Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Request a Demo

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Shunfeng Adds Suntech in Bid to Become Top Solar Supplier

April 29 (Bloomberg) -- Wuxi Suntech Power’s 3 billion yuan ($480 million) acquisition by Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd. paves the way for the company to rejoin the ranks of the largest solar manufacturers.

Suntech confirmed the purchase in a statement yesterday. The Wuxi, China-based company expects to ship at least 2.5 gigawatts of panels this year, exceeding the 2.1 gigawatts it delivered in 2011 that made it the world’s biggest supplier.

Suntech was hard-hit by a global solar slump that dragged down prices and ate into margins. The corporate parent failed to pay $541 million in U.S. bonds last year and its Wuxi manufacturing unit was pulled into bankruptcy in China. Shunfeng is seeking to become a renewable-energy powerhouse and shareholders approved the deal April 7.

Shunfeng’s goal is to “become the world’s largest integrated clean-energy supplier,” Suntech Chief Executive Officer Eric Luo said in a video on his company’s website.

A Hong Kong real estate tycoon, Zheng Jianming, owns a 30 percent stake in Shunfeng. Through holding companies, he also owns about 22 percent of LDK Solar Co., the second-biggest solar wafer supplier by 2012 capacity.

Suntech has annual production capacity of 2.4 gigawatts to 2.5 gigawatts now. Adding Shunfeng’s operations will increase that to 3 gigawatts to 3.5 gigawatts by the end of the year, Luo said.

Suntech idled some production last year while restructuring its operations in bankruptcy.

“It gave us a break to reinvest in our technology,” Luo said. “We are very financially healthy today.”

Shipment Forecasts

Suntech’s forecast may make it the third-largest panel maker this year. Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., which became the largest supplier in 2012, expects to ship as much as 4.2 gigawatts of panels in 2014, followed by Trina Solar Ltd. with 3.6 gigawatts to 3.8 gigawatts.

Canadian Solar Inc. forecast shipments of 2.5 gigawatts to 2.7 gigawatts and JinkoSolar Holding Co. anticipates 2.3 gigawatts to 2.5 gigawatts.

Suntech will honor warranties for the more than 30 million panels already installed around the world, and has set aside funds to cover past and future warranty obligations, according to the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ehren Goossens in New York at egoossens1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net Will Wade, Steven Frank

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.