Citi analyst Jenny Ping sees exponential growth opportunities for investors in offshore wind stocks as power output from the sector is set to climb seven-fold in the next decade. This expansion, which will spread from Europe to the U.S. and Asia, will require an estimated US$375-billion investment that will serve as revenue growth for many stocks in the sector.
Citi finds many companies in the sector fully valued and faced with increasing competition from large, well-capitalized players. Integrated oil companies, like France’s Total SE, are attempting to leverage their offshore oil drilling expertise into a wind-based renewable power business.
In Europe, utility companies have a head start in the form of seabed leases [regulatory permits to build wind farms], but Ms. Ping does not believe they will be able to expand capacity quickly enough to maintain this leadership position. Big oil companies like Total and Spain’s Repsol SA should slowly begin to dominate.
The analyst sees engineering companies that sell equipment in the sector and, perhaps surprisingly, oil services companies as the best way investors can benefit from the development of global wind power. In the first case, the high technical requirements involved in equipment manufacturing creates barriers to new competition. General Electric Co. and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA should be able to maintain profit margins.
As for oil services, Ms. Ping writes, “The increasing complexity and scale of offshore wind projects sees the oil services companies well-positioned” for revenue growth. These services companies also have relationships with the oil companies that are now expanding into wind power. Citi sees U.K.-based Subsea 7 SA as particularly undervalued in light of the company’s exposure to wind power.
Wind power stocks are already benefiting from an ocean of new investment in ESG (Environmental, Social and governance) funds. Earlier this month, The Financial Times reported that global ESG investment had almost quadrupled in 2020 compared to last year and cited Morningstar data estimating that assets in sustainable investing funds has reached US$1.2-trillion.
-- Scott Barlow, Globe and Mail market strategist
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