WUXI, China, May 29 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
(NYSE: STP), one of the world's leading manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV)
cells and modules, today announced first quarter 2007 financial results.
First Quarter 2007 Highlights
-- Exceeding guidance, total net revenues grew 174.5% year-over-year to
$246.7 million, and total production output grew 138.2% year-over-year
-- On a non-GAAP basis(1), Suntech group's operating income was $33.8
million and net income was $32.7 million. Excluding the impact of MSK,
which discontinued its Japan-based production in the first quarter,
operating income was $37.6 million and net income was $35.9 million or
$0.22 per diluted American Depository Share (ADS). Each ADS represents
one ordinary share.
-- Suntech group's blended non-GAAP gross margin was 19.9% or 22.5%
excluding MSK. Margins were impacted primarily by slower than expected
delivery of lower priced wafers from long-term contract wafer suppliers.
As wafer delivery is now back on track the Company believes there will
be a positive impact on gross margins in the rest of 2007.
-- Annualized PV cell production capacity expanded faster than originally
anticipated, growing from 270MW to 360MW during the first quarter.
Having already secured ample wafers to meet expanded output capacity,
Suntech has raised its full year projected 2007 production output for
the second time from 250MW to 325MW. 2007 year-end production capacity
has also been raised a second time from 390MW to 480MW.
''We experienced exceptionally strong demand for our PV modules due to
high customer satisfaction and a strong reputation for reliably delivering
large volumes of superior quality and performance products on schedule. The
demand for our products has never been stronger and we already have firm
purchase contracts in place for our entire 2007 projected output, which is
notable given that this volume is more than double our 2006 output. In fact,
we are already receiving purchase orders for 2008,'' said Dr. Zhengrong Shi,
Suntech's Chairman and CEO.
''In order to capture ever increasing sales opportunities, we are
exploring all options to bring forward plans to reach our goal of one gigawatt
production capacity in 2010,'' added Dr. Shi. ''In the first quarter, we
accelerated the installation of three 30MW production lines at our Luoyang
facility, and ramped these lines to full operating capacity in April, several
months ahead of schedule.''
Commenting on Suntech's silicon supply, Dr. Shi noted, ''We have secured
all the silicon we need for our projected 2007 output. Depending upon the
source of silicon supplier, our core wafer to module business non-GAAP gross
margin ranges from a high of 35%, when produced with wafers from long-term,
fixed price contracts, to a low of around 20%, when produced with wafers from
contracts with spot-market pricing."
Dr. Shi continued, ''Our margins were impacted in the quarter by the need
to purchase more wafers with spot market pricing to meet the high demand for
our product and compensate for slower than expected delivery from our long-
term supply arrangements. The temporary delay in shipments from our long-term
wafer suppliers has been resolved and shipments are currently back on track.
We believe we are on course with our prior guidance for margin improvement
beginning in the second quarter of 2007.''
Recent Business Highlights
-- In its key sales geographies, Suntech's sales continue to outpace
market growth. In particular, sales volumes have grown measurably in
Spain, where the Company shipped 27MW in the first quarter of 2007,
similar to shipment volumes in Germany.
-- Recent project wins highlight Suntech's increasing traction in the
North American market. Suntech was selected by Sun Edison as the
cornerstone supplier for the 8.2MW Alamosa Central Solar Plant in
Colorado -- one of the largest North American solar power plants.
Suntech is also collaborating with BASS Electric to supply a 450KW PV
system to the San Francisco International Airport's new Terminal T3
-- The Company has increased its BIPV sales and marketing activities
especially in North America demonstrated by its letter of intent with
Open Energy Corp. this month. Suntech intends to provide cost effective
and high quality production of their SolarSave(R) PV Tiles and explore
broad initiatives to expand BIPV product sales within the North
-- The Company has recently won multiple projects totaling 5MW in South
Korea demonstrating the growing strength of its Asia-based sales
outside of China. The market size for solar products in South Korea was
18MW in 2006 according to Solarbuzz.
-- The Company is on track with a key step in its move towards
multi-gigawatt manufacturing with the construction of its new facility
in Wuxi, China. The 540,000 square foot, 1GW capacity plant is
scheduled to begin installation of new PV cell production lines in June
-- Suntech's innovative 20% conversion efficiency PV cell, based on its
new low cost ''Pluto'' technology platform, is ahead of schedule
achieving over 18% conversion efficiency in pilot production
successfully validating the commercial feasibility of this technology
in comparison to conventional PV cell technology.
