Daqo New Energy Announces Unaudited First Quarter 2015 Results

منشور على 11-5-2015
Daqo New Energy 
Daqo New Energy Corp. today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of 2015.

First Quarter 2015 Financial and Operating Highlights

- Record-high polysilicon production volume of 1,801 MT in Q1 2015, compared to 1,791 MT in Q4 2014

- Polysilicon shipments of 1,532 MT in Q1 2015, compared to 1,537 MT in Q4 2014

- Record-low polysilicon production cost(2) of $12.80/kg in Q1 2015, compared to $13.23/kg in Q4 2014; cash cost of $10.53/kg in Q1 2015, compared to $10.88/kg in Q4 2014

- Wafer shipments of 18.8 million pieces in Q1 2015, compared to 17.8 million pieces in Q4 2014

- Non-GAAP gross margin(1) of 28.0% in Q1 2015, compared to 32.1% in Q4 2014

- EBITDA(non-GAAP)(1)of $11.4 million in Q1 2015, compared to $14.7 million in Q4 2014

- Net income attributable to Daqo shareholders of $1.2 million in Q1 2015, compared to $3.6 million in Q4 2014


Commentary

In the first quarter of 2015, we further increased our production volume to 1,801 MT from 1,791 MT in the fourth quarter of 2014. More importantly, we reduced our total production cost to $12.80/kg and cash cost to $10.53/kg, which represent the best ever cost structures in our Xinjiang facilities. The cost reduction was primarily due to lower electricity consumption on a per unit basis contributed by the improvement in production efficiency.

In the first quarter of 2015, we shipped 1,532 MT of polysilicon and 18.8 million pieces of wafer. The sales volumes for polysilicon and wafer were 1,502 MT and 18.1 million pieces, respectively. The average selling prices, or ASPs, for polysilicon were $18.09/kg, compared to $20.47/kg in the further quarter of 2014. We achieved EBITDA of $11.4 million, operating income of $4.1 million and net income attributable to Daqo shareholders of $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2015.

In May, we successfully completed the annual maintenance in our Xinjiang polysilicon facilities, which has affected our production for five days. We will complete all the preparation work for the expansion of our polysilicon capacities by 6,000 MT by the end of May and start pilot production in June. We expect to fully ramp up the capacity during the third quarter. Given that our current cost structure is already below $13/kg, we are confident that we will achieve the production cost target of $12/kg when we fully ramp up the expanded capacities and run the whole 12,150 MT with Hydrochlorination technology.

Market outlook and Q2 2015 guidance

The consensus of the market believes that a year-on-year growth of 15%~20% could be expected for the global solar installation. That means the demand for polysilicon in 2015 could potentially increase by 40~50 thousand MT compared with 2014. In the first quarter of 2015, China's newly added installation is reported to be 5.04GW, which accounts for 28% of the announced 2015 target for solar PV installations of 17.8GW. We believe polysilicon ASPs would recover in the second half, driven by increasing demand not only in China but worldwide as well, although there could be some additional polysilicon supply coming into the market late this year.

For the second quarter of 2015, the Company expects to ship 1,320 MT of polysilicon. The annual maintenance has affected our polysilicon production for five days. In addition, in the second quarter we expect our internal polysilicon shipment to our wafer sector will be more than before. However, we expect our polysilicon inventory will remain at a very low level by the end of the second quarter. The Company also expects to ship approximately 17.5 million to 18.0 million pieces of wafer. This outlook reflects our current and preliminary view and may be subject to change. Our ability to achieve this projection is subject to risks and uncertainties. See "Safe Harbor Statement" at the end of this press release.

First Quarter 2015 Results

Revenues

Revenues were $41.9 million, compared to $49.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $42.1 million in the first quarter of 2014.

The Company generated revenues of $27.2 million from 1,502 MT of polysilicon sold, compared to $33.8 million from 1,646 MT of polysilicon sold in the fourth quarter of 2014, and $30.1 million from 1,391 MT of polysilicon sold in the first quarter of 2014. The decrease in polysilicon revenues compared to the fourth quarter of 2014 was primarily due to the impact of lower selling prices and lower sales volume.

The Company generated $14.7 million from 18.1 million pieces of wafer sold, compared to $15.7 million from 18.3 million pieces of wafer sold in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $12.0 million from 17.4 million pieces of wafer sold in the first quarter of 2014. The decrease in wafer revenues compared to the fourth quarter of 2014 was mainly resulted from the impact of lower selling prices and lower sales volume.

