Korea Electric Power Corp.

South Korea

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Market cap:
Market cap(USD):
Shares: 641.96M

Currency in KRW

Company profile

Market(Ticker): KRX(015760)
Electric Utilities
Full time employees: 21,560

Business summary

Korea Electric Power Corp. engages in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. It operates through the following Businesses: Sale of Electric Power, Development of Electric Power Resources, Investment, and Real Estate. The company was founded on January 1, 1982 and is headquartered in Naju-si, South Korea.

Company background

Korea Electric Power Corp., known as Kepco, has a virtual monopoly in power generation and distribution in South Korea. The company was founded in 1982 when the government nationalized the electric power industry. Even though Kepco has gone public in Seoul and New York, the South Korean government and a government-controlled bank together hold more than 50% of the utility.

Kepco spun off its power generation operations to form six units, including Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, in the 2000s. All six of the new companies are wholly owned subsidiaries.

Some independent companies have entered the power generation business.

Kepco's rates are regulated by the government. Since the utility cannot pass on fuel cost swings to customers, its earnings tend to fluctuate along with crude oil and natural gas prices. Since it has extremely good credit standing, it has managed to maintain a strong credit rating even when high crude oil prices meant it was losing money.

In line with government policy, Kepco intends to invest in nuclear power plants. As of 2013, South Korea was dependent on the atom for 26% of its power needs. The government aims to raise that ratio to 29% by 2035.

With South Korea's overall energy demand on the rise, it is estimated that the country will need to add at least 16 to 18 nuclear power reactors to the 23 has been operating by 2035. And even more new reactors will need to be built if any existing reactors are decommissioned.

Kepco also exports nuclear reactors. It landed a contract from the United Arab Emirates, beating competition from leading Japanese and U.S. companies.

Following the meltdowns at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in 2011, however, some South Koreans have been calling for an end to nuclear power.

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Financial highlights

Dec 2016

  • Local currency
  • US Dollar
Revenue 60,190.38B
Gross profit 14,947.03B
Operating income 12,065.85B
Income before tax 10,532.39B
Net income 7,048.58B
EBITDA 21,026.16B
Diluted EPS 10,980
Dividends per share 1,980
Total assets 177,837.04B
Total liabilities 104,786.49B
Total equity 71,723.69B
Operating cash flow 16,520.55B

Currency in KRW

Revenue 51,879.77M
Gross profit 12,883.26M
Operating income 10,399.89M
Income before tax 9,078.16M
Net income 6,075.36M
EBITDA 18,123.03M
Diluted EPS 9.46
Dividends per share 1.70
Total assets 147,240.46M
Total liabilities 86,758.14M
Total equity 59,383.74M
Operating cash flow 14,239.52M

Currency in USD

Valuation measures

Dec 2016

PER 4.01
ROA 3.99%
ROE 10.18%
Operating margin 20.04%
Profit margin 11.71%

Key executive

  • President & Director: Hwan-Eik Cho
  • Director & Vice President: Si-Ho Kim
  • Director & Vice President: Hyang-ryul Ryu
  • Director & Head-Planning: Sang-Kwon Hyun
  • Director & Head-Sales: Sung-Chul Park

Share holders

  • Government of South Korea(51.1%)
  • National Pension Service of Korea(6.4%)
  • Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (Investment Management)(1.4%)
  • Orbis Investment Management Ltd.(1.0%)
  • JF Asset Management Ltd.(0.9%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors(0.8%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc.(0.7%)
  • Invesco Asset Management Ltd.(0.5%)
  • Eastspring Investments (Singapore) Ltd.(0.5%)
  • Samsung Asset Management Co., Ltd.(0.3%)


  • Website:
  • Address: 55 Jeollyeok-ro, Naju-si, 58217, South Korea
  • Phone: +82.61.345.3114

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