JA Solar Announces First Quarter 2014 Results

JA Solar Announces First Quarter 2014 Results  SHANGHAI, China, May 8, 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2014.  First Quarter 2014 Highlights    *Shipments were 638.1 megawatts ("MW"), consisting of 388.0 MW of modules     and 250.1 MW of cells and cell tolling, above the high end of the     Company's previous guidance of 610 MW   *Net revenue was RMB 2.3 billion ($366.0 million), an increase of 5.2% from     the fourth quarter of 2013 and an increase of 35.7% from the first quarter     of 2013   *Gross margin was 16.7%, compared with 15.5%in the fourth quarter of 2013     and 6.0% in the first quarter of 2013   *Operating profit was RMB 160.9 million ($25.9 million), an increase of     173.2% from an operating profit of RMB 58.9 million ($9.5 million) in the     fourth quarter of 2013, and compared with an operating loss of RMB 85.2     million ($13.7 million) in the first quarter of 2013   *Net income was RMB 85.0 million ($13.7 million), compared with a net     income of RMB 139.5 million ($22.4 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013.     Earnings per diluted ADS were RMB 1.41 ($0.23), compared with a profit per     diluted ADS of RMB 1.92 ($0.31) in the fourth quarter of 2013   *Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter were RMB 1.9 billion     ($313.4 million), compared with RMB 2.1 billion ($341.0 million) at the     end of the fourth quarter of 2013   *Operating cash flow was positive RMB 198.2 million ($31.9 million),     compared with positive RMB 366.1 million ($58.9 million) in the fourth     quarter of 2013   *Non-GAAP net earnings^1 attributable to the Company's ordinary     shareholders were RMB 116.2 million ($18.7 million), compared to a     non-GAAP net earnings attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders     of RMB 55.1 million ($8.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013   *Non-GAAP earnings per diluted ADS in the first quarter of 2014 were RMB     1.99 ($0.32), compared to Non-GAAP loss per diluted ADS of RMB 0.94     ($0.15) in the fourth quarter of 2013  ^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, "I am proud to report the second consecutive profitable quarter for JA Solar since exiting the industry downturn. We exceeded our shipment guidance while improving revenue, gross margin and operating profit both sequentially and year-over-year. This performance was especially notable in a seasonally slow quarter for the industry. The solid results this quarter demonstrate the resiliency of our business model and our ability to quickly adapt to the most attractive product and geographic mix. "  Mr. Jin continued, "We continue to improve our margins by richening our mix of business while delivering further cost reductions. Module volume increased to over 60% of total shipments during the quarter, and our penetration of downstream project opportunities remained on track. Our performance in key geographies was a highlight of the quarter. Shipments to Japan increased sequentially, while demand in Europe remained healthy as our high-power products became increasingly competitive in the market. While shipments to China were impacted by seasonality this quarter, we expect a strong second half when many SOE-owned utility projects begin construction."  "We remain optimistic for the balance of 2014, both for the sustainability of the industry recovery, and for our ability to solidify a leadership position within the industry. We see opportunities to grow in emerging markets such as Latin America and the Middle East, in expanding our downstream project pipelines, and in taking market share in our home market here in China. Therefore, we are confident that we can achieve our previously announced 2014 shipment objective of 2.7 to 2.9 GW."  First Quarter 2014 Financial Results  Total shipments in the first quarter of 2014 were 638.1 MW, exceeding the high end of the Company's previously provided guidance of 610 MW, representing a 4.1% decrease from the 665.5 MW shipped in the fourth quarter of 2013 and a 44.1% increase from 442.7 MW in the first quarter of 2013. In addition, in the first quarter of 2014, solar module shipment used in the Company's solution business was 23.7 MW.  Shipment breakdown by product (MW)                           2013Q1 2013Q4 2014Q1 QoQ%   YoY% Modules and module tolling 251.5  363.3  388.0  6.8%   54.3% Cells and cell tolling     191.2  302.1  250.1  -17.2% 30.8% Total                      442.7  665.5  638.1  -4.1%  44.1%   Shipment breakdown by region (percentage)              2013Q1 2013Q4 2014Q1 QoQ(pp) YoY(pp) China         39.0%  53.2%  26.0%  -27.2pp -13.0pp APAC ex-China 29.3%  31.7%  52.8%  21.1pp  23.5pp Europe        26.8%  8.5%   14.8%  6.3pp   -12.0pp Americas      0.6%   5.9%   4.1%   -1.8pp  3.5pp Others        4.3%   0.7%   2.3%   1.6pp   -2.0pp  Net revenue in the first quarter of 2014 was RMB 2.3 billion ($366.0 million), an increase of 5.2% from RMB 2.2 billion ($348.0 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013, and an increase of 35.7% from RMB 1.7 billion ($269.8 million) in the first quarter of 2013.  Gross profit in the first quarter of 2014 was RMB 380.6 million ($61.2 million), compared with a gross profit of RMB 335.0 million ($53.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013 and a gross profit of RMB 99.9 million ($16.1 million) in the first quarter of 2013. Gross margin was positive 16.7% in the first quarter of 2014, compared with positive 15.5% in the fourth quarter of 2013 and positive 6.0% in the first quarter of 2013.  