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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 6/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.06
SO's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
64% of the 897 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.19 vs. SO: 0.06 )
SO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 0.08
Current: 0.06

0.01
0.08
Equity to Asset 0.31
SO's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
70% of the 907 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.34 vs. SO: 0.31 )
SO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 0.35
Current: 0.31

0.22
0.35
Interest Coverage 3.95
SO's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
78% of the 518 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.38 vs. SO: 3.95 )
SO' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.31   Max: 5.38
Current: 3.95

2.31
5.38
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 1.26
WACC vs ROIC
3.11%
6.02%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 6/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 21.11
SO's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 925 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 13.24 vs. SO: 21.11 )
SO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 15.38   Max: 26.99
Current: 21.11

15.38
26.99
Net-margin (%) 11.76
SO's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 925 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 7.73 vs. SO: 11.76 )
SO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 7.71   Max: 14.6
Current: 11.76

7.71
14.6
ROE (%) 10.82
SO's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 923 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 8.71 vs. SO: 10.82 )
SO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 8.82   Max: 15.45
Current: 10.82

8.82
15.45
ROA (%) 3.29
SO's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 932 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.91 vs. SO: 3.29 )
SO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.68   Max: 4.34
Current: 3.29

2.68
4.34
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 7.33
SO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 930 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 8.43 vs. SO: 7.33 )
SO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 6.36   Max: 15.72
Current: 7.33

6.36
15.72
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -2.40
SO's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 784 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. SO: -2.40 )
SO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -5.8   Max: 8.5
Current: -2.4

-5.8
8.5
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -2.30
SO's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 756 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. SO: -2.30 )
SO' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -7.5   Max: 11.3
Current: -2.3

-7.5
11.3
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -7.50
SO's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 686 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. SO: -7.50 )
SO' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -7.5   Max: 11.6
Current: -7.5

-7.5
11.6
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

SO Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Steven Cohen 28,444 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 1,079,314 sh (+361.95%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,853,701 sh (+26.2%)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Ken Fisher 5,897 sh (-35.58%)
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Q1 2014

SO Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Ken Fisher 6,622 sh (+12.29%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,999,682 sh (+7.88%)
Pioneer Investments 1,074,541 sh (-0.44%)
Steven Cohen 19,221 sh (-32.43%)
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Q2 2014

SO Guru Trades in Q2 2014

John Rogers 70,487 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 60,400 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 7,100 sh (New)
Ken Fisher 8,899 sh (+34.39%)
Pioneer Investments 1,067,812 sh (-0.63%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,981,676 sh (-0.9%)
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Q3 2014

SO Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jim Simons 711,800 sh (New)
John Rogers 114,071 sh (+61.83%)
Pioneer Investments 1,717,001 sh (+60.8%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ken Fisher Sold Out
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,951,703 sh (-1.51%)
Ray Dalio 39,500 sh (-34.6%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SO

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Rogers 2014-09-30 Add 61.83%0.02%$42.17 - $45.36 $ 52.1719%114071
Ray Dalio 2014-09-30 Reduce -34.6%0.01%$42.17 - $45.36 $ 52.1719%39500
Ken Fisher 2014-09-30 Sold Out $42.17 - $45.36 $ 52.1719%0
John Rogers 2014-06-30 New Buy0.04%$42.77 - $46.68 $ 52.1718%70487
Ray Dalio 2014-06-30 New Buy0.02%$42.77 - $46.68 $ 52.1718%60400
Ken Fisher 2014-06-30 Add 34.39%$42.77 - $46.68 $ 52.1718%8899
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2013-12-31 Add 26.2%0.07%$40.12 - $42.46 $ 52.1726%1853701
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.03%$40.12 - $42.46 $ 52.1726%0
Ken Fisher 2013-12-31 Reduce -35.58%$40.12 - $42.46 $ 52.1726%5897
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2013-09-30 New Buy0.28%$40.75 - $45.62 $ 52.1721%1468899
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 New Buy0.03%$40.75 - $45.62 $ 52.1721%75300
Ken Fisher 2013-09-30 Add 20.08%$40.75 - $45.62 $ 52.1721%9154
Ken Fisher 2013-03-31 New Buy$42.81 - $46.92 $ 52.1717%6894
Ken Fisher 2012-12-31 Sold Out $42.03 - $46.84 $ 52.1718%0
Ken Fisher 2011-12-31 Reduce -27.22%$41.33 - $46.59 $ 52.1720%4756
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 22.30
SO's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
77% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 21.30 vs. SO: 22.30 )
SO' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 12.82   Max: 23.11
Current: 22.3

12.82
23.11
Forward P/E 17.61
SO's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
81% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 17.99 vs. SO: 17.61 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 22.30
SO's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
77% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 21.10 vs. SO: 22.30 )
SO' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 12.8   Max: 23.08
Current: 22.3

12.8
23.08
P/B 2.36
SO's P/B is ranked higher than
70% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.74 vs. SO: 2.36 )
SO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.6   Max: 2.52
Current: 2.36

