China Sunergy Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results PR Newswire NANJING, China, May 28, 2014 NANJING, China, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSUN) ("China Sunergy" or "the Company"), a specialized solar cell and module manufacturer, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. Mr. Stephen Cai, CEO of China Sunergy, commented, "I'm pleased that in the first quarter we executed on our key initiatives for 2014 and laid a foundation for future development. We expanded our market presence in Japan, generated net profits at our Turkey plant, and sustained operating scale with OEM arrangements, which together combined to help us expand gross margin by more than 300 basis points year-over-year." First Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights oTotal revenue was US$62.7 million, an increase of 1.6% from US$61.7 million in the first quarter of 2013, and a decrease of 50.0% from US$125.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. oShipments totaled 140.2MW, an increase of 36.8% (37.7MW) from 102.5MW in the first quarter of 2013, and a decrease of 40.5% (95.6MW) from 235.8MW in the fourth quarter of 2013. Module shipments, including module processed under OEM arrangements of 16.5MW, were 100.5MW. Cell shipments, including cell processed under OEM arrangements of 33.3MW, were 39.7MW. oAverage selling price ("ASP") for the Company's solar modules, excluding those processed under OEM arrangements, was US$0.66 per watt, an increase of 11.9% from US$0.59 in the fourth quarter of 2013. oConversion cost for cells was US$0.14 per watt, a decrease of one cent from US$0.15 per watt in the fourth quarter of 2013. Conversion cost for modules was US$0.20 per watt, an increase of one cent from US$0.19 in the fourth quarter of 2013. oGross profit was US$2.3 million on gross margin of 3.7%, compared with US$0.3 million on gross margin of 0.4% for the first quarter of 2013, and US$6.6 million on gross margin of 5.2% in the fourth quarter of 2013. oNet loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was US$14.7 million, compared with US$22.9 million in the first quarter of 2013, and US$13.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. oNet loss attributable to ordinary shareholders per ADS was US$0.99, compared with US$1.71 in the first quarter of 2013, and US$0.89 in the fourth quarter of 2013. oCash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled US$230.4 million, as of March 31, 2014. First Quarter 2014 Financial Review Total Revenue and Shipments For the first quarter of 2014, total revenue was US$62.7 million, an increase of 1.6% from US$61.7 million in the first quarter of 2013, and a decrease of 50.0% from US$125.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Revenue from the Company's self-brand modules and cells business, accounting for 91.7% of the total revenue, was US$57.5 million, and, revenue from the modules and cells processed under OEM arrangements, accounting for 8.3%, was US$5.2million. Total shipments for the first quarter of 2014 were 140.2MW, an increase of 36.8% from 102.5MW in the same period of last year, and a decrease of 40.5% from 235.8MW in the prior quarter. The decrease quarter over quarter was primarily due to the weaker demand from China solar market during the first quarter of 2014. Total module shipments, including module processed under OEM arrangements of 16.5MW, were 100.5MW for the first quarter of 2014. Total cell shipments, including cell processed under OEM arrangements of 33.3MW, were 39.7MW for the first quarter of 2014. Asia continued to be the largest market for the Company, accounting for 63.5% of total revenue in the first quarter of 2014, with Japan and China accounting for 33.4% and 21.5%, respectively. Total shipment to Japan more than doubled to 31.2MW during the quarter, and Japan, for the first time, becomes the largest revenue contributor by country. Sales to European markets represented 35.7% of total revenue in the first quarter of 2014, mainly contributed by France and Germany. ASP Module ASP for the first quarter of 2014 was US$0.66 per watt, increased by seven cents or 11.9% compared with that of the previous quarter. The higher module ASP was primarily due to the increased shipments to higher-priced markets, such as Japan and France. Wafer and Conversion Costs Blended wafer costs in the first quarter of 2014 were US$0.23 per watt, which was one cent or 4.5% higher than those of last quarter. Conversion costs of cells and modules manufactured in the first quarter of 2014 were US$0.14 and US$0.20 per watt, respectively, compared with US$0.15 and US$0.19 per watt, respectively, in the previous quarter. The increase of one cent in conversion cost of modules was mainly due to a higher production mix from the Company's Turkey plant, where manufacturing cost is comparatively higher than that of its mainland factories. Gross Profit and Gross Margin Gross profit for the first quarter was US$2.3 million on gross margin of 3.7%, this compared to gross profit of US$0.3 million on gross margin of 0.4% for the first quarter of 2013, and gross profit of US$6.6 million on gross margin of 5.2% for the fourth quarter of 2013. The sequential decrease in gross profit compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 was mainly attributable to the combined impacts of comparatively lower shipment and increased manufacturing cost in the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Excluding inventory provision of US$0.5 million, non-GAAP^^ gross profit was US$2.9 million and non-GAAP gross margin was 4.6% in the first quarter of 2014. Operating Expenses, Operating Loss and Net Loss Operating expenses significantly decreased to US$10.1 million in the first quarter of 2014, from US$15.2 million in the first quarter of 2013, and US$13.