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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
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.03
SO's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
88% of the 589 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.26 vs. SO: 0.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
SO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.03 Max: 0.08
Current: 0.03
0.01
0.08
Equity to Asset 0.27
SO's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
71% of the 577 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 vs. SO: 0.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
SO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.22  Med: 0.28 Max: 0.35
Current: 0.27
0.22
0.35
Interest Coverage 4.36
SO's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
50% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 4.37 vs. SO: 4.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
SO' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.31  Med: 3.96 Max: 5.38
Current: 4.36
2.31
5.38
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 1.00
WACC vs ROIC
3.39%
5.90%
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 : 5/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 21.78
SO's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 603 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 12.18 vs. SO: 21.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
SO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 15.38  Med: 21.82 Max: 26.99
Current: 21.78
15.38
26.99
Net-margin (%) 12.32
SO's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 604 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 7.18 vs. SO: 12.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
SO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 7.71  Med: 11.72 Max: 14.6
Current: 12.32
7.71
14.6
ROE (%) 10.57
SO's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 600 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 8.84 vs. SO: 10.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
SO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 8.48  Med: 12.60 Max: 15.45
Current: 10.57
8.48
15.45
ROA (%) 3.14
SO's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
52% of the 615 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.98 vs. SO: 3.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
SO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.68  Med: 3.90 Max: 4.34
Current: 3.14
2.68
4.34
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 7.30
SO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
61% of the 611 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 9.10 vs. SO: 7.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
SO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 6.59  Med: 9.71 Max: 15.34
Current: 7.3
6.59
15.34
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 0.10
SO's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
69% of the 508 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.50 vs. SO: 0.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -5.8  Med: 1.00 Max: 8.5
Current: 0.1
-5.8
8.5
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -2.70
SO's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
66% of the 477 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. SO: -2.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SO' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -7.5  Med: 3.20 Max: 11.3
Current: -2.7
-7.5
11.3
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -5.10
SO's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
65% of the 440 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.50 vs. SO: -5.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SO' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -7.5  Med: 2.30 Max: 11.6
Current: -5.1
-7.5
11.6
» SO's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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

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Guru Trades

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 (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ken Fisher Sold Out
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,951,703 sh (-1.51%)
Ray Dalio 39,500 sh (-34.60%)
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Q4 2014

SO Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Ken Fisher 8,170 sh (New)
John Hussman 150,000 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 7,200 sh (New)
Jim Simons 2,486,500 sh (+249.33%)
John Rogers 202,853 sh (+77.83%)
Ray Dalio 40,000 sh (+1.27%)
Steven Cohen 1,250,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 943,990 sh (-51.63%)
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Q1 2015

SO Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Pioneer Investments 5,013 sh (New)
John Burbank 8,850 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 161,041 sh (+302.60%)
John Rogers 412,585 sh (+103.39%)
Paul Tudor Jones 13,900 sh (+93.06%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,403,212 sh (+48.65%)
John Hussman 200,000 sh (+33.33%)
John Burbank 80,000 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher 7,318 sh (-10.43%)
Jim Simons 1,021,900 sh (-58.90%)
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Q2 2015

