First Solar announces Q2 results: Net sales increased by USD 86 million from Q1; Earnings per share significantly decreased

The Kingbird solar PV Project in Kern County, California. Image: City of Pasadena
The Kingbird solar PV Project in Kern County, California. Image: City of Pasadena

First Solar, Inc. (Tempe, Ariz., US) on August 3rd, 2016 announced financial results for the second quarter of 2016.

Net sales were USD 934 million in the quarter, an increase of USD 86 million from the prior quarter. The increase was due to higher PV module only sales, the sale of the Kingbird project and revenue recognition across multiple systems projects, partially offset by lower revenue from the Silver State South and Stateline projects which reached or neared completion in the quarter, First Solar notes.

The Company reported second quarter earnings per share of USD 0.13, compared to USD 1.66 in the prior quarter.

The second quarter was impacted by pre-tax restructuring charges of USD 86 million related primarily to the previously announced decision to end production of the TetraSun crystalline silicon product.

Net income was also lower versus the prior quarter due to the mix of systems projects sold and under construction and a gain on the sale of certain restricted investments in the first quarter.

In addition, results for the second quarter excluded approximately USD 20 million of profit on the Kingbird sale, which was not recognized in earnings during the period.

Cash and marketable securities at the end of the second quarter decreased to USD 1.7 billion. Cash flows used in operations were USD 75 million in the second quarter.

CEO Widmar: “With our recent decision to reallocate capacity to focus on our Series 5 assembly capabilities we continue to position the Company for future success”

“Our operational execution in 2016 continues to be strong and resulted in another quarter of solid financial results,” said Mark Widmar, CEO of First Solar.

“Our lead line module efficiency exited the quarter at over 16.6%, and we further lowered our module cost per watt. We sold our Kingbird project in Q2, and our steady execution across our portfolio of systems projects resulted in significant cost reductions.

With our recent decision to reallocate capacity to focus on our Series 5 assembly capabilities we continue to position the Company for future success.”

 

2016-08-04 | Courtesy: First Solar, Inc. | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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