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|JinkoSolar Announces First Quarter 2011 Results|
Revenue and Solar Module Shipments Exceed Guidance;
Company Continues Non-Silicon Cost Reductions;
Company Reaffirms Full Year 2011 Guidance
SHANGHAI, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a fast-growing vertically integrated solar power product manufacturer with low-cost operations based in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.
First Quarter 2011 Highlights
"JinkoSolar continued its growth trajectory during the first quarter of 2011," said Mr. Kangping Chen, JinkoSolar's chief executive officer. "During the quarter, we exceeded our guidance in terms of revenue and beat expectations for our solar module shipments while continuing to make timely deliveries despite the uncertainty surrounding Italy's solar policies. This helped us maintain strong relationships with our customers in Italy as well as in Germany, strengthening our position as a leading solar module provider in those countries."
"We also continued to execute on our strategies of growing our market share, diversifying our customer base and expanding geographically. During the quarter, we achieved a historic high of 166.6 MW of solar module shipments, a sequential increase of approximately 50%. Although we expect the average selling price for solar modules to continue to decline in the second quarter, we are confident that we can gain additional market share from our competitors due to our vertical integration, leading cost structure and strengthened brand recognition. For the second quarter, we expect to see an increase of at least 14% in solar module shipments."
"We continued to diversify our customer base across a range of markets, including the United States and France, while significantly reducing our exposure to Italy from 50% of total module shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 30.7% in the first quarter of 2011. In addition, we made significant progress entering into new markets such as Slovakia and the United Kingdom. As we expand our customer base globally, we will remain focused on lowering manufacturing costs and improving efficiencies to continue delivering high-quality, low cost solar products at competitive prices."
"As various solar markets and foreign government solar policies continue to develop, we believe the industry might experience short-term volatility across certain segments of the solar value chain in 2011. Our growth strategy, however, remains firm. We will continue to produce high-quality, affordable solar products with a focus on long-term development rather than making decisions based on short-term margin gains. We maintain our guidance for 2011 in terms of shipments, revenues and capacity expansion," concluded Mr. Chen.
First Quarter 2011 Financial Results
Total revenues in the first quarter of 2011 were RMB2.1 billion (US$326.7 million), an increase of 21.1% from RMB1.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010 and 289.8% from RMB548.9 million in the first quarter of 2010. The sequential increase in revenues was primarily due to the increase in the sales volume of solar modules as a result of the Company's strengthened brand recognition, and geographical diversification.
Gross Profit and Gross Margin
Gross profit in the first quarter of 2011 was RMB559.7 million (US$85.5 million), an increase of 11.2% from RMB503.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and 331.2% from RMB129.8 million in the first quarter of 2010. Gross margin was 26.2% in the first quarter of 2011, a decrease from 28.5% in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase from 23.7% in the first quarter of 2010. The sequential decrease in gross margin was primarily due to a slight increase in the average polysilicon cost as the price of polysilicon increased and a decrease in the average selling price of solar modules. In-house gross margin relating to the Company's in-house silicon wafer, solar cell and solar module production was 31.0% in the first quarter of 2011, compared to 34.7% in the fourth quarter of 2010 and 32.2% in the first quarter of 2010. The sequential decrease was primarily due to the faster decrease in the average selling prices of solar modules relative to the decrease in the average polysilicon cost per watt as we used less silicon per watt in producing our products and decrease in manufacturing cost per watt. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to the substantial increase in the average polysilicon cost.
Income from Operations and Operating Margin
Income from operations in the first quarter of 2011 was RMB419.4 million (US$64.0 million), an increase of 15.6% from RMB362.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase of 331.9% from RMB97.1 million in the first quarter of 2010. Operating margin in the first quarter of 2011 was 19.6%, compared to 20.5% in the fourth quarter of 2010 and 17.7% in the first quarter of 2010. Total operating expenses in the first quarter of 2011 were RMB140.3 million (US$21.4 million), a decrease of 0.3% from RMB140.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase of 329.1% from RMB32.7 million in the first quarter of 2010. The sequential decrease in operating expenses was primarily due to the disposal of the Company's obsolete silicon wafer equipment in the fourth quarter of 2010, while the year-over-year increase was primarily due to the increase in shipments and the Company's global sales and marketing efforts. Operating expenses represented 6.6% of total revenues in the first quarter of 2011, a decrease from 8.0% in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase from 6.0% in the first quarter of 2010.
Foreign Currency Exchange Gain (Loss)
The Company had a foreign currency exchange loss of RMB29.6 million (US$4.5 million) in the first quarter of 2011 primarily due to the loss of RMB34.3 million in changes in the fair value of forward contracts, resulting from the appreciation of the Euro against the Renminbi, partially offset by a gain from depreciation of the U.S. dollar against the Renminbi. This compares to a net gain of RMB86.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Other Income (Expense)
Other income in the first quarter of 2011 was RMB32.1 million (US$4.9 million), compared to RMB0.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and other expense of RMB0.4 million in the first quarter of 2010, as we received damages from one of our wafer customers that defaulted on its contract with us.
