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
  • Market Cap: $7.52 billion
  • Outstanding Shares: 142,093,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $50.93
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $51.85
  • 52 Week Range: $49.20 - $57.50
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 22.26
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 20.42
  • P/E Growth: 7.57
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $2.55 billion
  • Price / Sales: 2.95
  • Book Value: $26.92 per share
  • Price / Book: 1.96
  • Annual Dividend: $1.60
  • Dividend Yield: 3.0%
  • EBITDA: $1.06 billion
  • Net Margins: 13.33%
  • Return on Equity: 8.87%
  • Return on Assets: 2.97%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.98%
  • Current Ratio: 0.96%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.57%
  • Average Volume: 675,858 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. Investors 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 3.03%. 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) announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August, 8th. The company reported $0.50 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts' consensus estimates of $0.56 by $0.06. The firm earned $609.32 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $633.96 million. Westar Energy had a return on equity of 8.87% and a net margin of 13.33%. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.51 EPS. 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 brokers have issued 1 year price objectives for Westar Energy's shares. Their forecasts 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

Who owns Westar Energy stock?

Westar Energy's stock is owned by a number of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include Nationwide Fund Advisors (0.19%), Assenagon Asset Management S.A. (0.09%) and State Treasurer State of Michigan (0.04%). Company insiders that own Westar Energy stock include Anthony D Somma, Bruce A Akin, Greg A Greenwood, Jerl L Banning, John T Bridson, Kevin L Kongs and Larry D Irick. 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 Assenagon Asset Management S.A., Nationwide Fund Advisors and State Treasurer State of Michigan. Company insiders that have sold Westar Energy stock in the last year include Anthony D Somma, Bruce A Akin, Greg A Greenwood, Jerl L Banning and Larry D Irick. 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 $52.89.

MarketBeat Community Rating for Westar Energy (NYSE WR)
Community Ranking:  1.9 out of 5 (star)
Outperform Votes:  134 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  219 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  353
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: 4 Buy Ratings
Consensus Rating:Buy (Score: 3.00)
Consensus Price Target: $55.33 (4.62% 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)
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 10/24/2015 forward)


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)


Earnings Estimates for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Current Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.50 EPS
Next Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.59 EPS


Current Dividend Information for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Most Recent Dividend:10/2/2017
Annual Dividend:$1.60
Dividend Yield:3.03%
Dividend Growth:3.60% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:67.23% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
64.00% (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
(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)


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