Daqo New Energy Announces Unaudited Third Quarter 2013 Results

CHONGQING, China, Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Daqo New Energy Corp. (NYSE: DQ) ("Daqo New Energy" or the "Company"), a leading polysilicon manufacturer based in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2013.

Third Quarter 2013 Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Polysilicon shipments were approximately 1,288 metric tons (MT), exceeding original guidance by 29%. Wafer shipments were 7.5 million pieces. We also shipped 6.6 MT of multi-crystal silicon blocks to our customers.
  • Revenues were $29.6 million, compared to $27.8 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $21.1 million in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Gross loss was $3.9 million, compared to $10.2 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $10.8 million in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Gross margin was negative 13.3%, compared to negative 36.7% in the second quarter of 2013 and negative 51.1% in the third quarter of 2012. Excluding costs related to the polysilicon operations in Wanzhou, the non-GAAP gross margin was positive 9.8% in the third quarter of 2013, compared to negative 3.9% in the second quarter of 2013.
  • Operating loss was $5.0 million, compared to $175.0 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $15.7 million in the third quarter of 2012. Excluding costs related to the polysilicon operations in Wanzhou for both the second and third quarter, and excluding long-lived assets impairment charge in the second quarter, the Company's non-GAAP operating income in the third quarter was positive $1.9 million, compared to non-GAAP operating loss of $7.4 million in the second quarter of 2013.
  • Net loss attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders was $10.3 million, compared to $34.0 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $15.5 million in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Earnings per fully diluted ADS were negative $1.49, compared to negative $4.91 in the second quarter of 2013, and negative $2.46 in the third quarter of 2012.
  • EBITDA* were $6.8 million in the third quarter of 2013.

*A non-GAAP measure which represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization

"In the third quarter of 2013, due to strong demands from our downstream customers, the actual shipment of polysilicon exceeded our original guidance by 29%. The shipment in the third quarter included 191 MT decrease in inventory balance. We have already booked out all of our remaining capacity through the end of the year. In September, we signed long-term agreements with three Chinese leading wafer manufacturers with the contracted volume accounted for over 70% of our current capacity from Xinjiang facilities. We believe with solar PV market continues to grow in the long run, the demand for high quality and low cost polysilicon will keep increasing."

"In the third quarter of 2013, it was the first time for both of our Xinjiang polysilicon facilities and Wanzhou wafer facilities to achieve positive gross margin on stand-alone basis. It was also the first time since the first quarter of 2012 that we generated positive operating cash inflow on quarterly basis at the company level. Our operating cash flow improved from negative $24.3 million in the first quarter to positive $8.8 million in the third quarter of 2013. In the fourth quarter of 2013, we expect that our Xinjiang polysilicon facilities will break even, and our Wanzhou wafer facilities will improve its gross margin to high single digit," commented Dr. Gongda Yao, Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

"In October, our total production cost for polysilicon was reduced to $15.16/kg. We are currently in the final stage of the 6,150MT expansion project. We will start trial production by end of November and our total production cost will be lowered to $14/kg level when we complete the trail run."

"To best leverage our technical expertise and take advantage of the low utility cost in Xinjiang, the Board has officially approved our plan to further expand our capacity in Xinjiang from 6,150MT to 12,000 MT. We have already formed a dedicated team and started initial preparation works. We expect to complete the project and start pilot production by the end of 2014. Our cost will be further reduced to the level of $12/kg when we fully ramp up the capacity," Dr. Yao concluded.

Third Quarter 2013 Results

Revenues

Revenues were $29.6 million, compared to $27.8 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $21.1 million in the third quarter of 2012.

The Company generated revenues of $22.9 million from polysilicon, compared to $16.4 million in the second quarter of 2013, and $19.4 million in the third quarter of 2012. The increase from the second quarter of 2013 was primarily due to higher sales volume and higher average selling prices.

The Company generated $6.0 million from sales of wafers, compared to $7.1 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $0.7 million in the third quarter of 2012. The decrease from the second quarter of 2013 was primarily due to lower sales volume.

The Company also generated $0.7 million from other businesses, such as sales of multi-crystal silicon blocks.

Gross loss and margin

Gross loss was $3.9 million, compared to $10.2 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $10.8 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Gross margin was negative 13.3%, compared to negative 36.7% in the second quarter of 2013 and negative 51.1% in the third quarter of 2012. Gross margin improved from the second quarter of 2013 primarily due to the increased sales volume, higher average selling prices and reduced production cost for polysilicon.

Excluding costs related to the polysilicon operations in Wanzhou, the non-GAAP gross margin was 9.8% in the third quarter of 2013, compared to negative 3.9% in the second quarter of 2013.