-- To address the growing market for thin film and BIPV products, Suntech
recently began construction on a thin film R&D and manufacturing
facility in Shanghai. The initial phase with 50MW of capacity is
expected to begin operation by the middle of 2008. Suntech projects an
average production cost of $1.20 per watt and conversion efficiency of
6% to 9%. The thin film modules will be nearly 6 square meters in size
contributing to a balance of system installation cost for Suntech's
thin film solution that it believes will be significantly lower than
other PV solutions.
-- MSK's third-party PV cell to module business was halted during the
quarter. Production has since started in Suntech's Wuxi facilities and
has now become an integral and profitable part of Suntech's operations,
providing Suntech with additional capacity to meet the increasing
demand for Suntech's products with nearly no incremental operating
expenses. During the first quarter, Suntech also successfully
established BIPV production lines at its Wuxi facility.
First Quarter 2007 Results
Selected highlights of the Company's first quarter 2007 results are set
forth below and should be read together with the detailed financial statements
at the end of this release.
Breakdown of First Quarter 2007 Key Results
Net % of Net Non-GAAP Non-GAAP
Revenues Revenues Gross Profit Gross
(in $ millions) (in $ millions) Margin
Standard PV Modules $244.1 99.0% $48.9 20.0%
- Wafer to Modules 225.2 91.3 50.9 22.6
- Cell to Modules 18.9 7.7 (2.0) (10.3)
Others 2.6 1.0 0.3 10.9
Total (consolidated) $246.7 100% $49.2 19.9%
Total (excluding MSK) $227.8 -- $51.2 22.5%
On a GAAP basis, gross profit was $47.0 million and gross margin was 19.0%,
operating income was $26.8 million and net income was $26.1 million or $0.16
per diluted ADS.
Non-GAAP operating expenses in the first quarter of 2007 were $15.4
million and accounted for 6.2% of net revenues. This decline from 6.9% of net
revenues in the prior quarter was primarily due to a combination of the
Company's rapidly expanding sales and an increased emphasis on expense
Non-GAAP income from operations for the first quarter of 2007 was $33.8
million and non-GAAP operating margin was 13.7%. The decrease in operating
margin was mainly attributable to the decrease in gross profit margin
partially offset by the reduced operating expenses as a percentage of total
Non-GAAP net income attributable to holders of ordinary shares for the
first quarter of 2007 was $32.7 million, or $0.20 per non-GAAP diluted ADS.
In the first quarter of 2007, capital expenditures, which were primarily
related to production capacity expansion, were $26.9 million and depreciation
and amortization expenses were $4.6 million.
During the quarter, the total number of diluted ADSs outstanding increased
by 5.0% from 156.3 million to 164.1 million, primarily due to an increase of
5.5 million ADSs on an ''as converted'' basis. The 5.5 million ADSs represent
a portion of the 10.3 million ADSs that may be issued in the future as a
result of the February 2007 convertible bond offering of $500 million.
The negative impact on the Company's results created by MSK's high cost
production has been significantly reduced as its Japan-based production was
halted during the quarter and replaced by Suntech's China-based production. As
a result, the third-party PV cell to module business produced in China is
currently profitable. Suntech's results for the first quarter of 2007
excluding MSK were: non-GAAP operating expenses as percentage of net revenues
of 6.0%, non-GAAP income from operations of $37.6 million and non-GAAP
operating margin of 16.5%, and non-GAAP net income of $35.9 million. While MSK
contributed to a loss of $3.2 million for the quarter, the Company will
continue to restructure and divest non-core assets at MSK, which will likely
result in restructuring expenses and other accounting charges in the future.
Outlook for Second Quarter and Full Year 2007
Based on current operating and other conditions, Suntech expects its
second quarter 2007 total production output to be in the estimated range of
76MW to 78MW.
As a result of the faster than projected ramp of new cell production lines
and additional third party cell to module capacity, Suntech has increased its
total PV production output target for 2007 to 325MW. The Company is also
increasing its end of year projected capacity by two production lines to 480MW.
Suntech expects capital expenditures for the full year 2007 to be in the
estimated range of $100 million to $120 million, largely to be used to achieve
its goals of expanding its capacity and building its thin film facility.
