Friday February 24th 2017: The Southern Company, SO is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Electric Utilities in the sector of Utilities. Based in USA, The Southern Company, SO has a market cap of 46.92 B. Since its IPO date on the 12/31/1981, The Southern Company, SO performance year to date is -4.21%. Today The Southern Company, SO has gained 0.72%, with a current price of 47.46.
Ownership of the company is 0.03% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 55.50%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 82.60%. Return of assets are at 2.50%, with return on investment at 5.10%.
In terms of debt levels and profit levels, The Southern Company, SO is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 1.71. While Total debt/equity is 1.95. With a profit margin of 12.10%, this is combined with a gross margin of 68.30%, and operating margin of 23.00%. The Southern Company ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.7, while the quick ratio is 0.5.
For the last year The Southern Company, SO has seen a EPS growth of -1.30%. A performance for the year of -11.31%. The 52-week high is -13.14%, and the 52-week low is 2.73%. The average volume for The Southern Company, SO is 124236.
With a target price of 51.03, can The Southern Company, SO reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of The Southern Company, SO. The Southern Company has a P/E of 17.51 and a forward P/E of 15.26. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 4.45. The Southern Company also has a P/S and a P/B of 2.16 and 1.86 respectively. For P/cash, The Southern Company has a value of 42.88, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.
At the current price of 47.46, The Southern Company has a dividend yield of 4.92%. We see a return on equity of 10.90%.
Looking more long-term The Southern Company, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 3.93%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 4.08% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -1.30% for this year and for the last five years a 0.00% growth has been seen.