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: Diversified 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: $52.61
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $54.63
  • 52 Week Range: $50.35 - $57.50
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 22.12
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 20.43
  • P/E Growth: 7.33
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $2.57 billion
  • Price / Sales: 2.93
  • Book Value: $26.79 per share
  • Price / Book: 1.98
  • Annual Dividend: $1.52
  • Dividend Yield: 3.1%
  • EBIDTA: $1.05 billion
  • Net Margins: 13.27%
  • Return on Equity: 8.91%
  • Return on Assets: 3.04%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.92%
  • Current Ratio: 0.83%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.51%
  • Average Volume: 924,859 shs.
  • Beta: 0.38
  • Short Ratio: 2.36

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. Shareholders 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 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.02%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend 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 earnings results on Wednesday, February, 22nd. The company reported $0.38 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.42 by $0.04. The company earned $606.53 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $578.83 million. Westar Energy had a return on equity of 8.91% and a net margin of 13.27%. The firm's quarterly revenue was up 11.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $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?

3 analysts have issued 1 year target prices for Westar Energy's stock. Their forecasts range from $60.00 to $60.00. On average, they anticipate Westar Energy's share price to reach $60.00 in the next year. View Analyst Ratings for Westar Energy.

Who are some of Westar Energy's key competitors?

Who owns Westar Energy stock?

Westar Energy's stock is owned by many different of retail and institutional 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 purchased 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.

How much does a share of Westar Energy stock cost?

One share of Westar Energy stock can currently be purchased for approximately $52.92.

Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) (?)
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Hold Ratings
Consensus Rating:Hold (Score: 2.00)
Consensus Price Target: $60.00 (13.38% upside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
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 CorpReiterated RatingSellN/AView Rating Details
5/9/2016ArgusReiterated RatingHoldN/AView Rating Details
3/11/2016JPMorgan Chase & Co.Reiterated 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 & CoDowngradeOutperform -> Market PerformN/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 5/26/2015 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
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: $2.52 EPS
Next Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.59 EPS


Current Dividend Information for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Next Dividend:7/3/2017
Annual Dividend:$1.52
Dividend Yield:2.87%
Dividend Growth:3.60% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:65.24% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
60.32% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
58.69% (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: 0.61%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 70.02%
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)


Headline Trends for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
Latest Headlines for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)
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
moodys.com logoGreat Plains Energy Incorporated -- Moody's downgrades Great Plains Energy to Baa3 from Baa2 and assigns Baa3 to new senior unsecured notes; outlook stable
www.moodys.com - March 6 at 8:02 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoWESTAR ENERGY INC /KS Financials
finance.yahoo.com - February 28 at 8:25 PM
sg.finance.yahoo.com logoWestar posts 4Q profit
us.rd.yahoo.com - February 24 at 12:14 AM
biz.yahoo.com logoWESTAR ENERGY INC /KS Files SEC form 8-K, Results of Operations and Financial Condition, Regulation FD Disclosure, Fi
us.rd.yahoo.com - February 23 at 3:44 AM
us.rd.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy announces 2016 results.
us.rd.yahoo.com - February 23 at 3:44 AM
us.rd.yahoo.com logo5:03 pm Westar Energy misses by $0.02, beats on revs
us.rd.yahoo.com - February 23 at 3:44 AM
nasdaq.com logoShares of WR Now Oversold
www.nasdaq.com - February 7 at 4:08 PM
finance.yahoo.com logoWestar Energy schedules 2016 release of year end results.
finance.yahoo.com - February 2 at 6:52 AM
bizjournals.com logoGreat Plains-Westar merger would cost more than 600 jobs
www.bizjournals.com - February 1 at 7:27 AM
nasdaq.com logoNotable Two Hundred Day Moving Average Cross - WR
www.nasdaq.com - January 7 at 6:31 AM
forbes.com logoWestar Energy Stock Getting Very Oversold
www.forbes.com - January 5 at 4:42 PM



Westar Energy (WR) Chart for Friday, May, 26, 2017

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