2014

Canadian Solar Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results

GUELPH, Ontario, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. ("Canadian Solar" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013.

Fourth Quarter 2013 Highlights

  • Solar module shipments were 621 MW, compared to 478 MW in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Net revenue was $519.5 million, compared to $490.9 million in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Net revenue from the total solutions business was 23.4% of total net revenue, compared to 41.1% in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Gross margin was 19.5%, compared to 20.4% in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.39, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.56 in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash balances at the end of the quarter totaled $679.4 million, compared to $681.7 million at the end of the third quarter of 2013.
  • Cash flow from operations was approximately $73.2 million, compared to $152.0 million in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Closed the sale of one solar power plant in Ontario, Canada valued at over C$61 million to TransCanada Corporation (TSX, NYSE: TRP) ("TransCanada").
  • Increased the total late-stage solar project pipeline to approximately 1.3 GW, with geographic diversification in Canada, Japan, the U.S. and China.

Full Year 2013 Highlights

  • Solar module shipments were 1,894 MW, compared to 1,543 MW in 2012.
  • Net revenue was $1,654.4 million, compared to $1,294.8 million in 2012.
  • Net revenue from the total solutions business was 28.6% of total net revenue, compared to 11.5% in 2012.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.63, compared to diluted loss per share of $4.53 in 2012.
  • Cash flow from operations was approximately $229.5 million, compared to negative $147.8 million in 2012.

Fourth Quarter 2013 Results

Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $519.5 million, up 5.8% from $490.9 million in the third quarter of 2013 and up 76.2% from $294.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Total solar module shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013 were 621 MW, compared to 478 MW in the third quarter of 2013 and 404 MW in the fourth quarter of 2012. Solar module shipments to the Chinese market represented 42.9% of total shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to less than 1% in the third quarter of 2013, and 9.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012. Solar module shipments to the Japanese market represented 19.7% of total shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to 29.5% in the third quarter of 2013 and 11.7% in the fourth quarter of 2012. Solar module shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013 included 41 MW used in the Company's total solutions business, compared to 60 MW in the third quarter of 2013 and 16 MW in the fourth quarter of 2012.

By geography, in the fourth quarter of 2013, sales to the European markets represented 5.5% of net revenue, sales to the Americas represented 32.1% of net revenue, and sales to Asia and all other markets represented 62.4% of net revenue, compared to 9.5%, 46.9% and 43.6%, respectively, in the third quarter of 2013 and 40.6%, 20.0% and 39.4%, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2012.


Q4 2013

Q3 2013

Q4 2012

US$M

%

US$M

%

US$M

%

Europe

28.7

5.5

46.4

9.5

119.7

40.6

Americas

167.0

32.1

230.3

46.9

58.8

20.0

Asia and others

323.8

62.4

214.2

43.6

116.3

39.4

Total

519.5

100.0

490.9

100.0

294.8

100.0

Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $101.3 million, compared to $100.2 million in the third quarter of 2013 and $14.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The slight sequential increase in gross profit was primarily due to higher module shipments and a $14 million reduction in warranty cost to reflect the general decline in module prices, which more than off-set the lower contribution from the Company's total solutions business in the fourth quarter of 2013. The year-over-year increase in gross profit was primarily due to the increase in revenue contribution from the Company's higher margin total solutions business, as well as higher module shipments and lower module manufacturing cost, which was partially off-set by a slight decline in module average selling price. Gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2013 was 19.5%, compared to 20.4% in the third quarter of 2013 and 5.0% in the fourth quarter of 2012. 

Total operating expenses were $56.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, up 24.5% from $44.9 million in the third quarter of 2013 and down 47.4% from $106.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. 

Selling expenses were $28.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, up 33.9% from $21.2 million in the third quarter of 2013 and 14.0% from $25.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The sequential quarterly increase in selling expenses was primarily due to higher shipping, salary and credit insurance expenses. The year-over-year increase in selling expenses was primarily due to higher salary and bonus as well as higher shipping, credit insurance and rental expenses, partially offset by lower marketing expenses.

