Reviewing Vistra Energy Corp. (VST) and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PCG)

Vistra Energy Corp. (NYSE: VST) and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (NYSE:PCG) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.9% of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. shares are owned 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.

Profitability

This table compares Vistra Energy Corp. and Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vistra Energy Corp. N/A N/A N/A
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 11.48% 11.63% 3.11%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vistra Energy Corp. and Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vistra Energy Corp. $5.53 billion 1.46 $1.55 billion N/A N/A
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $18.04 billion 1.95 $6.53 billion $4.05 16.95

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has higher revenue and earnings than Vistra Energy Corp..

Dividends

Vistra Energy Corp. pays an annual dividend of $2.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.3%. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pays an annual dividend of $2.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pays out 52.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Vistra Energy Corp. and Pacific Gas & Electric Co., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vistra Energy Corp. 0 2 5 0 2.71
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 0 3 6 0 2.67

Vistra Energy Corp. presently has a consensus price target of $19.71, suggesting a potential upside of 4.14%. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has a consensus price target of $70.88, suggesting a potential upside of 3.24%. Given Vistra Energy Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Vistra Energy Corp. is more favorable than Pacific Gas & Electric Co..

Summary

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. beats Vistra Energy Corp. on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

PG&E Corporation is a holding company. The Company’s primary operating subsidiary is Pacific Gas and Electric Company (the Utility), which operates in northern and central California. The Utility is engaged in the sale and delivery of electricity and natural gas to customers. The Utility generates electricity and provides electricity transmission and distribution services throughout its service territory in northern and central California to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers. The Utility provides bundled services (electricity, transmission and distribution services) to various customers in its service territory. As of December 31, 2016, the Utility owned approximately 18,400 circuit miles of interconnected transmission lines operating at voltages ranging from 60 kilovolt to 500 kilovolt. As of December 31, 2016, the Utility also operated 92 electric transmission substations with a capacity of approximately 64,600 megavolt ampere (MVA).

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