Fisker And Nikola Turn Important Corners

Monday, March 1, 2021 | Thomas Hughes
Fisker And Nikola Turn Important CornersIt’s Time To Get Into These EV Names

The EV industry is hot, there is no other way to describe it, but Nikola (NASDAQ:NKLA) and Fisker (NYSE:FSR) haven't exactly shared in the gains. While names like Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) and Nio (NYSE:NIO) have seen their shares skyrocket on ramping production it hasn’t been all wine and roses for the SPACs. The pre-production SPAC-related names may get a lot of attention but its not always the kind that sustains a good rally. The latest news, however, has these two former SPAC companies, companies whose shares have seen some ups and downs, moving forward with plans and on track to meet goals. They’re still risky, don't forget that, but the rewards are more attractive to us than ever before.

The New Nikola Has Razor Sharp Focus

Nikola investors have had to endure some ups and downs over the last year. Not only did the company’s founder and CEO become embroiled in scandal but a major deal was canceled because of it. Now, however, less than a year after the scandals began, the company is remerging as a front-runner in the EV market. The company’s new CEO has streamlined operations, cut out several unnecessary projects (including the Badger), and focused the company on delivering its first Tre BEV long-haul delivery trucks as soon as late this year.

The latest earnings report is nothing to brag about because the company is still in its pre-revenue phase. That said, the company was able to curtail spending and deliver a loss that is half of what the market was expecting. In addition, the outlook has been greatly improved because of visible progress in several key areas. Number one, the company is building its Arizona manufacturing facility and gone “vertical” with the framework complete and the roof in-progress. Manufacturing equipment has been ordered and is expected in May. The company has also started training staff which is exciting news indeed. Trial production is expected in the 3rd quarter.

Another key area of progress is plans to build out a hydrogen fuel-cell network to include fuel-cell versions of the Tre long-haul trucks. Part of this project includes a deal with Arizona for favorable rates that allows competitive pricing for hydrogen at fuel-cell stations but the market already knew that. The interesting bit is that construction of the first facilities has already begun. The bottom line is that this company is emerging from a dark time and in much better shape than when it went in.

Fisker And Nikola Turn Important Corners

Momentum Is Building For Fisker

The SPAC stocks carry such spectacular risk because they are little more than start-ups and many are years away from production. Fisker is one such stock but one that has, as the analysts have been saying, been gaining validation through partnerships. The company just announced it was searching for a battery manufacturing partner and we view it as a very positive move for the company. Batteries are among the leading causes of delay in manufacturing times and a driving force of investment in the industry.

The company is still building out its facility and production capabilities but is on track to begin deliveries in the Q4 2022 time frame. Analysts at Morgan Stanley see Fisker ramping production quickly as do we, their target is for roughly 255,000 in annual production as soon as 2025. In the meantime, the company has been managing its capital well and in a good position to move forward with its plans without diluting shareholder value. The balance sheet has no debt and nearly $1 billion in liquidity. Morgan Stanley’s Bull Case price target for this stock is $90 or more than 200% above its recent trading levels.

Fisker And Nikola Turn Important Corners

7 Clean Energy Stocks With A Bright Future

The debate over renewable energy (i.e., clean energy) versus nonrenewable energy derived from fossil fuels was always going to come down to dollars and cents. Since 2016, things haven’t been easy for renewable energy companies. As the United States pushed towards energy independence, the Trump administration imposed tariffs on the industrial segments. The sector was subject to less favorable policies by electricity regulators. Plus, competing energy sources like coal received more help.

But a funny thing happened over the past four years. Renewable energy companies continued to grow. This is continuing a pattern that renewable sources of energy are becoming cost-competitive for businesses. And that is increasing demand.

One of the best parts of this sector for investors is that there are many ways to play the sector. In addition to solar and wind, hydrogen stocks are becoming an intriguing way to invest in renewable energy.

So rather than looking at this election as a choice between bad and good, investors should really be viewing it as a case of “good or better.” Because no matter who wins the election, clean energy stocks will continue to grow.

View the "7 Clean Energy Stocks With A Bright Future".


Companies Mentioned in This Article

CompanyMarketRank™Current PricePrice ChangeDividend YieldP/E RatioConsensus RatingConsensus Price Target
Fisker (FSR)1.5$15.40flatN/AN/ABuy$26.33
Tesla (TSLA)1.4$677.02flatN/A1,359.48Hold$370.59
NIO (NIO)1.6$38.12flatN/A-40.99Buy$49.94
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