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. The decrease in operating expenses was primarily attributable to the Company's effective control over its general and administration expenses. Operating expenses included reversal of bad debt provision of US$0.4 million in the first quarter, compared to bad debt provision of US$0.2 million in the same period of last year, and US$1.1 million in the prior quarter. Loss from operations was US$7.8 million in the first quarter of 2014, compared with US$15.0 million in the first quarter of 2013, and US$7.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Correspondingly, net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was US$14.7 million in the first quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was US$14.6million for the first quarter of 2014. Amount Due from/to Related Parties Amount due from related parties totaled US$67.5 million as of March31, 2014, a decrease of US$16.5 million compared to US$84.0 million as of December 31, 2013. Amount due to related parties totaled US$33.0 million as of March 31, 2014, an increase of US$21.2 million compared to US$11.8 million as of December 31, 2013. Inventory Inventories at the end of the first quarter of 2014 totaled US$64.1 million, an increase of US$19.4 million from the prior quarter, which is mainly due to lower shipment in the quarter and increased purchase of raw materials in anticipation of increasing demand of the second quarter of 2014. Cash Position As of March31, 2014, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of US$30.1 million, and restricted cash of US$200.3 million. Additional Company Updates Subsequent to First Quarter 2014 oChina Sunergy Signed Licensing Agreement with Zep Solar: the Company signed a licensing agreement with Zep Solar, Inc., a US-based manufacturer of a comprehensive platform for module-integrated installation hardware. The agreement covers all of the Company's three production sites in Nanjing, Shanghai and Istanbul, allowing for maximum flexibility in terms of delivery of Zep Compatible PV modules to the USA. The Company will incorporate the patented "Zep Groove" into the frame design of its mono- and poly-crystalline modules. o540KW Solar Park withCSUNModules Installed in Croatia: the Company's partner, Fibernet Solar, completed construction of a 540 KW solar park in Croatia with CSUN's "Made in Turkey" PV modules. The system was deployed with CSUN 250-60P modules near the Croatian town of Buje, close to the Slovenian port of Koper. oChina Sunergy Signed Framework Contract with Turkish EPC: the Company signed a 15MW framework agreement with Turkish EPC PV-Systems at the Solarex exhibition in Istanbul. The framework agreement covers CSUN 250-60P modules produced at the Company's Turkey plant, as well as, those from China. The modules will be used in ground-mounted projects across Turkey. o240KW System withCSUNModules Completed in Turkey: the Company's long-time partner, Asunim Solar Lda, completed a 240KW project in eastern Turkey installed with CSUN modules. oCSUN Ranks 8th for the full year 2013 in the German PV Market: China Sunergy was ranked 8^th-largest supplier based on shipments to the German market by IHS Technology for the full year 2013. Business Outlook Mr. Cai continued, "We remain committed in executing our key initiatives for 2014 and further lowering our cost structure. We are seeing solid progress in our efforts to upgrade our OEM customer base, integrate our supply chains, enhance our manufacturing processes, and obtain additional overseas financing. We anticipate these efforts will significantly lower costs and drive meaningful improvements to profitability in the second half of 2014." The Company estimates that the total shipment for the second quarter of 2014 will range from 150MW to 160MW, including 40MW to 50MW of cell and module shipments under OEM arrangements. Gross margin for the second quarter of 2014 is expected to remain stable from that of the first quarter of 2014. This guidance is based on the current market conditions and reflects the Company's current and preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions and customer demand, which are all subject to change. Conference Call China Sunergy's management will host an earnings conference call on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong time). The management team will be on the call to discuss financial highlights of the first quarter 2014, provide business outlook and answer questions. To access