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Open
$43.45
Previous Close
$43.48
Day High
$43.86
Day Low
$43.07
52 Week High
01/28/15 - $43.86
52 Week Low
01/29/14 - $32.25
Market Cap
5.6B
Average Volume 10 Days
1.1M
EPS TTM
$2.29
Shares Outstanding
130.7M
EX-Date
12/5/14
P/E TM
18.9x
Dividend
$1.40
Dividend Yield
3.24%
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westar energy inc (WR) Details

Westar Energy, Inc., an electric utility, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Kansas. The company has 7,200 megawatts of electric generation capacity producing electricity through various fuel types, including coal, uranium, natural gas, wind, and landfill gas. It sells electricity retail to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, as well as for lighting public streets and highways; and electricity wholesale to electric cooperatives, municipalities, and other electric utilities. The company provides its services in central and northeastern Kansas, including the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina, and Hutchinson; and through its subsidiary, Kansas Gas and Electric Company, in south-central and southeastern Kansas, including the city of Wichita. As of March 3, 2014, it served approximately 700,000 customers. Westar Energy, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Topeka, Kansas.

2,302 Employees
Last Reported Date: 02/26/14
Founded in 1924

westar energy inc (WR) Top Compensated Officers

Chief Executive officer, President and Direct...
Total Annual Compensation: $717.7K
Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting...
Total Annual Compensation: $344.3K
Senior Vice President of Strategy
Total Annual Compensation: $348.5K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

westar energy inc (WR) Key Developments

Westar Energy, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend, Payable on January 2, 2015

The Board of Directors of Westar Energy, Inc. declared a quarterly dividend of 35 cents per share payable January 2, 2015, on the company's common stock. The dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of December 9, 2014.

Westar Energy, Inc. Announces Retirement of Douglas R. Sterbenz as A Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Effective from January 1, 2015

On November 7, 2014, Mr. Douglas R. Sterbenz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Westar Energy, Inc. announced his retirement effective January 1, 2015.

Westar Energy, Inc. Announces Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014; Revised Earnings Guidance for the Full Year of 2014; Provides Tax Rate Guidance for 2015

Westar Energy, Inc. announced unaudited consolidated earnings results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2014. The company reported net income attributable to company of $147.382 million, or $1.10 per diluted share, for the third quarter 2014 compared with earnings of $133.125 million, or $1.04 per diluted share, for the third quarter 2013. Higher net income for the three months ended September 30, 2014 was driven largely by higher prices and lower operating and maintenance costs at the company's power plants. Total revenues were $764.040 million against $694.974 million a year ago. Income from operations was $255.419 million against $224.206 million a year ago. Income before income taxes was $221.292 million against $187.487 million a year ago. Net income attributable to company for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 were $270 million, or $2.04 per diluted share, compared with $251 million, or $1.96 per diluted share, for the same period in 2013. Higher net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was largely driven by higher revenues. The higher revenues are due primarily to higher prices resulting from investments in transmission infrastructure and air quality controls and to a lesser extent to higher energy sales from cooler winter weather earlier this year and increased sales from industrial customers. The higher revenues were partially offset by an increase in general and administrative costs. Total revenues were $2,005.264 million against $1,810.776 million a year ago. Income from operations was $527.688 million against $475.657 million a year ago. Income before income taxes was $409.195 million against $364.316 million a year ago. Cash flows from operating activities was $650.212 million against $553.110 million a year ago. Additions to property, plant and equipment was $648.933 million against $557.988 million a year ago. The company tightened its 2014 earnings guidance to $2.35 to $2.45 per share with a bias towards the upper end of the range. The company expects effective tax rate of 32-34%. For 2015, the company expects effective tax rate of 33-36%.

 

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