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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Vistra Energy Corp. and Hawaiian Electric Industries, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vistra Energy Corp. 0 1 5 0 2.83
Hawaiian Electric Industries 2 0 0 0 1.00

Vistra Energy Corp. currently has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.01%. Hawaiian Electric Industries has a consensus price target of $29.00, indicating a potential downside of 13.10%. Given Vistra Energy Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Vistra Energy Corp. is more favorable than Hawaiian Electric Industries.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Vistra Energy Corp. and Hawaiian Electric Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vistra Energy Corp. $5.53 billion 1.45 $1.55 billion N/A N/A
Hawaiian Electric Industries $2.49 billion 1.46 $544.05 million $2.25 14.83

Vistra Energy Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than Hawaiian Electric Industries.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

48.5% of Hawaiian Electric Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Hawaiian Electric Industries shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Vistra Energy Corp. pays an annual dividend of $2.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.4%. Hawaiian Electric Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Hawaiian Electric Industries pays out 55.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Vistra Energy Corp. and Hawaiian Electric Industries’ 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
Hawaiian Electric Industries 9.91% 8.83% 1.47%


Vistra Energy Corp. beats Hawaiian Electric Industries on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vistra Energy Corp. 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.

Hawaiian Electric Industries Company Profile

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. is a holding company with its principal subsidiaries engaged in electric utility and banking businesses operating primarily in the State of Hawaii. The Company’s subsidiaries include Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (Hawaiian Electric) and ASB Hawaii, Inc. (ASB Hawaii). Its segments include Electric utility, Bank and Other. It operates its electric utility business through Hawaiian Electric and its subsidiaries, Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (Hawaii Electric Light) and Maui Electric Company, Limited (Maui Electric). It operates its Bank segment through ASB Hawaii’s subsidiary, American Savings Bank, F.S.B. (ASB). Its electric public utilities are in the business of generating, purchasing, transmitting, distributing and selling electric energy. ASB is a federally chartered savings bank providing a range of banking services to individual and business customers.

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