017?

2 equities research analysts have issued 1-year target prices for Westar Energy's shares. Their forecasts range from $53.00 to $53.00. On average, they expect Westar Energy's share price to reach $53.00 in the next year. View Analyst Ratings for Westar Energy.

Who are some of Westar Energy's key competitors?

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
  • Mark A. Ruelle, President, Chief Executive Officer, Director
  • Anthony D. Somma, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer
  • John T. Bridson, Senior Vice President -Generation and Marketing
  • Bruce A. Akin, Senior Vice President-Power Delivery
  • Jerl L. Banning, Senior Vice President-Operations Support and Administration
  • Gregory A. Greenwood, Senior Vice President - Strategy
  • Larry D. Irick, Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
  • Kevin L. Kongs, Vice President, Controller
  • Mollie Hale Carter, Independent Director

Who owns Westar Energy stock?

Westar Energy's stock is owned by a variety of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include Assenagon Asset Management S.A. (0.12%), Aperio Group LLC (0.07%), Gateway Investment Advisers LLC (0.06%), Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund (0.06%), State Treasurer State of Michigan (0.04%) and Nisa Investment Advisors LLC (0.03%). Company insiders that own Westar Energy stock include Greg A Greenwood, Jerl L Banning, John T Bridson and Kevin L Kongs. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Westar Energy.

Who sold Westar Energy stock? Who is selling Westar Energy stock?

Westar Energy's stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Havens Advisors LLC, Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, Creative Planning, Nisa Investment Advisors LLC, Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB, US Bancorp DE, Trust Co. of Vermont and Bank of Montreal Can. View Insider Buying and Selling for Westar Energy.

Who bought Westar Energy stock? Who is buying Westar Energy stock?

Westar Energy's stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Assenagon Asset Management S.A., Gateway Investment Advisers LLC, Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V., V Wealth Management LLC, Aperio Group LLC, LS Investment Advisors LLC, Louisiana State Employees Retirement System and State Treasurer State of Michigan. View Insider Buying and Selling for Westar Energy.

How do I buy Westar Energy stock?

Shares of Westar Energy 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 Westar Energy's stock price today?

One share of Westar Energy stock can currently be purchased for approximately $50.37.


MarketBeat Community Rating for Westar Energy (NYSE WR)
Community Ranking:  1.7 out of 5 ()
Outperform Votes:  98 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  185 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  283
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Westar Energy 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 Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
Ratings Breakdown: 2 Buy Ratings
Consensus Rating:Buy (Score: 3.00)
Consensus Price Target: $53.00 (5.22% upside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
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DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
7/11/2017Evercore ISIUpgradeIn-Line -> Outperform$49.00 -> $53.00MediumView Rating Details
7/11/2017J P Morgan Chase & CoUpgradeNeutral -> Overweight$32.00 -> $53.00MediumView Rating Details
6/2/2016Barclays PLCBoost Price TargetEqual Weight$45.00 -> $60.00N/AView Rating Details
6/1/2016GabelliDowngradeBuy -> HoldN/AView Rating Details
6/1/2016MizuhoDowngradeBuy -> Neutral$60.00N/AView Rating Details
5/24/2016Bank of America CorporationReiterated RatingSellN/AView Rating Details
5/9/2016ArgusReiterated RatingHoldN/AView Rating Details
2/26/2016Wolfe ResearchDowngradeMarket Perform -> UnderperformN/AView Rating Details
2/26/2016Jefferies Group LLCDowngradeOutperform -> Market PerformN/AView Rating Details
2/26/2016Wells Fargo & CompanyDowngradeOutperform -> Market PerformN/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 7/22/2015 forward)

