Atlantic Power Corporation (NYSE: AT) and Vistra Energy Corp. (NYSE:VST) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Atlantic Power Corporation and Vistra Energy Corp.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atlantic Power Corporation $417.00 million 0.68 $179.50 million ($0.96) -2.55
Vistra Energy Corp. $5.53 billion 1.44 $1.55 billion N/A N/A

Vistra Energy Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than Atlantic Power Corporation.


This table compares Atlantic Power Corporation and Vistra Energy Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atlantic Power Corporation -25.71% 27.03% 1.21%
Vistra Energy Corp. N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

45.9% of Atlantic Power Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Atlantic Power Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Vistra Energy Corp. pays an annual dividend of $2.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.5%. Atlantic Power Corporation does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Atlantic Power Corporation and Vistra Energy Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atlantic Power Corporation 0 3 0 0 2.00
Vistra Energy Corp. 0 2 7 0 2.78

Atlantic Power Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $2.48, indicating a potential upside of 1.02%. Vistra Energy Corp. has a consensus price target of $20.17, indicating a potential upside of 8.60%. Given Vistra Energy Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Vistra Energy Corp. is more favorable than Atlantic Power Corporation.


Vistra Energy Corp. beats Atlantic Power Corporation on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Atlantic Power Corporation

Atlantic Power Corporation (Atlantic Power) owns and operates a fleet of power generation assets in the United States and Canada. The Company’s power generation projects sell electricity to utilities and other commercial customers. Atlantic Power’s segments include East U.S., West U.S. and Canada. The Company’s East U.S. segment comprises natural gas, biomass, coal and hydro projects. The Company’s projects under the West U.S. segment include Naval Station, Naval Training Center, North Island, Oxnard, Manchief and Frederickson, which are focused on natural gas, and Koma Kulshan, which is focused on hydro. Under the Canada segment, the Company’s projects located in British Columbia include Mamquam, Mamquam and Williams Lake. Its Calstock and Tunis projects are located in Ontario. The Company’s portfolio consisted of interests in 19 operational power generation projects across nine states in the United States and two provinces in Canada, as of December 31, 2016.

About Vistra Energy Corp.

Vistra Energy Corp, formerly TCEH Corp. is a holding company. The Company is an energy company, which is focused on energy and power generation markets through operation as a generator and retailer of electricity in Texas market. Its portfolio of businesses consists primarily of Luminant and TXU Energy. It is engaged in electricity market activities in Texas, including electricity generation, wholesale energy sales and purchases, commodity risk management activities and retail electricity operations. Luminant generates and sells electricity and related products from its fleet of generation facilities totaling approximately 17,000 megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 megawatts fueled by nuclear power, 8,000 megawatts fueled by coal and 6,000 megawatts fueled by natural gas. The Company is a purchaser of wind-generated electricity. TXU Energy sells retail electricity and services to approximately 1.7 million residential and business customers in Texas.

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