General and administrative expenses were $24.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, up 17.1% from $20.7 million in the third quarter of 2013 and down 69.0% from $78.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The sequential increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to an asset impairment charge of $3.7 million related to the write-down of the Company's mono-crystalline ingot furnaces, as well as increased salary expenses, partially off-set by a $2.2 million decrease in bad debt expenses. The year-over-year decrease in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to provisions for bad debt and for an arbitration decision against the Company totaled approximately $61.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Research and development expenses were $3.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to $3.0 million in the third quarter of 2013 and $3.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Operating margin was 8.7% in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to 11.3% in the third quarter of 2013 and negative 31.0% in the fourth quarter of 2012. The sequential decline in operating margin was primarily due to the higher selling expenses, decline in gross margin as well as the asset impairment charge in the fourth quarter of 2013. The year-over-year increase in operating margin was primarily due to higher gross margin and lower operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.

Interest expense in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $9.9 million, compared to $11.8 million in the third quarter of 2013 and $9.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The sequential decrease in interest expense was primarily due to lower bank charges in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Interest income in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $2.8 million, compared to $2.7 million in the third quarter of 2013 and $3.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. 

The Company recorded a gain on change in fair value of derivatives of $8.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to a loss of $1.6 million in the third quarter of 2013 and a gain of $2.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Net foreign exchange loss in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $18.5 million compared to a net foreign exchange gain of $2.3 million in the third quarter of 2013 and a net foreign exchange loss of $10.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Income tax expense in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $3.7million, compared to income tax expense of $12.4 million in the third quarter of 2013 and income tax benefit of $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Net income attributable to Canadian Solar in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $20.9 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to net income of $27.7 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013, and net loss of $105.0 million, or $2.43 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Management's expectations in respect to profitability in the fourth quarter and the fiscal year 2013 are subject to the final ruling by the Suzhou Intermediate Court on a contract dispute between Canadian Solar and LDK as previously disclosed. If the court was to rule against Canadian Solar and order the Company to pay the award to LDK, before the company files its Annual Report on Form 20-F in April of 2014, Canadian Solar may have to make a provision for the fourth quarter of 2013 and the full year of 2013, which would impact the Company's profitability.

Financial Condition

As of December 31, 2013, the Company had $679.4 million of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared to $681.7million as of September 30, 2013.

On February 18, 2014, the Company closed a concurrent offering of 3,194,700 common shares and US$150 million in aggregate principal amount of 4.25% convertible senior notes due 2019 and received aggregate net proceeds of approximately US$255.7 million after deducting discounts and commissions but before offering expenses.

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts, at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 were $280.7 million, compared to $271.8 million at the end of the third quarter of 2013. Accounts receivable turnover was 59 days in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to 62 days in the third quarter of 2013.

Inventories at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 were $231.2 million, compared to $220.6 million at the end of the third quarter of 2013. Inventory turnover was 53 days in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to 55 days in the third quarter of 2013.

Accounts and notes payable at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 were $639.4 million, compared to $589.7 million at the end of the third quarter of 2013.

Short-term borrowings at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 were $778.5 million, compared to $801.6 million at the end of the third quarter of 2013. Long-term debt at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 was $151.4 million, compared to $190.5 million at the end of the third quarter of 2013. Short-term borrowings and long-term debt directly related to utility-scale solar power projects totaled $201.9 million at the end of fourth quarter of 2013.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, remarked: "We are very pleased to have achieved our goal to return the Company to profitability in 2013, underscoring the successful execution of our strategy of expanding our higher margin total solutions business, and seeking profitable growth in our module business, rather than simply competing on MW volume and price. We continue to capitalize on our high-visibility contracted late-stage solar project pipeline, which increased to 1.3 GW DC, even after completing construction of over 200 MW in 2013. Reflecting our geographic diversity, our late-stage solar project pipeline, including those projects currently in construction comprises approximately 477 MW DC in Canada, 329 MW DC in Japan, 164 MW DC in the U.S. and 290 MW DC in China. We also have confidence in the ongoing development of our early to mid-state project pipeline, which now exceeds 3.2 GW DC, and we hope many of these opportunities will be converted into real projects in the next 2-3 years. Finally, while our growth in 2013 was led by our total solutions business, we had a positive contribution from our solar module business due to global capacity rationalization, stable average selling prices and robust demand across many key geographies."

