LDK Solar Reports Financial Results for First Quarter of Fiscal 2013

     LDK Solar Reports Financial Results for First Quarter of Fiscal 2013  PR Newswire  XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 11, 2013  XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --LDK Solar Co., Ltd. ("LDK Solar"; NYSE: LDK), a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic products, today reported its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.  All financial results are reported in U.S. dollars on a U.S. GAAP basis.  First Quarter Highlights:    oNet sales of $104.3 million; and   oShipped 240.0 megawatts (MW) of wafers, 31.4 MW of cells and modules in     the first quarter.  Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 were $104.3 million, compared to $135.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, and $200.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012.  Gross loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $59.5 million, compared to gross loss of $97.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, and gross loss of $131.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012.  Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was negative 57.0%, compared to negative 71.4% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, and negative 65.5% in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.  During the preparation of its first quarter 2013 financial results, LDK Solar's management determined that an inventory write-down of $15.1 million was required as a result of a continuous weakness in market price for polysilicon, wafers, cells and modules caused by industry-wide over capacity and much heated market competition. As a result, gross margin and results from operations were negatively impacted in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.  Loss from operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $93.2 million, compared to loss from operations of $423.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, and loss from operations of $135.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012.  Operating margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was negative 89.4% compared to negative 311.7% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, and negative 67.9% in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.  Income tax benefit for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $1.3 million, compared to income tax expense of $73.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 and income tax benefit of $15.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.  Net loss available to LDK Solar's shareholders for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $187.1 million, or a loss of $1.21 per diluted ADS, compared to net loss of $548.5 million, or a loss of $3.91 per diluted ADS for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 and net loss of $185.2 million, or a loss of $1.46 per diluted ADS for the first quarter of fiscal 2012. The weighted average number of shares for calculating diluted ADS was approximately 155.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013.  LDK Solar ended the first quarter of fiscal 2013 with $174.1 million in cash and cash equivalents and $168.4 million in short-term pledged bank deposits.  "The first quarter operating environment remained challenging for the solar industry," stated Xingxue Tong, President and CEO of LDK Solar. "We are undertaking a number of initiatives focused on the restructuring of our business. We are working closely with our stakeholders and relevant governmental agencies to negotiate solutions. Furthermore, we remain committed to improving our cost structure by driving down production costs, tightening operating expenses and adapting our overall business to the evolving demand environment to position LDK Solar for long-term growth.  "While China still represents the strongest global growth opportunity, we believe that Southeast Asia, Africa, India and the US are among several emerging markets with additional growth potential. We are focused on increasing our market share in these areas, and recently reported that we signed a module supply contract with a leading PV project developer in Thailand. Current conditions notwithstanding, we continue to believe there is a substantial market opportunity to address global energy needs with solar power," concluded Mr. Tong.  Business Outlook  The following statements are based upon management's current expectations. These statements are forward-looking in nature, and the actual results may differ materially. You should read the "Safe Harbor Statement" below with respect to the risks and uncertainties relating to these forward-looking statements.  For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, LDK Solar estimates its revenue to be in the range of $100 million to $150 million, wafer shipments between 250 MW and 300 MW and cell and module shipments between 30 MW and 40 MW.  Conference Call Details The LDK Solar First Quarter 2013 teleconference and webcast is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET), on June 11, 2013. To listen to the live conference call, please dial 877-941-2068 (within U.S.) or 480-629-9712 (outside U.S.) at 8:00 a.m. ET on June 11, 2013. An audio replay of the call will be available through June 21, 2013, by dialing 800-406-7325 (within U.S.) or 303-590-3030 (outside U.S.) and entering the pass code 4621992#.  A live webcast of the call will be available on the company's investor relations website at http://investor.ldksolar.com    LDK Solar Co., Ltd. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Information (In US$'000)                                                                                                                                                    3/31/2013  12/31/2012 Assets Current assets  Cash and cash equivalents                                         174,101    98,283  Pledged bank deposits                                             168,415    167,185  Trade accounts and bills receivable, net                          162,511    162,210  Inventories                                                       230,222    270,812  Prepayments to suppliers, net                                     20,391     18,402  Assets classified as held for sale                                508,142    511,541  Other current assets                                              194,964    214,291 Total current assets                                                  1,458,746  1,442,724 Property, plant and equipment, net                                    3,040,452  3,087,293 Deposits for purchases of property, plant and equipment and land use  155,983    159,277 rights Land use rights                                                       242,412    243,084 Prepayments to suppliers expected to be utilized beyond one year, net 7,214      7,978 Pledged bank deposits – non-current                                   13,221     17,845 Investments in associates                                             8,241      10,996 Other non-current assets                                              66,991     55,017 Total                                                                 