Earnings

Earnings History for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Earnings by Quarter for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Earnings History by Quarter for Westar Energy (NYSE WR)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
2/22/2017Q4 2016$0.42$0.38$578.83 million$606.53 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
11/1/2016Q3$1.04$1.09$777.07 million$764.65 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/2/2016Q2$0.53$0.51$639.24 million$621.45 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/3/2016Q1$0.46$0.46$630.91 million$569.50 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/24/2016Q4$0.36$0.28$639.79 million$545.97 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/3/2015Q3$1.03$0.97$787.32 million$732.80 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/4/2015Q2$0.42$0.47$625.10 million$589.60 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/5/2015Q115$0.43$0.38$610.00 million$590.80 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/25/2015Q4$0.35$0.32$551.61 million$596.44 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/5/2014Q314$1.07$1.13$738.70 million$764.00 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/6/2014Q214$0.51$0.45$597.58 million$457.82 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/7/2014Q1$0.47$0.53$582.77 million$628.55 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/26/2014Q4$0.29$0.32$557.14 million$559.88 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/8/2013Q313$1.00$1.04$702.57 million$694.97 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/7/2013Q2 2013$0.45$0.53$570.87 million$569.59 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/8/2013Q1 2013$0.31$0.40$511.03 million$546.21 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/28/2013Q4 2012$0.20$0.36$503.06 million$523.77 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/8/2012Q312$1.06$1.10$707.15 million$695.76 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/7/2012$0.44$0.48ViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/9/2012$0.27$0.21ViewN/AView Earnings Details
11/3/2011$1.00$0.98ViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/4/2011$0.44$0.38ViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/5/2011$0.28$0.27ViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/24/2011$0.11$0.04ViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)

Estimates

Earnings Estimates for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Current Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.52 EPS
Next Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.61 EPS

Dividends

Current Dividend Information for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Most Recent Dividend:7/3/2017
Annual Dividend:$1.60
Dividend Yield:3.18%
Dividend Growth:3.60% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:66.95% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
63.49% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
61.30% (Based on Next Year's Estimates)
Track Record:11 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Dividend Payments by Quarter for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)

Dividend History by Quarter for Westar Energy (NYSE WR)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
5/19/2017quarterly$0.403.08%6/7/20176/9/20177/3/2017
2/23/2017quarterly$0.403.02%3/7/20173/9/20174/3/2017
11/23/2016quarterly$0.382.66%12/7/201612/9/20161/3/2017
8/29/2016quarterly$0.382.76%9/7/20169/9/201610/3/2016
5/19/2016quarterly$0.382.91%6/7/20166/9/20167/1/2016
2/26/2016quarterly$0.383.52%3/7/20163/9/20164/1/2016
11/27/2015quarterly$0.363.39%12/7/201512/9/20151/4/2016
8/27/2015quarterly$0.363.87%9/4/20159/9/201510/1/2015
5/21/2015quarterly$0.363.94%6/5/20156/9/20157/1/2015
2/26/2015quarterly$0.363.65%3/5/20153/9/20154/1/2015
11/26/2014quarterly$0.353.58%12/5/201412/9/20141/2/2015
8/27/2014quarterly$0.353.79%9/5/20149/9/201410/1/2014
5/16/2014quarterly$0.353.93%6/5/20146/9/20147/1/2014
2/26/2014quarterly$0.354.09%3/6/20143/10/20144/1/2014
11/27/2013quarterly$0.344.34%12/5/201312/9/20131/2/2014
8/30/2013quarterly$0.344.37%9/5/20139/9/201310/1/2013
5/16/2013quarterly$0.344.07%6/5/20136/7/20137/1/2013
3/1/2013quarterly$0.344.31%3/7/20133/11/20134/1/2013
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 0.61%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 71.81%
Insider Trades by Quarter for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Insider Trades by Quarter for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
3/16/2017Jerl L. BanningSVPSell1,850$54.61$101,028.50View SEC Filing  
3/10/2016Greg A GreenwoodSVPSell5,000$46.90$234,500.00View SEC Filing  
3/9/2016Kevin L KongsVPSell1,000$44.00$44,000.00View SEC Filing  
11/27/2015Jerl L BanningSVPSell2,500$42.45$106,125.00View SEC Filing  
11/12/2015John T BridsonSVPSell5,500$41.01$225,555.00View SEC Filing  
5/12/2015Larry D IrickVPSell2,500$35.90$89,750.00View SEC Filing  
3/30/2015Larry D IrickInsiderSell5,000$38.61$193,050.00View SEC Filing  
3/18/2015Greg A GreenwoodSVPSell2,500$38.50$96,250.00View SEC Filing  
3/10/2015Anthony D SommaCFOSell4,000$37.10$148,400.00View SEC Filing  
3/5/2015Mark A RuelleCEOSell11,000$37.81$415,910.00View SEC Filing  
3/4/2015Bruce A AkinSVPSell2,500$38.16$95,400.00View SEC Filing  
3/2/2015Anthony D SommaCFOSell5,000$38.22$191,100.00View SEC Filing  
11/14/2014Mark A RuelleCEOSell5,265$38.75$204,018.75View SEC Filing  
8/29/2014Anthony D SommaCFOSell2,000$36.73$73,460.00View SEC Filing  
3/28/2014Anthony SommaCFOSell1,500$34.67$52,005.00View SEC Filing  
3/17/2014Larry IrickVPSell4,000$34.88$139,520.00View SEC Filing  
3/7/2014Anthony SommaCFOSell6,500$33.83$219,895.00View SEC Filing  
3/4/2014Greg GreenwoodSVPSell2,653$34.50$91,528.50View SEC Filing  
3/3/2014Douglas SterbenzCOOSell8,885$34.11$303,067.35View SEC Filing  
3/3/2014Mark RuelleCEOSell17,777$34.05$605,306.85View SEC Filing  
12/4/2013Douglas SterbenzCOOSell14,300$31.62$452,166.00View SEC Filing  
5/31/2013Douglas R SterbenzCOOSell9,450$31.92$301,644.00View SEC Filing  
3/5/2013Greg A GreenwoodSVPSell4,000$32.10$128,400.00View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Headlines

