Energy is a complex business, especially when it comes to charting the path ahead. But when you focus through the right lens, the picture becomes clearer.
At Southern Company, we have one defining mission–to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy. And when we focus our efforts through that lens, what we see on the other side are the customers and communities we serve. Families. Business owners. Civic leaders. Friends and neighbors. Real people who deserve the best we have to give. That’s why we get up in the morning. It’s why we’re here.
Dear Fellow Shareholders: Throughout the entire history of Southern Company–102 years and counting–we have been defined by a single unifying characteristic: Our relentless focus on the customer. Every action we take, every decision we make, is arrived at by asking one simple question: How does it benefit the families, businesses and communities we serve?
This approach–more than any other component–has been the foundation of our success. Even during those times when our business faced issues and uncertainties, our customer-first philosophy has enabled us to excel at what we do.
Case in point: 2013.
It was a year in which a number of challenging circumstances converged. The weather in our region, for instance, was historically mild, resulting in one of the coolest summers of the past 20 years. During the same period, we saw the heaviest levels of rainfall in nearly 100 years, further contributing to the impact on summer revenues.
Economic growth was slower than expected in 2013, although we did see considerable improvement during the second half of the year.
We experienced budget and schedule issues with our 21st century coal gasification construction project in Kemper County, Miss., resulting in charges against earnings that speak to the inherent complexity of launching new proprietary technology.
All of this occurred against the backdrop of unprecedented state regulatory activity in each of our four retail jurisdictions–activity that I’m proud to report resulted, without exception, in constructive outcomes for the benefit of those we serve.
Even in the face of these headwinds, the Southern Company system and its 26,000 employees performed in an exemplary fashion. The full story of 2013 is perhaps best told through a brief review of our top strategic priorities:
EXCEL AT THE FUNDAMENTALS
We continued to set the pace in customer satisfaction. Southern Company and its four traditional operating companies occupied the top five positions in our annual proprietary customer satisfaction survey, in comparison with peer utilities from across the nation. Further, Southern Company was one of the top-ranked investor-owned utilities in the American Customer Satisfaction Index. We also raised the bar on system reliability, with the best transmission and distribution reliability in our history, continuing a trend of improvement that stretches over the past decade.
Perhaps most important, we experienced our safest year ever, with several of our organizations achieving the stated goal of Target Zero, an initiative that is celebrating its 10th anniversary. For the third consecutive year, we achieved a new all-time record low in recordable injuries, and also saw reductions in lost-workday cases and preventable vehicle accidents. More than ever, we remain committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees.
ACHIEVE SUCCESS WITH MAJOR CONSTRUCTION
Georgia Power continues to make exciting progress with the construction of nuclear units 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Ga. Meanwhile, construction continues to move forward at Mississippi Power’s Kemper County coal gasification project, where start-up activities have now begun.
SUPPORT THE BUILDING OF A NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY
We remain the only electric utility in the nation committed to the full energy portfolio–an “all of the above” strategy that employs all available resources, including new nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency. Natural gas prices fluctuating between $3 and $8 per million BTU underscore the importance of this balanced approach. Meanwhile, we made significant strides in renewable energy, doubling the size of our competitive renewable portfolio and, at Georgia Power, beginning development of the nation’s largest voluntary solar initiative among regulated utilities.
PROMOTE ENERGY INNOVATION
We completed our three-year smart grid investment project, upgrading our transmission and distribution system with devices that have reduced maintenance, improved reliability and enabled enough peak load reduction to power the city of Macon, Ga. We also implemented a comprehensive cyber security program to safeguard our smart grid applications.
VALUE AND DEVELOP OUR PEOPLE
For the fourth year in a row, we were named one of the Top 10 Companies for Blacks by DiversityInc, and for the seventh consecutive year we were recognized as the top-ranked utility among Military-Friendly Employers by G.I. Jobs magazine. We were also named one of the Best Employers for Workers Over 50 by AARP.
All of these accomplishments, and more, were made possible by our company’s firm and unyielding focus on customers. In many ways, that focus serves as a “lens” through which we view the world around us–a world we continually seek to improve through the production and delivery of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity.
I believe that energy represents far more than infrastructure; it has the power to provide comfort, well-being and prosperity to the world at large. In short, energy–and in particular, electricity–makes things better. In fact, no economic force today is more directly capable of making a positive difference in people’s lives.
