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NEE, DUK, SO, and D: Top Utilities’ Payout Ratios

Vincent Kruger
NEE, DUK, SO, and D: Top Utilities’ Payout Ratios

Let’s take a look at top utilities’ payout ratios. A payout ratio indicates the portion of a company’s profits distributed to shareholders in the form of dividends. Southern Company’s (SO) payout ratio was 76% last year. In the following chart, Southern Company’s average payout ratio beyond 100% shows that it distributed dividends from its reserves more than the profits earned during that period.