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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 lower than
57% of the 576 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 vs. WR: 0.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
WR' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.15  Med: 0.29 Max: 0.35
Current: 0.32
0.15
0.35
Interest Coverage 3.46
WR's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
61% of the 309 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 4.41 vs. WR: 3.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
WR' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.69  Med: 2.43 Max: 3.46
Current: 3.46
0.69
3.46
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 0.94
M-Score: -2.64
WACC vs ROIC
5.06%
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 : 7/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 23.75
WR's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 12.01 vs. WR: 23.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
WR' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 7.18  Med: 19.25 Max: 32.18
Current: 23.75
7.18
32.18
Net-margin (%) 11.52
WR's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 597 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 7.18 vs. WR: 11.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
WR' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -55.72  Med: 9.72 Max: 23.21
Current: 11.52
-55.72
23.21
ROE (%) 9.18
WR's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
54% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 8.65 vs. WR: 9.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
WR' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -56.21  Med: 8.83 Max: 23.59
Current: 9.18
-56.21
23.59
ROA (%) 2.93
WR's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 611 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.05 vs. WR: 2.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
WR' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -11.13  Med: 2.66 Max: 7.34
Current: 2.93
-11.13
7.34
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 7.48
WR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
60% of the 608 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 8.98 vs. WR: 7.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
WR' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -14.08  Med: 7.76 Max: 26.26
Current: 7.48
-14.08
26.26
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 2.50
WR's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 505 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. WR: 2.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
WR' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -16.3  Med: -1.00 Max: 6
Current: 2.5
-16.3
6
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 2.10
WR's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 473 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. WR: 2.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
WR' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0  Med: -0.80 Max: 13.9
Current: 2.1
0
13.9
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 7.10
WR's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 431 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. WR: 7.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
WR' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -79.8  Med: 7.10 Max: 294.7
Current: 7.1
-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

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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Q1 2015

WR Guru Trades in Q1 2015

HOTCHKIS & WILEY 81,200 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 1,220,402 sh (-1.79%)
Jim Simons 796,600 sh (-15.61%)
Pioneer Investments 794,122 sh (-19.57%)
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 17.08
WR's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
54% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 17.70 vs. WR: 17.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
WR' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.66  Med: 13.93 Max: 18.51
Current: 17.08
8.66
18.51
Forward P/E 14.79
WR's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
50% of the 250 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 14.81 vs. WR: 14.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 16.90
WR's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
55% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 17.90 vs. WR: 16.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
WR' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 10  Med: 14.28 Max: 20.13
Current: 16.9
10
20.13
P/B 1.50
WR's P/B is ranked higher than
52% of the 585 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.53 vs. WR: 1.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
WR' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.77  Med: 1.31 Max: 1.74
Current: 1.5
0.77
1.74
P/S 1.96
WR's P/S is ranked lower than
62% of the 593 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.38 vs. WR: 1.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
WR' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.9  Med: 1.38 Max: 2.21
Current: 1.96
0.9
2.21
POCF 6.32
WR's POCF is ranked higher than
62% of the 468 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 7.90 vs. WR: 6.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
WR' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.01  Med: 6.30 Max: 15.72
Current: 6.32
4.01
15.72
EV-to-EBIT 13.79
WR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
55% of the 510 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 15.00 vs. WR: 13.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
WR' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.4  Med: 13.60 Max: 18.2
Current: 13.79
8.4
18.2
PEG 4.02
WR's PEG is ranked lower than
65% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.64 vs. WR: 4.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
WR' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.39  Med: 2.17 Max: 10.12
Current: 4.02
1.39
10.12
Shiller P/E 17.99
WR's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
56% of the 349 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 19.14 vs. WR: 17.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
WR' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 9.49  Med: 14.90 Max: 21.01
Current: 17.99
9.49
21.01
Current Ratio 0.65
WR's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
83% of the 591 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. WR: 0.65 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
WR' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.27  Med: 0.77 Max: 1.43
Current: 0.65
0.27
1.43
Quick Ratio 0.39
WR's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
91% of the 591 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.02 vs. WR: 0.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
WR' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.19  Med: 0.53 Max: 1.31
Current: 0.39
0.19
1.31
Days Inventory 101.28
WR's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
91% of the 532 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 22.68 vs. WR: 101.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
WR' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 37.65  Med: 111.21 Max: 138.76
Current: 101.28
37.65
138.76
Days Sales Outstanding 33.64
WR's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
75% of the 473 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 51.27 vs. WR: 33.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
WR' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 12.62  Med: 38.83 Max: 56.89
Current: 33.64
12.62
56.89

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 3.75
WR's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
51% of the 870 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.46 vs. WR: 3.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
WR' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 3.22  Med: 4.36 Max: 7.51
Current: 3.75
3.22
7.51
Dividend Payout 0.63
WR's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
61% of the 539 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. WR: 0.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
WR' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.07  Med: 0.79 Max: 7.05
Current: 0.63
0.07
7.05
Dividend growth (3y) 3.00
WR's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
50% of the 307 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 3.00 vs. WR: 3.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
WR' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -19.1  Med: 3.00 Max: 10.5
Current: 3
-19.1
10.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.37
WR's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
51% of the 869 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 4.25 vs. WR: 4.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
WR' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 3.75  Med: 5.08 Max: 8.75
Current: 4.37
3.75
8.75
Share Buyback Rate -3.60
WR's Share Buyback Rate is ranked lower than
61% of the 345 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: -1.70 vs. WR: -3.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
WR' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 1.5  Med: -4.00 Max: -7.8
Current: -3.6

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 1.51
WR's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
61% of the 533 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.83 vs. WR: 1.51 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
WR' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.74  Med: 1.30 Max: 2.14
Current: 1.51
0.74
2.14
Price/Projected FCF 2.73
WR's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
76% of the 258 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.61 vs. WR: 2.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
WR' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.62  Med: 1.31 Max: 40.65
Current: 2.73
0.62
40.65
Price/Median PS Value 1.42
WR's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
77% of the 488 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.04 vs. WR: 1.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
WR' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.32  Med: 0.87 Max: 1.52
Current: 1.42
0.32
1.52
Price/Graham Number 1.05
WR's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
60% of the 362 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 1.22 vs. WR: 1.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
WR' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.39  Med: 0.89 Max: 3.48
Current: 1.05
0.39
3.48
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 7.28
WR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 602 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 6.10 vs. WR: 7.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
WR' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 5.5  Med: 7.40 Max: 11.9
Current: 7.28
5.5
11.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) -0.49
WR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
64% of the 355 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Electric industry.

( Industry Median: 2.96 vs. WR: -0.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
WR' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -16.9  Med: 0.30 Max: 7
Current: -0.49
-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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