First Solar
Earnings Details
2nd Quarter June 2022
Thursday, July 28, 2022 4:02:00 PM
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First Solar (FSLR) reported 2nd Quarter June 2022 earnings of $0.52 per share on revenue of $621.0 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.30 per share on revenue of $596.8 million. The Earnings Whisper number was $0.37 per share. Revenue fell 1.3% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

The company said it expects 2022 results to range from a loss of $0.25 per share to earnings of $0.25 per share on revenue of $2.55 billion to $2.80 billion. The company's previous guidance was for results to range from breakeven to earnings of $0.60 per share on revenue of $2.40 billion to $2.60 billion and the current consensus earnings estimate is $0.34 per share on revenue of $2.47 billion for the year ending December 31, 2022.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic solar energy solutions which use its advanced module and system technology. The Company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy solutions protect and enhance the environment.

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First Solar, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

  • Net sales of $621 million
  • Net income per diluted share of $0.52
  • Cash, restricted cash, and marketable securities of $1.9 billion
  • YTD net bookings of 27.1 GWDC
  • 10.4 GWDC of net bookings since prior earnings call have a base Average Selling Price (ASP), prior to the application of pricing adjustors, of $0.301 per watt
  • Record expected module shipment backlog of over 44 GWDC
  • Earnings guidance lowered due to legacy systems business asset impairment in Chile and Japanese Yen devaluation

TEMPE, Ariz., July 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Net sales for the second quarter were $621 million, an increase of $254 million from the prior quarter, primarily due to increased module sales.

Operating income for the second quarter was $145 million, compared to an operating loss of $58 million in the prior quarter. Second quarter operating income increased primarily due to increased module sales volume and a gain on the sale of the Company’s Japan project development platform, partially offset by an impairment associated with a legacy systems business asset in Chile.

The Company reported second quarter income per diluted share of $0.52, compared to a loss per diluted share of $0.41 in the prior quarter.

Cash, restricted cash, and marketable securities at the end of the second quarter increased to $1.9 billion from $1.6 billion at the end of the prior quarter. The increase was primarily due to proceeds from the sale of the Company’s Japan project development platform.

“We are pleased with our second quarter results,” said Mark Widmar, CEO of First Solar. “Our competitive differentiators, including our technology, agile contracting, certainty, and the promise of responsibly-produced solar, have sustained our bookings momentum and continue to drive demand. We now have a record backlog of over 44 GWs, extending the horizon for future expected deliveries to 2026. The 10.4 GWs of new bookings since our prior earnings call in April brings our total year-to-date bookings to 27.1 GWs.”  

The complete 2022 guidance has been updated as follows:

Net Sales$2.4B to $2.6B$2.55B to $2.8B
Gross Profit (1)(2)$155M to $215M$115M to $165M
Operating Expenses (3)$365M to $380M$350M to $365M
Operating Income (2)(4)(5)$55M to $150M$5M to $70M
Earnings (Loss) per Diluted Share$0.00 to $0.60$(0.25) to $0.25
Net Cash Balance (6)$1.1B to $1.35B$1.3B to $1.5B
Capital Expenditures$850M to $1.1BUnchanged
Shipments8.9GW to 9.4GWUnchanged

(1) Includes $10 million to $15 million of underutilization losses
(2) Includes $40 million to $50 million of losses associated with a legacy systems business asset in Chile
(3) Includes $80 million to $85 million of production start-up expense
(4) Includes $90 million to $100 million of production start-up expense and underutilization losses
(5) Includes $245 million pre-tax gain related to the sale of the Japan project development and O&M platforms
(6) Defined as cash, marketable securities, and restricted cash less expected debt at the end of 2022

The guidance figures presented above are forward-looking statements that are subject to a variety of assumptions and estimates. Investors are encouraged to listen to the conference call and to review the accompanying materials, which contain more information about First Solar’s second quarter 2022 financial results, 2022 guidance, and financial outlook.

Conference Call Details

First Solar has scheduled a conference call for today, July 28, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. ET, to discuss this announcement. A live webcast of this conference call and accompanying materials are available at investor.firstsolar.com. An audio replay of the conference call will be available through Tuesday, August 27, 2022 and can be accessed by dialing +1 (800) 770-2030 if you are calling from within the United States or +1 (647) 362-9199 if you are calling from outside the United States. A replay of the webcast will also be available on the Investors section of the Company’s website approximately five hours after the conclusion of the call and remain available for 90 days.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading American solar technology company and global provider of responsibly-produced eco-efficient solar modules advancing the fight against climate change. Developed at research and development labs in California and Ohio, the company’s advanced thin film photovoltaic (“PV”) modules represent the next generation of solar technologies, providing a competitive, high-performance, lower-carbon alternative to conventional crystalline silicon PV panels. From raw material sourcing and manufacturing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s approach to technology embodies sustainability and a responsibility towards people and the planet. For more information, please visit www.firstsolar.com