Michael G. Potter, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Canadian Solar, commented: "We achieved a 19.5% gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2013, exceeding our previously upwardly revised guidance of 16% to 18%, with total solar module shipments of 621 MW. We remain focused on driving profitable growth, while prudently investing in support of our solar project pipeline growth. We exited the fourth quarter of 2013 with one of the industry's strongest and most flexible balance sheets. We have taken advantage of the favorable financing environment to raise funds and lay the foundation for future sustained, long-term profitable growth. Our strong cash position helps us to fund the development of our existing project pipeline and to take advantage of numerous other actionable project opportunities."

Utility Scale Project Pipeline Update

At the end of January of 2014, the Company had a pipeline of late stage utility-scale solar projects totaling approximately 1.3 GW DC. These projects include owned and joint-venture projects as well as projects where we provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services.

In Canada, during the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company closed the sale of the Mississippi Mills project in Ontario, Canada to TransCanada for over C$61.0 million. In addition, one project, William Rutley is in commercial operation pending completion of the sale to an investor. The Company's late stage solar project pipeline in Ontario, Canada, including those in construction now stands at, approximately 477 MW DC, including owned projects and EPC service contracts, which combined represent a revenue opportunity of over C$1.7 billion once the projects are built and connected to the grid.

The following table summarizes the status of the Company's Ontario, Canada solar projects:






Canada Owned Projects

 MW DC

Status

Expected COD1

End Buyer

Liskeard 1, 3 and 4

39.6

In Construction 

2014 Q2

TransCanada

William Rutley 

13.9

Commercial Operation

2012 Q4

TransCanada

Alfred 

13.6

Permitting

2015 Q2

TransCanada

Foto Light LP

14.0

Engineering

2014 Q4

TBD

Illumination LP

14.0

Engineering

2014 Q4

DIF

Little Creek

11.9

In Construction 

2014 Q1

BluEarth

Gold Light LP

14.0

Engineering

2014 Q4

DIF

Beam Light LP

14.0

Engineering

2014 Q4

DIF

Earth Light LP

14.0

Permitting

2015 Q1

Concord

Lunar Light LP

14.0

Permitting

2015 Q2

BluEarth

Discovery Light LP

11.6

Engineering

2014 Q4

TBD

Sparkle Light LP

14.0

In Construction

2014 Q3

BluEarth

GlenArm LP

14.0

Engineering

2014 Q4

DIF

Good Light LP

14.0

In Construction 

2014 Q2

BluEarth

Aria LP

12.6

Permitting

2015 Q1

Concord

Ray Light LP

14.0

In Construction 

2014 Q3

Concord

Mighty Solar LP

14.0

In Construction 

2014 Q2

Concord

City Lights LP

14.0

Permitting

2014 Q4

TBD

Highlight (Val Caron)

14.0

In Construction

2014 Q2

Concord

Oro-Medonte 4

11.5

Engineering

2014 Q4

BlackRock

Taylor Kidd

14.0

In Construction

2014 Q2

BlackRock

Demorestville

14.0

In Construction 

2014 Q1

BlackRock

Westbrook

14.0

In Construction

2014 Q2

BlackRock

Canada EPC Projects

MW DC

Status

COD

End Buyer

Penn Energy

39.0

In Construction

 2014 Q2/3

Penn Energy

Grand Renewable Ph. I (Samsung)

129.8

In Construction 

2015 Q1 

GRSP

Gross Total: 

507.5




Percent of Completion Revenue Recognized in 2013

30.2

Penn Energy, Taylor Kidd, Demorestville, Samsung

Net Total Outstanding

477.3




(1) Commercial Operation Date.