I frequently speak of energy as “growth capital”–because clean, safe, reliable, affordable energy helps drive our economy. In fact, studies say that an abundant, secure energy supply could add 3 to 4 million jobs by 2020, and $5 trillion in economic benefits by 2030. In other words, we in the energy business have a tremendous opportunity to make a tangible impact on the lives of Americans.
That’s important to understand at a time when our industry is facing a host of emerging impacts on the way we do business. Southern Company is at the forefront of those debates, including discussions on cyber security, distributed generation through rooftop solar arrays and federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. As always, our positions on these and other issues will be heavily informed by our customer-centered perspective.
In the meantime, we will continue to do what we have always done–bring clean, safe, reliable, affordable energy to the millions of people we serve. They include parents and grandparents, farming families and independent business owners, schools and hospitals–all living and working together in communities large and small. They are the American South, and we are proud to call them our neighbors.
They are also the reason why, after more than a century of doing business, we aim to deliver dependable, predictable, sustainable value to shareholders like you. On behalf of our management and employees, I want to thank you for your continued support.
Thomas A. Fanning
March 31, 2014
|Operating Revenues (In Millions)||$17,087||$16,537||3.3%|
|Earnings (In Millions)||$1,644||$2,350||(30.0)%|
|Basic Earnings Per Share||$1.88||$2.70||(30.4)%|
|Diluted Earnings Per Share||$1.87||$2.67||(30.0)%|
|Dividends Per Share (Amount Paid)||$2.0125||$1.9425||3.6%|
|Dividend Yield (Year-End, Percent)||4.9||4.5||8.9%|
|Average Shares Outstanding (In Millions)||877||871||0.7%|
|Return On Average Common Equity (Percent)||8.82||13.10||(32.7)%|
|Book Value Per Share||$21.43||$21.09||1.6%|
|Market Price Per Share (Year-End, Closing)||$41.11||$42.81||(4.0)%|
|Total Market Value Of Common Stock (Year-End, In Millions)||$36,468||$37,149||(1.8)%|
|Total Assets (In Millions)||$64,546||$63,149||2.2%|
|Total Kilowatt-Hour Sales (In Millions)||183,401||183,617||(0.1)%|
|Total Traditional Operating Company Customers (Year-End, In Thousands)||4,467||4,436||0.7%|
Clean energy is a pretty popular topic these days. At Southern Company, we’re not just talking about it. We’re actually doing it.
Just outside the little town of Louin, Miss.–in a place where the air is clear and the sky goes on forever–sits the cattle ranch of Jamie and Gina Dupree. The Duprees have been on this land for more than 20 years, building a business and a family on the same piece of real estate.
They used to raise chickens, until a powerful tornado ripped across their property and destroyed the entire operation. Today they tend 150 head of cattle and a small menagerie of horses, dogs and cats. They remain anchored to the land through good times and bad, because they see something worth preserving–a heritage and a legacy, but also a way of life.
Families like the Duprees remind us of the importance of keeping our air and water clean. Since 1990, the Southern Company system has reduced major emissions by 80 percent, while increasing generation by 40 percent. We’re increasing natural gas generation while advancing innovations in nuclear, coal and renewables. And we’re helping customers become more energy efficient.
One of the ways Southern Company is producing cleaner energy is through the use of cutting-edge coal technology. Mississippi Power’s new coal-fired facility in Kemper County is expected to operate with a carbon footprint better than a similarly sized natural gas plant. What’s the secret? A new process–developed at the Southern Company system-managed DOE National Carbon Capture Center–known as Transport Integrated Gasification, or TRIG™. The plant is expected to capture at least 65 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions, which will be transported offsite to recover domestic oil reserves.
The future is bright for renewable energy in Georgia, thanks to a newly approved initiative aimed at introducing more than 800 megawatts of solar energy by 2016.
Norrie McKenzie is a man with a mission. The vice president of renewable development for Georgia Power has been charged with implementing the nation’s largest voluntarily developed solar energy portfolio among investor-owned utilities, targeting a solar portfolio of 800 megawatts by 2016.
It’s a big assignment, and one that has the approval of the Georgia Public Service Commission, which signed off on the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative in 2012. Included in the initiative are plans to secure purchase power agreements with large-scale solar projects through a competitive bidding process, as well as allowances for small- and medium-scale distributed generation, such as rooftop solar arrays for homes and businesses.
It’s part of the Southern Company system’s continuing commitment to renewable energy, as one component of a balanced portfolio that also includes new nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas and energy efficiency.
Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative is just one of the ways the Southern Company system is growing its renewable energy portfolio. Our Southern Power subsidiary manages more than 220 megawatts of solar energy in California, Nevada, New Mexico and North Carolina, and operates one of the nation’s largest biomass plants in Nacogdoches, Texas. Meanwhile, Alabama Power and Georgia Power have contracted to purchase more than 650 megawatts of energy from wind farms in Kansas and Oklahoma. Overall, our system has added or announced more than 1,700 megawatts of renewables since January 2012.
In the South, Friday nights are for football.
In hundreds of communities, high school stadiums are filled with parents, students and others who love the game. The air is crisp and the excitement palpable. In Waynesboro, Ga.–near the site of Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle–the Burke County Bears set their sights on another state title, like the one they earned in 2011.
Scenes like this one reinforce the need for safe energy. That’s why Georgia Power is equipping its new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle with increasingly advanced safety systems.
Because the people of Waynesboro have other things to worry about. Like winning state.
Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 are moving steadily toward anticipated commercial operation in late 2017 and 2018, respectively. Their construction includes new “passive” safety systems that require much less operator intervention than previous designs.
Here’s how it works: When additional cooling water is needed, a storage tank located above the reactor releases thousands of gallons of water. Gravity causes that water to cascade down the outside of the containment vessel, while condensation forms on the inside of the vessel. The condensation then evaporates and re-condenses, beginning a process of natural circulation that maintains water levels. The system also has fewer moving parts, such as piping and valves.
In the highly charged world of emergency medicine, the need for reliable power takes on a different meaning. In downtown Atlanta, one of the nation’s busiest trauma centers depends on Georgia Power for the energy it needs.
When the double doors open, things happen fast. Doctors, nurses and technicians cluster around the gurney, examining, prodding, assessing. Commands are issued and procedures executed with remarkable speed and urgency. Seconds matter.
The Marcus Trauma Center at Atlanta’s Grady Hospital is one of the nation’s premier trauma centers, treating more than 3,500 patients a year. Some cases are simple, while others are critical. And in almost every situation, technology plays a crucial role–technology that runs on electricity.
Southern Company’s traditional operating companies are experts when it comes to keeping the lights on. We’re consistently among the industry leaders in generation reliability. And in 2013, we set a new all-time record for reliability on our transmission and distribution system, continuing a trend of improvement that stretches over the past decade.
Jess Von Brandt was on his way to meet a friend. He was guiding his motorcycle through downtown Atlanta–nothing fancy, just minding his own business–when another vehicle swerved into him. He doesn’t remember much after that.
Jess was lucky that day. He had suffered two broken legs, as well as a broken tailbone, pelvis and vertebrae. But he was alive. And when he woke up, he was in the trauma center at Grady Hospital.
Several operations later, Jess is healthy and riding again. He hopes he never has another accident. But if he does, he knows where he wants to go.
The mayor says, “It’s just like living in Mayberry.” Welcome to Mountain Brook, Ala.–a small community with a lot of energy.
It’s Friday afternoon in Mountain Brook, Ala., and school has just let out for the weekend. Everywhere, children of all ages are streaming along the sidewalks, darting in and out of storefronts, meeting and mingling in frantic shouts and secretive whispers.
Main Street in Mountain Brook is a lot like Main Street in most small towns. The merchants are local, and know the schoolchildren by name. Here you can find everything from ice cream shops and discount stores to hair salons and high-end boutiques.
A new city hall was erected just last year, with underground power lines installed by Alabama Power. The utility also consults with city officials year-round on tree trimming and other operational needs.
And so when the sun goes down in Mountain Brook, the lights go on. And Main Street becomes the kind of place where children–and their parents–can shop, go out to dinner or just cross the street safely.
It takes a lot of planning to run one of the nation’s most reliable electric networks. Engineers like Lloyd Barnes (shown at right enjoying a cup of coffee with Mountain Brook Mayor Terry Oden) help maintain reliability today while developing long-term growth forecasts that predict the number of new customers and the amount of energy they will need over the next 20 to 30 years. The Southern Company system expects to invest more than $14 billion over the next three years at our traditional operating companies, expanding, upgrading and maintaining generation, transmission and distribution assets.
A Gulf Coast business owner finds a new way to make his enterprise more profitable.
When somebody wants to buy a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Pensacola, Fla., they go see Courtney Pereira.