Total operating expenses were RMB 219.7 million ($35.3 million), compared with RMB 276.1 million ($44.4 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013 and RMB 185.2 million ($29.8 million) in the first quarter of 2013. The sequential decrease in operating expense was primarily due to an accounts receivable provision of RMB 33.2 million ($5.3 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013.  Operating profit in the first quarter of 2014 was RMB 160.9 million ($25.9 million), compared with an operating profit of RMB 58.9 million ($9.5 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013 and an operating loss of RMB 85.2 million ($13.7 million) in the first quarter of 2013. Operating margin was positive 7.1% in the first quarter of 2014, compared with a positive operating margin of 2.7% in the fourth quarter of 2013 and a negative operating margin of 5.1% in the first quarter of 2013.  Change in fair value of warrant derivatives in the first quarter of 2014 was negative RMB 33.6 million ($5.4 million), compared with positive RMB 87.3 million ($14.0 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013 and nil in the first quarter of 2013. The change in fair value of warrants was a combined result of change in share price, volatility, expected term to maturity, risk-free rate and credit spread.Fair value loss in the first quarter of 2014 was mainly due to an increase in the Company's share price as of March 31, 2014 from that on December 31, 2013.  Other income in the first quarter of 2014 was RMB 29.1 million ($4.7 million), compared with other income of RMB 4.1 million ($0.7 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013 and other loss of RMB 17.5 million ($2.8 million) in the first quarter of 2013.  Tax expense in the first quarter of 2014 was RMB 14.7 million ($2.4 million), compared with tax benefit of RMB 40.0 million ($6.4 million) in the fourth quarter of 2013 and a tax expense of RMB 5.5 million ($0.9 million) in the first quarter of 2013.  Earnings per diluted ADS in the first quarter of 2014 was RMB 1.41 ($0.23), compared with earnings per diluted ADS of RMB 1.92 ($0.31) in the fourth quarter of 2013 and loss per diluted ADS of RMB 5.29 ($0.85) in the first quarter of 2013.  In the first quarter of 2014, the Company had a positive operating cash flow of RMB 198.2 million ($31.9 million).  Liquidity  As of March 31, 2014, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB 1.9 billion ($313.4 million) and total working capital of RMB 1.4 billion ($225.6 million). Total short-term borrowings were RMB 1.1 billion ($182.4 million). Total long-term borrowings were RMB 2.3 billion ($366.7 million), of which RMB 736.8 million ($118.5 million) were due in one year.  Business Outlook  For the second quarter of 2014, the Company expects total cell and module shipments to be between 670 MW and 700 MW. For the full year 2014, the Company the Company reiterates its full year cell and module shipments guidance of between 2.7 GW and 2.9 GW, which includes 200 MW of module shipments to the Company's downstream projects.  Investor Conference Call / Webcast Details  The Company further discuss its results on a conference call to be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong Time). Dial-in details for the live conference call are as follows:  International: +65-6723-9381  U.S.: +1-845-675-0437  Hong Kong: +852-2475-0994  Passcode: JA Solar  A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at http://www.jasolar.com.  A replay of the call will be available beginning two hours after the live call. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:  International: + 61-2-8199-0299  United States: +1-855-452-5696  Passcode: 40722623  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 March 31, 2014, which was RMB 6.2164 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 March 31, 2014, 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.  For more information, please visit www.jasolar.com.  JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)                         For three months ended                         Mar. 31, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013 Mar. 31, 2014 Mar. 31,                                                                    2014                         RMB'000       RMB'000       RMB'000       USD'000                                                                 Net revenues             1,677,074     2,163,044     2,275,510     366,049 Cost of sales            (1,577,129)   (1,828,087)   (1,894,952)   (304,831) Gross profit             99,945        334,957       380,558       61,218 Selling, general and     (163,811)     (245,496)     (191,564)     (30,816) administrative expenses Research and development (21,366)      (30,587)      (28,129)      (4,525) expenses Total operating expenses (185,177)     (276,083)     (219,693)     (35,341) (Loss)/income from       (85,232)      58,874        160,865       25,877 operations Interest expense         (98,310)      (50,694)      (56,767)      (9,132) Change in fair value of  --          87,259        (33,555)      (5,398) warrant derivatives Other income, net        (17,540)      4,073         29,124        4,685 (Loss)/income before     (201,082)     99,512        99,667        16,032 income taxes Income tax               (5,466)       39,997        (14,656)      (2,358) (expenses)/benefit Net (loss)/income        (206,548)     139,509       85,011        13,674 Less: (loss)/income attributable to          (2,213)       (2,875)       2,377         382 noncontrolling interest Net (loss)/income attributable to JA Solar (204,335)     142,384       82,634        13,292 Holdings                                                                 Net (loss)/incomeper