Korea Electric Power (NYSE:KEP – Get Rating) and Heliogen (NYSE:HLGN – Get Rating) are both utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and valuation.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
56.4% of Heliogen shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Korea Electric Power shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.7% of Heliogen shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Korea Electric Power and Heliogen’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Korea Electric Power||$52.88 billion||0.20||-$4.78 billion||($7.47)||-1.11|
|Heliogen||$8.80 million||40.62||-$137.40 million||N/A||N/A|
Risk & Volatility
Korea Electric Power has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Heliogen has a beta of 3.42, meaning that its stock price is 242% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current ratings for Korea Electric Power and Heliogen, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Korea Electric Power||0||0||1||0||3.00|
Heliogen has a consensus price target of $7.88, suggesting a potential upside of 316.67%. Given Heliogen’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Heliogen is more favorable than Korea Electric Power.
This table compares Korea Electric Power and Heliogen’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Korea Electric Power||-17.88%||-16.60%||-5.22%|
Heliogen beats Korea Electric Power on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Korea Electric Power
Korea Electric Power Corporation, an integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in South Korea and internationally. The company operates through Transmission and Distribution, Nuclear Power Generation, Thermal Power Generation, and Others segments. It generates power from nuclear, coal, oil, liquefied natural gas, internal combustion, combined-cycle, integrated gasification combined cycle, hydro, wind, solar, fuel cell, biogas, and other sources. As of December 31, 2021, the company had a total of 763 generation units, including nuclear, thermal, hydroelectric, and internal combustion units with an installed generation capacity of 82,459 megawatts. Its transmission system consisted of 34,923 circuit kilometers of lines of 765 kilovolts and others, including high-voltage direct current lines, as well as 892 substations with an installed transformer capacity of 344,286 megavolt-amperes; and distribution system included 132,376 megavolt-amperes of transformer capacity and 9,940,440 units of support with a total line length of 532,348 circuit kilometers. The company provides electricity to residential, commercial, educational, industrial, agricultural, street lighting, and overnight power usage. It also offers utility plant maintenance, resources development, electric power information technology, facility maintenance and service, electric meter reading, security, information, and communication line leasing services, as well as sells nuclear fuel. Korea Electric Power Corporation was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Naju-si, South Korea.
Heliogen, Inc., a renewable energy technology company, develops an A.I.-enabled, concentrated solar power plant. It offers HelioHeat for the production of heat for use in industrial processes; HelioPower, a solution for power generation; and HelioFuel, a solution for hydrogen fuel production. The company was formerly known as Edison Microgrids, Inc. and changed its name to Heliogen, Inc. in November 2019. The company was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Pasadena, California.
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