In Japan, at the end of January of 2014, the Company's late stage, utility-scale solar power project pipeline reached 329 MW DC. The Company expects to begin construction of its first Japanese solar power project in the first half of 2014.

The following table summarizes the status of the Company's solar project pipeline in Japan:





Japan Project Pipeline 

MW dc

FiT (Yen/kWh)

COD 

Project 1

44.5

40

2016

Project 2

29.7

36

2015

Project 3

25.2

40

2015

Project 4

1.2

40

2014

Project 5

3.4

40

2014

Project 6

25.0

36

2015

Project 7

20.0

36

2015

Project 8

20.0

36

2015

Project 9

40.0

36.0/40.0

2016

Project 10

1.1

40

2014

Project 11

1.6

36

2014

Project 12

0.9

40

2014

Project 13

2.0

36

2014

Project 14

2.0

40

2014

Project 15

2.0

36

2014

Project 16

1.6

40

2014

Project 17

1.7

36

2014

Project 18

2.0

36

2014

Project 19

10.0

36

2015

Project 20

2.0

36

2014

Project 21

3.5

40

2014

Project 22

39.4

36

2015

Project 23

10.0

36

2015

Project 24

7.0

36

2015

Project 25

16.0

36

2015

Project 26

17.0

36

2015

Total

328.8



In the United States, during the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company completed construction of three solar power plants totaling approximately 24 MW DC. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company's utility-scale project pipeline totals approximately 164 MW DC. 

The following table represents the status of the Company's United States solar project pipeline:






U.S. Project Pipeline

 MW dc

State

Status

COD

TA Acacia LLC 

28.4

CA

Construction

2014-Q3

Gasna 31P LLC 

19.5

CA

Design and Permitting

2015-Q2

Indigo Ranch Project LLC

5.6

CA

Design and Permitting

2014-Q3

New Bern Farm LLC

6.2

NC

Construction

2014-Q2

Mile Farm LLC

6.2

NC

Design and Permitting

2014-Q2

Roxboro Farm LLC

6.2

NC

Construction

2014-Q1

Vickers Farm LLC

2.5

NC

Design and Permitting

2014-Q3

CSI Project Holdco LLC - P4

6.5

NC

Construction

2014-Q2

CSI Project Holdco LLC - P1

6.5

NC

Construction

2014-Q1

CSI Project Holdco LLC - P3

6.5

NC

Construction

2014-Q4

CSI Project Holdco LLC - P2

6.5

NC

Design and Permitting

2014-Q3

SE Solarne2.4.7 

4

Various

Design and Permitting

2014-Q3

SH Solarne2,3,4,6,7

5.5

Various

Design and Permitting

2014-Q3

Other Projects

54

Various

Design and Permitting

2014-15

Total 2014-15

164.1




In China, the Company built and connected to the grid a 30 MW DC solar power plant in the western part of China and a 10MW DC project in the Jiangsu Province. Exiting 2013 the Company has identified a pipeline of late stage utility -scale projects in China totaling 290 MW, as follows:




China Project Opportunity  2014 -15

Province 

(MW dc)

Feed In Tariff 

Jiangsu

30 MW

RMB 1.0/kWh and RMB 0.2/kWh (Prov.)

Shandong

40 MW

RMB 1.0/kWh and RMB 0.2/kWh (Prov.)

Hebei

40 MW

RMB 0.95

Shanxi

50 MW

RMB 0.95

Inner Mongolia

50MW

RMB 0.90

Qinghai

50 MW

RMB 0.90

Xinjiang

30 MW

RMB 0.90 to 0.95/kWh

Total 

290 MW


Business Outlook

The Company's business outlook is based on management's current views and estimates with respect to operating and market conditions, its current order book, global and local financing environment as well as uncertainty relating to customer final demand and solar project construction schedule. Management's views and estimates are subject to change without notice.

