Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) is one of 80 public companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Vistra Energy to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Vistra Energy and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vistra Energy 0 2 8 0 2.80
Vistra Energy Competitors 554 3003 2422 43 2.32

Vistra Energy presently has a consensus target price of $20.45, suggesting a potential upside of 10.60%. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 12.55%. Given Vistra Energy’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vistra Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vistra Energy and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Vistra Energy $5.16 billion $22.69 billion 0.33
Vistra Energy Competitors $7.66 billion $831.80 million 58.72

Vistra Energy’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Vistra Energy. Vistra Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Vistra Energy and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vistra Energy 416.84% 352.77% 158.86%
Vistra Energy Competitors -14.75% 9.20% 2.53%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.4% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Vistra Energy Company Profile

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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