Contrasting Exelon (EXC) and Vistra Energy (VST)

Exelon (NYSE: EXC) and Vistra Energy (NYSE:VST) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Exelon and Vistra Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Exelon $31.36 billion 1.18 $1.13 billion $2.23 17.28
Vistra Energy $5.16 billion 1.54 $22.69 billion N/A N/A

Vistra Energy has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Exelon.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Exelon and Vistra Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exelon 2 3 11 0 2.56
Vistra Energy 0 2 8 0 2.80

Exelon currently has a consensus price target of $40.75, indicating a potential upside of 5.76%. Vistra Energy has a consensus price target of $20.45, indicating a potential upside of 10.12%. Given Vistra Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vistra Energy is more favorable than Exelon.

Dividends

Exelon pays an annual dividend of $1.31 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Vistra Energy does not pay a dividend. Exelon pays out 58.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Exelon has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exelon 6.59% 8.19% 2.02%
Vistra Energy 416.84% 352.77% 158.86%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.3% of Exelon shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Exelon shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Vistra Energy beats Exelon on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Exelon Company Profile

Exelon Corporation is a utility services holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Generation), is engaged in the energy generation business. The Company, through its subsidiaries, Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd), PECO Energy Company (PECO), Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), Pepco Holdings LLC (PHI), Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), Delmarva Power & Light Company (DPL) and Atlantic City Electric Company (ACE), is engaged in the energy delivery businesses. It operates through 12 segments: Generation’s six segments: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New York, ERCOT and Other Power Regions; ComEd; PECO; BGE, and PHI’s three utility segments: Pepco, DPL and ACE. Generation’s integrated business consists of the generation, physical delivery and marketing of power across geographical regions through its customer-facing business, Constellation, which sells electricity and natural gas to both wholesale and retail customers.

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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