Canadian Solar Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

منشور على 14-8-2014
CSI(Canadian Solar) 
August 13, 2014 - Canadian Solar Inc. today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. 

Second Quarter 2014 Highlights

- Solar module shipments were 646MW, compared to 500MW in the first quarter of 2014 and to second quarter guidance in the range of 600MW to 630MW.

- Net revenue was $623.8 million, compared to $466.3 million in the first quarter of 2014 and to second quarter guidance in the range of $560 million to $590 million.

- Net revenue from the total solutions business as a percentage of total net revenue was 32.6% compared to 27.4% in the first quarter of 2014.

- Gross margin was 19.0%, compared to 14.7% in the first quarter of 2014 and to second quarter guidance in the range of 17% to 19%.

- Net income attributable to Canadian Solar in the second quarter of 2014 was $55.8 million, or $0.95 per diluted share, compared to $3.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014.

- Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash balances at the end of the quarter totaled $788.3 million, compared to $781.0 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014.

- Net cash used in operating activities was $44.3 million, compared to net cash used in operating activities of $153.7 million in the first quarter of 2014.

- During the quarter, the Company closed the sale of one solar power plant in Ontario, Canada to an affiliate of Concord Green Energy valued at over C$60 million.

- During the quarter, the Company entered into an engineering, procurement and construction ("EPC") agreement with Kingston Solar LP, a solar energy partnership formed by Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. ("Samsung"), for the construction of a 140MW DC utility-scale solar power plant, which is expected to generate revenue of over C$300 million for Canadian Solar.

Second Quarter 2014 Results

Net revenue for the second quarter of 2014 was $623.8 million, up 33.8% from $466.3 million in the first quarter of 2014 and up 64.0% from $380.4 million in the second quarter of 2013. Total solar module shipments in the second quarter of 2014 were 646MW, compared to 500MW in the first quarter of 2014 and 455MW in the second quarter of 2013. Solar module shipments in the second quarter of 2014 included 70MW used in the Company's total solutions business, compared to 49MW in the first quarter of 2014 and 35MW in the second quarter of 2013.

By geography, in the second quarter of 2014, sales to the Americas represented 55.5% of net revenue, sales to Asia and other markets represented 29.8% of net revenue, and sales to Europe represented 14.7% of net revenue, compared to 43.6%, 50.4% and 6.0%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2014 and 37.8%, 51.6% and 10.6%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2013.


Gross profit in the second quarter of 2014 was $118.2 million, compared to $68.6 million in the first quarter of 2014 and $48.7 million in the second quarter of 2013. The sequential and year-over-year increase in gross profit was primarily due to higher module shipments, higher module average selling price ("ASP"), lower module manufacturing cost and higher revenue contribution from the Company's total solutions business. Gross margin in the second quarter of 2014 was 19.0%, compared to 14.7% in the first quarter of 2014 and 12.8% in the second quarter of 2013. 

Total operating expenses were $50.5 million in the second quarter of 2014, up 20.2% from $42.0 million in the first quarter of 2014 and 38.7% from $36.4 million in the second quarter of 2013. 

Selling expenses were $29.5 million in the second quarter of 2014, up 19.1% from $24.7 million in the first quarter of 2014 and 47.7% from $20.0 million in the second quarter of 2013. The sequential and year-over-year increase in selling expenses was primarily due to higher labor costs and the increase in module shipments.

General and administrative expenses were $18.2 million in the second quarter of 2014, up 23.1% from $14.7 million in the first quarter of 2014 and35.0% from $13.5 million in the second quarter of 2013. The sequential increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to higher legal and consulting expenses as well as higher labor costs as a result of annual salary adjustments and an increase in headcount to support revenue growth. The year-over-year increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to the reversal of a bad debt expense as well as higher labor costs.

Research and development expenses were $2.9 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2014 and $3.0 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Operating margin was 10.9% in the second quarter of 2014, compared to 5.7% in the first quarter of 2014 and 3.2% in the second quarter of 2013. 

Interest expense was $12.8 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to $12.0 million in the first quarter of 2014 and $9.9 million in the second quarter of 2013. The sequential increase in interest expense was primarily due to higher bank borrowings as well as the fact that interest on the convertible senior notes issued in the first quarter of 2014 accrued for a full quarter.

Interest income in the second quarter of 2014 was $3.6 million, compared to $2.8 million in the first quarter of 2014 and $3.2 million in the second quarter of 2013. 

The Company recorded a loss on change in fair value of derivatives of $3.2 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to a loss on change in fair value of derivatives of $7.4 million in the first quarter of 2014 and a gain on change in fair value of derivatives of $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2013. Net foreign exchange gain in the second quarter of 2014 was $7.6 million compared to a net foreign exchange gain of $0.9 million in the first quarter of 2014 and a net foreign exchange loss of $20.5 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Income tax expense in the second quarter of 2014 was $8.3 million, compared to income tax expense of $7.3 million in the first quarter of 2014 and income tax benefit of $5.1 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Net income attributable to Canadian Solar in the second quarter of 2014 was $55.8 million, or $0.95 per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014, and net loss of $12.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2013.

