JA Solar Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Results

JA Solar Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Results  SHANGHAI, China, March 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq:JASO) ("JA Solar" or the "Company"), one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, today announced its unaudited financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.  Fourth Quarter 2013 Highlights    *Shipments were 665.5 megawatts ("MW"), consisting of 363.3 MW of modules     and 302.2 MW of cells and cell tolling, above the high end of the     Company's previous guidance of 550.0 MW, and an increase of 33.0% from     500.2 MW in the third quarter of 2013   *Net revenue was RMB 2.2 billion ($357.3 million), an increase from RMB 1.8     billion ($290.5 million) in the third quarter of 2013   *Gross margin was 15.5%, compared with 11.3% in the third quarter of 2013   *Operating profit was RMB 58.9 million ($9.7 million), compared with an     operating loss of RMB 31.6 million ($5.2 million) in the third quarter of     2013   *Net income was RMB 139.5 million ($23.0 million), compared with a net loss     of RMB 227.0 million ($37.5 million) in the third quarter of 2013.     Earnings per diluted ADS were RMB 1.92 ($0.32), compared with a loss per     diluted ADS of RMB 6.77 ($1.12) in the third quarter of 2013   *Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter were RMB 2.1 billion     ($350.2 million), compared with RMB 1.9 billion ($313.3 million) at the     end of the third quarter of 2013   *Operating cash flow was positive RMB 426.1 million ($70.4 million),     compared with positive RMB 623.4 million ($103.0 million) in the third     quarter of 2013   *Non-GAAP net earnings^1 attributable to the Company's ordinary     shareholders were RMB 55.1 million ($9.1 million), compared to a non-GAAP     net loss attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders of RMB 90.2     million ($14.9 million) in the third quarter of 2013   *Non-GAAP earnings per diluted ADS in the fourth quarter of 2013 were RMB     0.94 ($0.16), compared to Non-GAAP loss per diluted ADS of RMB 2.24     ($0.37) in the third quarter of 2013  Fiscal Year 2013 Highlights    *Shipments grew to approximately 2.1 gigawatts ("GW"), consisting of     1,173.7 MW of modules and module tolling and 898.3 MW of cells and cell     tolling, an increase of 21.7% from 1.7 GW in fiscal year 2012   *Net revenue was RMB 7.2 billion ($1.2 billion), compared to net revenue of     RMB 6.7 billion ($1.1 billion) in fiscal year 2012   *Gross margin was positive 10.6%, compared to gross margin of negative 0.8%     in fiscal year 2012   *Operating loss was RMB 91.3 million ($15.1 million), compared to an     operating loss of RMB 1.4 billion ($237.9 million) in fiscal year 2012   *Net loss was RMB 426.5 million ($70.5 million) and loss per diluted ADS     was RMB 11.76 ($1.94), compared to a net loss of RMB 1.7 billion ($274.6     million) and a loss per diluted ADS of 42.65 ($7.05) in fiscal year 2012   *Operating cash flow was positive RMB 1.5 billion ($255.2 million),     compared to operating cash flow of positive RMB 8.6 million ($1.4 million)     in fiscal year 2012   *Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the fiscal year were RMB 2.1     billion ($350.2 million), compared with RMB 3.0 billion ($500.8 million)     at the end of fiscal year 2012   *Non-GAAP net loss attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders was     RMB 378.2 million ($62.5 million), compared to a non-GAAP net loss     attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders of RMB 1.7 billion     ($274.6 million) in fiscal year 2012   *Non-GAAP loss per diluted ADS in fiscal year 2013 was RMB 9.39 ($1.55),     compared to a non-GAAP loss per diluted ADS of RMB 42.65 ($7.05) in fiscal     year 2012  ^1 JA Solar adjusts net income attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders to exclude (1) changes in fair value of certain warrants granted to certain investors in a registered direct offering (the "Offering") closed on August 16, 2013, (2) fair value of such warrants exceeding net proceeds from the Offering, and (3) changes in fair value of embedded derivatives underlying the convertible notes issued in May 2008. Consistent with this approach, the Company believes that disclosing non-GAAP net loss per share provides useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for GAAP net loss per share, allows for greater transparency in the review of the Company's financial and operational performance.  Mr. Baofang Jin, chairman and CEO of JA Solar, commented, "JA Solar ended 2013 on a strong note, as we comfortably exceeded the high end of our shipment guidance and returned to profitability in the fourth quarter. Stabilization of the pricing environment coupled with our continuous cost-reduction efforts enabled us to expand our gross margin to over 15%. We also generated significant operating cash flow as we focused on collecting receivables and executing sales with favorable payment terms, allowing us to fuel the expansion of our business while maintaining a prudent capital structure."  Mr. Jin continued, "We continued to perform well in all of our key regions in the fourth quarter, notably China, which is proving to be one of the cornerstone markets of global solar demand. With Japan expected to remain a major growth driver in 2014, we're pleased to have solidified our position there as one of the leading international solar suppliers. We also continue to see healthy demand in a range of European markets, with our progress in the U.K. utility market being a particular highlight."  "In 2014, we plan to build out our position in key markets across Asia, Europe and North America, while exploring opportunities in fast-growing regions including Latin America and the Middle East, where we have gained a solid foothold in recent months. With our global footprint and increasing recognition of JA Solar's superior conversion efficiency and product performance, we target to grow our shipments by over 30% this year to between 2.7 GW and 2.9 GW. We will also continue to explore downstream opportunities that diversify our revenue mix and deliver attractive returns. With a positive revenue outlook and a very competitive cost structure, we are focused on delivering full-year profitability in 2014."  Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Results  Total shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013 were 665.5 MW, exceeding the high end of the Company's previously provided guidance of 500 MW to 550 MW, and representing a 33.0% increase from the 500.2 MW shipped in the third quarter of 2013, and a 33.0% increase from 500.4 MW in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Shipment breakdown by product (MW)                            2012Q4 2013Q3 2013Q4 QoQ%  YoY% Modules and module tolling 322.2  305.0  363.3  19.1% 12.8% Cells and cell tolling     178.2  195.2  302.2  54.8% 69.6% Total                      500.4  500.2  665.5  33.0% 33.0%  Shipment breakdown by region (percentage)               2012Q4 2013Q3 2013Q4 QoQ(pp) YoY(pp) China         56.0%  38.7%  53.2%  14.5pp  -2.8pp APAC ex-China 23.9%  39.3%  31.7%  -7.6pp  7.8pp Europe        16.1%  9.3%   8.5%   -0.8pp  -7.6pp Americas      3.2%   10.7%  5.9%   -4.8pp  2.7pp Others        0.8%   2.0%   0.7%   -1.3pp  -0.1pp  Net revenue in the fourth quarter of 2013 was RMB 2.2 billion ($357.3 million), an increase of 23.0% from RMB 1.8 billion ($290.5 million) in the third quarter of 2013, and an increase of 29.5% from RMB 1.7 billion ($275.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2013 was RMB 335.0 million ($55.3 million), compared with a gross profit of RMB 198.7 million ($32.8 million) in the third quarter of 2013 and a gross loss of RMB 77.1 million ($12.7 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012. Gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2013 was positive 15.5%, compared with positive 11.3% in the third quarter of 2013 and negative 4.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2013 were RMB 276.1 million ($45.6 million), compared with RMB 230.4 million ($38.1 million) in the third quarter of 2013 and RMB 416.8 million ($68.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Operating profit in the fourth quarter of 2013 was RMB 58.9 million ($9.7 million), compared with an operating loss of RMB 31.6 million ($5.2 million) in the third quarter of 2013 and an operating loss of RMB 493.9 million ($81.6 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012. Operating margin in the fourth quarter of 2013 was positive 2.7%, compared with a negative operating margin of 1.8% in the third quarter of 2013 and a negative operating margin of 29.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Other income in the fourth quarter of 2013 was RMB 4.1 million ($0.7 million), compared with other income of RMB 8.2 million ($1.4 million) in the third quarter of 2013 and other income of RMB 20.5 million ($3.4 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Tax benefit in the fourth quarter of 2013 was RMB 40.0 million ($6.6 million), compared with tax expense of RMB 8.4 million ($1.4 million) in the third quarter of 2013 and tax expense of RMB 5.3 million ($0.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Earnings per diluted ADS in the fourth quarter of 2013 was RMB 1.92($0.32), compared with loss per diluted ADS of RMB 6.77 ($1.12) in the third quarter of 2013 and loss per diluted ADS of RMB 15.06 ($2.49) in the fourth quarter of 2012.  In the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company generated positive operating cash flow of RMB 426.1 million ($70.4 million).  Fiscal Year 2013 Results  Fiscal year 2013 shipments were 2.1 GW, an increase of 21.7% from 1.7 GW in fiscal year 2012.  Shipment breakdown by product (MW)                            2012   2013    YoY% Modules and module tolling 938.6  1173.7  25.0% Cells and cell tolling     763.5  898.3   17.7% Total                      1702.1 2,072.0 21.7%  Shipment breakdown by region (percentage)               2012  2013  YoY% China         50.2% 43.2% -7.0pp APAC ex-China 15.0% 33.6% 18.6pp Europe        29.8% 15.1% -14.7pp Americas      4.4%  6.4%  2.0pp Others        0.6%  1.7%  1.1pp  Net revenue in fiscal year 2013 was RMB 7.2 billion ($1.2 billion), an increase of 6.9% from RMB 6.7 billion ($1.1 billion) in fiscal year 2012.  Total gross profit in fiscal year 2013 was RMB 762.3 million ($125.9 million), or 10.6% of net revenue, compared with gross loss of RMB 54.4 million ($9.0 million), or negative 0.8% of net revenue, in fiscal year 2012. Operating loss in fiscal year 2013 was RMB 91.3 million ($15.1 million), compared with operating loss of RMB 1.4 billion ($237.9 million) in fiscal year 2012. In fiscal year 2013, net loss per diluted ADS was RMB 11.76 ($1.94), compared with net loss per diluted ADS of RMB 42.67 ($7.05) in fiscal year 2012.  In fiscal year 2013, the Company generated positive operating cash flow of RMB 1.5 billion ($255.2 million), or RMB 38.40 ($6.34) per diluted ADS.  