Conference Call Information
Suntech's earnings announcement conference call will take place on May 29,
2007 at 8:00a.m., Eastern Time, which corresponds to May 29, 2007 at 8:00p.m.,
Beijing/Hong Kong time.
To access the conference call, please dial +1-617-597-5343 (for U.S.
callers) or +852-3002-1672 (for international callers) and ask to be connected
to the Suntech earnings conference call. A live and archived webcast of the
conference call will be available on the Investors section of Suntech's
website at http://www.suntech-power.com .
A replay of the conference call will be available until June 10, 2007 by
dialing +1-617-801-6888 (passcode: 24487629).
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. is a leading solar energy company in the
world as measured by both production output and capacity of solar cells and
modules. Suntech provides solar solutions for a green future. Suntech designs,
develops, manufactures, and markets a variety of high quality, cost effective
and environmentally friendly PV cells and modules for electric power
applications in the residential, commercial, industrial, and public utility
sectors. Suntech's majority-owned subsidiary, MSK Corporation is one of the
top-ranked companies in the building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) space.
Suntech's customers are located in various markets worldwide, including key
markets throughout Europe, North America, Japan and China. For more
information, please visit http://www.suntech-power.com .
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements
constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of
the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can
be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates,"
"future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements.
In particular, the projected second quarter and fiscal year 2007 data,
regarding production output, total net revenues and consolidated net income,
gross and other margins, capital expenditures, the business outlook and
quotations from management in this announcement, statements regarding
Suntech's beliefs and expectations about the halting of the cell to module
production at MSK Corporation with the expansion of such business in the
Company's Wuxi site, as well as Suntech's strategic and operational plans, are
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve certain risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these
and other risks is included in Suntech's filings with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 20-F. Suntech does
not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required
under applicable law.
About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement its consolidated financial results presented in accordance
with GAAP, Suntech uses the following non-GAAP measures which are adjusted
from the most directly comparable GAAP results to exclude items related to
share-based compensation, restructuring expenses and the purchase price
allocation effect related to the MSK Corporation acquisition. Management
believes these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors in enabling them to
better assess changes in Suntech's core business across different reporting
periods on a consistent basis, independently of stock-based compensation
expenses and the purchase price allocation effect related to the MSK
acquisition. Thus, the non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with
another method for assessing Suntech's operating results in a manner that is
focused on the performance of its ongoing operations. Management also uses
these non-GAAP measures internally to make an apples-to-apples comparison of
the business and financial performances of current and historical results, for
strategic decision making, forecasting future results and evaluating the
Company's current performance. Many analysts covering Suntech use the non-
GAAP measures as well. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with or
an alternative for GAAP financial data, the non-GAAP results should be
reviewed together with the GAAP results and are not intended to serve as a
substitute for results under GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures
used by other companies. For more information on these non-GAAP financial
measures, please see the tables captioned "Reconciliations of non-GAAP results
of operations measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures" set forth at
the end of this release and which shall be read together with the preceding
financial statements prepared under GAAP.
(1) All non-GAAP measures exclude share-based compensation expenses,
restructuring expenses and the amortization expenses incurred from
purchase price allocation related to the acquisition of MSK
Corporation as of August 11, 2006. For further details on non-GAAP
measures, please refer to the reconciliation table and a detailed
discussion of management's use of non-GAAP information set forth in
this press release.
Note: The quarterly consolidated income statements are unaudited. The
condensed consolidated balance sheets are derived from Suntech's unaudited
consolidated financial statements.