share attributable to                                            ordinary shareholders: Basic (Note)             (1.06)        0.49          0.28          0.05 Diluted                  (1.06)        0.38          0.28          0.05                                                                 Weighted average number                                          of shares outstanding: Basic                   193,300,847   216,365,357   228,738,374   228,738,374 Diluted                  193,300,847   218,404,795   228,738,374   228,738,374                                                                 Comprehensive                                                    (loss)/income Net (loss)/income        (206,548)     139,509       85,011        13,674 Foreign currency translation adjustments, 1,403         1,849         (5,857)       (942) net of tax Other comprehensive      1,403         1,849         (5,857)       (942) income/(loss) Comprehensive            (205,145)     141,358       79,154        12,732 (loss)/income (Loss)/income attributable to          (2,213)       (2,875)       2,377         382 noncontrolling interest Comprehensive (loss)/income            (202,932)     144,233       76,777        12,350 attributable to JA Solar Holdings                                                                 NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION                                                                                                          GAAP net (loss)/income attributable to JA Solar (204,335)     142,384       82,634        13,292 Holdings Change in fair value of  0             (87,259)      33,555        5,398 warrant derivatives Non-GAAP net (loss)/income            (204,335)     55,125        116,189       18,690 attributable to JA Solar Holdings                                                                 Non-GAAP net (loss)/income per share                                          attributable to ordinary shareholders: Basic                    (1.06)        0.19          0.40          0.06 Diluted                  (1.06)        0.19          0.40          0.06                                                                 Non-GAAP weighted average number of shares                                         outstanding: Basic                    193,300,847   216,365,357   228,738,374   228,738,374 Diluted                  193,300,847   218,404,795   228,738,374   228,738,374                                                                 Note:JA Solar excludes net income attributable to the participating warrant holder of RMB 18.0 million (US$2.9 million) from the numerator of basic EPS in the first quarter 2014.   JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)                                                                                                              Dec. 31,    Mar. 31,                                            2013        2014        2014                                            RMB'000     RMB'000     USD'000                                             ASSETS                                                             Current assets:                                                   Cash and cash equivalents                   2,119,740  1,948,052  313,373 Restricted cash                             588,413    679,693    109,339 Accounts receivable                        1,044,111  1,169,388  188,113 Inventories                                 1,347,094  1,510,368  242,965 Advances to suppliers                       401,472    378,802    60,936 Project asset                               --        138,566    22,290 Other current assets                        851,203    733,139    117,936 Total current assets                        6,352,033  6,558,008  1,054,952 Property and equipment, net                 4,158,108  4,212,682  677,672 Project asset                               47,746     --        -- Advances to suppliers                       753,913    752,117    120,989 Long-term investment                        48,802     48,809     7,852 Other long term assets                      521,092    505,642    81,340 Total assets                                11,881,694 12,077,258 1,942,805 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                               Current liabilities:                                               Short-term borrowings                      1,042,432  1,134,105  182,438 Accounts payable                           1,882,631  2,180,362  350,743 Advances from customers                     202,723    88,875     14,297 Current portion of long term borrowings     936,163    736,825    118,529 Derivative liabilities-warrants             31,106     217,715    35,023 Accrued and other liabilities              945,829    797,700    128,322 Total current liabilities                   5,040,884  5,155,582  829,352 Long-term borrowings                       1,554,000  1,543,000  248,214 Derivative liabilities-warrants             154,259    --        -- Other long term liabilities                 428,472    445,478    71,662 Total liabilities                           7,177,615  7,144,060  1,149,228 Total JA Solar Holdings shareholders'       4,620,262  4,847,003  779,711 equity Noncontrolling interest                     83,817     86,195     13,866 Total shareholders' equity                  4,704,079  4,933,198  793,577 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  11,881,694 12,077,258 1,942,805  CONTACT: ICR, LLC                   Gary Dvorchak, CFA          Senior Vice President          Phone (U.S.): +1 (310) 954-1123          Phone (China): +86 (138) 1079-1408          Email: gary.dvorchak@icrinc.com  JA Solar Logo