For 22 years, Courtney has owned the only Harley dealership in the area. He caters to customers of all ages, incomes and backgrounds, who share one thing in common–a passion for hogs.
Courtney, meanwhile, has a passion for business, immersing himself in every aspect of his store’s operation. That’s why he engaged Gulf Power’s energy experts to install efficient LED lighting throughout his facility.
LED lights not only use less electricity than traditional fixtures, they also produce less heat–which reduces the cooling energy needed during hot Florida summers. Which is important. Because, as everybody knows, there’s nothing cooler than a Harley.
Gulf Power Commercial and Industrial Energy Consultant Kay Hill (L) supports Courtney Pereira’s Harley-Davidson dealership with energy-efficient lighting that’s expected to save at least 10 percent on his monthly power bill. It’s just one of the ways Southern Company experts help customers–more than 200,000 of them in 2013–save energy and money by becoming more efficient. Since 2000, we’ve reduced peak demand by more than 4,100 megawatts through programs such as these.
Meet the Hendersons of Montgomery, Ala. Like many Americans, they think the cost of some things is way too high. But their monthly power bill–now, there’s a real bright spot.
He was 16 years old and ready to take on the world. She was a pretty cheerleader at a rival high school. She remembers being “not too impressed” with him at first. But he kind of grew on her, and on the day he proposed, she said yes. And so it was that in the fall of 1942, Hank Henderson and Geneva Garner were married.
As an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Hank served in such exotic postings as Japan, Thailand and England. But he and Geneva always kept a special place in their hearts for their hometown in Montgomery, Ala.–where they settled for good on a quiet, tree-lined street in 1951.
These days, Hank enjoys teaching Sunday school, and Geneva tends the roses in her garden. They raised two children here, and the family now includes not only grandchildren, but great-grandchildren.
They still manage their own finances, and are grateful for the work being done by Alabama Power and other Southern Company subsidiaries to keep electric prices below the national average, where they’ve been for the past quarter century.
We’re just grateful for customers like Hank and Geneva.
No two ways about it–Southern Company’s customer-focused business model is the linchpin of our success. In fact, value creation for investors begins with focus on the customer, and can be seen in the results we have delivered.
Over the long term, Southern Company has proven to be an outstanding investment, outperforming the S&P 500 over the 10-, 20- and 30-year periods ending Dec. 31, 2013. An important part of that performance has been our dividend, which increased for the 12th consecutive year in 2013 and has been paid every quarter since 1948.
Dividends have become a bit of a vanishing breed among U.S. stocks. In fact, over the past 60 years, the percentage of publicly traded companies paying dividends has fallen by half.
But dividends do more than provide cash to shareholders; they also help shape a company’s approach to risk. And once again, the proof is in the numbers: In 2013, Southern Company was the best stock in the Philadelphia Electric Utility Index in terms of volatility, and seventh-best among the S&P 500. Stocks with low volatility tend to be less prone to price swings during times of stress in the market, and therefore are considered more stable.
VALUE OF $1,000 INVESTED OVER 20 YEARS
This performance graph compares the cumulative return on Southern Company (SO) common stock with the Philadelphia Electric Utility Index and the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index for the past 20 years. The graph assumes that $1,000 was invested on Dec. 31, 1993, in Southern Company’s common stock and each of the above indices and that all dividends were reinvested. A five-year performance graph is included in Appendix B to the Proxy Statement.
See Glossary on page 32 for information on total shareholder return.
VALUE CREATED BY DIVIDEND & PRICE PERFORMANCE
This chart shows the power of Southern Company’s dividend relative to the 20 utilities in the Philadelphia Electric Utility Index (UTY). Over the last 20 years, a $1,000 investment in SO grew to $8,304, an 830 percent increase. Our price was up $2,060 and our dividends, with reinvestment, accounted for an increase of $5,244, or about 72 percent of the gain in value. The UTY companies, which include SO, made only $2,780 on a $1,000 investment, $758 of which was due to price appreciation, with the remaining $2,022 coming from dividends with reinvestment. Southern Company’s $7,304 increase is about 2.6 times more than the increase generated by the UTY index. The graph assumes that $1,000 was invested on Dec. 31, 1993, in Southern Company’s common stock and the UTY index and that all dividends were reinvested.
See Glossary on page 32 for information on total shareholder return.
VALUE ADDED BY LOW VOLATILITY RELATIVE TO THE MARKET
This chart shows the volatility of each of the 20 utilities in the Philadelphia Electric Utility Index (UTY). Volatility refers to the tendency of a stock to react to swings in the market. Southern Company had the lowest level of volatility in the UTY Index and the seventh-lowest level of the 500 stocks in the S&P 500 Index.
