| Southern is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Alabama Power Company, Georgia Power Company, and Mississippi Power Company, Co. provides electric service to retail customers in three Southeastern states in addition to wholesale customers in the Southeast. Co.'s Southern Power Company subsidiary develops, constructs, acquires, owns, and manages power generation assets, including renewable energy and battery energy storage projects, and sells electricity at market-based rates in the wholesale market. Co.'s Southern Company Gas subsidiary is an energy services holding company whose primary business is the distribution of natural gas in Illinois, Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee. We show 37 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our SO shares outstanding history coverage, used to compute SO market cap on those dates.|
Understanding the changing numbers of shares outstanding, the changing
share price, and the resulting changing SO market cap history over the course of time is important for investors
interested in comparing SO's market cap history versus its peers.
Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies,
and then calculating their respective market caps. Comparing the share price of SO versus a peer is one thing; comparing
SO market cap versus a peer is a completely different story.
Furthermore, via fluctuation both in per-share price and in the number of shares outstanding (via issuance of new shares over time, the repurchase of existing shares),
the market cap for a company like SO can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching SO by allowing them to research the SO market cap history.