For the first quarter of 2014, the Company expects module shipments to be in the range of approximately 470 MW to 490 MW. Total revenue for the first quarter of 2014 is expected to be in the range of $415 million to $430 million, with gross margin expected to be between 14% and 16%. 

Management continues to see strong demand for the Company's products in the first quarter of 2014, as the seasonality in Chinese market was more than compensated by the increase in demand from Japan and the U.S. However, longer shipping time to these markets will push some revenue to the second quarter of 2014. In addition, the production output from the Company's module factories in China was low during the Chinese New Year holiday period.

Meanwhile, the Company's revenue and gross margin in the first quarter of 2014 are expected to be adversely affected by the severe winter conditions in North America, which delayed construction and recognition of approximately $100.0 million in revenue from some of its utility-scale projects in Canada. The Company expects to recognize this revenue in the second and third quarter of 2014. The expected gross margin in the first quarter of 2014 is adversely impacted by approximately 100 basis points (1.0%) due to the recently reported fire incident at the Company's cell plant in Suzhou. The Company expects to fully recover its losses from its property and business interruption insurance in later quarters.

For the full year 2014, the Company expects annual module shipments to be in the range of 2.5 GW to 2.7 GW, including 400 MW to 500 MW of project recognition. In addition, the Company expects to build and hold up to 250MW of project assets during 2014. The Company expects that its net revenue for 2014 will be in the range of approximately $2.7 billion to $2.9 billion, with approximately 50% of revenue being derived from its total solutions business.

The Company's Canadian and U.S. project revenue recognition is expected to be back-end loaded in 2014 due to permitting and construction schedule as well as US GAAP accounting rules which, for most Canadian projects, only allow revenue recognition after commercial operation date (COD) and the transfer of ownership to end customers. The estimated COD of all of the Company's late-stage projects is disclosed in this press release to provide better granularity to investors.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, remarked: "We are excited about our outlook for 2014, given the size of our existing project pipeline, the expected growth in the broader solar market and the industry's continued capacity rationalization. We expect China, Japan, Canada, the U.S. and India to remain healthy markets for us through 2014. We are incrementally more positive on China because of its market size and improved payment terms and pricing. In addition, we see more opportunities in South Africa, the Middle East, and South America. Customers and investors want to partner with us because we are one of the largest and most successful companies in the solar space, with a strong balance sheet, a proven track record of execution, and offering integrated total solar solutions."

Recent Developments

On February 26, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that Natixis, New York Branch/Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, New York Branch/Cooperative Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A./"Rabobank Nederland", New York Branch, will provide the Company with up to C$52 Million, in non-recourse, construction plus term financing. The loan facility has a maturity term of construction plus 10 years and will be used to finance the previously announced 10MW (ac) utility-scale solar power project "Glenarm", which is being acquired by DIF Infra 3 RE Canada (Ltd).

On February 24, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that it was awarded a module supply agreement to provide 18 MW of photovoltaic modules to Hitachi, Ltd. for a solar power project in Japan. The project is owned by Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation with Hitachi as its EPC contractor.

On February 24, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that it was selected by Strata Solar to power five utility scale solar projects totaling 30 MW. 

On February 18, 2014, Canadian Solar announced the closing of its offering of 3,194,700 common shares including 416,700 common shares pursuant to the full exercise by the underwriters of their over-allotment option, and the concurrent offering of $150 million in aggregate principal amount of 4.25% convertible senior notes due 2019 (the "Notes"), including the full exercise by purchasers of their option to acquire $20.0 million of additional Notes. The Company received net proceeds of approximately $255.7 million from these offerings, after deducting discounts and commissions but before offering expenses.

On February 6, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., entered into an agreement with a fund managed by BlackRock ("BlackRock") pursuant to which, whereby BlackRock will acquire the Company's Oro-Medonte solar power plant totaling 10 MW AC at a valuation comparable to other recent project sales completed by Canadian Solar on a per megawatt basis in the Ontario market. This transaction follows BlackRock's previous acquisitions of the Company's Demorestville, Taylor Kidd and Westbrook solar power plants in Ontario, Canada.

