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
  • Sub-Industry: Electric Utilities
  • Symbol: NYSE:WR
  • CUSIP: 95709T10
  • Web: www.westarenergy.com
Capitalization:
  • Market Cap: $7.46989 billion
  • Outstanding Shares: 142,093,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $50.84
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $51.85
  • 52 Week Range: $49.20 - $57.50
P/E:
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 22.08
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 20.94
  • P/E Growth: 7.51
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $2.55 billion
  • Price / Sales: 2.93
  • Book Value: $26.92 per share
  • Price / Book: 1.95
Dividend:
  • Annual Dividend: $1.60
  • Dividend Yield: 3.0%
Profitability:
  • EBITDA: $1.06 billion
  • Net Margins: 13.33%
  • Return on Equity: 8.87%
  • Return on Assets: 2.97%
Debt:
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.98%
  • Current Ratio: 0.96%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.57%
Misc:
  • Average Volume: 686,514 shs.
  • Beta: 0.39
  • Short Ratio: 1.79
 

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, August 25th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 8th will be given a dividend of $0.40 per share on Monday, October 2nd. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.04%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 7th. View Westar Energy's Dividend History.

How were Westar Energy's earnings last quarter?

Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August, 8th. The company reported $0.50 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.56 by $0.06. The company earned $609.32 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $633.96 million. Westar Energy had a net margin of 13.33% and a return on equity of 8.87%. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.51 earnings per share. View Westar Energy's Earnings History.

When will Westar Energy make its next earnings announcement?

Westar Energy is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, October, 31st 2017. View Earnings Estimates for Westar Energy.

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

4 equities research analysts have issued 12 month target prices for Westar Energy's shares. Their predictions range from $53.00 to $58.00. On average, they expect Westar Energy's share price to reach $55.33 in the next twelve months. 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

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 $52.56.


MarketBeat Community Rating for Westar Energy (NYSE WR)
Community Ranking:  1.9 out of 5 (star)
Outperform Votes:  133 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  218 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  351
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Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings
Consensus Rating:Buy (Score: 3.00)
Consensus Price Target: $55.33 (5.28% upside)
Consensus Price Target History for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Price Target History for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Analysts' Ratings History for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
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DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
10/12/2017J P Morgan Chase & CoSet Price TargetBuy$53.00 -> $58.00N/AView Rating Details
10/2/2017Wells Fargo & CompanyUpgradeMarket Perform -> Outperform$55.00HighView Rating Details
7/26/2017Wolfe ResearchInitiated CoverageOutperformLowView Rating Details
7/11/2017Evercore ISIUpgradeIn-Line -> Outperform$49.00 -> $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
2/26/2016Jefferies Group LLCDowngradeOutperform -> Market PerformN/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 10/19/2015 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
10/30/2017$1.20N/AView Earnings Details
8/8/2017Q2 2017$0.56$0.50$633.96 million$609.32 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
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: $2.49 EPS
Next Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.51 EPS

