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

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pampa Energia $2.13 billion 2.46 -$740,000.00 $2.96 24.05
Vistra Energy $5.16 billion 1.56 $22.69 billion $55.35 0.34

Vistra Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Pampa Energia. Vistra Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pampa Energia, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

44.2% of Pampa Energia shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Pampa Energia and Vistra Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pampa Energia 0 1 2 0 2.67
Vistra Energy 0 2 9 0 2.82

Pampa Energia presently has a consensus target price of $72.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.15%. Vistra Energy has a consensus target price of $20.45, indicating a potential upside of 8.83%. Given Vistra Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vistra Energy is more favorable than Pampa Energia.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pampa Energia 6.65% 24.73% 4.64%
Vistra Energy 416.84% 352.77% 158.86%

Summary

Vistra Energy beats Pampa Energia on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pampa Energia Company Profile

Pampa Energia S.A. is an integrated electricity company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Argentina. Its segments include generation, transmission, distribution, oil and gas, and holding and others. Its generation segment includes a direct and indirect equity interest in Central Piedra Buena S.A., Central Termica Guemes S.A., Central Termica Loma de la Lata S.A. and Pampa Comercializadora S.A, among others, and investments in companies in the electricity generation sector. Its transmission segment includes an indirect equity interest through Compania Inversora en Transmision Electrica Citelec S.A. Its distribution segment includes an indirect equity interest in Electricidad Argentina S.A. and Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte S.A. Its Oil and gas segment includes a direct interest in Petrolera Pampa S.A. Its holding and others segment includes financial investment operations, among others.

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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