Selling, general and administrative expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $3.8 million, compared to $6.2 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $5.1 million in the third quarter of 2012. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses from the second quarter of 2013 was primarily due to higher bad debt provision in the second quarter of 2013.

Research and development expenses

Research and development expenses were $0.8 million, compared to $1.0 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $0.3 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Other operating income

Other operating income was $3.6 million, compared to $0.9 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2012. Other operating income was mainly composed of unrestricted cash incentives that the Company received from local government authorities, which fluctuates from period to period.

Operating loss and margin

As a result of the foregoing, operating loss was $5.0 million, compared to $175.0 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $15.7 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Operating margin was negative 16.8%, compared to negative 628.4% in the second quarter of 2013 and negative 74.2% in the third quarter of 2012. Excluding costs related to the polysilicon operations in Wanzhou for both the second and third quarter, and excluding long-lived assets impairment charge in the second quarter associated with the Wanzhou polysilicon operations, the Company's non-GAAP operating income in the third quarter was positive $1.9 million, compared to non-GAAP operating loss of $7.4 million in the second quarter of 2013.

EBITDA* were $6.8 million in the third quarter of 2013.

* A non-GAAP measure which represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization

Net Interest expense

Net interest expense was $4.9 million, compared to $4.9 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $3.8 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Income tax expense / (benefit)

Income tax expense was $1.1 million, compared to $0.1 million in the second quarter of 2013. The income tax benefit was $5.5 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Net loss attributable to our shareholders and earnings per ADS

As a result of the aforementioned, net loss attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders was $10.3 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared to $34.0 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $15.5 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Earnings per fully diluted ADS were negative $1.49 in the third quarter of 2013, compared to negative $4.91 in the second quarter of 2013, and negative $2.46 in the third quarter of 2012.

Financial Condition

As of September 30, 2013, the Company had $19.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared to $10.8 million as of June 30, 2013 and $17.3 million as of December 31, 2012.

As of September 30, 2013, the accounts receivable balance was $11.8 million, compared to $16.5 million as of June 30, 2013. As of September 30, 2013, the notes receivable balance was $11.9 million, compared to $9.0 million as of June 30, 2013. As of September 30, 2013, total borrowings were $262.6 million, of which $137.0 million were long-term borrowings, compared to total borrowings of $266.1 million, including $144.4 million long-term borrowings as of June 30, 2013.

Cash Flows

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the year-to-date net cash used in operating activities is $16.8 million, compared to $9.5 million in the same period of 2012. In the third quarter of 2013, it was the first time since the first quarter of 2012 that we achieved positive operating cash inflow on quarterly basis. The operating cash flows were $8.8 million, negative $1.3 million and negative $24.3 million in the third, second and first quarter of 2013 respectively.

The year-to-date net cash used in investing activities is $12.1 million, compared to $118.6 million in the same period of 2012. The majority of the expenses related to the construction of Xinjiang polysilicon facilities were paid in 2012.

Year-to-date net cash provided by financing activities is $33.1 million, compared to $59.9 million in the same period of 2012. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the company received $83.4 million in financial support from Daqo Group, a related party, compared to $5.4 million in the same period of 2012. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the company repaid bank borrowings of $121.4 million, compared to $73.5 million in the same period of 2012. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the company received proceeds from bank borrowings of $71.0 million, compared to $128.2 million in the same period of 2012.

Outlook for Fourth Quarter 2013

For the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company expects to ship 1,200 MT of polysilicon. The Company also expects to ship approximately 13.5 million pieces of wafer. In the fourth quarter, we don't expect to ship multi-crystal silicon ingots and blocks, which instead will be used internally for wafer slicing. This outlook reflects our current and preliminary view and may be subject to change. Our ability to achieve this projection is subject to risks and uncertainties. See "Safe Harbor Statement" at the end of this press release.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Daqo's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), Daqo uses in this press release non-GAAP operating loss and non-GAAP operation margin, which exclude costs related to the idle polysilicon facilities in Wanzhou and long-lived asset impairment and EBITDA. The presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Daqo believes that the non-GAAP financial measure facilitates investors' and management's comparisons to Daqo's historical performance and assists management's financial and operational decision making. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial measures to comparable GAAP measures."

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled a conference call to discuss the results at 8:00 AM Eastern Time on November 22, 2013.

The dial-in details for the live conference call are as follows:

United States:

1-877-870-4263

International:

1-412-317-0790

China Mainland:

Hong Kong:

4001-201203

800-905945

The conference ID number is 10037265.

