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: $7.59 billion
  • Outstanding Shares: 142,093,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $52.66
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $54.14
  • 52 Week Range: $50.35 - $57.50
P/E:
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 22.36
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 20.63
  • P/E Growth: 7.56
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $2.57 billion
  • Price / Sales: 2.95
  • Book Value: $26.79 per share
  • Price / Book: 1.99
Dividend:
  • Annual Dividend: $1.60
  • Dividend Yield: 3.0%
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: 949,466 shs.
  • Beta: 0.42
  • 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 announced a quarterly dividend on Friday, May 19th. Investors of record on Friday, June 9th will be given a dividend of $0.40 per share on Monday, July 3rd. This represents a $1.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.99%. 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) posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February, 22nd. The company reported $0.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts' consensus estimates of $0.42 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $606.53 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $578.83 million. Westar Energy had a return on equity of 8.96% and a net margin of 13.28%. The firm's revenue was up 11.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.28 earnings per share. View Westar Energy's Earnings History.

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 institutional and retail investors. Top institutional shareholders include BlackRock Inc. (0.00%), Vanguard Group Inc. (0.00%), State Street Corp (3.30%), Morgan Stanley (0.00%), Gabelli Funds LLC (1.90%) and Renaissance Technologies LLC (0.00%). 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 JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, Teachers Advisors LLC, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of America Corp DE, James Investment Research Inc. and Leucadia National Corp. View Insider Buying and Selling for Westar Energy.

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

Westar Energy's stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including BlackRock Inc., Renaissance Technologies LLC, American Century Companies Inc., Vanguard Group Inc., Citadel Advisors LLC, FMR LLC, BlueCrest Capital Management Ltd and Janus Capital Management LLC. 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 $53.44.


MarketBeat Community Rating for Westar Energy (NYSE WR)
Community Ranking:  1.7 out of 5 ()
Outperform Votes:  89 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  177 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  266
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: No ratings tracked in the last 12 months.
Consensus Rating:N/A (Score: NaN)
Consensus Price Target: N/A

Analysts' Ratings History for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
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DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
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
3/11/2016J P Morgan Chase & CoReiterated RatingHold$40.00 -> $44.00N/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 6/28/2015 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: $2.51 EPS
Next Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.59 EPS

Dividends

Current Dividend Information for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Next Dividend:7/3/2017
Annual Dividend:$1.60
Dividend Yield:2.99%
Dividend Growth:3.60% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:66.95% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
63.75% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
61.78% (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: 74.99%
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
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
americanbankingnews.com logoFavorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Westar Energy (WR) Share Price
www.americanbankingnews.com - April 22 at 8:53 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : WR-US : April 21, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - April 21 at 9:43 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoTwo U.S. Utility Mergers Squashed in a Week Offer a Lesson
finance.yahoo.com - April 21 at 1:19 AM
fool.com logoWhy Ocwen Financial, Westar Energy, and United Rentals Slumped Today
www.fool.com - April 20 at 5:23 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoThe Latest: Kansas regulators reject utility sale
finance.yahoo.com - April 20 at 1:22 AM
seekingalpha.com logoWestar Energy takeover by Great Plains denied by Kansas regulator
seekingalpha.com - April 19 at 5:15 PM
marketbeat.com logoKansas regulators reject $12.2B Westar sale to Great Plains
marketbeat.com - April 19 at 5:14 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoResearch Analysts Issue Forecasts for Westar Energy Inc's FY2018 Earnings (WR)
www.americanbankingnews.com - April 19 at 4:23 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoPositive News Coverage Likely to Affect Westar Energy (WR) Stock Price
www.americanbankingnews.com - April 19 at 9:10 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoFY2017 Earnings Forecast for Westar Energy Inc (WR) Issued By Gabelli
www.americanbankingnews.com - April 18 at 3:03 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy (WR) Receives Daily Media Impact Score of 0.34
www.americanbankingnews.com - April 16 at 8:54 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy (WR) Receives Media Impact Score of 0.25
www.americanbankingnews.com - April 13 at 1:10 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. – Value Analysis (NYSE:WR) : April 12, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - April 13 at 8:52 AM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : WR-US : April 11, 2017
finance.yahoo.com - April 11 at 10:47 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy Inc (WR) Receives Consensus Recommendation of "Hold" from Brokerages
www.americanbankingnews.com - April 11 at 1:12 PM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy Inc (WR) Upgraded by Zacks Investment Research to "Hold"
www.americanbankingnews.com - April 8 at 8:03 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoZacks Investment Research Upgrades Westar Energy Inc (WR) to Hold
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 22 at 8:14 AM
americanbankingnews.com logoWestar Energy Inc (WR) SVP Sells $101,028.50 in Stock
www.americanbankingnews.com - March 20 at 1:31 PM
bizjournals.com logoMorning Roundup: 656,000 acres burned, livestock killed, homes destroyed; Westar, Great Plains acquisition faces Trump delay
www.bizjournals.com - March 9 at 5:33 AM
nasdaq.com logoWestar Energy, Inc. (WR) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for March 07 ... - Nasdaq
www.nasdaq.com - March 6 at 8:02 PM

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