Financial Condition

The Company had $788.3 million of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash as of June 30, 2014, compared to $781.0 million as of March 31, 2014.

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts, at the end of the second quarter of 2014 were $382.8 million, compared to $343.7 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014. Accounts receivable turnover was 62 days in the second quarter of 2014, compared to 71 days in the first quarter of 2014.

Inventories at the end of the second quarter of 2014 were $441.7 million, compared to $376.4 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014. Inventory turnover was 77 days in the second quarter of 2014, compared to 74 days in the first quarter of 2014.

Accounts and notes payable at the end of the second quarter of 2014 were $756.2 million, compared to $665.0 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014.

Short-term borrowings at the end of the second quarter of 2014 were $876.3 million, compared to $801.4 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014. Long-term debt at the end of the second quarter of 2014 was $150.1 million, compared to $163.5 million at the end of the first quarter of 2014. Senior convertible notes totaled $150 million at the end of the second quarter of 2014, unchanged from the end of the first quarter of 2014. Short-term borrowings and long-term debt directly related to utility-scale solar power projects totaled $250.6 million at the end of the second quarter of 2014.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, remarked: "Our second quarter shipments and revenue came in above the high end of our guidance led by strong module demand out of Japan, Germany, the UK and the US, as well as progress in the build-out of our utility-scale solar projects in Canada. Gross margin in the second quarter improved significantly to 19.0% compared to 14.7% in the first quarter of 2014, reflecting solid execution of our total solutions business strategy, as well as higher module ASP and shipment volume. We believe we remain one of the solar industry's best positioned companies given our diverse manufacturing footprint and advanced-stage project pipeline in Canada, Japan, the U.S., and China. We are making steady progress in key developing markets in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa, and we continue to see robust demand for our solar energy solutions products and services across all geographies and market segments." 

Michael G. Potter, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Canadian Solar, added: "Our second quarter financial results clearly reflect our focus on profitable module sales over module volume and our emphasis on our higher margin total solutions business. Our revenue,MW shipment and net income for the second quarter of 2014 all set quarterly records for the company. This improvement underscores our focus on becoming the industry's most profitable company. We ended the second quarter with $788.3 million in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash. This continues to give us a considerable advantage as we pursue higher margin solar module and utility-scale project opportunities in our target markets, and work to build shareholder value."

Utility Scale Project Pipeline Update

At the end of June 2014, the Company had a pipeline of late stage utility-scale solar projects totaling approximately 1.3GW DC. These projects include owned and joint-venture projects as well as projects where the Company provides EPC services.

In Canada, during the second quarter of 2014, the Company closed the sale of the 10MW AC Val Caron solar power plant valued at over C$60 million to One West Holdings Ltd., an affiliate of Concord Green Energy. Currently eight of the Company's projects in Ontario are in commercial operation. Three of them have already been sold to investors and part of their revenue has been captured in the previous quarters, while five of them are pending completion of sale to investors. Also in Canada, during the second quarter of 2014, the Company entered into an EPC agreement with Kingston Solar LP, a solar energy partnership formed by Samsung for the construction of a 140MW DC utility-scale solar energy plant in Kingston, Ontario. The EPC agreement is expected to generate revenue of over C$300 million for Canadian Solar. The Company's late stage solar project pipeline in Ontario, Canada, now stands at approximately 534.8MW DC, representing a revenue opportunity of approximately C$1.8 billion once the projects are built and revenue can be recognized under US-GAAP rules.

The following table summarizes the status of the Company's solar projects in Ontario, Canada at as of August 13, 2014:


In the United States, at the end of the second quarter 2014, the Company's late stage, utility-scale solar power project pipeline totaled approximately 105.8MW DC compared to 151.5MW DC at the end of the first quarter of 2014. During the second quarter the Company completed construction of 12.4MW DC and sold projects totaling 28MW DC that were still under development. The Company plans to expand its pipeline in the US through self-development and through joint-venture agreements in the quarters ahead.

In Japan, during the second quarter of 2014, the Company increased its utility-scale solar power project pipeline to 405.5MW DC. The Company's project development activities in Japan are progressing well despite the delay of the permitting process sometimes experienced at the prefecture and county levels. The Company continues to expect to grow its project pipeline to 600MW by the end of this year. The Company has started the construction of its first ground mounted utility-scale project in Japan, totaling 1.2MW DC, which is expected to reach commercial operation in September of 2014. In addition, the Company has started civil works on a 24MW DC project in Japan and plans to start construction of an additional nine projects totaling 18MW DC in the third and fourth quarters of 2014.

In China, the Company expects to start construction on three projects totaling 80MW DC in the third quarter of 2014, based on current permitting schedule. In addition, the Company continues to pursue more project opportunities.

