What’s Southern Company’s Payout Ratio?
Southern Company’s dividend statistics
Utilities generally yield higher because they distribute large portions of their earnings to shareholders. Southern Company (SO) pays out 86% of its earnings to shareholders, which isn’t uncommon for utilities. Peer Duke Energy (DUK) pays out nearly 83% of earnings to shareholders.
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The payout ratio tells the percentage of total earnings a company pays to shareholders in the form of dividends.
To learn about Duke Energy’s dividends, read Duke Energy’s Dividends: Your Outlook for 2017.