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Vistra Corp is an utilities-independent power producers business based in the US. Vistra shares (VST) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Vistra employs 5,365 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Vistra share price

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Vistra shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-23.
52-week range$16.06 - $24.00
50-day moving average $17.71
200-day moving average $19.08
Wall St. target price$24.30
PE ratio 13.3848
Dividend yield $0.54 (3.1%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.30

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Is Vistra under- or over-valued?

Valuing Vistra stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Vistra's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Vistra's P/E ratio

Vistra's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 13x. In other words, Vistra shares trade at around 13x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Vistra's PEG ratio

Vistra's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.8291. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Vistra's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Vistra's EBITDA

Vistra's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $3.9 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Vistra's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Vistra financials

Revenue TTM $11.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 16.34%
Gross profit TTM $4.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.51%
Return on equity TTM 7.65%
Profit margin 5.56%
Book value $17.11
Market capitalisation $8.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Vistra shares

There are currently 6.8 million Vistra shares held short by investors – that's known as Vistra's "short interest". This figure is 18.2% down from 8.3 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Vistra shares can be evaluated.

Vistra's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Vistra's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Vistra shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Vistra shares traded daily (recently around 8.6 million). Vistra's SIR currently stands at 0.79. In other words for every 100,000 Vistra shares traded daily on the market, roughly 790 shares are currently held short.

However Vistra's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Vistra shares, or, against the total number of tradable Vistra shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Vistra's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Vistra shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0158% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Vistra shares, roughly 16 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Vistra.

Find out more about how you can short Vistra stock.

Vistra share dividends

32%

Dividend payout ratio: 32.47% of net profits

Recently Vistra has paid out, on average, around 32.47% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.44% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Vistra shareholders could enjoy a 3.44% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Vistra's case, that would currently equate to about $0.54 per share.

While Vistra's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Vistra may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Vistra's most recent dividend payout was on 30 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 15 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Vistra's shares ever split?

Vistra's shares were split on a 50:1 basis on 8 August 2013. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 50 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Vistra shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 98% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Vistra shares which in turn could have impacted Vistra's share price.

Vistra share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Vistra's shares have ranged in value from as little as $16.0643 up to $24.0047. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

VST.US volatility(beta: 0.88)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Vistra's is 0.8832. This would suggest that Vistra's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Vistra overview

Vistra Corp. , together with its subsidiaries, engages in the electricity business in the United States. It operates through six segments: Retail, Texas, East, West, Sunset, and Asset Closure. The company retails electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers across 20 states in the United States and the District of Columbia. It is also involved in the electricity generation, wholesale energy sales and purchases, commodity risk management, fuel production, and fuel logistics management activities. The company serves approximately 4. 5 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

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