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WEC Energy Group Earnings Power Value (EPV)

: $-63.29 (As of Jun21)
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As of Jun21, WEC Energy Group's earnings power value is $-63.29. *

* GuruFocus does not store EPV value into our database if Average Maintenance CAPEX is 0.

Margin of Safety is N/A.

The basic concept of EPV is that one should value a stock based on the current free cash flow of a company and not on future projections which may, or may not, come true. It is arguably a better way to analyze stocks than Discounted Cash Flow analysis that relies on highly speculative growth assumptions many years into the future. Assumption: Current profitability is sustainable.


WEC Energy Group Earnings Power Value (EPV) Historical Data

The historical data trend for WEC Energy Group's Earnings Power Value (EPV) can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

* Premium members only.

WEC Energy Group Annual Data
Trend Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20
Earnings Power Value (EPV)
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only -32.79 -39.57 -48.01 -56.54 -61.12

WEC Energy Group Quarterly Data
Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21
Earnings Power Value (EPV) Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only -58.09 -56.68 -61.12 -62.67 -63.29

Competitive Comparison

For the Utilities - Regulated Electric subindustry, WEC Energy Group's Earnings Power Value (EPV), along with its competitors' market caps and Earnings Power Value (EPV) data, can be viewed below:

* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap. Note that "N/A" values will not show up in the chart.

   

WEC Energy Group Earnings Power Value (EPV) Distribution

For the Utilities - Regulated industry and Utilities sector, WEC Energy Group's Earnings Power Value (EPV) distribution charts can be found below:

* The bar in red indicates where WEC Energy Group's Earnings Power Value (EPV) falls into.



WEC Energy Group Earnings Power Value (EPV) Calculation

Earnings Power Value also known as just Earnings Power is a valuation technique popularised by Bruce Greenwald, an authority on value investing at Columbia University. It is arguably a better way to analyze stocks than Discounted Cash Flow analysis that relies on highly speculative growth assumptions many years into the future.

The basic concept of EPV is that one should value a stock based on the current free cash flow of a company and not on future projections which may, or may not, come true. This valuation tool excludes the potential growth that a company may have so that needs to be looked at separately. Since future growth is excluded from the analysis, only the maintenance capital expenditures are subtracted from after-tax EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) and growth capex is ignored.

WEC Energy Group's "Earning Power" Calculation:

Average of Last 20 Quarters Last Quarter
Revenue 7,627
DDA 890
Operating Margin % 21.50
SGA * 25% 0
Tax Rate % 17.10
Maintenance Capex 1,925
Cash and Cash Equivalents 35
Short-Term Debt 1,918
Long-Term Debt 12,696
Shares Outstanding (Diluted) 316

1. Start with "Earnings" not including accounting adjustments (one-time charges not excluded unless policy has changed). "Earnings" are "Operating Income.

2. Look at average margins over a business/Industry cycle: Average Operating Margin = 21.50%

To normalize margins and eliminate the effects on profitability of valuing the firm at different points in the business cycle, it is usually best to take a long-term average of operating margins. Ideally this would be as long as 10 years and include at least one economic downturn. However, since most of companies do not have as long as 10-year history, here GuruFocus uses the latest 5 years data to do the calculation. To smooth out unusual years but reflect recent developments, we take an average of the 5 year margin.

3. Multiply average margins by sustainable revenues and then adjust for maintenance SGA. This yields "normalized" EBIT:

To be conservative, GuruFocus uses an average of the 5 year revenues as the sustainable revenue.
EPV analysis recognises that part of SG&A expenditure is made to maintain and replace the existing assets, while part is made to grow sales. Since EPV is only interested in what it costs a going concern to maintain its existing asset base, it adds back a percentage of SG&A (between 15% and 50% - this is a matter of judgment and industry knowledge) to make up for the fact that some of this expenditure went to fund growth and shouldn't be accounted for. To start off, we assume 25% for the sake of prudence.
Sustainable Revenue = $ Mil, Average Operating Margin = 21.50%, Average Adjusted SGA = 0,
therefore "Normalized" EBIT = Sustainable Revenue * Average Operating Margin + Average Adjusted SGA = 7,627 * 21.50% +0 = $1639.5386128 Mil.

4. Multiply by one minus Average Tax Rate (NOPAT):

Same as average operating margin calculation, GuruFocus takes an average of the 5 years tax rates.
Average Tax Rate = 17.10%, and "Normalized" EBIT = $1639.5386128 Mil,
therefore After-tax "Normalized" EBIT = "Normalized" EBIT * ( 1 - Average Tax Rate ) = 1639.5386128 * ( 1 - 17.10% ) = $1359.1037307736 Mil.

5. Add back Excess Depreciation (after tax at 1/2 average tax rate). This yields "normalized" Earnings:

Excess Depreciation = Average DDA * % of Excess Depreciation (after tax at 1/2 average tax rate) = 890 * 0.5 * 17.10% = $76.1287086 Mil.
"Normalized" Earnings = After-tax "Normalized" EBIT + Excess Depreciation = 1359.1037307736 + 76.1287086 = $1435.2324393736 Mil.