On January 30, 2014, Canadian Solar, announced that it shipped a record of 508 MW of PV modules under its own Canadian Solar brand to Japan thus becoming the largest foreign PV module brand in the Japanese market with an estimated 7% market share in 2013.

On January 29, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that it has been selected as the sole PV module supplier for a 2.1MW solar power plant at the Delhi International Airport in India.

On January 27, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., entered into an agreement with a fund managed by BlackRock pursuant to which BlackRock will acquire the Company's Westbrook 10MW AC utility-scale solar power plant in Kingston, Ontario at a valuation comparable to other recent project sales completed by Canadian Solar on a per megawatt basis in the Ontario market.

On January 27, 2014, Canadian Solar announced it was selected by BELECTRIC Inc. to power four new solar power projects, totaling 7.8 MW, in San Bernardino County, Southern California. 

On January 22, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., signed a 10 MWac module supply agreement with Silvercreek Solar Park Inc. ("Silvercreek"), pursuant to which the Company will supply Silvercreek with Ontario-made modules for Silver Creek's first, ground-mounted utility-scale solar power plant in Ontario, Canada. 

On January 21, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that the Company's PV modules achieved the highest PTC ratings amongst all major poly module manufacturers.

On January 9, 2014, Canadian Solar announced the successful completion and grid connection of a 10 MW ground mounted solar power project in Sihong County of Jiangsu Province in eastern China. This project was developed by CSI Solar Power (China) Inc., a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, with Gaochuangte New Energy as the EPC contractor.

On January 7, 2014, Canadian Solar announced it was selected to supply 84,480 solar modules to National Renewable Energy Corporation (NARENCO) for four utility scale solar projects totaling 25.3 MW in Wayne and Duplin counties of North Carolina.

On January 6, 2014, Canadian Solar announced the successful completion and grid connection of a 30 MW ground mounted solar power project in Tumushuke City, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Western China. This project was developed by CSI Solar Power (China) Inc., a subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc., with Gaochuangte New Energy as the EPC contractor.

On January 2, 2014, Canadian Solar announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., completed the sale of Mississippi Mills, a 10 megawatt AC solar power plant valued at over C$61.0 million to TransCanada Corporation (TSX, NYSE: TRP) ("TransCanada") on December 31, 2013.

On December 23, 2013, Canadian Solar announced that its subsidiary, CSI Holdco LLC, sold two utility-scale solar power plants totaling 4.4 MW DC (3 MW AC) to PSEG's  subsidiary, PSEG Solar Source. The plants have a 20-year electricity off-take agreement with PG&E.

On December 16, 2013, Canadian Solar announced that its modules were selected for the Clovis Unified School District solar installation in Clovis, California.

On December 12, 2013, Canadian Solar announced that it was awarded a module supply agreement to provide Zhenfa New Energy Science & Technology Co., Ltd. with PV modules totaling 100 MW for three solar power projects located in Gansu Province and one solar project in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China.

On December 9, 2013, Canadian Solar announced that it signed a $40 million loan agreement with Harvest North Star Capital. The loan facility will be used to finance the development of several ground-mounted solar power projects in Japan totaling around 145.1 MW DC, with approximately 40-50 MW DC expected to start construction during the first half of 2014.

On December 9, 2013, Canadian Solar announced it is the supplier of 8.7 MW of its MaxPower CS6X Solar Modules to EOSOL Mexico for a ground mounted solar project located in Durango, Mexico. The project represents Mexico's second largest PV project to date.

On December 2, 2013, Canadian Solar announced that National Bank of Canada will provide the Company with up to C$35 million, in short-term construction financing. This credit facility will be used to finance the construction of one of the Company's solar projects in Ontario, Canada.

On November 29, 2013, Canadian Solar announced that the Jiangsu Suzhou Intermediate Court issued a civil decision that vacated its decision in May 2013 (the "May Decision"), which dismissed a request by LDK Solar Co., Ltd. ("LDK") to enforce an arbitration award in LDK's ongoing dispute with the Company and ruled that the case be re-adjudicated. The decision was issued following a request for re-adjudication by the Jiangsu Provincial High Court, which reviewed the May Decision.

