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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 : 4/10

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industry
vs
history
Equity to Asset 0.32
WR's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
71% of the 913 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.34 vs. WR: 0.32 )
WR' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.15   Max: 0.33
Current: 0.32

0.15
0.33
Interest Coverage 3.46
WR's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
73% of the 512 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.47 vs. WR: 3.46 )
WR' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 3.46
Current: 3.46

0.69
3.46
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 0.99
M-Score: -2.61
WACC vs ROIC
4.30%
6.34%
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 : 7/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 24.33
WR's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 937 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 13.47 vs. WR: 24.33 )
WR' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 7.18   Max: 32.18
Current: 24.33

7.18
32.18
Net-margin (%) 12.04
WR's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 937 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 8.03 vs. WR: 12.04 )
WR' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -55.72   Max: 23.21
Current: 12.04

-55.72
23.21
ROE (%) 9.89
WR's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 937 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 8.88 vs. WR: 9.89 )
WR' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -56.15   Max: 23.59
Current: 9.89

-56.15
23.59
ROA (%) 3.16
WR's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 945 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.04 vs. WR: 3.16 )
WR' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -11.13   Max: 7.34
Current: 3.16

-11.13
7.34
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 7.62
WR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 943 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 8.25 vs. WR: 7.62 )
WR' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 3.78   Max: 16.9
Current: 7.62

3.78
16.9
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 2.50
WR's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 800 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.50 vs. WR: 2.50 )
WR' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -16.3   Max: 3.4
Current: 2.5

-16.3
3.4
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 2.10
WR's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 785 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. WR: 2.10 )
WR' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 13.9
Current: 2.1

0
13.9
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 7.70
WR's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 700 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. WR: 7.70 )
WR' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -44.5   Max: 514.5
Current: 7.7

-44.5
514.5
» WR's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

WR Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Pioneer Investments 1,148,437 sh (+2.42%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 190,700 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 1,281,584 sh (-0.24%)
Steven Cohen 8,058 sh (-20.67%)
Paul Tudor Jones 10,000 sh (-69.60%)
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Q2 2014

WR Guru Trades in Q2 2014

HOTCHKIS & WILEY 193,900 sh (+1.68%)
Mario Gabelli 1,275,009 sh (-0.51%)
Pioneer Investments 990,134 sh (-13.78%)
Paul Tudor Jones 7,100 sh (-29.00%)
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Q3 2014

WR Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jim Simons 206,900 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 42,185 sh (+494.15%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 195,900 sh (+1.03%)
Pioneer Investments 988,173 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 1,270,334 sh (-0.37%)
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Q4 2014

WR Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 944,000 sh (+356.26%)
Pioneer Investments 987,379 sh (-0.08%)
Mario Gabelli 1,242,606 sh (-2.18%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 81,200 sh (-58.55%)
Paul Tudor Jones 8,200 sh (-80.56%)
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 16.70
WR's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
85% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 20.20 vs. WR: 16.70 )
WR' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.66   Max: 18.51
Current: 16.7

8.66
18.51
Forward P/E 15.17
WR's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
81% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 17.42 vs. WR: 15.17 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 16.00
WR's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
87% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 20.20 vs. WR: 16.00 )
WR' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 9.88   Max: 20.3
Current: 16

9.88
20.3
P/B 1.50
WR's P/B is ranked higher than
76% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. WR: 1.50 )
WR' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.77   Max: 1.73
Current: 1.5

0.77
1.73
P/S 1.90
WR's P/S is ranked higher than
67% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.61 vs. WR: 1.90 )
WR' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.9   Max: 2.21
Current: 1.9

0.9
2.21
POCF 6.11
WR's POCF is ranked higher than
86% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 7.99 vs. WR: 6.11 )
WR' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.01   Max: 15.72
Current: 6.11

4.01
15.72
EV-to-EBIT 13.76
WR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
89% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 17.73 vs. WR: 13.76 )
WR' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.4   Max: 18.2
Current: 13.76

8.4
18.2
PEG 3.90
WR's PEG is ranked higher than
88% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. WR: 3.90 )
WR' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.4   Max: 7.91
Current: 3.9

1.4
7.91
Shiller P/E 18.90
WR's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
87% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 26.17 vs. WR: 18.90 )
WR' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 9.44   Max: 21.01
Current: 18.9

