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June 11th, 2024 | 06:45 CEST

After the European elections: Is it all happening now? Nel ASA, Kraken Energy, Siemens Energy, ThyssenKrupp and Nucera in focus

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Europe has voted, and the Green parties have suffered historic losses! Now, the energy debate is coming to the fore again. While Germany is focusing entirely on green energy in the future, other countries have long since turned the challenges of the time into action. Nuclear energy remains a "zero-zero solution", making France, the Czech Republic and Poland the biggest climate protection exporters in the EU. This is because many new state-of-the-art reactors are being built here. The electricity market is huge, as Germany alone will have to shut down its gas and coal-fired power plants over the next few years due to the CO2 reduction commitments from the Paris Agreement. This threatens to create a supply gap that can only be filled with alternative energies, nuclear power, or hydrogen. What should investors focus on now?

time to read: 4 minutes | Author: André Will-Laudien

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    Nel ASA - IPO of the filling station subsidiary ahead

    The share of Norwegian hydrogen pioneer Nel ASA has been the shooting star in recent weeks, more than doubling from EUR 0.37 in March to EUR 0.78. The reason: Nel is set to spin off its H2 refueling business. The new company will soon be listed under the name Cavendish Hydrogen. For shareholders, this means an increase in their portfolio, as the parent company will distribute the shares as a dividend in kind. For every 50 Nel shares, shareholders will receive one new H2 filling station share. In 2023, the former Fueling division achieved sales of just under EUR 30 million, but overall, the Nel division generated an operating loss of around EUR 21 million. The EU has set a legal requirement for a refuelling station network with a density of 200 km by 2030. This should allow the company to grow further. However, the Refinitiv Eikon platform experts are rather pessimistic about Nel ASA and expect a medium-term price target of NOK 5.70 - a full 22% below the current price.

    ThyssenKrupp - Shareholders disappointed by Nucera spin-off

    The new shareholders of the promisingly launched ThyssenKrupp Nucera probably expected more. About a year ago, the IPO took place with a starting price of EUR 20. With initial euphoria, the share price climbed to EUR 26, but yesterday, the price stood at EUR 10.60 - more than halved. Investors' hydrogen dreams have not yet come true for Europe, because Europe needs a large-scale energy supply. This cannot be achieved today with hydrogen as a niche product. And now the Company has been relegated from the SDAX due to insufficient liquidity. The parent company ThyssenKrupp still holds more than 50%, and the former cooperation partner De Nora still holds 25%. The shares are likely to remain in stable hands for the time being.

    The parent company, ThyssenKrupp, is also in deep trouble. High debt, crazy pension burdens, and little dynamism in the traditional steel business. Now, another key manager is leaving. The Chief Technology Officer of the steel subsidiary, Arnd Köfler, will leave the Company for personal reasons on June 30. Köfler is responsible for implementing the plans for climate-friendly steel production, the most important project of Germany's largest steel group. Perhaps the Group management should consider merging the marine division with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to create new opportunities. A solution for the marine subsidiary has been sought for years. In the current environment, this would create a promising European defense company. Investors are likely very critical of the Duisburg-based company's situation, and yesterday, the share price fell to a 4-year low of EUR 4.30.

    Kraken Energy - Uranium from Nevada on the agenda

    In the current arms race, a large number of strategic metals are needed. One of these is the very rare uranium. It is used in all nuclear power units and is in demand worldwide, not least because of hundreds of new reactors. Industry experts estimate that the uranium deficit will exceed 35% of actual demand from 2028. This brings new projects around the globe into focus. The uranium price had already reached a 5-year high of USD 106 in January and is currently consolidating at around USD 87.

    The Canadian uranium explorer Kraken Energy, is focusing on its four properties in the US and has discovered strong radon anomalies on the Apex property in Nevada. The drilling permit on the property is nearing completion. Currently, all additional requested United States Forest Service (USFS) baseline surveys have been completed in anticipation of the upcoming operating plan to begin drilling adjacent to the historic Apex Mine. **The USFS is still reviewing final changes to the plan of operations, and drilling is expected to start as early as August 2024.

    At the beginning of June, the Company announced a small capital increase at CAD 0.09. Around CAD 1 million will be raised to get the drilling projects underway. Investors reacted positively, immediately pushing the share price up by 40%. The rising forward price for uranium could prove to be a good catalyst for Kraken Energy.

    Siemens Energy - Our technical analysis hit the bull's eye

    We pointed out the problematic technical situation at Siemens Energy about two weeks ago. Now, the double top in the EUR 26 area has proven to be correct; the price reacted with a decent correction to EUR 22.80 and is currently recovering somewhat. This is due to the Munich-based company's announcement to spin off its Indian business and float it separately on the stock exchange. Analysts are divided: Bernstein expects considerable costs for Siemens, which could range between EUR 3 and 7 billion. The rating is "Underperform", with a target price of EUR 15. Barclays is somewhat more optimistic and estimates the costs to be only up to EUR 2.5 billion, voting "Equal-Weight" with a price target of EUR 18. The analysts at Deutsche Bank paint a more positive picture, assuming expenses of around EUR 1 billion. Consequently, they maintain their "Buy" recommendation and corresponding price target of EUR 27.

    Will all this be enough for a further upgrade? Only 12 of 23 experts on the Refinitiv Eikon platform vote "Buy", with a weighted target price of EUR 23.90. There is little potential compared to the current price. The last mentioned stop at EUR 23.50 has already been reached. There is currently little visibility, so it is advisable to stand on the sidelines for a while.

    Siemens Energy is clearly ahead in our 12-month comparison. The charts for Nel ASA, ThyssenKrupp and Nucera are disappointing. Kraken Energy could move into the limelight when drilling begins. Source: Refinitiv Eikon 10.06.2024

    The stock market is currently taking no prisoners! What does not deliver gets beaten up. On the other hand, stocks like Nvidia are seeing new highs every day. Current hydrogen technologies have yet to prove their economic viability, as production remains too costly. The next wave of uranium purchases will likely come soon when the announced European and Chinese nuclear power projects come online.

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    Der Autor

    André Will-Laudien

    Born in Munich, he first studied economics and graduated in business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in 1995. As he was involved with the stock market at a very early stage, he now has more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets.

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