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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 : 5/10

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Equity to Asset 0.32
WR's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
67% of the 747 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 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 3.18
WR's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
71% of the 507 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. WR: 3.18 )
WR' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 3.25
Current: 3.18

0.69
3.25
F-Score: 3
Z-Score: 0.82
M-Score: -2.67
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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Operating margin (%) 24.43
WR's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 768 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 12.20 vs. WR: 24.43 )
WR' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 7.18   Max: 32.18
Current: 24.43

7.18
32.18
Net-margin (%) 12.34
WR's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 768 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 6.88 vs. WR: 12.34 )
WR' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -55.72   Max: 23.21
Current: 12.34

-55.72
23.21
ROE (%) 9.55
WR's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 767 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 7.95 vs. WR: 9.55 )
WR' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -80.87   Max: 21.58
Current: 9.55

-80.87
21.58
ROA (%) 3.05
WR's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 775 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.79 vs. WR: 3.05 )
WR' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -11.77   Max: 7.18
Current: 3.05

-11.77
7.18
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 7.23
WR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 770 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 7.81 vs. WR: 7.23 )
WR' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 4.08   Max: 12.03
Current: 7.23

4.08
12.03
Revenue Growth (%) 0.10
WR's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 640 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. WR: 0.10 )
WR' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -16.3   Max: 6.8
Current: 0.1

-16.3
6.8
EBITDA Growth (%) 0.80
WR's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 614 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. WR: 0.80 )
WR' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 38.4
Current: 0.8

0
38.4
EPS Growth (%) 8.20
WR's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 562 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. WR: 8.20 )
WR' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -79.8   Max: 294.7
Current: 8.2

-79.8
294.7
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Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

WR Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Jim Simons 864,600 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 21,400 sh (New)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 190,700 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 1,388,107 sh (-1.42%)
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Q2 2013

WR Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Pioneer Investments 732,900 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 7,800 sh (New)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 190,700 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones 20,800 sh (-2.8%)
Mario Gabelli 1,326,132 sh (-4.46%)
Jim Simons 589,000 sh (-31.88%)
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Q3 2013

WR Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Steven Cohen 19,006 sh (New)
George Soros 64,100 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 133,200 sh (+540.38%)
Pioneer Investments 780,700 sh (+6.52%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 190,700 sh (unchged)
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 1,308,984 sh (-1.29%)
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Q4 2013

WR Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Jim Simons 149,500 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 1,121,283 sh (+43.63%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 190,700 sh (unchged)
George Soros Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 1,284,634 sh (-1.86%)
Steven Cohen 10,158 sh (-46.55%)
Paul Tudor Jones 32,900 sh (-75.3%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with WR

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
George Soros 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.02%$29.97 - $32.26 $ 35.6213%0
George Soros 2013-09-30 New Buy0.02%$29.96 - $34.12 $ 35.6211%64100
John Keeley 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.22%$29.12 - $30.9 $ 35.6219%0
John Keeley 2011-09-30 Reduce -69.25%0.32%$22.76 - $27.21 $ 35.6237%324940
John Keeley 2011-06-30 Reduce -46.71%0.37%$25.74 - $27.9 $ 35.6233%1056624
Mario Gabelli 2011-03-31 Reduce -54.37%0.41%$25.16 - $26.58 $ 35.6238%1789740
George Soros 2011-03-31 Sold Out $25.16 - $26.58 $ 35.6238%0
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 15.80
WR's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
77% of the 655 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 17.50 vs. WR: 15.80 )
WR' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.66   Max: 18.03
Current: 15.8

8.66
18.03
P/B 1.50
WR's P/B is ranked higher than
68% of the 749 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. WR: 1.50 )
WR' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.77   Max: 1.6
Current: 1.5

0.77
1.6
P/S 1.90
WR's P/S is ranked lower than
52% of the 787 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.44 vs. WR: 1.90 )
WR' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.78   Max: 1.9
Current: 1.9

0.78
1.9
EV-to-EBIT 14.10
WR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
74% of the 707 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 15.47 vs. WR: 14.10 )
WR' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.1   Max: 16.7
Current: 14.1

6.1
16.7
PEG 3.50
WR's PEG is ranked higher than
61% of the 469 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.83 vs. WR: 3.50 )
WR' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.4   Max: 8.43
Current: 3.5

1.4
8.43
Shiller P/E 18.10
WR's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
70% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 18.50 vs. WR: 18.10 )
WR' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 9.44   Max: 50.29
Current: 18.1

9.44
50.29

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 3.90
WR's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
72% of the 677 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. WR: 3.90 )
WR' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 3.38   Max: 7.51
Current: 3.9

3.38
7.51
Dividend Payout 0.60
WR's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
62% of the 576 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.57 vs. WR: 0.60 )
WR' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 10.7
Current: 0.6

0.28
10.7
Dividend growth (3y) 3.10
WR's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
79% of the 471 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.70 vs. WR: 3.10 )
WR' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -19.1   Max: 10.5
Current: 3.1

-19.1
10.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.57
WR's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
72% of the 686 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. WR: 4.57 )
WR' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 3.96   Max: 8.79
Current: 4.57

3.96
8.79
Share Buyback Rate -4.70
WR's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
68% of the 517 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: -1.60 vs. WR: -4.70 )
WR' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 1.5   Max: -7.8
Current: -4.7

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 1.50
WR's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
76% of the 703 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. WR: 1.50 )
WR' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.74   Max: 1.87
Current: 1.5

0.74
1.87
Price/DCF (Projected) 8.30
WR's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked lower than
69% of the 437 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. WR: 8.30 )
WR' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.62   Max: 11.49
Current: 8.3

0.62
11.49
Price/Median PS Value 1.50
WR's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
52% of the 725 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. WR: 1.50 )
WR' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 1.33
Current: 1.5

0.34
1.33
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.30
WR's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
52% of the 224 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. WR: 2.30 )
WR' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.58   Max: 10.79
Current: 2.3

0.58
10.79
Price/Graham Number 1.00
WR's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
78% of the 614 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 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) 7.10
WR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
78% of the 725 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. WR: 7.10 )
WR' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 6   Max: 16.5
Current: 7.1

6
16.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 2.07
WR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
74% of the 612 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 4.21 vs. WR: 2.07 )
WR' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -13.6   Max: 5.5
Current: 2.07

-13.6
5.5

Business Description

Industry: Utilities - Regulated » Utilities - Regulated Electric
Compare:EE, ENI, NGG, DTE, DUK » details
Traded in other countries:WB8.Germany
Westar Energy, Inc. is incorporated in the state of Kansas, which was incorporated 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 685,000 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 Company's wholly owned subsidiary, provides these services in south-central and southeastern Kansas, including the city of Wichita. KGE owns a 47% interest in the Wolf Creek Generating Station (Wolf Creek), a nuclear power plant located near Burlington, Kansas. Both Westar Energy and KGE conduct business using the name Westar Energy. 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 most of 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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