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Where Does Southern Company Really Stand in the Face of 2H16?

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Where Does Southern Company Really Stand in the Face of 2H16? PART 4 OF 9

Inside Southern Company’s ROE and Earnings by Segment

Southern Company’s ROE

Southern Company’s (SO) adjusted ROE (return on equity) was near 13% in 1Q16. By comparison, PPL Corporation (PPL) fetches ROE close to 12%, which is higher than US peer utilities, given to its large UK presence. WEC Energy Group (WEC) fetched a ~12% ROE—one of the highest among US regulated utility peers.

Inside Southern Company&#8217;s ROE and Earnings by Segment

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Remember, ROE is the only part of the revenue requirements that utilities keep for themselves as profit.

Inside Southern Company&#8217;s ROE and Earnings by Segment

We should also note that Southern Company is one of the beneficiaries of the healthy regulatory environments in Georgia and Alabama. Mississippi has a comparatively tough regulatory environment, which has resulted in limited rate recovery in Kemper County plant overruns.

In the next part, we’ll discuss debt.

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