Dividends

Current Dividend Information for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Most Recent Dividend:10/2/2017
Annual Dividend:$1.60
Dividend Yield:3.04%
Dividend Growth:3.60% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:67.23% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
64.26% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
63.75% (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
8/25/2017quarterly$0.403.09%9/7/20179/8/201710/2/2017
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: 0.70%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 73.65%
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
8/18/2017Anthony D. SommaCFOSell2,500$51.07$127,675.00View SEC Filing  
8/16/2017Bruce A. AkinSVPSell5,000$51.50$257,500.00View SEC Filing  
8/15/2017Larry D. IrickVPSell10,000$51.17$511,700.00View SEC Filing  
8/14/2017Anthony D. SommaCFOSell4,000$51.21$204,840.00View SEC Filing  
8/14/2017Greg A. GreenwoodSVPSell10,000$51.00$510,000.00View SEC Filing  
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
nasdaq.com logoWR Makes Bullish Cross Above Critical Moving Average
www.nasdaq.com - October 18 at 4:31 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. (WR) Raised to Hold at Zacks Investment Research
www.americanbankingnews.com - October 14 at 8:24 PM
globenewswire.com logoWolf Popper LLP Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Westar Energy, Inc. - GlobeNewswire (press release)
globenewswire.com - October 12 at 10:17 AM
globenewswire.com logoWestar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 3rd quarter results - GlobeNewswire (press release)
globenewswire.com - October 12 at 10:17 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. – Value Analysis (NYSE:WR) : October 11, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - October 12 at 10:17 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 3rd quarter results
finance.yahoo.com - October 12 at 10:17 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. (WR) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by J P Morgan Chase & Co
www.americanbankingnews.com - October 12 at 9:46 AM
feeds.benzinga.com logoWolf Popper LLP Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Westar Energy, Inc.
feeds.benzinga.com - October 11 at 12:28 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bullish Manner : WR-US : October 10, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - October 10 at 8:26 AM
americanbankingnews.com logo$1.20 EPS Expected for Westar Energy, Inc. (WR) This Quarter
www.americanbankingnews.com - October 6 at 6:26 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoETFs with exposure to Westar Energy, Inc. : October 4, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - October 6 at 1:04 PM
feeds.benzinga.com logoWestar Energy to webcast 2017 annual shareholder meeting
feeds.benzinga.com - October 4 at 7:01 PM
benzinga.com logoWells Fargo Lays Out The Bull Case For Great Plains And Westar Energy - Benzinga
www.benzinga.com - October 3 at 8:01 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. (WR) Receives Average Recommendation of "Buy" from Brokerages
www.americanbankingnews.com - October 2 at 8:46 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoFinancial Analysis: Westar Energy (WR) & Its Rivals
www.americanbankingnews.com - September 30 at 12:26 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy (WR) & Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) (EDN) Head-To-Head Survey
www.americanbankingnews.com - September 29 at 2:36 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoHead-To-Head Review: Westar Energy (WR) and The Competition
www.americanbankingnews.com - September 17 at 2:31 AM
bizjournals.com logoWestar assisting with power restoration in hurricane-ravaged Florida
www.bizjournals.com - September 12 at 3:19 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bullish Manner : WR-US : September 12, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - September 12 at 12:16 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy (WR) & Atlantica Yield PLC (ABY) Critical Review
www.americanbankingnews.com - September 1 at 10:12 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : WR-US : August 31, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - September 1 at 11:20 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : WR-US : August 31, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - September 1 at 11:20 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoETFs with exposure to Westar Energy, Inc. : September 1, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - September 1 at 11:20 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoETFs with exposure to Westar Energy, Inc. : September 1, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - September 1 at 11:20 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. :WR-US: Earnings Analysis: Q2, 2017 By the Numbers : August 28, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - August 29 at 9:48 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. Plans Quarterly Dividend of $0.40 (WR)
www.americanbankingnews.com - August 25 at 6:54 PM
feeds.benzinga.com logoWestar Energy declares dividend
feeds.benzinga.com - August 25 at 6:00 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoAnthony D. Somma Sells 2,500 Shares of Westar Energy, Inc. (WR) Stock
www.americanbankingnews.com - August 22 at 1:32 PM
prnewswire.com logoTechnical Research on Utilities Equities -- Exelon, Cosan, UGI Corp., and Westar Energy
www.prnewswire.com - August 18 at 8:57 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoBruce A. Akin Sells 5,000 Shares of Westar Energy, Inc. (WR) Stock
www.americanbankingnews.com - August 16 at 4:54 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. (WR) VP Larry D. Irick Sells 10,000 Shares
www.americanbankingnews.com - August 15 at 10:23 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoInsider Selling: Westar Energy, Inc. (WR) CFO Sells 4,000 Shares of Stock
www.americanbankingnews.com - August 15 at 7:38 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. (WR) SVP Greg A. Greenwood Sells 10,000 Shares
www.americanbankingnews.com - August 15 at 4:36 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoInvestor Network: Westar Energy, Inc. to Host Earnings Call
finance.yahoo.com - August 10 at 9:00 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Issues Quarterly Earnings Results, Misses Estimates By $0.06 EPS
www.americanbankingnews.com - August 10 at 2:50 PM
globenewswire.com logoWestar Energy announces 2nd quarter 2017 results - GlobeNewswire (press release)
globenewswire.com - August 10 at 9:44 AM
seekingalpha.com logoWestar Energy's (WR) CEO Mark Ruelle on Q2 2017 Results - Earnings Call Transcript - Seeking Alpha
seekingalpha.com - August 10 at 9:44 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoEdited Transcript of WR earnings conference call or presentation 9-Aug-17 2:00pm GMT
finance.yahoo.com - August 10 at 9:44 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoContrasting Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) & Enersis Americas (ENIA)
www.americanbankingnews.com - August 9 at 6:02 PM
rttnews.com logoWestar Energy Inc Q2 Income Falls 0%
www.rttnews.com - August 9 at 9:14 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy announces 2nd quarter 2017 results
finance.yahoo.com - August 9 at 9:14 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar posts 2Q profit
finance.yahoo.com - August 9 at 9:14 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Scheduled to Post Quarterly Earnings on Wednesday
www.americanbankingnews.com - August 2 at 9:40 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 2nd quarter results.
finance.yahoo.com - July 27 at 9:34 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. (WR) Now Covered by Analysts at Wolfe Research
www.americanbankingnews.com - July 26 at 8:03 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoWhat Are Gabelli Funds’ Largest Holdings?
finance.yahoo.com - July 26 at 10:12 AM
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 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

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