Business Outlook

The Company's business outlook is based on management's current views and estimates with respect to operating and market conditions, its current order book, global and local financing environment as well as uncertainty relating to customer final demand and solar project construction schedule. Management's views and estimates are subject to change without notice.

For the third quarter of 2014, the Company expects module shipments to be in the range of approximately 720MW to 750MW. Total revenue for the third quarter of 2014 is expected to be in the range of $760 million to $810 million, with gross margin expected to be between 19% and 21%.

The estimated COD of all of the Company's late-stage projects in Canada, the US, Japan and China is subject to change without notice as a result of delays in permitting and construction, among other risk factors. The acceptance testing and closing process for projects only starts after COD. The length of acceptance testing may be affected by solar radiation levels and other weather conditions. As a result, the transfer of ownership to end customers may not always occur in the same quarter as COD. The Company's business outlook for the third quarter of 2014 includes the expectation of completion of sales and revenue recognition for at least four utility-scale power projects in Canada. For the reasons noted, however, there is a risk that that actual results may differ from current management expectations.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, remarked: "Clearly, Canadian Solar remains one of the strongest companies in the solar industry space. We have reached this position by focusing our attention and efforts on maintaining an industry-leading cost position, improving the quality and efficiency of our solar modules, and differentiating our business model through selective investment in utility-scale solar power project opportunities in low risk regions. Our results for the quarter and guidance for the third quarter are a testament to the successful execution of this strategy. Despite some near-term turbulence as a result of trade disputes and policy uncertainty, we continue to experience strong demand for our products in all key regions and expect reasonably strong global market demand growth during the remainder of 2014. We expect Japan, Canada, China, Europe and the US, among others, to remain healthy markets for us through the end of 2014 and beyond. On the total solutions business front, we expect to continue our steady progress. All but one of our projects in Ontario are now fully permitted, and eight of them are in commercial operation and others are moving well in construction. This gives us confidence that we are well positioned to deliver record results to our shareholders in the quarters ahead. The recent launch of several YieldCos has increased demand for our solar power plants and we are already seeing higher prices for our projects. With respect to the possibility of Canadian Solar launching its own YieldCo, we are evaluating options in the context of our existing late-stage pipeline and we expect to be in a position to make a decision by early 2015."

Recent Developments

- On August 12, 2014 Canadian Solar announced that it increased the size of its board of directors from four to five directors and appointed Andrew (Luen Cheung) Wong as an independent director of the Company.

- On August 12, 2014 Canadian Solar announced that the Company executed a 44MW module sales agreement with affiliates of Entropy Investment Management, LLC and Entropy Solar Integrators, LLC ("Entropy"). Entropy will construct seven solar farms in North Carolina in 2014 using high efficient Canadian Solar CS6X-P PV module series.

- On August 5, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that it supplied 4MW of modules for the Spanish Town Estate Solar project, located in St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, that was recently acquired by NRG Energy Inc.

- On July 7, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., completed the sale of the 10MW AC Val Caron solar power plant valued at over C$60 million to One West Holdings Ltd., an affiliate of Concord Green Energy. The Val Caron 10MW AC solar power plant is located in the city of Greater Sudbury, Ontario.

- On June 30, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that it signed a sales contract to supply 12.6MW of photovoltaic modules to Kayseri Organized Industry Zone ("KOIZ") and a consortium of companies in KOIZ, (BESLER Tekstil San. ve Tic. A.S and HASCELIK Group of companies- Hascelik Cable, Coreal Cable and Metal Matris) for a solar power project located in Kayseri, Turkey.

- On June 26, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., had entered into an EPC agreement with Kingston Solar LP, a solar energy partnership formed by Samsung, for the construction of a 140MW DC (100MW AC) utility-scale solar energy farm. The EPC agreement is expected to generate revenue of over C$300 million for Canadian Solar. The construction of the utility-scale solar energy farm will begin in the third quarter of 2014 and is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2015. This is Canadian Solar's second EPC agreement in connection with a Samsung solar project and represents Phase II of Samsung's Green Energy Investment Agreement ("GEIA") solar project development in Ontario, totaling 300MW AC. This follows the Phase I agreement, announced on June 10, 2013, for Canadian Solar to build the 130MW DC Grand Renewable Energy Park in Haldimand County.

- On June 26, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that it held its 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on June 23, 2014. Each of the proposals submitted for shareholder approval was approved.

- On May 27, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that it had entered into an agreement with GCL-Poly Solar System Integration (China) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited ("GCL", stock code: 3800.HK), to establish a joint venture to build a manufacturing plant to produce crystalline silicon solar cells in Funing, Jiangsu Province, China. Under the terms of the agreement, Canadian Solar will own 80% and GCL will own 20% of the equity in the joint venture.

- On May 27, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that it was selected to power The Colleton Solar Farm, South Carolina's first solar farm, located near Walterboro, South Carolina owned and operated by TIG Energy I, LLC, a member of The InterTech Group, Inc.


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