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 47343.8. Since its IPO date on the 12/31/1981, The Southern Company, SO performance year to date is 7.95%. Today The Southern Company, SO has gained -1.43%, with a current price of 47.62.
Ownership of the company is 0.03% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 51.90%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 83.50%. Return of assets are at 2.80%, with return on investment at 6.30%.
In terms of debt levels and profit levels, The Southern Company, SO is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 1.69. While Total debt/equity is 1.86. With a profit margin of 13.70%, this is combined with a gross margin of 71.70%, and operating margin of 25.30%. The Southern Company ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.9, while the quick ratio is 0.7.
For the last year The Southern Company, SO has seen a EPS growth of 18.90%. A performance for the year of 13.41%. The 52-week high is -10.88%, and the 52-week low is 13.88%. The average volume for The Southern Company, SO is 941251.
With a target price of 51.31, 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 18.41 and a forward P/E of 16.16. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 5.63. The Southern Company also has a P/S and a P/B of 2.59 and 1.9 respectively. For P/cash, The Southern Company has a value of 17.74, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.
At the current price of 47.62, The Southern Company has a dividend yield of 4.64%. We see a return on equity of 11.40%.
Looking more long-term The Southern Company, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 3.27%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 3.07% 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.