Vistra Corp: Full Stack Energy Provider
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This is Zack Fuss. Today we are breaking down Vistra Corp. Vistra is an integrated retail electricity and power generation company. The company, through its subsidiaries, is involved in electricity generation and wholesale and retail energy sales to commercial, municipal and residential customers across the U.S. The company serves 4 million Americans across 20 states producing 37,000 megawatts of capacity, enough to power 20 million homes. To break down Vistra, I'm joined by John DeGulis, Partner and Portfolio Manager at Sound Shore Management. We go through the dramatic evolution of the industry, the acquisition track record of Vistra, and zoom out on the broader electricity production & distribution business and history in the United States. Please enjoy this conversation on Vistra Corp. Interested in hiring from the Colossus Community? Click here. For the full show notes, transcript, and links to the best content to learn more, check out the episode page here.  ----- This episode is brought to you by Tegus, the modern research platform for leading investors. Stretch your research budget with flexible expert calls you can trust. At a fraction of the cost of traditional expert networks, Tegus customers pay only what an expert charges – with zero markups and no confusing call credits – netting an average 70% savings. Don’t want to conduct a full hour call? Tegus offers the ability to schedule 30-minutes, an offer you won’t find anywhere else. And they don’t stop there. With white-glove custom sourcing for every project and robust compliance measures, including a dedicated 50+ analyst team that vets every call transcript, Tegus ensures your privacy and protection. As the industry innovator for qualitative insights, Tegus helps you find the right experts you need at a quality and speed that can’t be matched. For a limited time, as a listener, you can trial Tegus for free by visiting tegus.co/patrick. ----- Business Breakdowns is a property of Colossus, LLC. For more episodes of Business Breakdowns, visit joincolossus.com/episodes. Stay up to date on all our podcasts by signing up to Colossus Weekly, our quick dive every Sunday highlighting the top business and investing concepts from our podcasts and the best of what we read that week. Sign up here. Follow us on Twitter: @JoinColossus | @patrick_oshag | @jspujji | @zbfuss | @ReustleMatt | @domcooke Show Notes (00:02:52) - (First question) - A brief history of Vistra (00:10:57) - An overview of Vistra’s business model  (00:14:11) - Navigating the value chain of merchant power from generation to retail and how Vistra positions itself within the industry (00:27:28) - The contrast between financial analysis and consumer perspectives and Vistra’s strategic cash flow allocation toward renewables and shareholder returns (00:32:49) - The limitations when charging for electricity utilities  (00:35:23) - A breakdown of Vistra Vision, the allocation of profits from traditional energy generation for growth in renewable energy (00:39:29) - Vistra’s management team and the key players  (00:42:58) - Vistra’s potential expansion plans into solar, wind and nuclear  (00:46:30) - How Vistra could be an integral part of the nation's energy transition to low or no-carbon electricity (00:49:28) - The lessons learned from studying Vistra Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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