6. Adjusted for Maintenance Capital Expenditure:

First, calculate the revenue change regarding to the previous year. If the revenue decreased from the previous year, then the Maintenance Capital Expenditure = Capital Expenditure (positive).
Second, if the revenue increased from the previous year, then calculate the percentage of Net PPE as of corresponding Revenue.
Third, calculate Capital Expenditure (positive) - percentage of Net PPE as of corresponding Revenue * revenue increase.
If [Capital Expenditure (positive) - percentage of Net PPE as of corresponding Revenue * revenue increase] was negative, then the Maintenance Capital Expenditure = Capital Expenditure (positive).
If [Capital Expenditure (positive) - percentage of Net PPE as of corresponding Revenue * revenue increase] was positive, then the Maintenance Capital Expenditure = Capital Expenditure (positive) - percentage of Net PPE as of corresponding Revenue * revenue increase.
Fourth, GuruFocus uses an average of the 5 year maintenance capital expenditures as maintenance CAPEX.
WEC Energy Group's Average Maintenance CAPEX = $1,925 Mil *.
* GuruFocus does not store EPV value into our database if Average Maintenance CAPEX is 0.

7. Investors require a return of "WACC" for the risk they are taking: WACC = 9%

8. WEC Energy Group's current cash and cash equivalent = $35 Mil.
WEC Energy Group's current interest bearing debt = Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation + Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation = 12,696 + 1,918 = $14613.8 Mil.
WEC Energy Group's current Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) = 316 Mil.

WEC Energy Group's Earnings Power Value (EPV) for Jun21 is calculated as:

EPV = ( ( Norm. Earnings-Maint. CAPEX *) / WACC + CashandEquiv - Int. Bearing Debt ) / Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)
= ( ( 1435.2324393736 - 1,925)/ 9%+35-14613.8 )/316
=-63.29

Margin of Safety (EPV)=( Earnings Power Value (EPV)-Current Price )/Earnings Power Value (EPV)
=( -63.287752858621-91.92 )/-63.287752858621
= N/A

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

* GuruFocus does not store EPV value into our database if Average Maintenance CAPEX is 0.


WEC Energy Group  (NYSE:WEC) Earnings Power Value (EPV) Explanation

Assumption: Current profitability is sustainable.

Earnings power value (EPV) uses a very basic equation which assumes no growth, although it does rely on an assumption about the cost of capital as well as the fact that current earnings are sustainable. It also involves several adjustments to clean up the underlying Earnings figures.


Be Aware

Though using today's earnings in calculating Earnings Power Value, GuruFocus is normalizing these earnings to the business cycle. This eliminates the effects on profitability of valuing the firm at different points in the business cycle. This means that we are considering the average earnings over 5 years.


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WEC Energy Group Business Description

WEC Energy Group logo
Industry
Utilities » Utilities - Regulated NAICS : 221118 SIC : 4931
Traded in Other Exchanges
Address
231 West Michigan Street, P.O. Box 1331, Milwaukee, WI, USA, 53201
WEC Energy Group's electric and gas utility businesses serve electric and gas customers in its Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin service territories. The company also owns a 60% stake in American Transmission Co. WEC's asset mix is approximately 51% electric generation and distribution, 34% gas distribution, 13% electric transmission, and 2% unregulated renewable generation.
Executives
Reese Anthony officer: Vice President and Treasurer 231 WEST MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Matthews Charles R officer: President & CEO - PGL/NSG 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Kuester Frederick D officer: Sr. Executive Vice Pres. 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Lauber Scott J officer: Sr. EVP and COO 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Liu Xia officer: EVP and CFO ONE ENERGY PLACE PENSACOLA FL 32520
Guc William J officer: Vice President & Controller 130 EAST RANDOLPH DRIVE CHICAGO IL 60601
Green Maria C director C/O INGERSOLL-RAND COMPANY 800-E BEATY STREET DAVIDSON NC 28036
Kelsey Margaret C officer: Executive VP & General Counsel PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> Ownership Information: KELSEY MARGARET C a.header:link {color: #3b4fae; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;} a.header:visited {color: #3b4fae; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;} a.header:hover {color: #191970;}
Krueger Daniel officer: EVP WEC Infrastructure 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Metcalfe Tom officer: Pres. WI Utilities 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Garvin Robert M officer: Exec Vice President - Ext Affs 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Klappa Gale E director, officer: Executive Chairman 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Cunningham Danny L director C/O ACTUANT CORPORATION N86 W12500 WESTBROOK CROSSING MENOMONEE FALLS WI 53051
Stanek Mary Ellen director 14730 WEST JUNEAU BOULEVARD ELM GROVE WI 53122
Culver Curt S director 250 E KILBOURN AVE MILWAUKEE WI 53202

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