the conference call, please dial: United States toll-free: +1 866 519 4004 International: +65 6723 9381 Singapore: +65 6723 9381 China: 800 819 0121(Domestic) /400 620 8038 (Domestic Mobile) Hong Kong: +852 2475 0994 Please ask to be connected to First Quarter 2014 China Sunergy Co., Ltd. Earnings Conference Call and provide the following passcode: 45220288. China Sunergy will also broadcast a live audio webcast of the conference call. The webcast will be available by visiting the "Investor Relations" section of the company's web site at http://www.csun-solar.com. Following the earnings conference call, an archive of the call will be available by dialing: United States toll-free: +1 855 452 5696 International: +61 2 8199 0299 The passcode for replay participants is: 45220288. The telephone replay also will be archived on the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website for seven days following the earnings announcement. About China Sunergy Co., Ltd. China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:CSUN) designs, manufactures and delivers high efficiency solar cells and modules to the world from its production centers based in China and Turkey. China Sunergy also invests in high potential solar projects. Founded in 2004, China Sunergy is well known for its advanced solar cell technology, reliable product quality, and excellent customer service. For more information, please visit http://www.csun-solar.com. Investor and Media Contacts: China Sunergy Co., Ltd. Elaine Li Phone: + 86 25 5276 6696 Email: Elaine.email@example.com Asia Bridge Group Limited Wendy Sun Phone: + 86 10 8556 9033 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures The Company has provided the three-month gross profit, gross margin, net income and earnings per ADS on a non-GAAP basis, which excludes inventory and bad debt provisions. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its financial performance and liquidity and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP operating measures are useful for understanding and assessing underlying business performance and operating trends. The Company expects to continue providing gross profit, gross margin, net income and earnings per ADS on a non-GAAP basis using a consistent method on a quarterly basis. Investors should not view non-GAAP results on a stand-alone basis or as a substitute for results under GAAP, or as being comparable to results reported or forecasted by other companies, and should refer to the reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to GAAP measures for the indicated periods in this press release. Safe Harbor Statement This announcement may contain 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 facts in this announcement are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Company and the industry, and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to, the Company's failure to maintain its listing qualification due to, among other things, volatility in the Company's ADS price; the Company's ability to raise additional capital or renew existing bank borrowings as they become due to finance the Company's activities; the Company's customers' financial condition and creditworthiness, and their ability to settle accounts receivables; the effectiveness, profitability, and the marketability of its products; litigations and other legal proceedings, including any decisions by the US International Trade Committee and Department of Commerce on the petitions filed; the economic slowdown in China and elsewhere and its impact on the Company's operations; demand for and selling prices of the Company's products, execution of our strategy to expand into downstream solar power businesses, the future trading of the common stock of the Company; the ability of the Company to operate as a public company; the period of time for which its current liquidity will enable the Company to fund its operations; the Company's ability to protect its proprietary information; general economic and business conditions; the volatility of the Company's operating results and financial condition; the Company's ability to attract or retain qualified senior management personnel and research and development staff; future shortage or availability of the supply of raw materials; impact on cost-competitiveness as a result of entering into long-term arrangements with raw material suppliers and other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or to changes in its expectations, 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. The following financial information is extracted from the Company's condensed consolidated financial statements for the respective periods.  