WEC Energy Group, Inc (WEC) is a leading utilities-regulated electric business based in the US. WEC Energy Group is listed on the NYSE and employs 7,500 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
|52-week range||$66.6369 - $107.3186|
|50-day moving average||$90.11|
|200-day moving average||$94.6456|
|Wall St. target price||$96.46|
|Dividend yield||$2.71 (3.1%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$3.81|
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Valuing WEC Energy Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of WEC Energy Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
WEC Energy Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 23x. In other words, WEC Energy Group shares trade at around 23x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
WEC Energy Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.674. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into WEC Energy Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
WEC Energy Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $2.7 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a WEC Energy Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$7.3 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||24.04%|
|Gross profit TTM||$2.7 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||3.12%|
|Return on equity TTM||11.62%|
|Market capitalisation||$27.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 3.3 million WEC Energy Group shares held short by investors – that's known as WEC Energy Group's "short interest". This figure is 14.7% down from 3.9 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting WEC Energy Group shares can be evaluated.
WEC Energy Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of WEC Energy Group shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of WEC Energy Group shares traded daily (recently around 1.2 million). WEC Energy Group's SIR currently stands at 2.69. In other words for every 100,000 WEC Energy Group shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2690 shares are currently held short.
However WEC Energy Group's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of WEC Energy Group shares, or, against the total number of tradable WEC Energy Group shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case WEC Energy Group's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 WEC Energy Group shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0122% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable WEC Energy Group shares, roughly 12 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against WEC Energy Group.
Find out more about how you can short WEC Energy Group stock.
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like WEC Energy Group.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 32.67
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and WEC Energy Group's overall score of 32.67 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 67th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like WEC Energy Group is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Environmental score: 21.21/100
WEC Energy Group's environmental score of 21.21 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that WEC Energy Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 11.24/100
WEC Energy Group's social score of 11.24 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that WEC Energy Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 8.22/100
WEC Energy Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that WEC Energy Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 1/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, WEC Energy Group scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that WEC Energy Group has managed to keep its nose clean.
|Total ESG score||32.67|
|Total ESG percentile||67.14|
|Environmental score percentile||4|
|Social score percentile||4|
|Governance score percentile||4|
|Level of controversy||1|
Dividend payout ratio: 67.76% of net profits
Recently WEC Energy Group has paid out, on average, around 67.76% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.1% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), WEC Energy Group shareholders could enjoy a 3.1% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In WEC Energy Group's case, that would currently equate to about $2.71 per share.
WEC Energy Group's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.
WEC Energy Group's most recent dividend payout was on 1 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
WEC Energy Group's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 2 March 2011. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your WEC Energy Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for WEC Energy Group shares which in turn could have impacted WEC Energy Group's share price.
Over the last 12 months, WEC Energy Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as $66.6369 up to $107.3186. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while WEC Energy Group's is 0.1134. This would suggest that WEC Energy Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
WEC Energy Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides regulated natural gas and electricity, and nonregulated renewable energy services in the United States. The company operates through six segments: Wisconsin, Illinois, Other States, Electric Transmission, Non-Utility Energy Infrastructure, and Corporate and Other. It generates and distributes electricity from coal, natural gas, oil, hydroelectric, wind, and biomass sources; provides electricity transmission services; offers retail natural gas distribution services; transports natural gas; and generates, distributes, and sells steam. The company offers electricity to approximately 1.6 million residential, small and large commercial and industrial, and other customers; and natural gas to 2.9 million residential, and commercial and industrial customers. As of December 31, 2019, it operated approximately 36,500 miles of overhead distribution lines and 34,100 miles of underground distribution cable, as well as approximately 500 distribution substations and 503,200 line transformers; and approximately 49,500 miles of natural gas distribution mains, as well as 1,200 miles of natural gas transmission mains. The company was formerly known as Wisconsin Energy Corporation and changed its name to WEC Energy Group, Inc. in June 2015. WEC Energy Group, Inc. was incorporated in 1981 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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