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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

55.5% of Consolidated Edison shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Consolidated Edison shares 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vistra Energy and Consolidated Edison’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vistra Energy $5.16 billion 1.49 $22.69 billion N/A N/A
Consolidated Edison $12.08 billion 2.18 $1.25 billion $3.99 21.24

Vistra Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Consolidated Edison.

Dividends

Consolidated Edison pays an annual dividend of $2.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Vistra Energy does not pay a dividend. Consolidated Edison pays out 69.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Consolidated Edison has raised its dividend for 42 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Vistra Energy and Consolidated Edison’s 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%
Consolidated Edison 10.42% 8.42% 2.52%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Vistra Energy and Consolidated Edison, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vistra Energy 0 2 8 0 2.80
Consolidated Edison 4 5 1 0 1.70

Vistra Energy currently has a consensus target price of $20.45, suggesting a potential upside of 13.74%. Consolidated Edison has a consensus target price of $78.94, suggesting a potential downside of 6.85%. Given Vistra Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Vistra Energy is more favorable than Consolidated Edison.

Summary

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

About Vistra Energy

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 Consolidated Edison

Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) is a holding company. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, which include Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (CECONY), Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc. (the Clean Energy Businesses) and Con Edison Transmission, Inc. (Con Edison Transmission). CECONY’s principal business operations are its regulated electric, gas and steam delivery businesses. CECONY provides electricity, natural gas and steam to customers in New York City and Westchester County. O&R’s principal business operations are its regulated electric and gas delivery businesses. The Clean Energy Businesses develop, own and operate renewable and energy infrastructure projects and provide energy-related products and services to wholesale and retail customers. Con Edison Transmission, through its subsidiaries, invests in electric transmission facilities and gas pipeline and storage facilities.

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