On November 18, 2013, Canadian Solar announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., entered into a sales agreement with a fund managed by DIF pursuant to which DIF will acquire from Canadian Solar four utility-scale solar power plants located in Ontario, Canada, totaling 40 MWAC at a valuation comparable to other recent project sales completed by the Company in the Ontario market.

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold a conference call on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time (9:00 p.m., March 5, 2014 in Hong Kong) to discuss the Company's fourth quarter results and its business outlook. The dial-in phone number for the call is +1-866-318-8615 or +1-617-399-5134, with passcode 60564093. A webcast of the conference call will also be available on Canadian Solar's website at www.canadiansolar.com.

A replay of the call will be available 4 hours after the conclusion of the live call and until 11:00 p.m. on March 12, 2014, U.S. Eastern Standard Time (11:00 a.m., March 13, 2014 in Hong Kong) and can be accessed by dialing +1-617-801-6888 or +1-888-286-8010 and entering the passcode 72091072.  A webcast replay will also be available at www.canadiansolar.com.

About Canadian Solar Inc.

Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is one of the world's largest and foremost solar power companies. As a leading vertically integrated provider of solar modules, specialized solar products and solar power plants with operations in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia, Canadian Solar has delivered more than 6 GW of premium quality solar modules to customers in over 70 countries. Canadian Solar is committed to improve the environment and dedicated to provide advanced solar energy products, solutions and services to enable sustainable development around the world. For more information, please visit www.canadiansolar.com.

Safe Harbor/Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this press release regarding the Company's expected future shipment volumes, gross margins, business prospects and future quarterly or annual results, particularly the management quotations and the statements in the "Business Outlook" section, are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These statements are made under the "Safe Harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by such terms as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates," the negative of these terms, or other comparable terminology. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include the risks regarding the previously disclosed SEC investigation as well as general business and economic conditions and the state of the solar industry; governmental support for the deployment of solar power; future available supplies of high-purity silicon; demand for end-use products by consumers and inventory levels of such products in the supply chain; changes in demand from significant customers; changes in demand from major markets such as Germany, Japan, the U.S. and China; changes in customer order patterns; changes in product mix; capacity utilization; level of competition; pricing pressure and declines in average selling prices; delays in new product introduction; delays in utility-scale project approval process; delays in utility-scale project construction; continued success in technological innovations and delivery of products with the features customers demand; shortage in supply of materials or capacity requirements; availability of financing; exchange rate fluctuations; litigation and other risks as described in the Company's SEC filings, including its annual report on Form 20-F filed on April 26, 2013. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance, or achievements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. All information provided in this press release is as of today's date, unless otherwise stated, and Canadian Solar undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW

Canadian Solar Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations

(In Thousands of US Dollars, Except Share And Per Share Data And Unless Otherwise Stated)



 Three Months Ended


 Twelve Months Ended

Item

December 31

September 30

December 31


December 31

December 31


2013

2013

2012


2013

2012

Net revenues

519,469

490,897

294,839


1,654,356

1,294,829

Cost of revenues

418,213

390,686

279,969


1,378,661

1,204,468

Gross profit

101,256

100,211

14,870


275,695

90,361

Selling expenses

28,457

21,248

24,965


88,426

91,053

General and administrative expenses

24,268

20,722

78,260


44,768

128,826

Research and development expenses

3,234

2,968

3,128


11,685

12,998

Total operating expenses

55,959

44,938

106,353


144,879

232,877

Income (loss)  from operations

45,297

55,273

(91,483)


130,816

(142,516)

Interest expenses

(9,948)

(11,769)

(9,894)


(46,244)

(53,305)

Interest income

2,777

2,749

3,661


11,973

13,360

Gain (loss) on change in foreign currency derivatives

8,936

(1,608)

2,267


10,764

(4,369)