Liquidity  As of December 31, 2013, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB 2.1 billion ($350.2 million) and total working capital of RMB 1.3 billion ($216.6 million). Total short-term bank borrowings due 2014 were RMB 1.0 billion ($172.2 million). Total long-term bank borrowings were RMB 2.5 billion ($411.3 million), of which RMB 936.2 million ($154.6 million) were due in one year.  Manufacturing Capacity Update  As of December 31, 2013, JA Solar had an annual wafer production capacity of 1.0 GW, an annual cell production capacity of 2.5 GW and an annual module production capacity of 1.8 GW. To satisfy the growing demand for JA Solar's products, the Company intends to increase both its cell manufacturing capacity and its module manufacturing capacity to 2.8 GW. The expansions are expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2014.  Recent Business Development  On August 14, 2013, the Company announced that it has entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with a single institutional investor to issue securities in a registered direct offering (the "Offering"). In the Offering, the Company issued to the investor American depositary shares, a "Series A-1 Warrant," a "Series A-2 Warrant," a "Series A-3 Warrant" and a "Series B Warrant." On February 14, 2014, the Series A-2 Warrant was exercised in full with 2,544,833 American depositary shares issued at the price of $9.43 per ADS, resulting in gross proceeds to the Company of $24.0 million.  Business Outlook  For the first quarter of 2014, the Company expects total cell and module shipments to be between 580 MW and 610 MW. For the full year 2014, the Company expects total cell and module shipments to be between 2.7 GW and 2.9 GW, including 200 MW of module shipments to the Company's downstream projects.  Investor Conference Call / Webcast Details  A conference call has been scheduled for today, March 17, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong Time). The call may be accessed by dialing +65-6723-9381 (international), +1-845-675-0437 (U.S.), or +852-2475-0994 (Hong Kong). The passcode is "JA Solar." A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at www.jasolar.com. A replay of the call will be available beginning two hours after the live call and will be accessible by dialing +61-2-8199-0299 (international) or +1-646-254-3697 (U.S.). The passcode for the replay is 7243347.  Currency Convenience Translation  The conversion of Renminbi into U.S. dollars in this release, made solely for the convenience of the reader, 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 December 31, 2013, which was RMB 6.0537 to $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 December 31, 2013, or at any other date. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on Renminbi.  Forward-looking Statements  This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "may," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "intend," "plan," "believe," "estimate," "potential," "continue," and other similar statements. Statements other than statements of historical facts in this announcement are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, our expectations regarding the expansion of our manufacturing capacities, our future business development, and our beliefs regarding our production output and production outlook. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Company and the industry. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that its expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.  About JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.  JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of high-performance solar power products that convert sunlight into electricity for residential, commercial, and utility-scale power generation. The Company is one of the world's largest producers of solar power products. Its standard and high-efficiency product offerings are among the most powerful and cost-effective in the industry. The Company distributes products under its own brand and also produces on behalf of its clients. The Company shipped 2.1 GW of solar power products in 2013. JA Solar is headquartered in Shanghai, China, and maintains production facilities in Shanghai, as well as Hebei, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces.  JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)                         For three months ended                         Dec. 31, 2012 Sep. 30, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013 Dec. 31,                                                                    2013                         RMB'000       RMB'000       RMB'000       USD'000                                                                 Net revenues             1,670,241     1,758,444     2,163,044     357,309 Cost of sales            (1,747,352)   (1,559,720)   (1,828,087)   (301,979) Gross (loss)/profit      (77,111)      198,724       334,957       55,330 Selling, general and     (260,358)     (212,639)     (245,496)     (40,553) administrative expenses Impairment loss for property, plant and      (147,092)     0             0             0 equipment Research and development (9,362)       (17,715)      (30,587)      (5,053) expenses Total operating expenses (416,812)     (230,354)     (276,083)     (45,606) (Loss)/income from       (493,923)     (31,630)      58,874        9,724 operations Interest expense         (103,427)     (56,875)      (50,694)      (8,374) Change in fair value of  --          (138,333)     87,259        