About Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Westar Energy, Inc., an electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Kansas. It has 6,602 megawatts of electric generation capacity, which generates electricity through coal, nuclear fuels, natural gas/diesel, and renewable sources. The company also owns approximately 6,400 miles of transmission lines, 24,200 miles of overhead distribution lines, and 5,100 miles of underground distribution lines. It retails electricity to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, as well as for lighting public streets and highways; and engages in the electricity wholesale to electric cooperatives, municipalities, other electric utilities, and regional transmission organizations. The company provides its services in central and northeastern Kansas, including the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina, and Hutchinson, as well as in south-central and southeastern Kansas, such as the city of Wichita. It serves approximately 708,000 customers. Westar Energy, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Topeka, Kansas.
Industry, Sector and Symbol
Industry Electric & other services combined
Trailing P/E Ratio23.01
Forward P/E Ratio20.90
Sales & Book Value
Annual Sales$2.57 billion
Price / Sales2.89
Cash Flow$5.2661 per share
Price / Cash9.92
Book Value$27.17 per share
Price / Book1.92
EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$2.27
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. Investors of record on Friday, March 9th will be given a dividend of $0.40 per share on Monday, April 2nd. This represents a $1.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.06%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 8th. View Westar Energy's Dividend History.
How were Westar Energy's earnings last quarter?
Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February, 21st. The utilities provider reported $0.24 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters' 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 period last year, the business posted $0.38 EPS. View Westar Energy's Earnings History.
What price target have analysts set for WR?
6 equities research analysts have issued 12-month price targets for Westar Energy's stock. Their predictions range from $53.00 to $57.00. On average, they anticipate Westar Energy's share price to reach $55.00 in the next twelve months. View Analyst Ratings for Westar Energy.
Who are some of Westar Energy's key competitors?
Some companies that are related to Westar Energy include Ameren (AEE), CMS Energy (CMS), Alliant Energy (LNT), NiSource (NI), United Utilities (UUGRY), SCANA (SCG), Allete (ALE), Avista (AVA), NorthWestern (NWE), Unitil (UTL), Spark Energy (SPKE), Genie Energy (GNE) and EuroSite Power (EUSP).
Who are Westar Energy's key executives?
Westar Energy's management team includes the folowing people:
- Mr. Mark A. Ruelle, Pres, CEO & Director (Age 57)
- Mr. Anthony D. Somma, Exec. VP, Treasurer & CFO (Age 55)
- Mr. Larry D. Irick, VP, Gen. Counsel & Corp. Sec. (Age 62)
- Mr. Bruce A. Akin, Sr. VP of Power Delivery (Age 53)
- Mr. Gregory A. Greenwood, Sr. VP of Strategy (Age 53)
Has Westar Energy been receiving favorable news coverage?
News coverage about WR stock has trended somewhat negative recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Westar Energy earned a media sentiment score of -0.06 on Accern's scale. They also gave news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 44.77 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock's share price in the near term.
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 $52.24.
How big of a company is Westar Energy?
Westar Energy has a market capitalization of $7.38 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) Dividend Information
Westar Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share, with a dividend yield of 3.06%. WR's most recent quarterly dividend payment was Monday, April 2. The company has grown its dividend for the last 12 consecutive years and is increasing its dividend by an average of 4.40% each year. Westar Energy pays out 70.48% of its earnings out as a dividend.
|Most Recent Dividend:||4/2/2018|
|Dividend Growth:||4.40% (3 Year Average)|
|Payout Ratio:||70.48% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings) |
64.00% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
55.94% (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: 74.65%
Westar Energy (NYSE WR) Insider Trading History
(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|
|3/29/2018||Jerl L. Banning||SVP||Sell||4,000||$52.51||$210,040.00|| |
|3/22/2018||Mark A. Ruelle||CEO||Sell||29,500||$51.02||$1,505,090.00|| |
|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|| |
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