For First Solar Investors

This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning: demand for our technology; our expected module shipment backlog; the progression of our Japan operations and maintenance platform sale; the anticipated sale of our Luz del Norte project in Chile; our financial guidance for 2022, including future financial results, operating results, net sales, gross margin, operating expenses, operating income, earnings per share, loss per share, net cash balance, capital expenditures, shipments, bookings, products and our business and financial objectives for 2022; bookings momentum; and the strength our backlog of future expected deliveries. 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These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: structural imbalances in global supply and demand for PV solar modules; our competitive position and other key competitive factors; the market for renewable energy, including solar energy; the reduction, elimination, expiration or introduction of government subsidies, policies, and support programs for solar energy projects; the impact of public policies, such as tariffs or other trade remedies imposed on solar cells and modules; the passage of proposed legislation intended to encourage renewable energy investments through tax credits; interest rate fluctuations and both our and our customers’ ability to secure financing; changes in the exchange rates between the functional currencies of our subsidiaries and other currencies in which assets and liabilities are denominated; our ability to execute on our long-term strategic plans; the loss of any of our large customers, or the ability of our customers and counterparties to perform under their contracts with us; our ability to execute on our solar module technology and cost reduction roadmaps; our ability to improve the wattage of our solar modules; the creditworthiness of our offtake counterparties and the ability of our offtake counterparties to fulfill their contractual obligations to us; the satisfaction of conditions precedent in our sales agreements; our ability to attract new customers and to develop and maintain existing customer and supplier relationships; our ability to successfully develop and complete our systems business projects; our ability to convert existing production facilities to support new product lines, such as Series 6 module manufacturing; general economic and business conditions, including those influenced by U.S., international, and geopolitical events; environmental responsibility, including with respect to cadmium telluride (“CdTe”) and other semiconductor materials; claims under our limited warranty obligations; changes in, or the failure to comply with, government regulations and environmental, health, and safety requirements; effects resulting from pending litigation; future collection and recycling costs for solar modules covered by our module collection and recycling program; supply chain disruption, including the availability of shipping containers, port congestion, canceled shipments by logistic providers, and the cost of fuel, all of which may be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict; our ability to protect our intellectual property; our ability to prevent and/or minimize the impact of cyber-attacks or other breaches of our information systems; our continued investment in research and development; the supply and price of components and raw materials, including CdTe; our ability to convert existing or construct production facilities to support new product lines; our ability to attract and retain key executive officers and associates; the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, including its potential impact on our business, financial condition, and results of operations; and the matters discussed under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations” of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as supplemented by our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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(In thousands, except share data)

  June 30,
 December 31,
Current assets:    
Cash $1,701,217  $1,450,654 
Marketable securities  143,944   375,389 
Accounts receivable trade, net  454,431   429,436 
Accounts receivable unbilled, net  35,438   25,273 
Inventories  810,461   666,299 
Other current assets  237,926   244,192 
Total current assets  3,383,417   3,191,243 
Property, plant and equipment, net  2,988,979   2,649,587 
PV solar power systems, net  156,215   217,293 
Project assets  29,589   315,488 
Deferred tax assets, net  61,732   59,162 
Restricted marketable securities  200,266   244,726 
Goodwill  14,462   14,462 
Intangible assets, net  38,728   45,509 
Inventories  239,025   237,512 
Other assets  306,956   438,764 
Total assets $7,419,369  $7,413,746 
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $160,963  $193,374 
Income taxes payable  29,441   4,543 
Accrued expenses  344,205   288,450 
Current portion of long-term debt  5,150   3,896 
Deferred revenue  227,466   201,868 
Other current liabilities  36,329   34,747 
Total current liabilities  803,554   726,878 
Accrued solar module collection and recycling liability  134,146   139,145 
Long-term debt  170,017   236,005 
Other liabilities  415,825   352,167 
Total liabilities  1,523,542   1,454,195 
Commitments and contingencies    
Stockholders’ equity:    
Common stock, $0.001 par value per share; 500,000,000 shares authorized; 106,594,255 and 106,332,315 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively  107   106 
Additional paid-in capital  2,868,945   2,871,352 
Accumulated earnings  3,197,005   3,184,455 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (170,230)  (96,362)
Total stockholders’ equity  5,895,827   5,959,551 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $7,419,369  $7,413,746 

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,
 March 31,
 June 30,
  June 30,
 June 30,
Net sales $620,955  $367,040  $629,180   $987,995  $1,432,554 
Cost of sales  644,155   355,577   455,062    999,732   1,073,669 
Gross (loss) profit  (23,200)  11,463   174,118    (11,737)  358,885 
Operating expenses:           
Selling, general and administrative  38,894   36,728   36,346    75,622   88,433 
Research and development  25,229   27,108   23,935    52,337   43,808 
Production start-up  13,231   7,338   1,715    20,569   13,069 
Total operating expenses  77,354   71,174   61,996    148,528   145,310 
Gain on sales of businesses, net  245,381   1,907   (1,745)   247,288   149,150 
Operating income (loss)  144,827   (57,804)  110,377    87,023   362,725 
Foreign currency loss, net  (2,984)  (4,198)  (1,000)   (7,182)  (3,595)
Interest income  2,880   2,325   1,288    5,205   2,244 
Interest expense, net  (3,236)  (2,865)  (4,623)   (6,101)  (7,619)
Other (expense) income, net  (1,883)  (212)  (3,247)   (2,095)  5,201 
Income (loss) before taxes  139,604   (62,754)  102,795    76,850   358,956 
Income tax (expense) benefit  (83,799)  19,499   (20,346)   (64,300)  (66,836)
Net income (loss) $55,805  $(43,255) $82,449   $12,550  $292,120 
Net income (loss) per share:           
Basic $0.52  $(0.41) $0.78   $0.12  $2.75 
Diluted $0.52  $(0.41) $0.77   $0.12  $2.73 
Weighted-average number of shares used in per share calculations:           
Basic  106,586   106,412   106,313    106,500   106,201 
Diluted  107,056   106,412   106,836    106,965   106,866 

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