See Glossary on page 32 for information on beta.
Source: Bloomberg, five-year beta as of 12/31/2013
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Atlanta, GA | Age 65 | elected 2006
Board committees: Governance (chair), Nuclear/Operations
Other directorships: None
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Board committees: Audit (chair)
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Board committees: Finance (chair), Compensation and Management Succession
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Board committees: Nuclear/Operations (chair), Compensation and Management Succession
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Board committees: Compensation and Management Succession (chair), Nuclear/Operations
Other directorships: Polymer Group, Inc., Newmont Mining Corporation
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Beattie, 59, joined the company in 1976 as a junior accountant with Alabama Power. He has held his current position since August 2010. Beattie is responsible for the company’s accounting, finance, tax, investor relations, treasury and risk management functions. He also serves as chief risk officer. Previously, Beattie served in several executive accounting and finance positions at Alabama Power, including chief financial officer, treasurer and comptroller.
Bowers, 57, joined the company as a residential sales representative with Gulf Power in 1979. He has held his current position since January 2011. Previously, Bowers served as chief financial officer for Southern Company. He also served as president of Southern Company Generation, president and CEO of Southern Power, president and CEO of Southern Company’s former United Kingdom subsidiary and senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Southern Company.
Connally, 44, joined the company in 1989 as a co-op student at Georgia Power. He has held his current position since July 2012. Previously, he served as senior vice president and senior production officer for Georgia Power. He has served as plant manager at plants Watson, Daniel and Barry. He has also worked in customer operations and sales and marketing.
Crosswhite, 51, joined the company in 2004 as senior vice president and general counsel for Southern Company Generation. He has held his current position since March 2014. He was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer for Southern Company, president and CEO of Gulf Power and executive vice president of external affairs and senior vice president and general counsel at Alabama Power. Prior to joining the company, he was a partner in the law firm of Balch & Bingham LLP in Birmingham, Ala., where he practiced for 17 years.
Fanning, 57, joined the company as a financial analyst in 1980. He has held his current position since December 2010. Previously, Fanning served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Southern Company, president and CEO of Gulf Power and chief financial officer for Southern Company, Georgia Power and Mississippi Power.
Greene, 47, has held her current role since March 2014. Previously, she was president and CEO of Southern Company Services. Prior to that, she was employed by TVA, where she served as chief financial officer, group president of strategy and external relations and chief generation officer. Prior to her time at TVA, she served as senior vice president of finance and treasurer for Southern Company and has held various positions with Mirant, including chief commercial officer, South region.
Holland, 61, joined the company as vice president and corporate counsel for Gulf Power in 1992. He was named to his current position in May 2013. Previously, he was executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Southern Company, president and CEO of Savannah Electric and vice president of power generation and transmission at Gulf Power.
Kerr, 50, assumed his current role in March 2014. Previously, he was a partner with McGuireWoods LLP and a senior advisor at McGuireWoods Consulting LLC. He also served as co-chairman of McGuireWoods’ energy industry team with focus in the areas of energy transactions and finance, energy regulation, energy policy and energy litigation. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Kerr served as a Commissioner on the North Carolina Utilities Commission and was the former president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
Kuczynski, 51, joined the company in July 2011 as chairman, president and CEO of Southern Nuclear. Previously, he was senior vice president of engineering and technical services for Exelon Nuclear. He also served as senior vice president of Exelon Nuclear’s Midwest operations, senior vice president of operations support and plant manager and later site vice president for Exelon’s Byron Nuclear Station.
Lantrip, 59, joined the company in 1981 as an analyst in Gulf Power’s corporate planning department. He assumed his current position in March 2014. Previously, Lantrip was executive vice president of finance and treasurer of Southern Company Services and treasurer of Southern Company, with responsibility for financial planning and analysis, enterprise risk management, trust finance, capital markets and treasury.
McCrary, 62, joined the company as an assistant project planning engineer with Alabama Power in 1973. He assumed his current position in March 2014. Previously, McCrary was president and CEO of Alabama Power, chief production officer for Southern Company and president and CEO of Southern Power. He has held executive positions at Alabama Power and Southern Nuclear.
