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Free Post Earnings Research Report: The Southern Reported Better Than Expected Earnings

Stock Monitor: Companhia Paranaense de Energia Post Earnings Reporting

LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / December 11, 2017 / Active-Investors free earnings report on The Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) ("Southern") has freshly been issued to its members, and you can also sign up to view this report at www.active-investors.com/registration-sg/?symbol=SO. The Company posted its financial results on October 31, 2017, for the third quarter of the fiscal year 2017. The electricity provider's operating income increased 6.7% on a y-o-y basis. Register today and get free access to our complimentary member's area where many more reports are available:

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Earnings Highlights and Summary

For the three months ended September 24, 2017, Southern's total revenues decreased 1% to $6.20 billion from $6.26 billion in Q3 FY16. The Company's total revenue numbers were below analysts' expectations of $6.38 billion.

For the reported quarter, the Company's total retail sales decreased 5.6% to 44.45 billion KWH from 47.07 billion KWH in Q3 FY16. For the reported quarter, the Company's total wholesale sales increased 19.4% to 13.83 billion KWH from 11.58 billion KWH in Q3 FY16.

During Q3 FY17, Southern's operating income increased 6.7% to $2.05 billion from $1.92 billion in the same period of last year. During Q3 FY17, the Company's operating margin increased 240 basis points to 33% of revenue from 30.6% of revenue in Q3 FY16. During Q3 FY17, Southern's earnings before tax (EBT) increased 5.1% to $1.70 billion from $1.62 billion in Q3 FY16.

For the reported quarter, Southern's net income decreased 6.1% to $1.07 billion from $1.14 billion in Q3 FY16. During Q3 FY17, the Company's diluted earnings per share (EPS) decreased 9.3% to $1.07 from $1.18 in the comparable period of last year. For the reported quarter, Southern's adjusted net income decreased 8.1% to $1.13 billion from $1.23 billion in Q3 FY16. During Q3 FY17, the Company's adjusted diluted EPS decreased 11.8% to $1.12 from $1.27 in Q3 FY16. The adjusted diluted EPS surpassed analysts' expectations of $1.08.

Segment Details

Alabama Power - During Q3 FY17, the Company's Alabama Power segment's operating revenue decreased 2.5% to $1.74 billion from $1.79 billion in the corresponding period of last year. For the reported quarter, the segment's earnings before tax (EBT) decreased 5% to $546 million from $575 million in Q3 FY16. For the reported quarter, the segment's net income decreased 7.7% to $325 million from $352 million in Q3 FY16.

Georgia Power - During Q3 FY17, the Company's Georgia Power segment's operating revenue decreased 5.6% to $2.55 billion from $2.70 billion in the same period of last year. For the reported quarter, the segment's EBT decreased 3.4% to $934 million from $967 million in Q3 FY16. For the reported quarter, the segment's net income decreased 3.3% to $580 million from $600 million in Q3 FY16.

Gulf Power - During Q3 FY17, the Company's Gulf Power segment's operating revenue increased 0.2% to $437 million from $436 million in the comparable period of last year. For the reported quarter, the segment's EBT increased 33.8% to $103 million from $77 million in Q3 FY16. For the reported quarter, the segment's net income increased 40% to $63 million from $45 million in Q3 FY16.

Mississippi Power - During Q3 FY17, the Company's Mississippi Power segment's operating revenue decreased 3.1% to $341 million from $352 million in the corresponding period of last year. For the reported quarter, the segment's EBT increased 166.7% to $64 million from $24 million in Q3 FY16. For the reported quarter, the segment's net income increased 53.8% to $40 million from $26 million in Q3 FY16.

Southern Power - During Q3 FY17, the Company's Southern Power segment's operating revenue increased 23.6% to $618 million from $500 million in the same period of last year. For the reported quarter, the segment's EBT increased 13.9% to $115 million from $101 million in Q3 FY16. For the reported quarter, the segment's net income decreased 29.5% to $124 million from $176 million in Q3 FY16.

Stock Performance Snapshot

December 08, 2017 - At Friday's closing bell, Southern's stock marginally dropped 0.53%, ending the trading session at $51.06.

Volume traded for the day: 4.79 million shares, which was above the 3-month average volume of 4.43 million shares.

Stock performance in the last three-month – up 0.89%; previous six-month period – up 0.41%; past twelve-month period – up 7.70%; and year-to-date – up 3.80%

After last Friday's close, Southern's market cap was at $50.81 billion.

Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio was at 92.00.

The stock has a dividend yield of 4.54%.

The stock is part of the Utilities sector, categorized under the Electric Utilities industry. This sector was up 0.3% at the end of the session.

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