Southern Company, SO is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Electric Utilities in the sector of Utilities. Based in USA, Southern Company, SO has a market cap of 49093.81. Since its IPO date on the 12/31/1981, Southern Company, SO performance year to date is 14.39%. Today Southern Company, SO has gained 0.08%, with a current price of 51.83.
Ownership of the company is 0.03% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 52.20%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 89.30%. Return of assets are at 3.50%, with return on investment at 6.30%.
In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Southern Company, SO is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 1.61. While Total debt/equity is 1.79. With a profit margin of 16.10%, this is combined with a gross margin of 71.10%, and operating margin of 30.30%. Southern Company ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.8, while the quick ratio is 1.5.
For the last year Southern Company, SO has seen a EPS growth of 18.90%. A performance for the year of 27.48%. The 52-week high is -4.13%, and the 52-week low is 29.68%. The average volume for Southern Company, SO is 2332054.
With a target price of 53, can Southern Company, SO reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Southern Company, SO. Southern Company has a P/E of 20.58 and a forward P/E of 17.44. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 6.52. Southern Company also has a P/S and a P/B of 2.82 and 2.2 respectively. For P/cash, Southern Company has a value of 25.88, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.
At the current price of 51.83, Southern Company has a dividend yield of 4.33%. We see a return on equity of 13.40%.
Looking more long-term Southern Company, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 3.16%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 3.74% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 18.90% for this year and for the last five years a 1.90% growth has been seen.