9.44
21.01
Current Ratio 0.82
WR's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
67% of the 925 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. WR: 0.82 )
WR' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.37   Max: 1.17
Current: 0.82

0.37
1.17
Quick Ratio 0.53
WR's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
61% of the 925 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.95 vs. WR: 0.53 )
WR' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 1.06
Current: 0.53

0.27
1.06
Days Inventory 97.71
WR's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
64% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 31.34 vs. WR: 97.71 )
WR' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 37.65   Max: 138.76
Current: 97.71

37.65
138.76
Days Sales Outstanding 37.50
WR's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
85% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 62.13 vs. WR: 37.50 )
WR' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 12.62   Max: 56.89
Current: 37.5

12.62
56.89

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 3.60
WR's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
60% of the 829 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.35 vs. WR: 3.60 )
WR' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 3.22   Max: 7.51
Current: 3.6

3.22
7.51
Dividend Payout 0.58
WR's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
75% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.71 vs. WR: 0.58 )
WR' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 12.59
Current: 0.58

0.28
12.59
Dividend growth (3y) 3.00
WR's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
78% of the 585 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.30 vs. WR: 3.00 )
WR' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -19.1   Max: 10.5
Current: 3

-19.1
10.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.31
WR's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
65% of the 834 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.65 vs. WR: 4.31 )
WR' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 3.75   Max: 8.75
Current: 4.31

3.75
8.75
Share Buyback Rate -3.60
WR's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
71% of the 595 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: -1.40 vs. WR: -3.60 )
WR' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: -1.6   Max: -7.8
Current: -3.6

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Tangible Book 1.50
WR's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
84% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.39 vs. WR: 1.50 )
WR' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.74   Max: 2.14
Current: 1.5

0.74
2.14
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.90
WR's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
80% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.49 vs. WR: 2.90 )
WR' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.62   Max: 11.49
Current: 2.9

0.62
11.49
Price/Median PS Value 1.40
WR's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
65% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. WR: 1.40 )
WR' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 1.53
Current: 1.4

0.32
1.53
Price/Graham Number 1.00
WR's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
89% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. WR: 1.00 )
WR' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.51   Max: 5.2
Current: 1

0.51
5.2
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.20
WR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
87% of the 930 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. WR: 7.20 )
WR' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.5   Max: 12
Current: 7.2

5.5
12
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 0.25
WR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
72% of the 691 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.99 vs. WR: 0.25 )
WR' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -16.9   Max: 7
Current: 0.25

-16.9
7

Business Description

Industry: Utilities - Regulated » Utilities - Regulated Electric
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Traded in other countries:WB8.Germany,
Westar Energy Inc is incorporated in the state of Kansas in 1924. It is an electric utility company, which produces, transmits and sells electricity at retail in Kansas and at wholesale in a multi-state region in the central United States under the regulation of the KCC and FERC. The Company provides electric generation, transmission and distribution services to approximately 693,000 customers in Kansas. It provides these services in central and northeastern Kansas, including the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina and Hutchinson. Kansas Gas and Electric Company (KGE), the Companys wholly owned subsidiary, provides these services in south-central and southeastern Kansas, including the city of Wichita. The Company has other contracts for the sale, purchase or exchange of wholesale electricity with other utilities. In addition, it engages in energy marketing and purchase and sells electricity in areas outside its retail service territory. The Company has a retail energy cost adjustment (RECA) that allows it to recover the cost of fuel consumed in generating electricity and purchased power needed to serve its retail customers. The Company engages in both financial and physical trading with the objective of increasing profits, managing commodity price risk and enhancing system reliability. It trades electricity and other energy-related products using a number of financial instruments, including future contracts, options and swaps, and it trades energy commodity contracts. The Company uses natural gas as a primary fuel at its Gordon Evans, Murray Gill, Neosho, Abilene, Hutchinson, Spring Creek and Emporia Energy Centers, at the State Line facility and in the gas turbine units at Tecumseh Energy Center. It could also use natural gas as a supplemental fuel in the coal-fired units at the Lawrence and Tecumseh Energy Centers. The Company is subject to a number of federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations. Environmental laws and regulations affecting power plants are overlapping, complex, subject to changes in interpretation and implementation. These laws and regulations relate mainly to discharges into the air, air quality, discharges of effluents into water, the use of water, and the handling, disposal and clean-up of hazardous substances and wastes.
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