Income Tax Expense
The Company recognized a tax expense of RMB53.1 million (US$8.1 million) in the first quarter of 2011, compared to a tax expense of RMB66.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and a tax expense of RMB12.0 million in the first quarter of 2010.
Net Income and Earnings per Share
Net income in the first quarter of 2011 was RMB336.6 million (US$51.4 million), a decrease of 8.6% from RMB368.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase of 358.6% from RMB73.4 million in the first quarter of 2010. The sequential decrease was primarily due to the loss in change in fair value of derivatives as well as an increase in interest expense.
Basic and diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2011 were RMB3.54(US$0.54) and RMB3.45(US$0.53), respectively, and basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB14.16(US$2.16) and RMB13.78(US$2.10), respectively. Each ADS represents four ordinary shares.
As of March 31, 2011, JinkoSolar had RMB1.2 billion (US$184.2million) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared to RMB938.0 million as of December 31, 2010.
Capital expenditures, representing payments made, in the first quarter of 2011 were RMB708.4 million (US$108.2 million).
As of March 31, 2011, total short-term bank borrowings including the current portion of long-term bank borrowings were RMB2.0 billion (US$304.5 million), as compared to RMB1.2 billion of total short-term borrowings as of December 31, 2010. Total long-term borrowings were RMB269.4 million (US$41.1 million), as compared to RMB269.3 million as of December 31, 2010.
First Quarter 2011 Operational Highlights
Solar Product Shipments
Total solar product shipments in the first quarter of 2011 were 208.4 MW, including 34.3 MW of silicon wafers, 7.5 MW of solar cells and 166.6 MW of solar modules. By comparison, total shipments for the fourth quarter of 2010 were 162.6 MW, consisting of 39.0 MW of silicon wafers, 12.0 MW of solar cells and 111.6 MW of solar modules.
Capacity Expansion of Solar Products
In the first quarter of 2011, the Company expanded its in-house annual silicon wafer, solar cell and solar module production capacities from approximately 600 MW each as of December 31, 2010, to approximately 900 MW each as of March 31, 2011. This compares to approximately 300 MW of silicon wafers, 200 MW of solar cells and 200 MW of solar modules as of March 31, 2010.
Recent Business Highlights
Operations and Business Outlook
Second Quarter 2011 Guidance
For the second quarter of 2011, JinkoSolar expects total solar module shipments to be in the range of 190 MW to 200 MW. Total revenues are expected to be in the range of US$330 million to US$350 million. The Company expects to increase its in-house annual silicon wafer, solar cell and solar module production capacities to approximately 1,000 MW each by the end of the second quarter of 2011.
Full Year 2011 Guidance
For the full year 2011, the Company maintains its guidance range of 950 MW to 1,000 MW in total solar module shipments and US$1.4 billion to US$1.5 billion in total revenues. The Company reiterates its in-house annual silicon wafer, solar cell and solar module production capacity targets of approximately 1.5 GW each by the end of 2011.
Conference Call Information
JinkoSolar's management will host an earnings conference call on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 p.m.Beijing/Hong Kong time).
Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:
Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.
A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following number until May 8, 2011:
Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of JinkoSolar's website at http://www.jinkosolar.com.
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) is a fast-growing and vertically-integrated solar power product manufacturer with low-cost operations based in Jiangxi Province and Zhejiang Province in China and sales and marketing offices in Shanghai, China, Munich, Germany, San Francisco, U.S. and Bologna, Italy. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain with integrated annual capacity of 900 MW each for silicon wafers, solar cells and solar modules as of March 31, 2011. JinkoSolar distributes its photovoltaic products to a diversified customer base in the global PV market, including Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain, the United States, France and other countries and regions. For more information about JinkoSolar, please visit www.jinkosolar.com.
Currency Convenience Translation
The conversion of Renminbi into U.S. dollars in this release, made solely for the convenience of the readers, is based on the noon buying rate in the city of New York for cable transfers of Renminbi as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as of March 31, 2011, which was RMB6.55 to US$1.00. No representation is intended to imply that the Renminbi amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized or settled into U.S. dollars at that rate on March 31, 2011, or at any other date. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on Renminbi.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release may contain 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," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Such statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, JinkoSolar's ability to obtain additional capital to fund its operations and business expansion, its ability to obtain sufficient silicon raw materials in a timely manner, the general economic and business environment and conditions, the volatility of JinkoSolar's operating results, its ability to attract and retain qualified employees, key technical personnel and executive officers. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in JinkoSolar's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. All information provided in this press release is as of May 2, 2011. Except as required by law, JinkoSolar undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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