Headline Trends for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Latest Headlines for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
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DateHeadline
americanbankingnews.com logoBidaskClub Downgrades Westar Energy, Inc. (WR) to Sell
www.americanbankingnews.com - July 19 at 6:18 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoGreat Plains Energy Incorporated -- Moody's upgrades Great Plains Energy to Baa2 from Baa3; outlook stable
finance.yahoo.com - July 19 at 4:36 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoZacks Investment Research Downgrades Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) to Sell
www.americanbankingnews.com - July 14 at 11:18 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoResearch Analysts Issue Forecasts for Westar Energy, Inc.'s FY2021 Earnings (NYSE:WR)
www.americanbankingnews.com - July 12 at 4:46 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoCorporate News Blog - Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy Announce Amended Merger Agreement to Form Leading Electric Utility
finance.yahoo.com - July 12 at 9:21 AM
rttnews.com logoWestar Energy Inc. (WR) Dropped After Revised Merger Agreement
www.rttnews.com - July 11 at 9:37 AM
nasdaq.com logoWestar Energy, Great Plains Energy Agree For Stock-for-Stock Merger Of Equals
www.nasdaq.com - July 10 at 8:18 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoGreat Plains Energy and Westar Energy Announce Amended Agreement, Agree to a No-Premium Merger of Equals to Form Leading Electric Utility
finance.yahoo.com - July 10 at 8:18 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoGreat Plains revises deal to buy Westar into a merger of equals
finance.yahoo.com - July 10 at 8:18 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Great Plains Energy agree to merge
finance.yahoo.com - July 10 at 8:18 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoNo money down: Great Plains now wants no-cash merger with Westar
finance.yahoo.com - July 10 at 8:18 AM
seekingalpha.com logoWestar Energy, Great Plans Energy revise merger deal
seekingalpha.com - July 10 at 8:02 AM
bizjournals.com logoHow These Utilities Stocks are Performing? -- NiSource, Sempra Energy, UGI Corp., and Westar Energy
www.bizjournals.com - July 8 at 8:51 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : WR-US : July 7, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - July 8 at 8:51 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoETFs with exposure to Westar Energy, Inc. : July 7, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - July 8 at 8:51 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Downgraded to "Hold" at Zacks Investment Research
www.americanbankingnews.com - July 7 at 10:38 AM
marketwatch.com logoHackers targeting US nuclear power plant operators: reports - MarketWatch
www.marketwatch.com - July 7 at 5:02 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoHackers targeting U.S. nuclear power plant operators: reports
finance.yahoo.com - July 7 at 5:02 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoDuke Energy Corporation (DUK) versus Westar Energy (WR) Financial Survey
www.americanbankingnews.com - July 4 at 11:16 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. (WR) Upgraded by Zacks Investment Research to Buy
www.americanbankingnews.com - June 28 at 11:59 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoETFs with exposure to Westar Energy, Inc. : June 26, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - June 26 at 11:42 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. :WR-US: Earnings Analysis: Q1, 2017 By the Numbers : June 21, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - June 22 at 2:49 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. (WR) Lowered to "Hold" at Zacks Investment Research
www.americanbankingnews.com - June 22 at 9:52 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. (WR) Stock Rating Upgraded by Zacks Investment Research