SO Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Louis Moore Bacon 119,161 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 342,597 sh (+6734.17%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 5,030,643 sh (+258.51%)
John Rogers 1,358,978 sh (+229.38%)
Ken Fisher 8,956 sh (+22.38%)
John Burbank Sold Out
Ray Dalio 127,341 sh (-20.93%)
John Hussman 100,000 sh (-50.00%)
Paul Tudor Jones 5,100 sh (-63.31%)
Jim Simons 134,100 sh (-86.88%)
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 18.08
SO's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
59% of the 495 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 16.70 vs. SO: 18.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
SO' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 12.82  Med: 16.51 Max: 23.95
Current: 18.08
12.82
23.95
Forward P/E 14.35
SO's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
52% of the 250 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 14.43 vs. SO: 14.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 18.00
SO's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
59% of the 494 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 16.70 vs. SO: 18.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
SO' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 12.8  Med: 16.55 Max: 23.96
Current: 18
12.8
23.96
P/B 1.92
SO's P/B is ranked lower than
66% of the 576 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.51 vs. SO: 1.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
SO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.6  Med: 2.13 Max: 2.52
Current: 1.92
1.6
2.52
P/S 2.17
SO's P/S is ranked lower than
68% of the 595 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.34 vs. SO: 2.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
SO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.23  Med: 1.94 Max: 2.55
Current: 2.17
1.23
2.55
POCF 6.60
SO's POCF is ranked higher than
54% of the 472 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 7.24 vs. SO: 6.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
SO' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 5.75  Med: 7.78 Max: 11.13
Current: 6.6
5.75
11.13
EV-to-EBIT 16.26
SO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
63% of the 515 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 14.00 vs. SO: 16.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
SO' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 12.1  Med: 13.90 Max: 19.7
Current: 16.26
12.1
19.7
Shiller P/E 17.20
SO's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
54% of the 351 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 18.77 vs. SO: 17.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
SO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 12.12  Med: 16.55 Max: 22.13
Current: 17.2
12.12
22.13
Current Ratio 0.76
SO's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
76% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. SO: 0.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
SO' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.47  Med: 0.82 Max: 1.15
Current: 0.76
0.47
1.15
Quick Ratio 0.55
SO's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
82% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. SO: 0.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
SO' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.34  Med: 0.58 Max: 0.81
Current: 0.55
0.34
0.81
Days Inventory 115.43
SO's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
93% of the 539 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 21.96 vs. SO: 115.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
SO' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 37.56  Med: 76.65 Max: 165.82
Current: 115.43
37.56
165.82
Days Sales Outstanding 26.79
SO's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
79% of the 476 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 44.97 vs. SO: 26.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
SO' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 21.21  Med: 23.57 Max: 62.73
Current: 26.79
21.21
62.73

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 5.03
SO's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
65% of the 869 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.96 vs. SO: 5.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
SO' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 3.94  Med: 4.51 Max: 6.19
Current: 5.03
3.94
6.19
Dividend Payout 0.90
SO's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
77% of the 549 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.54 vs. SO: 0.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
SO' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.35  Med: 0.83 Max: 5.44
Current: 0.9
0.35
5.44
Dividend growth (3y) 3.60
SO's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
55% of the 310 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. SO: 3.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
SO' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0  Med: 3.50 Max: 4.2
Current: 3.6
0
4.2
Yield on cost (5-Year) 6.06
SO's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
67% of the 870 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 4.45 vs. SO: 6.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
SO' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 4.75  Med: 5.43 Max: 7.46
Current: 6.06
4.75
7.46
Share Buyback Rate -1.40
SO's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
54% of the 344 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: -1.90 vs. SO: -1.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
SO' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 1.5  Med: -1.60 Max: -3.8
Current: -1.4

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 1.92
SO's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
54% of the 525 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. SO: 1.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
SO' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.04  Med: 2.11 Max: 2.7
Current: 1.92
1.04
2.7
Price/Projected FCF 2.10
SO's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
69% of the 300 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.47 vs. SO: 2.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
SO' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.58  Med: 2.14 Max: 3.25
Current: 2.1
0.58
3.25
Price/Median PS Value 1.12
SO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
63% of the 542 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.01 vs. SO: 1.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
SO' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.41  Med: 0.93 Max: 1.26
Current: 1.12
0.41
1.26
Price/Graham Number 1.22
SO's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
56% of the 424 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. SO: 1.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
SO' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.58  Med: 1.22 Max: 1.44
Current: 1.22
0.58
1.44
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 6.16
SO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 604 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. SO: 6.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
SO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 5.1  Med: 7.20 Max: 8.2
Current: 6.16
5.1
8.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 0.36
SO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
60% of the 370 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.61 vs. SO: 0.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
SO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: 0.2  Med: 2.70 Max: 15.8
Current: 0.36
0.2
15.8

Analyst Estimate

Dec15 Dec16 Dec17
Revenue(Mil) 16,837 17,527 16,759
EPS($) 2.85 2.96 3.04
EPS without NRI($) 2.85 2.96 3.04

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, for the Company's investments in leveraged leases. The Company competes with investor owned utilities, IPPs, and others for wholesale energy sales 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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