First Solar
Earnings Details
1st Quarter March 2022
Thursday, April 28, 2022 4:05:00 PM
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First Solar Reaffirms

First Solar (FSLR) reported a 1st Quarter March 2022 loss of $0.41 per share on revenue of $367.0 million. The consensus estimate was a loss of $0.41 per share on revenue of $602.0 million. Revenue fell 54.3% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

The company said it continues to expect 2022 results to range from breakeven to earnings of $0.60 per share on revenue of $2.40 billion to $2.60 billion. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.38 per share on revenue of $2.54 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 First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

  • Net sales of $367 million
  • Net loss per diluted share of $0.41
  • Cash, restricted cash, and marketable securities of $1.6 billion
  • YTD net bookings of 16.7 GWDC; 11.9 GWDC since prior earnings call
  • Record expected module shipment backlog of over 35 GWDC
  • Reiterated full year 2022 guidance

TEMPE, Ariz., April 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Net sales for the first quarter were $367 million, a decrease of $540 million from the prior quarter, primarily due to a decrease in module sold volume, a decrease in the module average selling price, and lower project revenue in Japan.

The Company reported a first quarter loss per share of $0.41, compared to earnings per diluted share of $1.23 in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Cash, restricted cash, and marketable securities at the end of the first quarter decreased to $1.6 billion from $1.8 billion at the end of the prior quarter. The decrease was primarily a result of capital expenditures related to expansion in India and Ohio and operating expenses.

“We are encouraged by our strong bookings progress, as we booked 11.9 GWDC in less than 60 days since the prior earnings call, bringing our year-to-date bookings total to 16.7 GWDC, further setting ourselves up for 2023 and beyond,” said Mark Widmar, CEO of First Solar. “Our agile approach to contracting continues to attract customers looking for long-term certainty and value.”

2022 guidance remains unchanged. The complete 2022 guidance is as follows:

Net Sales$2.4B to $2.6BUnchanged
Gross Margin (1)$155M to $215MUnchanged
Operating Expenses (2)$365M to $380MUnchanged
Operating Income (3)(4)$55M to $150MUnchanged
Earnings per Diluted Share$0.00 to $0.60Unchanged
Net Cash Balance (5)$1.1B to $1.35BUnchanged
Capital Expenditures$850M to $1.1BUnchanged
Shipments8.9GW to 9.4GWUnchanged


(1) Includes $10 million to $15 million of underutilization losses
(2) Includes $85 million to $90 million of production start-up expense
(3) Includes $95 million to $105 million of production start-up expense and underutilization losses
(4) Includes $270 million to $290 million pre-tax gain related to the potential sale of the Japan project development and O&M platform
(5) Defined as cash, cash equivalents, 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 first quarter 2022 financial results, 2022 guidance, and financial outlook.

Conference Call Details

First Solar has scheduled a conference call for today, April 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, May 12, 2022 and can be accessed by dialing +1 (800) 585-8367 if you are calling from within the United States or +1 (416) 621-4642 if you are calling from outside the United States and entering the replay passcode 9984077. 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 R&D 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 project development and O&M platform sale discussions; our financial guidance for 2022, net sales, gross margin, operating expenses, operating income, earnings per share, net cash balance, capital expenditures, shipments, bookings, products and our business and financial objectives for 2022; our ability to attract customers looking for long term certainty and value. 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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; interest rate fluctuations and both our and our customers’ ability to secure financing; 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)

  March 31,
 December 31,
Current assets:    
Cash $1,326,363  $1,450,654 
Marketable securities  223,091   375,389 
Accounts receivable trade, net  293,357   429,436 
Accounts receivable unbilled, net  28,764   25,273 
Inventories  840,750   666,299 
Other current assets  282,668   244,192 
Total current assets  2,994,993   3,191,243 
Property, plant and equipment, net  2,785,824   2,649,587 
PV solar power systems, net  214,386   217,293 
Project assets  391,774   315,488 
Deferred tax assets, net  61,794   59,162 
Restricted marketable securities  220,167   244,726 
Goodwill  14,462   14,462 
Intangible assets, net  42,769   45,509 
Inventories  237,854   237,512 
Other assets  435,202   438,764 
Total assets $7,399,225  $7,413,746 
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $146,233  $193,374 
Income taxes payable  4,759   4,543 
Accrued expenses  334,975   288,450 
Current portion of long-term debt  4,701   3,896 
Deferred revenue  218,923   201,868 
Other current liabilities  25,399   34,747 
Total current liabilities  734,990   726,878 
Accrued solar module collection and recycling liability  137,455   139,145 
Long-term debt  247,354   236,005 
Other liabilities  404,251   352,167 
Total liabilities  1,524,050   1,454,195 
Commitments and contingencies    
Stockholders’ equity:    
Common stock, $0.001 par value per share; 500,000,000 shares authorized; 106,583,300 and 106,332,315 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively  107   106 
Additional paid-in capital  2,863,318   2,871,352 
Accumulated earnings  3,141,200   3,184,455 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (129,450)  (96,362)
Total stockholders’ equity  5,875,175   5,959,551 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $7,399,225  $7,413,746 

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
 December 31,
 March 31,
Net sales $367,040  $907,319  $803,374 
Cost of sales  355,577   660,830   618,607 
Gross profit  11,463   246,489   184,767 
Operating expenses:      
Selling, general and administrative  36,728   38,411   52,087 
Research and development  27,108   29,881   19,873 
Production start-up  7,338   5,038   11,354 
Total operating expenses  71,174   73,330   83,314 
Gain on sales of businesses, net  1,907      150,895 
Operating (loss) income  (57,804)  173,159   252,348 
Foreign currency loss, net  (4,198)  (3,362)  (2,595)
Interest income  2,325   2,183   956 
Interest expense, net  (2,865)  (2,530)  (2,996)
Other (expense) income, net  (212)  (2,284)  8,448 
(Loss) income before taxes  (62,754)  167,166   256,161 
Income tax benefit (expense)  19,499   (35,796)  (46,490)
Net (loss) income $(43,255) $131,370  $209,671 
Net (loss) income per share:      
Basic $(0.41) $1.24  $1.98 
Diluted $(0.41) $1.23  $1.96 
Weighted-average number of shares used in per share calculations:      
Basic  106,412   106,327   106,088 
Diluted  106,412   107,007   106,890 


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