www.americanbankingnews.com - June 20 at 2:24 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoSwedish pension fund sells out of six firms it says breach Paris climate deal
finance.yahoo.com - June 15 at 4:07 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoETFs with exposure to Westar Energy, Inc. : June 15, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - June 15 at 4:07 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoHead-To-Head Analysis: Westar Energy (WR) & NRG Energy (NRG)
www.americanbankingnews.com - June 13 at 8:42 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoComparing UNITIL Corporation (UTL) and Westar Energy (WR)
www.americanbankingnews.com - June 12 at 4:50 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. : WR-US: Dividend Analysis : June 09th, 2017 (record date) : By the numbers : June 8, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - June 9 at 2:37 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bullish Manner : WR-US : June 2, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - June 3 at 2:25 AM
seekingalpha.com logoGreat Plains Energy, Westar Energy not ready to give up on merger
seekingalpha.com - May 30 at 7:04 PM
streetinsider.com logoGreat Plains Energy (GXP) Confirms KCC Denied It and Westar Energy's (WR) Petition for Reconsideration - StreetInsider.com
www.streetinsider.com - May 24 at 8:12 AM
streetinsider.com logoGreat Plains Energy (GXP) Confirms KCC Denied It and Westar Energy's (WR) Petition for Reconsideration
www.streetinsider.com - May 23 at 8:04 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoKansas Corporation Commission Denies Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy Petition for Reconsideration
finance.yahoo.com - May 23 at 8:04 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy Inc (WR) Announces $0.40 Quarterly Dividend
www.americanbankingnews.com - May 19 at 6:16 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy declares dividend.
finance.yahoo.com - May 19 at 1:47 PM
marketbeat.com logoWestar posts 1Q profit
marketbeat.com - May 10 at 5:19 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy Announces 1st Quarter 2017 Results.
finance.yahoo.com - May 9 at 8:11 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy Inc (WR) Given Average Rating of "Hold" by Brokerages
www.americanbankingnews.com - May 8 at 1:34 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoGreat Plains Energy and Westar Energy File Petition for Reconsideration with Kansas Corporation Commission - Yahoo Finance
finance.yahoo.com - May 6 at 3:38 PM
bizjournals.com logoGreat Plains, Westar will appeal KCC merger rejection
www.bizjournals.com - May 5 at 4:16 AM
nasdaq.com logoGreat Plains Energy, Westar Energy File Petition For Reconsideration With KCC
www.nasdaq.com - May 4 at 9:32 AM
bizjournals.com logoWestar Energy, Great Plains to appeal KCC merger rejection
www.bizjournals.com - May 4 at 9:32 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoGreat Plains Energy and Westar Energy File Petition for Reconsideration with Kansas Corporation Commission
finance.yahoo.com - May 4 at 9:32 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy (WR) Receives News Impact Score of 0.36
www.americanbankingnews.com - May 4 at 8:26 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy (WR) Receiving Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds
www.americanbankingnews.com - May 1 at 4:06 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy (WR) Receiving Favorable Media Coverage, Study Shows
www.americanbankingnews.com - April 28 at 1:28 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoFavorable Media Coverage Somewhat Likely to Affect Westar Energy (WR) Stock Price
www.americanbankingnews.com - April 25 at 3:18 PM
nasdaq.com logoWestar Energy (WR) Shares Enter Oversold Territory - Nasdaq
www.nasdaq.com - April 22 at 7:48 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy Inc (WR) Raised to "Hold" at Zacks Investment Research
www.americanbankingnews.com - April 22 at 10:57 AM

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