Stock Valuation & Dividend Analysis: Westar Energy Inc. (WR)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price    
WESTAR ENERGY INC US/
NYSE
Utilities – Utilities – Regulated – Utilities – Regulated Electric USD54.00    
@ 05 Jun 2018    
COMPANY PROFILE Westar Energy Inc, through its subsidiaries, acts as an electricity provider in Kansas, providing generation, transmission, and distribution services in the central and northeastern regions of the state.

Westar Energy, through its Westar Energy and Kansas Gas and Electric subsidiaries, is the largest electric utility in Kansas, providing generation, transmission, and distribution services to more than 700,000 customers in the central and northeastern regions of the state. The company has about 7,500 megawatts of generating capacity with 43% from coal, 7% from nuclear, 32% from natural gas, and 18% from renewable energy, primarily wind.

Stock Code WR    
Stock Valuation and Dividend Analysis Below            

For stocks that has a history of paying meaningful dividends, the stock price is often dependent on how much dividend the company pays.
At the price of USD54.00 as at 05 Jun 2018, Westar Energy Inc is trading at a Dividend Yield of 3.3%. This is a 30.5% premium to its historical average Dividend Yield of 4.7%.  (Note: The lower/higher the dividend yield, the more expensive/cheaper the stock is.) 
Is the stock overvalued? One should not just look at one indicator to determine the fair value of a stock. 
ProThinker believes in using a combination of valuation methods to decide whether a stock is over or undervalued? The five ratios we use are Price to Earnings, Price to Sales, Price to Cash Flow, Price to Book and Dividend Yield. We use multiple methods to value a stock because each has its benefits as well as shortcomings. Price to Earnings and Price to Cash Flow Ratios relate stock price to profitability but are meaningless when the comany has negative earnings or cash flows. Price to Sales Ratio is more stable because sales are never negative. However, this does not tell us whether the company is able to sell profitably. Price to Book Ratio gives us an indication as to how much we are paying for the company’s assets but it is not directly related to the company’s profitability. Dividend Yield cannot be used for companies that are paying little to no dividends.
While it is important to value stocks based on multiple valuation methods, this often leads to differing views on valuation. One indicator may suggest that a stock is overvalued while another suggest that it is undervalued. This does not help an investor who needs to make a definite decision whether to buy, hold or sell the stock. That is why we advocate the use of a Composite Valuation Indicator, which is derived from the best combination of the five indicators above. A Composite Valuation Indicator will give you ONE conclusion on whether a stock is under or over valued. 
To find out more about our valuation methodology, click here.             
We should not only be concerned about the amount of dividends, we should determine if the dividends paid out by the company are sustainable. One way to do that is to compare dividends paid out to the free cash flows that the company is generating.

The company usually pays less dividends than its free cash flow, which is good. 
Source of Data: Price to Sales chart is from ProThinker Stock Report. Company description, historical financial statements data and price data are from gurufocus.com. Estimates are from gurufocus and/or 4-traders.com – Thomson Reuters.
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