China Sunergy's Non-GAAP financial measures are its corresponding GAAP financial measures as adjusted by excluding costs related to certain charges, including inventory and bad debt provisions. Please refer to "Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures" at the end of this press release. China Sunergy Co., Ltd Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Income Statement Information (In US$'000, except ADS and per ADS data) For the 3 months ended Mar31,2014 Dec31,2013 Mar31,2013 Sales to third parties 62,481 117,433 60,855 Sales to related parties 263 8,063 843 Total sales 62,744 125,496 61,698 Cost of goods sold (60,432) (118,934) (61,435) Gross profit 2,312 6,562 263 Operating expenses: Selling expenses (3,209) (3,907) (5,756) General and administrative expenses (6,398) (8,910) (7,628) Research and development expenses (515) (1,071) (1,854) Total operating expenses (10,122) (13,888) (15,238) Income(loss) from operations (7,810) (7,326) (14,975) Interest expense (6,811) (9,190) (7,454) Interest income 1,252 1,521 1,557 Other income/(expenses), net (1,244) 2,241 (3,007) Changes in fair value of - - 1,410 derivatives Income(loss) before income tax (14,613) (12,754) (22,469) Income tax benefit(expense) (119) (565) (460) Net income(loss) (14,732) (13,319) (22,929) Less: non-controlling interest 1 (156) (70) Net income (loss) attributable to (14,733) (13,163) (22,859) ordinary shareholders Net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders per ADS Basic ($0.99) ($0.89) ($1.71) Diluted ($0.99) ($0.89) ($1.71) Weighted average ADS outstanding Basic 14,849,292 14,849,292 13,372,292 Diluted 14,849,292 14,849,292 13,372,292 China Sunergy Co., Ltd Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) (In US$'000) For the 3 months ended Mar31,2014 Dec31,2013 Mar31,2013 Net income (loss) (14,732) (13,319) (22,929) Other comprehensive income Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax impact nil for the 352 789 (1,015) three quarters ended Mar 31, 2014, Dec 31 ,2013, and Mar 31, 2013 Comprehensive income (loss) (14,380) (12,530) (23,944) Less: Comprehensive loss attributable to 10 (120) (70) noncontrolling interest Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders (14,390) (12,410) (23,874) of China Sunergy Co., Ltd China Sunergy Co., Ltd Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Information (In US$'000) Mar31,2014 Dec31,2013 Mar31,2013 Assets Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents 30,132 54,296 102,293 Restricted cash 200,267 194,196 203,181 Accounts receivable, net 68,795 82,146 70,696 Other receivable, net 27,762 21,497 25,911 Project assets 10,343 10,155 17,891 Inventories, net 64,094 44,658 69,093 Advance to suppliers, net 6,411 7,193 6,193 Amount due from related parties 67,549 83,987 89,645 Current deferred tax assets 1,735 1,922 1,391 Restricted cash-collateral - - 2,009 account Assets held for sale 28,904 - - Other current assets - - 1,339 Total current assets 505,992 500,050 589,642 Property, plant and equipment, net 228,768 223,624 214,587 Prepaid land use rights 23,803 27,885 28,383 Deferred tax assets 7,831 7,491 6,439 Interests in associates - - - Intangible assets - - 1,271 Amount due from related parties-non - - - current Other long-term assets 5,410 5,603 2,426 Total assets 771,804 764,653 842,748 Liabilities and equity Current liabilities Short-term bank borrowings 365,414 340,255 501,110 Accounts payable 86,032 97,029 119,093 Notes payable 27,779 39,900 20,932 Accrued expenses and other current 17,858 20,140 24,666 liabilities Income tax payable 3,718 3,368 1,598 Amount due to related parties 32,988 11,798 73,950 Collateral account payable - - 2,009 Convertible bond payable - - 1,500 Liability held for sale 44 - - Current deferred tax liability 7 6 365 Total current liabilities 533,840 512,496 745,223 Long-term debt 265,340 265,976 91,120 Long-term payables 838 - - Accrued warranty costs 20,244 20,129 17,857 Other liabilities 10,308 10,438 4,307 Total liabilities 830,570 809,039 858,507 Equity: Ordinary shares: par value $0.0001; 463,247,600 shares authorized, 267,287,253 shares issued and outstanding as of 24 24 27 March 31, 2013 and 240,701,253 issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2013 and March 31, 2014 Additional paid-in capital 185,367 185,367 187,225 Treasury shares (at par value) 3 3 - Accumulated profit(deficit) (279,929) (265,196) (237,446) Accumulated other comprehensive 36,414 36,071 34,507 income Total equity attributable to China (58,121) (43,731) (15,687) Sunergy Co. Ltd. Non-controlling interests (645) (655) (72) Total equity (58,766) (44,386) (15,759) Total liabilities and equity 771,804 764,653 842,748 Reconciliation of Non-GAAP results of Operations Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures (In US$'000, except ADS and per ADS data) For the 3 months ended Mar31,2014 Dec31,2013 Mar31,2013 GAAP Gross Profit 2,312 6,562 263 Inventory Write Down 547 425 354 Non-GAAP Gross Profit 2,859 6,987 617 GAAP Net loss attributable to (14,733) (13,163) (22,859) ordinary shareholders Inventory Write Down 547 425 354 Bad Debts provision (364) 1,098 162 Non-GAAP Net loss attributable to (14,550) (11,640) (22,343) ordinary shareholders Non-GAAP Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders per ADS Basic ($0.98) ($0.78) ($1.67) Diluted ($0.98) ($0.78) ($1.67) Weighted average ADS outstanding Basic 14,849,292 14,849,292 13,372,292 Diluted 14,849,292 14,849,292 13,372,292 SOURCE China Sunergy Co., Ltd. Website: http://www.csun-solar.com
China Sunergy Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results
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