Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR)

CAPS Rating: 3 out of 5

The Company provides electric generation, transmission and distribution services, it also produce, transmit and sell electricity at retail in Kansas and at wholesale in a multi-state region in the central United States.

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Member Avatar BaseBawl (26.06) Submitted: 6/8/2014 6:22:42 PM : Outperform Start Price: $36.00 WR Score: -0.31

Slaughter forever stock.

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Member Avatar hend6 (65.76) Submitted: 5/23/2013 11:17:16 AM : Outperform Start Price: $30.72 WR Score: -1.31

As the market might slow, an energy company is poised to stay strong. Consistent earnings with a nice dividend yield, albeit a high payout ratio. That can be expected from this industry though. Balance sheet leans toward a low current ratio, but a high ratio of long-term assets-to-liabilities is comforting. We'll see how the market fares in the next year and keep holding on or let go at that time.

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Member Avatar dneedle1 (70.36) Submitted: 4/27/2012 10:05:18 PM : Underperform Start Price: $25.97 WR Score: +1.25

Utilities will be disfavored in the coming bull market.

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Member Avatar papahal (< 20) Submitted: 2/13/2012 3:57:45 PM : Underperform Start Price: $25.33 WR Score: +2.71

It is keeping dividends up to keep stock price up. However, I believe its fundamentals are weak. Check cash flow.

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Member Avatar technlogic (< 20) Submitted: 7/3/2011 5:48:07 PM : Outperform Start Price: $23.70 WR Score: +5.53

Upwards trending support

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Member Avatar LLV38 (< 20) Submitted: 4/3/2011 2:26:55 PM : Outperform Start Price: $23.21 WR Score: +8.43

Solid energy stock.

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Member Avatar foolfully (65.44) Submitted: 3/9/2011 3:52:48 PM : Outperform Start Price: $22.98 WR Score: +8.80

50

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Member Avatar gunterle (64.70) Submitted: 3/8/2011 3:24:48 PM : Outperform Start Price: $22.78 WR Score: +10.69

signal

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Member Avatar KingMinusTouch (53.73) Submitted: 1/15/2010 4:46:10 PM : Outperform Start Price: $18.07 WR Score: +27.33

I do not yet own

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Member Avatar DonnerDiv (34.26) Submitted: 11/11/2009 5:52:55 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.99 WR Score: +47.89

Income

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Member Avatar FOOLFULY (< 20) Submitted: 8/11/2009 7:49:01 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.74 WR Score: +31.54

100

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Member Avatar dubblebubbler (74.11) Submitted: 6/15/2009 5:09:50 PM : Outperform Start Price: $14.40 WR Score: +38.43

This has become my favorite utility stock. At $17.14...the stock has a 7% dividend and trades at a nearly 16% discount to book. PEG and payout ratio are both high but it's a ute. Go for it under $18...I know I will.

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Member Avatar dirtpoorfool (62.00) Submitted: 3/12/2009 5:30:12 PM : Outperform Start Price: $12.38 WR Score: +28.94

One of the few companies that has actually INCREASED their dividend during these tough times. I thought this one was worth a roll of the dice.

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Member Avatar corpblues (98.41) Submitted: 3/3/2009 12:34:00 PM : Outperform Start Price: $11.86 WR Score: +20.43

Value makes WR a potential takeover target

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Member Avatar woodruffdavid (68.05) Submitted: 1/20/2009 9:45:53 PM : Outperform Start Price: $14.99 WR Score: -3.30

This stock is included in the Morningstar "Dividend Portfolio," which I use as my core stock group. I highly suggest anyone interested in dividend income take a look at this grouping of quality income producing stocks.

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Member Avatar valari25 (83.96) Submitted: 1/2/2009 7:41:48 PM : Outperform Start Price: $14.47 WR Score: +3.56

5.7% yield, well covered, slow but steady dividend growth.

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Member Avatar scollier67 (< 20) Submitted: 3/17/2008 3:17:04 PM : Outperform Start Price: $16.68 WR Score: +57.55

Good defensive stock

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Member Avatar NicieNicie (34.67) Submitted: 7/12/2007 6:26:08 PM : Outperform Start Price: $17.38 WR Score: +74.46

The kind of stock I wish we had more of: nice, mid-sized, Kansas-based supplier of energy; profitable, too small to entertain "Imperial ambitions," too large to worry to much about being swallowed by other regional companies -- besides, who's gonna do it? Aquila (ILA)?

Stock seems reasonably priced for its field. Utilities, even relatively traditional (core regulated) ones like WR, are pretty jiggy right now. Institutions these days are looking for a little higher but still reliable return; yet there is something like a trickle (not a rush) back to quality companies. I consider WR a buy-and-hold.

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Member Avatar jmweese (80.73) Submitted: 4/30/2007 9:23:04 PM : Outperform Start Price: $18.99 WR Score: +50.29

I really like Western Resources but I liked it much more about 4 years ago when it was only about $10 a share. After quickly browsing its annual report, I believe Western Resources will outperform the market in the near term. However, I see a major weakness in their alternative energy sector. Western Resources is well positioned to use wind energy (come on, where better for wind than Kansas or Western Kansas) but it is slow to expand into that area. Additionally, I wonder the effects the continued push for “greener” sources of power will have on the company. Review its assets and you see plants built in the 1960s and 70s and probably are not the most efficient. A Democratic president and congress that pass a number of global warming bills will hurt small operators like Western Resources.

Pros:

- Good dividend, decent return on investment.

- Located in Kansas which is good for wind (and not just from the Statehouse).

- Faces increased demand for electricity.

- Owns rights to some energy produced by Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant.

- Provides limited electrical capacity to the larger rural communities in Western Kansas.

- Building a couple of “cleaner” gas fired power plants.

Cons:

- Generates 54.5% (as of 2006) of its power from coal. On one hand, that is good for business but if the environmentalists start complaining and passing laws…WR could have substantial costs associated with cleaning up.

- Raising costs of input (natural gas and oil).

- Faces ongoing legal trouble with the former thieves who ran the company. Although immaterial, one wonders if current management will ever let such “wonderful” professional managers return. Additionally, look at insider trading…the current managers have been dumping their stock. To me, a sign of overvaluation.

- Located in Kansas which faces a shrinking population

Personally, I like the stock but would only hold it as long as the dividend remains strong and the company considers more alternative energy sources (not because I am necessarily an environmentalist but because the next few years might see a push for more “green” power and such a small utility could carve a niche market). However, if environmental regulations increase and cause the operating environment for Western Resources to worsen (i.e. raising costs of fuel combined with raising costs of plant rework), I would sell.

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Member Avatar bdbartle1 (98.13) Submitted: 4/3/2007 1:17:57 PM : Outperform Start Price: $19.47 WR Score: +40.81

Dividend Yield > 2%
Return on Equity > 5%
Positive Earnings Surpris in the past 90 days
Did not lag the S&P in the past 52 weeks and the past 13 weeks

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