14,414 warrant derivatives Other income, net        20,544        8,174         4,073         673 (Loss)/income before     (576,806)     (218,664)     99,512        16,437 income taxes Income tax               (5,327)       (8,366)       39,997        6,607 (expenses)/benefit Net (loss)/income        (582,133)     (227,030)     139,509       23,044 Fair value of warrants in excess of net         0             (44,396)      0             0 proceeds of equity offering Less: income/(loss) attributable to          0             1,534         (2,875)       (475) noncontrolling interest Net (loss)/income attributable to JA Solar (582,133)     (272,960)     142,384       23,519 Holdings                                                                 Net (loss)/incomeper share attributable to                                            ordinary shareholders:: Basic (Note)             (3.01)        (1.35)        0.49          0.08 Diluted                  (3.01)        (1.35)        0.38          0.06                                                                 Weighted average number                                          of shares outstanding: Basic                    193,300,847   201,665,457   216,365,357   216,365,357 Diluted                  193,300,847   201,665,457   218,396,065   218,396,065                                                                 Comprehensive                                                    (loss)/income Net (loss)/income        (582,133)     (227,030)     139,509       23,044 Foreign currency translation adjustments, 859           (2,447)       1,849         305 net of tax Other comprehensive      859           (2,447)       1,849         305 income/(loss) Comprehensive            (581,274)     (229,477)     141,358       23,349 (loss)/income Fair value of warrants in excess of net         0             (44,396)      0             0 proceeds of equity offering Income/(loss) attributable to          0             1,534         (2,875)       (475) noncontrolling interest Comprehensive (loss)/income            (581,274)     (275,407)     144,233       23,824 attributable to JA Solar Holdings                                                                 NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION                                                                                                          GAAP net (loss)/income attributable to JA Solar (582,133)     (272,960)     142,384       23,519 Holdings Change in fair value of  0             138,333       (87,259)      (14,414) warrant derivatives Fair value of warrants in excess of net         0             44,396        0             0 proceeds of equity offering Non-GAAP net (loss)/income            (582,133)     (90,231)      55,125        9,105 attributable to JA Solar Holdings                                                                 Non-GAAP net (loss)/income per share                                          attributable to ordinary shareholders: Basic                    (3.01)        (0.45)        0.19          0.03 Diluted                  (3.01)        (0.45)        0.19          0.03                                                                 Non-GAAP weighted average number of shares                                         outstanding: Basic                    193,300,847   201,665,457   216,365,357   216,365,357 Diluted                  193,300,847   201,665,457   218,396,065   218,396,065                                                                 Note:JA Solar excludes net income attributable to the participating warrant holder of RMB 37.1 million ($ 6.1 million) from the numerator of basic EPS in the fourth quarter 2013.   JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)                                     For twelve months ended                                     Dec. 31, 2012 Dec. 31, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013                                     RMB'000       RMB'000       USD'000                                                                Net revenues                         6,719,065     7,182,789     1,186,512 Cost of sales                        (6,773,423)   (6,420,500)   (1,060,591) Gross (loss)/profit                  (54,358)      762,289       125,921 Selling, general and administrative  (901,645)     (765,236)     (126,408) expenses Impairment loss for property, plant  (397,789)     0             0 and equipment Research and development expenses    (86,429)      (88,306)      (14,587) Total operating expenses             (1,385,863)   (853,542)     (140,995) Loss from operations                 (1,440,221)   (91,253)      (15,074) Interest expense                     (489,346)     (285,618)     (47,181) Change in fair value of warrant                   (51,074)      (8,437) derivatives Other income/(loss), net             367,935       (13,574)      (2,242) Loss before income taxes             (1,561,632)   (441,519)     (72,934) Income tax (expenses)/benefit        (100,625)     15,027        2,482 Net loss                             (1,662,257)   (426,492)     (70,452) Fair value of warrants in excess of  0             (44,396)      (7,334) net proceeds of equity offering Less: income attributable to         0             2,788         461 noncontrolling interest Net loss attributable to JA Solar    (1,662,257)   (473,676)     (78,247) Holdings                                                                Net loss per share attributable to                              ordinary shareholders: Basic                                (8.53)        (2.35)        (0.39) Diluted                              (8.53)        (2.35)        (0.39)                                                                Weighted average number of shares                               outstanding: Basic                                194,788,429  201,317,884  201,317,884 Diluted                              194,788,429  201,317,884  201,317,884                                                                Comprehensive loss                                              Net loss                             (1,662,257)   (426,492)     (70,452) Foreign currency translation         218           9,507         1,570 adjustments, net of tax Cash flow hedging loss, net of tax   (11,755)      0             0 Other comprehensive (loss)/income    (11,537)      9,507         1,570 Comprehensive loss                   (1,673,794)   (416,985)     (68,882) Fair value of warrants in excess of  0             (44,396)      (7,334) net proceeds of equity offering Income attributable to               0             2,788         461 noncontrolling interest Comprehensive loss attributable to   (1,673,794)   (464,169)     (76,677) JA Solar Holdings                                                                NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION                                                                                                        GAAP net loss attributable to JA     (1,662,257)   (473,676)     (78,247) Solar Holdings Change in fair value of warrant      0             51,074        8,437 derivatives Change in fair value of embedded derivatives underlying convertible   (31)          0             0 notes Fair value of warrants in excess of  0             44,396        7,334 net proceeds of equity offering Non-GAAP net loss attributable to JA (1,662,288)   (378,206)     (62,476) Solar Holdings                                                                Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to ordinary                                        shareholders: Basic                                (8.53)        (1.88)        (0.36) Diluted                              (8.53)        (1.88)        (0.36)                                                                Non-GAAP weighted average number of                             shares outstanding: Basic                                194,788,429   201,317,884   201,317,884 Diluted                              194,788,429   201,317,884   201,317,884   JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)                                                                                                              Dec. 31,    Dec. 31,                                            2012        2013        2013                                            RMB'000     RMB'000     USD'000                                             ASSETS                                                             Current assets:                                                   Cash and cash equivalents                   3,031,462  2,119,740  350,156 Restricted cash                             194,379    588,413    97,199 Accounts receivable                        1,723,090  1,044,111  172,475 Inventories                                 930,137    1,347,094  222,524 Advances to suppliers                       294,653    401,472    66,319 Other current assets                        976,658    851,203    140,609 Total current assets                        7,150,379  6,352,033  1,049,282 Property and equipment, net                 4,447,469  4,205,854  694,758 Advances to suppliers                       1,157,555  753,913    124,538 Long-term investment                        50,910     48,802     8,061 Other long term assets                      326,153    521,092    86,078 Total assets                                13,132,466 11,881,694 1,962,717 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                               Current liabilities:                                               Short-term bank borrowings                 972,730    1,042,352  172,184 Accounts payable                           1,313,535  1,882,631  310,988 Advances from customers                     76,875     202,723    33,487 Current portion of long term bank           1,850,500  936,163    154,643 borrowings Convertible Bond                            708,548    --        -- Derivative liabilities-current              --        31,106     5,138 Accrued and other liabilities              966,351    945,909    156,254 Total current liabilities                   5,888,539  5,040,884  832,694 Long-term borrowings                       2,088,139  1,554,000  256,703 Derivative liabilities-non current          --        154,259    25,482 Other long term liabilities                 262,964    428,472    70,779 Total liabilities                           8,239,642  7,177,615  1,185,658 Total JA Solar Holdings shareholders'       4,892,824  4,620,262  763,213 equity Noncontrolling interest                     --        83,817     13,846 Total shareholders' equity                  4,892,824  4,704,079  777,059 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  13,132,466 11,881,694 1,962,717  CONTACT: In China                   Nick Beswick          Brunswick Group          Tel: +86-10-5960-8600          E-mail: jasolar@brunswickgroup.com                   In the U.S.                   Cindy Zheng          Brunswick Group          Tel: +1-212-333 3810          E-mail: jasolar@brunswickgroup.com  JA Solar Logo