Womack, 56, joined the company in 1988 as a governmental affairs representative for Alabama Power. He has held his current position since January 2009. Previously, Womack was executive vice president of external affairs for Georgia Power. He has also served as senior vice president of human resources and chief people officer for Southern Company as well as senior vice president and senior production officer of Southern Company Generation.
BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE EXCLUDING ESTIMATED LOSS ON KEMPER IGCC, LEVERAGED LEASE RESTRUCTURE CHARGE, MC ASSET RECOVERY INSURANCE SETTLEMENTS AND LITIGATION SETTLEMENT WITH MC ASSET RECOVERY
Basic earnings per share of $1.88 plus an excluded 83-cent charge related to Mississippi Power’s construction of the Kemper integrated gasification combined cycle project, plus an excluded 2-cent charge related to the restructuring of a leveraged lease investment, and minus an excluded MC Asset Recovery insurance settlement of 2 cents in 2013; basic earnings per share of $2.70 minus an excluded MC Asset Recovery insurance settlement of 2 cents in 2012; and basic earnings per share of $2.07 plus an excluded 25-cent charge related to a litigation settlement with MC Asset Recovery in 2009.
A measure of the volatility of a stock in comparison to the market as a whole. Beta can be described as the tendency of a security’s returns to respond to swings in the market.
Plant matter such as dead trees and branches, yard clippings and wood chips used to generate electricity.
A company’s common stock equity as it appears on a balance sheet, equal to total assets minus liabilities, preferred and preference stock, and intangible assets such as goodwill. Book value per share refers to the book value of a company divided by the number of shares outstanding.
The amount of equivalent carbon dioxide emitted from all greenhouse gases during activities, services or the creation of products.
A process in which the energy stored in coal is converted to a gas, making it available for use in refineries for the synthesis of chemicals or in gas-fired power plants as a fuel.
A gas-tight shell or other enclosure around a nuclear reactor to confine fission products that otherwise might be released to the atmosphere in the event of an accident. Such enclosures are usually dome-shaped and made of steel-reinforced concrete.
Efforts to maintain the reliability and security of the computers, control systems and other electronic assets that help utilities operate their business.
Diluted Earnings per Share
A company’s earnings per share calculated using fully diluted shares outstanding, including the impact of stock option grants and convertible bonds that can be converted into shares of stock in the issuing company.
Small-scale, onsite power sources, such as rooftop solar installations or diesel generators, that enable customers to provide some of the energy for their own home or business and to send excess energy back to the grid when the resource produces more than is consumed. Customers with distributed generation remain likely to require the services of a utility to meet their electricity needs when the distributed generation resource is not producing.
The annual dividend income per share received from a company divided by its current stock price.
U.S. Department of Energy.
Earnings per share
Net income divided by the average number of shares of common stock outstanding.
An onsite inspection in which recommendations are made for improving the energy efficiency of a home or business.
A unit of electricity, equal to 1,000 watt-hours, delivered by an electric utility steadily for one hour.
LEDs (Light-emitting diodes)
Semiconductor devices that produce visible light when an electrical current is passed through them. LED lighting can be more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting.
A measurement of electricity equal to 1,000 kilowatts and typically used when describing large amounts of generating capacity.
A naturally occurring element in the Earth’s crust that is present in trace amounts in coal. When power plants burn coal, trace amounts of mercury are released.
As pertains to electric networks, the extent to which supply is available to meet demand.
Energy generated directly from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, water, biomass, ocean tides and geothermal heat.
Total Shareholder Return
Stock price appreciation plus reinvested dividends. (The distribution of shares of Mirant Corporation stock to Southern Company shareholders is treated as a special dividend for purposes of calculating Southern Company shareholder return.)
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The entire amount of dividends paid in 2013 is taxable. The board of directors sets the record and payment dates for quarterly dividends. A dividend of 50.75 cents per share was paid in March 2014. For the remainder of 2014, projected record dates are May 5, August 4 and November 3. Projected payment dates for dividends declared during the remainder of 2014 are June 6, September 6 and December 6.
The 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held Wednesday, May 28, at 10 a.m. ET at The Lodge Conference Center at Callaway Gardens, Highway 18, Pine Mountain, Ga. 31822.
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Birmingham, AL 35203-2206
Southern Company common stock is listed on the NYSE under the ticker symbol SO. On December 31, 2013, Southern Company had 143,801 shareholders of record.
The 2013 summary annual report is submitted for shareholders’ information. It is not intended for use in connection with any sale or purchase of, or any solicitation of, offers to buy or sell securities.
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