Sky Solar (SKYS) vs. Korea Electric Power (KEP) Head-To-Head Analysis

Sky Solar (NASDAQ: SKYS) and Korea Electric Power (NYSE:KEP) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Sky Solar has a beta of 1.17, suggesting that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Korea Electric Power has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Korea Electric Power pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Sky Solar does not pay a dividend. Korea Electric Power pays out 30.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Sky Solar and Korea Electric Power’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sky Solar N/A N/A N/A
Korea Electric Power 3.56% 2.24% 0.91%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sky Solar and Korea Electric Power’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sky Solar $56.73 million 8.04 -$33.17 million ($0.80) -1.46
Korea Electric Power $55.59 billion 0.33 $1.17 billion $0.95 15.09

Korea Electric Power has higher revenue and earnings than Sky Solar. Sky Solar is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Korea Electric Power, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sky Solar and Korea Electric Power, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sky Solar 0 0 2 0 3.00
Korea Electric Power 0 7 1 0 2.13

Sky Solar currently has a consensus price target of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 327.35%. Given Sky Solar’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Sky Solar is more favorable than Korea Electric Power.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of Sky Solar shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.7% of Korea Electric Power shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Korea Electric Power shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Korea Electric Power beats Sky Solar on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sky Solar

Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd., an independent power producer, develops, owns, and operates solar parks worldwide. It develops projects; and generates and sells electricity in the downstream solar market. The company also sells solar energy systems, including pipeline and related engineering, construction, and procurement services, as well as is involved in building and transferring solar parks. As of December 31, 2016, the company developed 133 solar parks with an aggregate capacity of 160.6 megawatts (MW) in Greece, Japan, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Spain, Canada, the United States, and Uruguay; and owned and operated 159.8 MW of solar parks. It also had 84.5 MW of solar projects under construction, 172.2 MW of shovel-ready projects, and 0.8 gigawatts of solar parks in pipeline. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Admiralty, Hong Kong.

About Korea Electric Power

Korea Electric Power Corporation, an integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Korea and internationally. The company operates through Transmission and Distribution, Electric Power Generation (Nuclear), Electric Power Generation (Non-nuclear), Plant Maintenance & Engineering Service, 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, 2017, the company had a total of 679 generation units, including nuclear, thermal, hydroelectric, and internal combustion units with an installed generation capacity of 82,132 megawatts. Its transmission system consisted of 33,955 circuit kilometers of lines of 765 kilovolts and others, including high-voltage direct current lines, as well as 839 substations with an installed transformer capacity of 311,869 megavolt-amperes; and distribution system included 115,945 megavolt-amperes of transformer capacity and 9,287,199 units of support with a total line length of 483,467 circuit kilometers. The company provides electricity to residential, commercial, educational, industrial, agricultural, street lighting, and overnight power usage. It also offers utility plant maintenance and architectural engineering, information, communication line leasing, resources development, and fly ashes recycling services, as well as sells nuclear fuel. Korea Electric Power Corporation was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Naju, South Korea.

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