March 7th, 2023 | 15:09 CET
Is e-mobility a done deal? Watch out for these hydrogen stocks: Plug Power, dynaCERT, Nel ASA and ThyssenKrupp
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"[...] Why should a modular electrolyzer cost more than a motorcycle? [...]" Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, CEO and Founder, Enapter AG
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.
ThyssenKrupp - Sentiment around the Nucera IPO is improving
ThyssenKrupp AG has had a difficult few years. The Group has been completely restructured until 2022, and the cost side adjusted accordingly. The fact that the construction industry currently needs less steel is bearable because the Duisburg-based company has been building up new pillars in high technologies for years. With its subsidiary Nucera, the Company has a hot potato in the fire, which could be listed on the stock exchange in the current year. At last, the hydrogen issue is gaining traction internationally, and Nucera is very well positioned.
Since the announcement in 2022, however, there has been a lull on the subject of an IPO and there is virtually no further information. Hydrogen, a green energy carrier, has gained significant interest in recent years. Nucera is a company that develops high-tech industrial equipment needed for the production of hydrogen. The overall market naturally has an important role due to energy transition plans. Nucera expects sales of up to EUR 1 billion by 2026, which is a respectable size for a stock market listing.
A new hydrogen hype could also give new impetus to ThyssenKrupp's stock. ThyssenKrupp's 66% stake is estimated to be worth between EUR 1.8 billion and EUR 2.3 billion, which would value Nucera at a total of EUR 2.9 billion to EUR 3.4 billion. With the IPO and a small share sale, ThyssenKrupp's account could be filled by up to EUR 600 million. The MDAX stock has compensated for the setback after the latest figures and is once again approaching the highs of around EUR 7.60 reached at the beginning of the year. According to Refinitiv Eikon, the Company is currently followed by 13 analysts, with a median 12-month price target of EUR 9.08. Four recommend buying, including Baader Bank, with a price target of EUR 16 - over 100% premium to the current price. On the opposite side is JPMorgan expert Dominic O'Kane with a target of just EUR 5.90.
dynaCERT - Entering a new era with Cipher Neutron
dynaCERT is igniting the next stage in technology partnerships. The Canadian hydrogen expert recently signed a cooperation agreement with Cipher Neutron Inc. to take their joint solutions forward. The goal is to use anion exchange membrane (AEM) technology to produce and commercialize green hydrogen industrially. The focus here is on large and important infrastructure projects. The Company also wants to further develop reversible fuel cell technology, which is used for emergency preparedness and the efficient storage of hydrogen as a long-term energy source.
New partner Cipher Neutron is a fast-growing technology company focused on electrolyzers for green hydrogen production and reversible fuel cells for power generation and energy storage. Underneath the futuristic company name is a global group of collaborating scientists, engineers, technology developers, hydrogen technology experts, investment bankers and individuals who have been involved in hydrogen and energy production for decades. Cipher Neutron's innovative products, such as the electrolyzers and reversible fuel cells under development, have unique advantages over other hydrogen production, power generation and energy storage solutions currently available on the global market.
The development of AEM electrolyzers, ranging from 5 to 250 KW output, and reversible fuel cells are on the agenda for the collaboration. It is good that, in addition to the top dogs Plug Power and Nel ASA, smaller companies are now driving progress in the H2 sector. In any case, the global climate debate is getting a good deal closer to a solution via hydrogen. The DYA share costs about EUR 0.13 and has a market capitalization of about EUR 50 million. dynaCERT could be one of the surprise stocks for the investment year 2023.
Nel ASA and Plug Power - Valuations still ambitious
An analytical look at hydrogen top dogs Plug Power and Nel ASA still shows very ambitious valuations.
In 12 months, the shares of the US company have now lost a good 39%, and the current figures are not very inspiring either. Plug Power reported just under USD 221 million in sales for the past quarter. Here, the estimates of the experts amounted to an average of USD 281 million, after USD 162 million was achieved in the previous year. For the full year 2022, a loss per share of USD 1.25 was reported compared to USD 0.82. Plug Power's annual revenue was USD 701 million, up from USD 502 million, which is still a 39% increase. Although sales are expected to nearly double in the current year, the Company is not expected to be in the black until 2025. The share is therefore valued at 6 times sales. Still too expensive!
Nel ASA surprised with a sales report of NOK 993.6 million, but the losses could only be reduced slightly from NOK -1.67 to -1.17 billion. From a pure balance sheet perspective, major write-downs were made in the H2 refueling equipment business. "We are experiencing strong market momentum and high order intake and expect this trend to continue in the future," CEO Håkon Volldal told the press. "Conditions are improving and we are now winning attractive large projects with solid margins and manageable risk profiles." A total of 25 analysts are rallying around the Norwegians, with a median 12-month price target of NOK 16.21. After the figures, analyst firm Jefferies left its rating at "buy" with a price target of NOK 20.
Hydrogen stocks were among the shooting stars in 2021 - but now reality is returning - the billions of euros in private and public investment are still missing. Presumably, the e-mobility hype will have to pass before H2 takes off again. Well-positioned blue chips are ThyssenKrupp, Plug Power and Nel ASA. The Canadian company dynaCERT is also extremely innovative.
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