1.6
2.52
P/S 2.54
SO's P/S is ranked higher than
70% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. SO: 2.54 )
SO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.23   Max: 2.55
Current: 2.54

1.23
2.55
PFCF 47.86
SO's PFCF is ranked higher than
81% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 724.00 vs. SO: 47.86 )
SO' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 20.36   Max: 1923.5
Current: 47.86

20.36
1923.5
POCF 7.33
SO's POCF is ranked higher than
79% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 7.73 vs. SO: 7.33 )
SO' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 5.75   Max: 11.13
Current: 7.33

5.75
11.13
EV-to-EBIT 18.24
SO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
79% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 18.86 vs. SO: 18.24 )
SO' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 12.1   Max: 18.8
Current: 18.24

12.1
18.8
PEG 55.75
SO's PEG is ranked higher than
81% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. SO: 55.75 )
SO' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.05   Max: 106.6
Current: 55.75

1.05
106.6
Shiller P/E 22.06
SO's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
86% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 26.05 vs. SO: 22.06 )
SO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 12.17   Max: 22.13
Current: 22.06

12.17
22.13
Current Ratio 0.91
SO's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
71% of the 923 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. SO: 0.91 )
SO' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.47   Max: 1.15
Current: 0.91

0.47
1.15
Quick Ratio 0.64
SO's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
66% of the 923 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.93 vs. SO: 0.64 )
SO' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 0.81
Current: 0.64

0.34
0.81
Days Inventory 111.72
SO's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
63% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 31.43 vs. SO: 111.72 )
SO' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 37.56   Max: 165.82
Current: 111.72

37.56
165.82
Days Sales Outstanding 28.58
SO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
90% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 58.63 vs. SO: 28.58 )
SO' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 21.21   Max: 62.73
Current: 28.58

21.21
62.73

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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Dividend Yield 3.99
SO's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
71% of the 827 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.06 vs. SO: 3.99 )
SO' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 3.94   Max: 6.19
Current: 3.99

3.94
6.19
Dividend Payout 0.88
SO's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
63% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.69 vs. SO: 0.88 )
SO' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 5.44
Current: 0.88

0.35
5.44
Dividend growth (3y) 3.70
SO's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
81% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. SO: 3.70 )
SO' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 4.2
Current: 3.7

0
4.2
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.82
SO's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
73% of the 833 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.26 vs. SO: 4.82 )
SO' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 4.75   Max: 7.46
Current: 4.82

4.75
7.46
Share Buyback Rate -1.70
SO's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
76% of the 609 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: -1.70 vs. SO: -1.70 )
SO' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 1.5   Max: -3.8
Current: -1.7

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 2.37
SO's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
77% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.44 vs. SO: 2.37 )
SO' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.99   Max: 2.7
Current: 2.37

0.99
2.7
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.58
SO's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
81% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.68 vs. SO: 2.58 )
SO' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.58   Max: 3.25
Current: 2.58

0.58
3.25
Price/Median PS Value 1.33
SO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
69% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. SO: 1.33 )
SO' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 1.28
Current: 1.33

0.41
1.28
Price/Graham Number 1.48
SO's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
80% of the 989 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. SO: 1.48 )
SO' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.58   Max: 1.4
Current: 1.48

0.58
1.4
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.50
SO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
78% of the 925 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. SO: 5.50 )
SO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.3   Max: 8.3
Current: 5.5

5.3
8.3
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 0.75
SO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
71% of the 674 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.74 vs. SO: 0.75 )
SO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 15.5
Current: 0.75

0.7
15.5

Business Description

Industry: Utilities - Regulated » Utilities - Regulated Electric
Compare:WR, EE, ENI, NGG, DTE » details
Traded in other countries:SOT.Germany,
Southern Co was incorporated under the laws of Delaware on November 9, 1945. The Company is registered and qualified to do business under the laws of Georgia and is qualified to do business as a foreign corporation under the laws of Alabama. It owns all of the outstanding common stock of Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, and Mississippi Power, each of which is an operating public utility company. The traditional operating companies supply electric service in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, the Company owns all of the common stock of Southern Power Company, which is also an operating public utility company. It constructs, acquires, owns, and manages generation assets, including renewable energy projects, and sells electricity at market-based rates in the wholesale market. The Company also owns all of the outstanding common stock or membership interests of SouthernLINC Wireless, Southern Nuclear, SCS, Southern Holdings, and other direct and indirect subsidiaries. SouthernLINC Wireless provides digital wireless communications for use by the Company and its subsidiary companies and markets these services to the public and also provides wholesale fiber optic solutions to telecommunication providers in the Southeast. Southern Nuclear operates and provides services to Alabama Power's and Georgia Power's nuclear plants and is currently developing Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4, which are co-owned by Georgia Power. SCS is the system service company providing, at cost, specialized services to the Company and its subsidiary companies. Southern Holdings is an intermediate holding subsidiary, primarily for the Company's investments in leveraged leases. The Company competes with investor owned utilities, IPPs, and others for wholesale energy sales primarily in the Southeastern U.S. wholesale market. The traditional operating companies are subject to the jurisdiction of their respective state PSCs.
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