Foreign exchange gain (loss)

(18,532)

2,279

(10,799)


(51,469)

(10,707)

Investment loss

-

-

(1,082)


-

(1,082)

Others

428

-

-


428

-

Income (loss) before income taxes

28,958

46,924

(107,330)


56,268

(198,619)

Income tax benefit (expenses)

(3,687)

(12,383)

3,291


(7,640)

5,433

Equity in loss of unconsolidated investees

(1,216)

(1,188)

(826)


(3,064)

(1,969)

Net income (loss)

24,055

33,353

(104,865)


45,564

(195,155)

Less: Net income attributable to non–controlling

interest

3,108

5,661

120


13,906

313

Net income (loss) attributable to Canadian Solar

Inc.

20,947

27,692

(104,985)


31,658

(195,469)

Earnings (Loss) per share-basic

$0.41

$0.58

($2.43)


$0.68

($4.53)

Shares used in computation-basic

50,494,856

47,435,751

43,236,769


46,306,739

43,190,778

Earnings (Loss) per share-diluted

$0.39

$0.56

($2.43)


$0.63

($4.53)

Shares used in computation-diluted

53,317,482

49,567,538

43,236,769


50,388,284

43,190,778

  

Canadian Solar Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

(In Thousands of US Dollars)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31

September 30

December 31


December 31

December 31


2013

2013

2012


2013

2012

Net  Income(loss)

24,055

33,353

(104,865)


45,564

(195,155)

Other comprehensive income, net of tax:







Foreign currency translation adjustments

(3,420)

5,369

2,584


1,877

5,505

Comprehensive income (loss)

20,635

38,722

(102,281)


47,441

(189,650)

Less: comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling

interest

2,115

5,908

168


12,667

579

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Canadian

Solar Inc.

18,520

32,814

(102,449)


34,774

(190,229)

  

Canadian Solar Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

(In Thousands of US Dollars)





December 31, 2013

December 31, 2012

Assets




Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents


228,250

141,968

Restricted cash


451,153

422,357

Accounts receivable trade, net


280,694

254,906

Accounts receivable, unbilled


13,947

5,230

Amount due from related parties


4,689

9,977

Inventories


231,158

274,456

Value added tax recoverable


15,705

14,483

Advances to suppliers, net


42,028

28,998

Foreign currency derivative assets


7,323

1,351

Project assets -current


344,162

180,437

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


100,247

108,041

Total current assets


1,719,356

1,442,204

Property, plant and equipment, net


407,605

469,643

Deferred tax assets


62,950

39,082

Prepaid land use right


18,776

18,629

Investments in affiliates


34,070

26,728

Intangible assets, net


5,657

4,328

Project assets -non-current


160,836

218,710

Other non-current assets


44,485

39,989

TOTAL ASSETS


2,453,735

2,259,313

Current liabilities:




Short-term borrowings


778,513

858,927

Accounts and notes payable


639,376

461,631

Amounts due to related parties


19,872

5,037

Other payables


101,266

104,783

Advances from customers


75,328

18,659

Foreign currency derivative liabilities


597

365

Other current liabilities


163,407

90,848

Total current liabilities


1,778,359

1,540,250

Accrued warranty costs


40,605

58,334

Long-term borrowings


151,392

214,563

Liability for uncertain tax positions


17,192

14,804

Deferred tax liabilities - non current


24,044

56,152

Loss contingency accruals


29,698

28,461

Total liabilities


2,041,290

1,912,564

Redeemable non-controlling interest


10,948

45,166

Common shares


561,242

502,562

Additional paid-in capital


(32,121)

(38,296)

Accumulated deficit


(192,503)

(224,162)

Accumulated other comprehensive income


53,910

50,795

Total Canadian Solar Inc. shareholders' equity


390,528

290,899

Non-controlling interest


10,969

10,684

Total equity


401,497

301,583

TOTAL  LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE

NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST AND

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY


2,453,735

2,259,313

SOURCE Canadian Solar Inc.



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