SUNTECH POWER HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
Suntech Group Suntech Group
December 31, March 31,
Cash and cash equivalents 225,530 569,284
Restricted cash 78,855 124,235
Inventories 200,292 190,783
Accounts receivable 98,855 163,778
Value-added tax recoverable 26,218 29,937
Advances to suppliers 79,444 75,740
Other current assets 7,214 7,896
Total current assets 716,408 1,161,653
Property, plant and equipment, net 113,750 142,995
Intangible assets, net 75,751 80,533
Goodwill 28,551 28,786
Investments in affiliates 2,208 1,925
Long-term prepayments 132,314 131,747
Long-term loan to a supplier 22,246 98,431
Other non-current assets 6,727 19,670
TOTAL ASSETS 1,097,955 1,665,740
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Short-term borrowings, including
current portion of long-term bank
borrowings 288,185 307,286
Accounts payable 40,541 45,425
Other current liabilities 28,096 26,562
Total current liabilities 356,822 379,273
Long-term bank borrowings 19,657 527,876
Accrued warranty costs 8,846 11,206
Other long-term liabilities 41,625 40,980
Total liabilities 426,950 959,335
Minority interest 18,542 17,775
Total shareholders' equity 652,463 688,630
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS'
EQUITY 1,097,955 1,665,740
SUNTECH POWER HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT (*)
(In $'000, except share, per share, and per ADS data)
Suntech Group Suntech Group Suntech Group
Consolidated Consolidated Consolidated
2006 2006 2007
Q1 Q4 Q1
Total net revenues 89,886 217,859 246,696
Total cost of revenues 62,834 169,372 199,713
Gross profit 27,052 48,487 46,983
Selling expenses 1,010 3,564 5,686
General and administrative expenses 4,904 11,569 10,833
Research and development expenses 1,078 3,626 3,659
Total operating expenses 6,992 18,759 20,178
Income from operations 20,060 29,728 26,805
Interest expenses (857) (2,390) (4,419)
Interest income 1,471 3,152 6,203
Other income (expense) 194 1,546 (2,122)
Income before income taxes 20,868 32,036 26,467
Tax provision (1,589) (1,830) (2,091)
Net income after taxes before
minority interest and equity in
earnings of affiliates 19,279 30,206 24,376
Minority interest 16 1,123 1,536
Equity in (loss) earnings of
affiliates 24 88 182
Net income 19,319 31,417 26,094
Deemed dividend on Series A
redeemable convertible preferred
shares -- -- --
Net income attributable to holders
of ordinary shares 19,319 31,417 26,094
Net income per share and per ADS:
- Basic 0.13 0.21 0.17
- Diluted 0.12 0.20 0.16
Shares and ADSs used in
- Basic 147,487,707 149,790,714 150,487,272
- Diluted 156,220,705 156,312,894 164,087,838
(*) Purchase price allocation is preliminary and will be finalized within
one year timeframe from the acquisition date.
Each ADS represents one ordinary share
Reconciliations of non-GAAP results of operations measures
to the nearest comparable GAAP measures (*)
(in $ millions, except margin data, per share
and per ADS data, unaudited)
Three months ended March 31, 2006
Share- Purchase Group
Suntech based Price Non-
Group GAAP Compen- Allocation GAAP
Results sation Results
Gross profit 27.1 0.5 -- 27.6
Gross margin 30.1% 30.7%
Income from operations 20.1 2.8 -- 22.9
Income from operations margin 22.3% 25.5%
Net income attributable to holders of
ordinary shares 19.3 2.8 -- 22.1
Net income margin 21.5% 24.6%
Net income per share and per ADS
- Basic 0.13 0.15
- Diluted 0.12 0.14
Three months ended December 31, 2006
Purchase Suntech Excluding
Suntech Share- Price Group MSK MSK
Group based Alloc- Non- Results Non-
GAAP Compen- ation GAAP GAAP
Results sation Results Results
Gross profit 48.5 0.4 0.3 49.1 0.8 49.9
Gross margin 22.3% 22.5% 26.2%
Income from operations 29.7 3.8 0.7 34.2 4.4 38.6
Income from operations
margin 13.6% 15.7% 20.3%
Net income attributable
to holders of ordinary
shares 31.4 3.8 0.3 35.5 2.3 37.8
Net income margin 14.4% 16.3% 19.9%
Net income per share and
- Basic 0.21 0.24 0.25
- Diluted 0.20 0.23 0.24
Three months ended March 31, 2007
Purchase Suntech Excluding
Suntech Share- Price Restru- Group MSK
Group based Alloc- cturing Non- MSK Non-
GAAP Compen- ation Expenses GAAP Results GAAP
Results sation Results Results
Gross profit 47.0 2.2 -- -- 49.2 2.0 51.2
Gross margin 19.0% 19.9% 22.5%
Operations 26.8 6.5 0.5 -- 33.8 3.8 37.6
operations margin 10.9% 13.7% 16.5%
holders of ordinary
shares 26.1 6.5 (0.2) 0.3 32.7 3.2 35.9
Net income margin 10.6% 13.3% 15.8%
Net income per share
and per ADS
- Basic 0.17 0.22 0.24
- Diluted 0.16 0.20 0.22
(*) The adjustment is for share-based compensation, restructuring expenses
and amortization expenses incurred from purchase price allocation
related to the acquisition of MSK Corporation.
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