4,993,260  5,024,214 assets Liabilities, redeemable non-controlling interests and equity Current liabilities  Short-term borrowings and current installments of long-term       2,522,826  2,391,327 borrowings  Trade accounts and bills payable                                  647,817    706,462  Advance payments from customers, current                                                                       129,467    131,847  installments  Accrued expenses and other payables                               739,046    721,851  Liabilities directly associated with assets classified as                                                                       537,112    521,748  held for sale  RMB-denominated US$-settled senior notes, less debt discount      260,214    -  Convertible senior notes, less debt discount                      23,791     23,779  Other financial liabilities                                       91,723     90,667 Total current liabilities                                             4,951,996  4,587,681 Long-term borrowings, excluding current installments and       109,759           109,548 long-term PRC notes RMB-denominated US$-settled senior notes, less debt discount   -                 259,513 Advance payments from customers – non-current                  39,816            43,700 Other liabilities                                              195,668           203,242 Total liabilities                                              5,297,239         5,203,684 Redeemable non-controlling interests                           356,604           323,294 Equity Total LDK Solar Co., Ltd. shareholders' equity                 (639,357)         (484,346) Non-controlling interests                                      (21,226)          (18,418) Total equity                                                   (660,583)         (502,764) Total liabilities, redeemable non-controlling interests and    4,993,260         5,024,214 equity    LDK Solar Co., Ltd. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Information (In US$'000, except per ADS data)                                                 For the 3 Months Ended                                                 03/31/2013      12/31/2012 Net sales                                       104,341         135,898 Cost of goods sold                              (163,829)       (232,933) Gross loss                                      (59,488)        (97,035) Selling expenses                                (4,832)         (14,424) General and administrative expenses             (25,914)        (130,057) Research and development expenses               (2,995)         (2,926) Impairment loss for goodwill and intangible     -               (26,743) assets Impairment loss for assets held for sales       -               (74,178) Impairment loss for property, plant and         -               (78,170) equipment Total operating expenses                        (33,741)        (326,498) Loss from operations                            (93,229)        (423,533) Other income (expenses):  Interest income                              1,207           1,876  Interest expense and amortization of debt    (57,821)        (56,574) issuance costs and debt discount  Foreign currency exchange loss, net          (9,404)         (1,838)  Others, net                                  1,855           3,081 Loss before income tax                          (157,392)       (476,988) Income tax benefit (expense)                    1,341           (73,547) Net loss                                        (156,051)       (550,535) Loss attributable to non-controlling interests  2,966           33,825 Loss attributable to redeemable non-controlling 6,154           22,162 interests Net loss attributable to LDK Solar Co., Ltd.    (146,931)       (494,548) shareholders Accretion to redemption value of redeemable     (40,155)        (53,954) non-controlling interests Net loss available to LDK Solar Co., Ltd.       (187,086)       (548,502) shareholders Net loss per ADS, Diluted                       $    (1.21)  $    (3.91) Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement  of Comprehensive Income Information  (In US$ '000) Net loss                                        (156,051)       (550,535) Other comprehensive loss Foreign currency exchange translation           6,471           12,222 adjustment, net of nil tax Fair value changes in available-for-sale equity 724             (351) security, net of tax effect Comprehensive loss                              (148,856)       (538,664) Less: comprehensive loss attributable to        (2,829)         (33,975) noncontrolling interests Less: comprehensive loss attributable to        (5,845)         (20,936) redeemable noncontrolling interests Comprehensive loss attributable to LDK Solar    (140,182)       (483,753) Co., Ltd. shareholders  About LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK)  LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LDK) is a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) products. LDK Solar manufactures polysilicon, mono and multicrystalline ingots, wafers, cells, modules, systems, power projects and solutions. LDK Solar's headquarters and principal manufacturing facilities are located in Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province in the People's Republic of China. LDK Solar's office in the United States is located in Sunnyvale, California. For more information about LDK Solar and its products, please visit www.ldksolar.com.  Safe Harbor Statement  This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this press release are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, LDK Solar's ability to raise additional capital to finance its operating activities, the effectiveness, profitability and marketability of its products, the future trading of its securities, the ability of LDK Solar to operate as a public company, the period of time during which its current liquidity will enable LDK Solar to fund its operations, its ability to protect its proprietary information, the general economic and business environment and conditions, the volatility of LDK Solar's operating results and financial condition, its ability to attract and retain qualified senior management personnel and research and development staff, its ability to timely and efficiently complete its ongoing projects, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in LDK Solar's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on information available to LDK Solar's management as of the date hereof and on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about LDK Solar and the PV industry. Actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results because of such and other risks and uncertainties. LDK Solar undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections except as may be required by law.  SOURCE LDK Solar Co., Ltd.  Website: http://www.ldksolar.com Contact: Lisa Laukkanen, The Blueshirt Group for LDK Solar, +1-415-217-4967, lisa@blueshirtgroup.com, Jack Lai, Executive VP and CFO, LDK Solar Co., Ltd., +1-408-245-8801, IR@ldksolar.com  
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