You can also listen to the conference call via Webcast through the URL: http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=97086

A replay of the call will be available 1 hour after the end of the conference through November 29, 2013 at 9:00am ET.

The conference call replay numbers are as follows:

United States:

1-877-344-7529

International:

1-412-317-0088

The conference ID number for accessing the recording is 10037265.

Investors will also have the opportunity to listen to the replay over the Internet through the investor relations section of Daqo New Energy's web site at: www.dqsolar.com

About Daqo New Energy Corp.

Daqo New Energy Corp. (NYSE: DQ) is a leading polysilicon manufacturer based in China. Daqo New Energy primarily manufactures and sells high-quality polysilicon to photovoltaic product manufacturers. It also manufactures and sells photovoltaic wafers. For more information about Daqo New Energy, please visit www.dqsolar.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the outlook for the fourth quarter of 2013 and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Daqo New Energy's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: the demand for photovoltaic products and the development of photovoltaic technologies; global supply and demand for polysilicon; alternative technologies in cell manufacturing; our ability to significantly expand our polysilicon production capacity and output; the reduction in or elimination of government subsidies and economic incentives for solar energy applications; and our ability to successfully implement our vertical integration strategy. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the reports or documents we have filed with, or furnished to, the Securities and Exchange Commission. Daqo New Energy does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and Daqo New Energy undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

 

Daqo New Energy Corp.

Unaudited Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(US dollars in thousands, except ADS and per ADS data)



Three months Ended



Sep 30, 2013


Jun 30, 2013


Sep 30, 2012








Revenues                                                                               


$29,636


$27,840


$21,117

Cost of revenues


(33,585)


(38,062)


(31,909)

Gross loss


(3,949)


(10,222)


(10,792)

Operating expenses







Selling, general and administrative expenses


(3,792)


(6,199)


(5,137)

Research and development expenses


(814)


(993)


(300)

Other operating income


3,567


887


569

Impairment of long-lived assets


-


(158,425)


-

Total operating expenses


(1,039)


(164,730)


(4,868)

Loss from operations


(4,988)


(174,952)


(15,660)

Interest expense


(4,941)


(4,931)


(3,817)

Interest income


30


46


212

Foreign exchange gain (loss)


-


8


(20)

Loss before income taxes


(9,899)


(179,829)


(19,285)

Income tax benefit/(expense)


(1,073)


(139)


5,450

Net loss from continuing operations


(10,972)


(179,968)


(13,835)

Loss from discontinued operations


-


-


(260)








Net loss


(10,972)


(179,968)


(14,095)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest


(671)


(146,001)


(1,448)

Net loss attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp.
  shareholders


$(10,301)


$(33,967)


$(15,543)








Net loss


(10,971)


(179,968)


(14,095)

Other comprehensive income:







Foreign currency translation adjustments


343


2,992


3,428

Total other comprehensive income


343


2,992


3,428

Comprehensive loss


(10,628)


(176,976)


(10,667)

Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interest


(695)


(144,888)


(2,991)

Comprehensive loss attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp.
  shareholders


$(9,933)


$(32,088)


$(13,658)








 Loss per ADS







 --Continuing operations


(1.49)


(4.91)


(2.21)

 --Discontinued operations


-


-


(0.25)

 Basic


(1.49)


(4.91)


(2.46)

 --Continuing operations


(1.49)


(4.91)


(2.21)

 --Discontinued operations


-


-


(0.25)

 Diluted


(1.49)


(4.91)


(2.46)

Weighted average ADS outstanding







Basic


6,924,542


6,915,097


7,017,396

Diluted


6,924,542


6,915,097


7,017,396

 

Daqo New Energy Corp.

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets

(US dollars in thousands)




Sep 30, 2013


Jun 30, 2013


Dec 31, 2012








ASSETS:                                                                                    







Current Assets:







Cash and cash equivalents


$10,771


$6,679


$6,679

Restricted cash


8,703


4,100


10,650

Accounts receivable, net


11,811


16,534


27,823

Notes receivable


11,877


9,041


4,631

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


24,270


25,774


23,934

Advances to suppliers


1,580


631


738

Inventories


11,780


13,311


15,136

Amount due from related party


11,726


11,901


6,562

Deferred tax assets-current


64


364


358

Total current assets


92,580


88,335


96,511

Property, plant and equipment, net


495,719


506,927


677,895

Prepaid land use right


36,840


36,327


36,158

Deferred tax assets


163


934


1,057

Other non-current assets


172


4,189


4,687

TOTAL ASSETS


625,474


636,712


816,308








Current liabilities:







Short-term borrowings, including current portion of
     long-term borrowings


 

