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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 : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.03
SO's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
57% of the 791 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.23 vs. SO: 0.03 )
SO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 0.08
Current: 0.03

0.01
0.08
Equity to Asset 0.31
SO's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
68% of the 787 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 488 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: 5
Z-Score: 1.14
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 : 5/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 19.05
SO's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 799 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 12.87 vs. SO: 19.05 )
SO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 15.38   Max: 26.99
Current: 19.05

15.38
26.99
Net-margin (%) 10.01
SO's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 799 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 7.28 vs. SO: 10.01 )
SO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 7.71   Max: 14.6
Current: 10.01

7.71
14.6
ROE (%) 8.65
SO's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 792 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 8.22 vs. SO: 8.65 )
SO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 8.65   Max: 15.11
Current: 8.65

8.65
15.11
ROA (%) 2.65
SO's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 806 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.86 vs. SO: 2.65 )
SO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.65   Max: 4.36
Current: 2.65

2.65
4.36
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 6.19
SO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 800 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 7.96 vs. SO: 6.19 )
SO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 6.19   Max: 10.8
Current: 6.19

6.19
10.8
Revenue Growth (%) -2.40
SO's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 701 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.50 vs. SO: -2.40 )
SO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -7.5   Max: 8.5
Current: -2.4

-7.5
8.5
EBITDA Growth (%) -2.30
SO's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 679 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. SO: -2.30 )
SO' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -7.5   Max: 11.3
Current: -2.3

-7.5
11.3
EPS Growth (%) -7.50
SO's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 609 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. SO: -7.50 )
SO' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -7.5   Max: 9.9
Current: -7.5

-7.5
9.9
» SO's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

SO Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Jim Simons 110,100 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 11,181 sh (New)
Ken Fisher 7,623 sh (+10.57%)
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Q3 2013

SO Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Ray Dalio 75,300 sh (New)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,468,899 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 233,644 sh (+1989.65%)
Jim Simons 217,300 sh (+97.37%)
Ken Fisher 9,154 sh (+20.08%)
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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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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SO

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.03%$40.12 - $42.46 $ 44.819%0
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 New Buy0.03%$40.75 - $45.62 $ 44.814%75300
George Soros 2011-06-30 Sold Out $37.48 - $40.82 $ 44.8114%0
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 20.50
SO's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
75% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 20.50 vs. SO: 20.50 )
SO' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 12.82   Max: 23.11
Current: 20.5

12.82
23.11
P/B 2.10
SO's P/B is ranked higher than
68% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.52 vs. SO: 2.10 )
SO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.6   Max: 2.52
Current: 2.1

1.6
2.52
P/S 2.22
SO's P/S is ranked higher than
68% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.56 vs. SO: 2.22 )
SO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.23   Max: 2.53
Current: 2.22

1.23
2.53
PFCF 39.30
SO's PFCF is ranked higher than
78% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 43.77 vs. SO: 39.30 )
SO' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 20.36   Max: 1923.5
Current: 39.3

20.36
1923.5
EV-to-EBIT 17.56
SO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
77% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 17.60 vs. SO: 17.56 )
SO' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 11.8   Max: 18.8
Current: 17.56

11.8
18.8
PEG 52.00
SO's PEG is ranked higher than
67% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 13.40 vs. SO: 52.00 )
SO' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.75   Max: 213.2
Current: 52

1.75
213.2
Shiller P/E 18.60
SO's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
87% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 26.81 vs. SO: 18.60 )
SO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 11.38   Max: 19.96
Current: 18.6

11.38
19.96
Current Ratio 1.06
SO's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
74% of the 801 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

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

0.47
1.15
Quick Ratio 0.68
SO's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
63% of the 801 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.96 vs. SO: 0.68 )
SO' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 0.81
Current: 0.68

0.34
0.81

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 4.57
SO's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
80% of the 716 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.17 vs. SO: 4.57 )
SO' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 3.94   Max: 6.19
Current: 4.57

3.94
6.19
Dividend Payout 0.94
SO's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
83% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SO: 0.94 )
SO' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 5.44
Current: 0.94

0.35
5.44
Dividend growth (3y) 3.70
SO's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
82% of the 519 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 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) 5.54
SO's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
82% of the 698 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.35 vs. SO: 5.54 )
SO' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 4.75   Max: 7.46
Current: 5.54

4.75
7.46
Share Buyback Rate -1.70
SO's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
76% of the 549 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: -1.80 vs. SO: -1.70 )
SO' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 1.8   Max: -4
Current: -1.7

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 2.10
SO's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
75% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.15 vs. SO: 2.10 )
SO' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 2.7
Current: 2.1

0.91
2.7
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.40
SO's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
81% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.49 vs. SO: 2.40 )
SO' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.58   Max: 3.26
Current: 2.4

0.58
3.26
Price/Median PS Value 1.20
SO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
71% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. SO: 1.20 )
SO' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.42   Max: 1.29
Current: 1.2

0.42
1.29
Price/Graham Number 1.30
SO's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
78% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.47 vs. SO: 1.30 )
SO' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.58   Max: 1.4
Current: 1.3

0.58
1.4
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.70
SO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
72% of the 761 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 6.60 vs. SO: 5.70 )
SO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.3   Max: 8.5
Current: 5.7

5.3
8.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -0.22
SO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
68% of the 686 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.67 vs. SO: -0.22 )
SO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -1.9   Max: 10.9
Current: -0.22

-1.9
10.9

Business Description

Industry: Utilities - Regulated » Utilities - Regulated Electric
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Traded in other countries:SOT.Germany
Southern Company was incorporated under the laws of Delaware on November 9, 1945. Southern Company is domesticated under the laws of Georgia and is qualified to do business as a foreign corporation under the laws of Alabama. Southern Company 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. Alabama Power is a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Alabama on November 10, 1927, by the consolidation of a predecessor Alabama Power Company, Gulf Electric Company, and Houston Power Company. The predecessor Alabama Power Company had been in continuous existence since its incorporation in 1906. Georgia Power was incorporated under the laws of the State of Georgia on June 26, 1930 and was admitted to do business in Alabama on September 15, 1948. Gulf Power is a Florida corporation that has had a continuous existence since it was originally organized under the laws of the State of Maine on November 2, 1925. Gulf Power was admitted to do business in Florida on January 15, 1926, in Mississippi on October 25, 1976, and in Georgia on November 20, 1984. Gulf Power became a Florida corporation after being domesticated under the laws of the State of Florida on November 2, 2005. Mississippi Power was incorporated under the laws of the State of Mississippi on July 12, 1972, was admitted to do business in Alabama on November 28, 1972, and effective December 21, 1972, by the merger into it of the predecessor Mississippi Power Company, succeeded to the business and properties of the latter company. In addition, Southern Company owns all of the common stock of Southern Power, which is also an operating public utility company. Southern Power constructs, acquires, owns, and manages generation assets, including renewable energy projects, and sells electricity at market-based rates in the wholesale market. Southern 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 Southern 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 new nuclear generation at Plant Vogtle, which is co-owned by Georgia Power. SCS is the system service company providing, at cost, specialized services to Southern Company and its subsidiary companies. Southern Holdings is an intermediate holding subsidiary primarily for Southern Company's investments in leveraged leases. The Company
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