FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE: FE) and Vistra Energy Corp. (NYSE:VST) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FirstEnergy Corporation -35.99% 19.29% 2.79%
Vistra Energy Corp. N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for FirstEnergy Corporation and Vistra Energy Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FirstEnergy Corporation 0 11 4 0 2.27
Vistra Energy Corp. 0 2 7 0 2.78

FirstEnergy Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $34.21, suggesting a potential upside of 5.91%. Vistra Energy Corp. has a consensus price target of $20.17, suggesting a potential downside of 0.66%. Given FirstEnergy Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe FirstEnergy Corporation is more favorable than Vistra Energy Corp..

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.1% of FirstEnergy Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of FirstEnergy Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FirstEnergy Corporation $13.76 billion 1.04 $3.96 billion ($11.70) -2.76
Vistra Energy Corp. $5.53 billion 1.57 $1.55 billion N/A N/A

FirstEnergy Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Vistra Energy Corp..

Dividends

FirstEnergy Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Vistra Energy Corp. pays an annual dividend of $2.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.4%. FirstEnergy Corporation pays out -12.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

FirstEnergy Corporation beats Vistra Energy Corp. on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FirstEnergy Corporation

FirstEnergy Corp. is a holding company. The Company is engaged in holding, directly or indirectly, all of the outstanding equity of its principal subsidiaries. Its segments include Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, Competitive Energy Services (CES) and Corporate/Other. As of December 31, 2016, the Regulated Distribution segment distributed electricity through the Company’s 10 utility operating companies, serving approximately six million customers, and purchased power for its provider of last resort (POLR), standard offer service (SOS), standard offer service (SSO) and default service requirements in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The Regulated Transmission segment transmits electricity through transmission facilities owned and operated by American Transmission Systems, Incorporated (ATSI) and Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company (TrAIL). The CES segment primarily supplies electricity to end use customers through retail and wholesale arrangements.

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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