Gross profit and margin

Gross profit was approximately $8.5 million, compared to $12.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $9.0 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Gross margin was 20.2%, compared to 25.4% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 21.4% in the first quarter of 2014. The lower selling prices of polysilicon dominated the decrease of the gross margin, mitigated by the record low production cost of polysilicon realized in the first quarter of 2015.

In the first quarter of 2015, total costs related to the non-operational Chongqing polysilicon plant including depreciation were $3.3 million, compared to $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $3.7 million in the first quarter of 2014. Excluding such costs, the non-GAAP gross margin was approximately 28.0%, compared to 32.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 30.2% in the first quarter of 2014.

Selling, general and administrative expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $4.6 million, compared to $4.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2014. Of the selling, general and administrative expenses, approximately $1.8 million were share-based compensation expenses in the first quarter of 2015, compared to $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. We expect to continue to incur such non-cash expenses in the remaining three quarters of 2015 but at a significantly lower level of approximately $0.5 million per quarter, as the amount of share options that will vest during each of the remaining three quarters will be lower as compared with the first quarter of 2015.

Research and development expenses

Research and development expenses were approximately $0.1 million, compared to $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Other operating income (expense)

Other operating income was $298 thousand, compared to other operating expense of $53 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2014 and other operating income of $36 thousand in the first quarter of 2014. Other operating income was mainly composed of unrestricted cash incentives that the Company received from local government authorities, the amount of which fluctuates from period to period.

Operating income and margin

As a result of the foregoing, operating income was $4.1 million, compared to $7.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $6.6 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Operating margin was 9.7%, compared to 15.4% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 15.7% in the first quarter of 2014.

Net Interest expense

Net interest expenses were $3.2 million, compared to $4.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $4.0 million in the first quarter of 2014.

EBITDA

EBITDA was $11.4 million, compared to $14.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $13.7 million in the first quarter of 2014. EBITDA margin was 27.3%, compared to 29.6% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 32.5% in the first quarter of 2014.

Net income attributable to our shareholders and earnings per ADS

As a result of the aforementioned, net income attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders was $1.2 million, compared to $3.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $2.6 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Earnings per basic ADS were $0.12, compared to $0.40 in the fourth quarter of 2014, and $0.38 in the first quarter of 2014.

Financial Condition

As of March 31, 2015, the Company had $32.2 million in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared to $29.2 million as of December 31, 2014 and $24.2 million as of March 31, 2014.

As of March 31, 2015, the accounts receivable balance was $8.8 million, compared to $8.7 million as of December 31, 2014. As of March 31, 2015, the notes receivable balance was $48.4 million, compared to $50.2 million as of December 31, 2014. As of March 31, 2015, total borrowings were $222.2 million, of which $74.2 million were long-term borrowings, compared to total borrowings of $237.1 million, including $77.3 million long-term borrowings as of December 31, 2014.

Cash Flows

For the three months ended March 31, 2015, net cash provided by operating activities was $1.3 million, compared to $15.2 million in the same period of 2014.

For the three months ended March 31, 2015, net cash used in investing activities was $16.3 million, compared to $11.0 million in the same period of 2014. The increase was primarily related to the capital expenditure of Xinjiang Phase 2b polysilicon project partially offset by the subsequent receipt of $5.1 million of the proceeds from the disposition of Nanjing Daqo in 2012.

For the three months ended March 31, 2015, net cash provided by financing activities was $22.7 million, compared to the net cash used in financing activities of $3.8 million in the same period of 2014. The company completed a follow-on offering in February 2015, the net proceeds of which were approximately $28.0 million.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Daqo's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("US GAAP"), Daqo uses in this press release non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin, which exclude costs related to the non-operational polysilicon operations in Chongqing. Such costs mainly consist of depreciation costs, as well as utilities and maintenance costs associated with the temporarily idle polysilicon machinery and equipment, which will be or are in the process of being relocated to the Company's Xinjiang facility. The Company would expect a majority of these costs, such as depreciation, will continue to occur as part of the production cost in Xinjiang facility subsequent to the completion of the relocation plan. Once these assets are placed back in services, the Company will remove this adjustment from the non-GAAP reconciling item. We also use EBITDA, which represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and EBITDA margin, which represents the proportion of EBITDA in revenue. The presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with US GAAP. Daqo believes that the non-GAAP financial measures facilitate investors' and management's comparisons to Daqo's historical performance and assists management's financial and operational decision making.

A reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial measures to comparable US GAAP measures is presented later in this document.


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