125,548


 

121,713


 

120,281

Accounts payable


14,981


15,746


12,346

Note payable


5,130


3,585


21,334

Advances from customers


24,836


27,871


29,396

Payables for purchases of property, plant and equipment


39,958


45,135


45,469

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


8,615


7,872


7,617

Amount due to related party


108,285


99,455


23,708

  Income tax payable


163


163


160

Total current liabilities


327,516


321,540


260,311








Long-term borrowings


137,036


144,431


187,521

Payables for Purchases of Property, Plant and Equipment


-


-


1,126

Deferred government grant


26,899


26,609


26,472

TOTAL LIABILITIES


491,451


492,580


475,430

 

EQUITY:














Ordinary shares


17


17


17

Treasury stock


(399)


(495)


(495)

Additional paid-in capital


146,083


145,660


144,756

Retained earnings (accumulated losses)


(24,653)


(14,355)


38,276

Accumulated other comprehensive income


22,477


22,112


19,551

Total Daqo New Energy Corp.'s shareholders' equity


143,525


152,939


202,105








Noncontrolling interest


(9,502)


(8,807)


138,773

Total equity


134,023


144,132


340,878








TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY


625,474


636,712


816,308

 

Daqo New Energy Corp.

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(US dollars in thousands)



For the nine months ended September 30,



2013


2012

Operating Activities:





        Net loss


$(212,811)


$(37,499)

              Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating
              activities:





      Long-lived assets impairment


158,425


-

      Share-based compensation


1,289


1,912

      Inventory write-down


5,306


2,488

      Allowance for doubtful accounts


4,230


842

      Depreciation of property, plant and equipment


40,275


27,234






           Changes in operating assets and liabilities:





      Accounts receivables


12,115


(9,228)

      Notes receivables


(7,031)


447

      Prepaid expenses and other current assets


105


(7,944)

      Advances to suppliers


(816)


1,613

      Inventories


(422)


7,963

      Amount due from related parties


(5,012)


7,879

      Prepaid land use rights


(35)


(5)

      Other non-current assets


4,592


(574)

      Accounts payable


2,382


671

      Notes payable


(16,366)


18,989

      Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


847


2,259

      Income tax payable


-


(9,433)

      Advances from customers


(5,074)


(9,070)

      Deferred government subsidies


(48)


-

      Deferred tax assets


1,212


(7,895)

      Other Long term liabilities


-


(130)

Net cash used in operating activities


(16,837)


(9,481)






Investing activities:





Purchases of property, plant and equipment


(14,150)


(102,554)

Increase/(decrease) in restricted cash


2,054


(18,717)

Disposition of Nanjing Daqo, net of cash disposed


-


2,656

Net cash used in investing activities


(12,096)


(118,615)






Financing activities:





Cash received from related parties


83,372


5,406

Proceeds from bank borrowings


70,964


128,213

Repayment of bank borrowings


(121,374)


(73,509)

Cash received from exercise of options


159


-

Purchase and retirement of treasury shares


-


(225)

Net cash provided by financing activities


33,121


59,885

Effect of exchange rate changes


(96)


(324)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


4,092


(68,535)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year


6,679


92,697

Cash and cash equivalents by September 30


10,771


24,162

 

Daqo New Energy Corp.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial measures to comparable GAAP measures

(US dollars in thousands)



Three months Ended



September 30, 2013


June 30, 2013


September 30, 2012








Gross margin


-13.3%


-36.7%


-51.1%

Costs related to the Wanzhou polysilicon operations


23.5%


32.8%


-

Non-GAAP gross margin


9.8%


-3.9%


-51.1%




Three months Ended



September 30, 2013


June 30, 2013


September 30, 2012








Loss from operations


(4,988)


(174,952)


(15,660)

Add back: Impairment of long-lived assets


-


158,424


-

Expenses related to the Wanzhou polysilicon operations


6,858


9,133



Non-GAAP income (loss) from operations.


1,870


(7,395)


(15,660)




Three months Ended



September 30, 2013


June 30, 2013


September 30, 2012








Net loss


(10,971)


(179,968)


(14,095)

Income tax expense/(benefit)


1,073


139


(5,450)

Interest expense


4,941


4,931


3,817

Interest income


(30)


(46)


(212)

Depreciation                                                                      


11,778


14,279


8,163

EBITDA (non-GAAP)


6,791


(160,665)


(7,777)

For further information, please contact:

Daqo New Energy Corp.
Kevin He, Investor Relations
Phone: +86-23-6486-6556
Email: Kevin.he@daqo.com

SOURCE Daqo New Energy Corp.



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