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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.9% of Kenon Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Kenon Holdings and Vistra Energy Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kenon Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Vistra Energy Corp. 0 2 7 0 2.78

Vistra Energy Corp. has a consensus target price of $20.28, suggesting a potential upside of 5.45%. Given Vistra Energy Corp.’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vistra Energy Corp. is more favorable than Kenon Holdings.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kenon Holdings -5.10% -8.83% -1.54%
Vistra Energy Corp. N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Kenon Holdings and Vistra Energy Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kenon Holdings $1.87 billion 0.47 -$411.93 million ($7.38) -2.24
Vistra Energy Corp. $5.16 billion 1.60 $22.69 billion N/A N/A

Vistra Energy Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than Kenon Holdings.

Dividends

Vistra Energy Corp. pays an annual dividend of $2.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.1%. Kenon Holdings does not pay a dividend.

Summary

Vistra Energy Corp. beats Kenon Holdings on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kenon Holdings

Kenon Holdings Ltd. is a holding company that operates primarily growth-oriented businesses. The Company’s segments include I.C. Power Asia Development Ltd (IC Power), Qoros Automotive Co., Ltd. (Qoros) and Other. I.C. Power, through its subsidiary companies, is engaged in the production, operation and sale of electricity in countries in Latin America, the Caribbean region and Israel. Qoros is an automotive company. Its other activities include shipping services and renewable energy businesses. The Company also holds interests in ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, Ltd. (ZIM), which is a provider of container shipping services, and Primus Green Energy, Inc. (Primus), which is a developer and owner of a natural gas-to-liquid technology process. IC Power is an owner, developer and operator of power generation facilities, and operates power distribution business. Qoros offers approximately three vehicle models, which include the Qoros 3 Sedan, the Qoros 3 Hatch and the Qoros 3 City SUV.

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.

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