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JinkoSolar Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

SHANGHAI, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a leading global solar power product manufacturer, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Highlights

  • Total solar product shipments were 301.9 megawatts ("MW"), consisting of 252.3 MW of solar modules, 25.3 MW of silicon wafers and 24.3 MW of solar cells. This represents a decrease of 9.9% from 335.2 MW in the third quarter of 2012 and an increase of 33.0% from 227.0 MW in the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Total revenues were RMB1.17 billion (US$187.3 million), representing a decrease of 12.2% from the third quarter of 2012 and a decrease of 2.6% from the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company entered into certain sales contracts with retainage terms (the "Retainage Contracts") in the third and fourth quarters of 2012 , under which customers were allowed to withhold payment of 5% to 10% of the full contract price as retainage for the specified period which generally ranges from one year to two years (the "Retainage Period").  In the third quarter of 2012, the Company recognized the full contract price including the retainage as revenue, and on that basis it previously reported total revenue of RMB1.39 billion for the quarter. Given the limited experience the Company has with respect to the collectability of the retainage under Retainage Contracts, the Company has concluded deferring such revenue was the appropriate accounting method and as such has deferred the revenue recognition of the retainage until the customers pay it after the Retainage Period expires. Accordingly, the Company has revised its total revenue for the third quarter of 2012 to RMB1.33 billion by deferring RMB59.8 million from the Retainage Contracts. The total amounts of retainage under the Retainage Contracts that were not recognized as revenue were RMB59.8 million and RMB62.0 million for the quarters ended September 30 and December 31, 2012, respectively. In addition, due to the change in revenue recognition as described in this paragraph, the Company has also revised the previously reported accounts receivable, net - third parties, current assets, total assets and net assets as of September 30, 2012 to RMB2.00 billion, RMB4.95 billion, RMB9.00 billion and RMB2.12 billion.
  • Gross margin was positive 3.8%, compared with positive 5.8% in the third quarter of 2012 and negative 4.4% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company's gross margin for the third quarter of 2012 has been revised from the previously reported 9.9% as a result of the change in the Company's revenue recognition with respect to the retainage under the Retainage Contracts.
  • In-house gross margin[1] was 5.6%, compared with 8.3% in the third quarter of 2012 and 5.8% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company's in-house gross margin for the third quarter of 2012 has been revised from the previously reported 12.6% as a result of the change in the Company's revenue recognition with respect to the retainage under the Retainage Contracts.
  • Loss from operations was RMB733.7 million (US$117.8 million), compared with a loss from operations of RMB111.3 million in the third quarter of 2012 and a loss from operations of RMB316.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company's loss from operations for the third quarter of 2012 has been revised from the previously reported RMB51.5 million as a result of the change in the Company's revenue recognition with respect to the retainage under the Retainage Contracts.
  • Net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders was RMB761.1 million (US$122.2 million), compared with a net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders of RMB114.5 million in the third quarter of 2012 and a net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders of RMB366.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company's net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders for the third quarter of 2012 has been revised from the previously reported RMB54.8 million as a result of the change in the Company's revenue recognition with respect to the retainage under the Retainage Contracts.
  • Diluted loss per share was RMB8.58 (US$1.38), compared with a diluted loss per share of RMB1.29 in the third quarter of 2012 and a diluted loss per share of RMB4.06 in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company's diluted loss per share for the third quarter of 2012 has been revised from the previously reported RMB0.62 as a result of the change in the Company's revenue recognition with respect to the retainage under the Retainage Contracts.
  • Diluted loss per American depositary share ("ADS") was RMB34.32 (US$5.51), compared with a diluted loss per ADS of RMB5.16 in the third quarter of 2012 and a diluted loss per ADS of RMB16.24 in the fourth quarter of 2011. Each ADS represents four ordinary shares. The Company's diluted loss per ADS for the third quarter of 2012 has been revised from the previously reported RMB2.48 as a result of the change in the Company's revenue recognition with respect to the retainage under the Retainage Contracts.
  • Non-GAAP net loss[2] attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders in the fourth quarter of 2012 was RMB699.5 million (US$112.3 million), compared with a non-GAAP net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders of RMB87.6 million in the third quarter of 2012 and a non-GAAP net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders of RMB370.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company's Non-GAAP net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders for the third quarter of 2012 has been revised from the previously reported RMB27.8 million as a result of the change in the Company's revenue recognition with respect to the retainage under the Retainage Contracts.
  • Non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per share in the fourth quarter of 2012 was RMB7.88 (US$1.26). Non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per ADS of RMB31.52 (US$5.06) in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Full Year 2012 Highlights

  • Total solar product shipments for the full year 2012 reached a record high of 1,188.3 MW, consisting of 912.4 MW of solar modules, 197.4 MW of silicon wafers and 78.5 MW of solar cells, an increase of 25.0% from 950.5MW for the full year 2011.
  • Total revenues were RMB4.79 billion (US$769.6 million) for the full year 2012, a decrease of 35.1% from RMB7.38 billion for the full year 2011.
  • Gross margin was 4.8% for the full year 2012, compared with 15.6% for the full year 2011.
  • Net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders was RMB1.54 billion (US$247.6 million) for the full year 2012, compared with a net income of  RMB273.3 million for the full year 2011.
  • Diluted loss per share for the full year 2012 was RMB17.38 (US$2.79), compared with a diluted loss per share of RMB1.23 for the full year 2011. 
  • Diluted loss per ADS for the full year 2012 was RMB69.52 (US$11.16), compared with a diluted loss per ADS of RMB4.92 for the full year 2011.
  • Non-GAAP net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders for the full year 2012 were RMB1.42 billion (US$227.2 million), compared with a non-GAAP net income attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders of RMB4.4 million for the full year 2011.
  • Non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per share the full year 2012 were RMB15.94 (US$2.56), and non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per ADS the full year 2012 were RMB 63.76 (US$10.23).

"Our business continued to face significant challenges during the fourth quarter due to continued module oversupply and the economic uncertainties lingering over the global economy," commented Mr. Kangping Chen, JinkoSolar's Chief Executive Officer. "Despite these challenges, we were able to maintain positive gross margins while shipping a record high 1,188.3MW during 2012, of which 912.4MW were solar modules. I believe that these results demonstrate the effectiveness of our strategy and ability to adapt to the changing environment and conditions of our diversified markets and locations."

"Our working capital has continued to improve during the fourth quarter as we achieved positive operating cash flow. Our financial position improved with the RMB800 million corporate bonds we issued in January 2013. I am proud of the fact that JinkoSolar has been the only Chinese solar company to date to have successfully issued corporate bonds in 2013, reflecting strong market confidence in our long-term growth potential and sustainable business development.

"In addition to our improved cash position, JinkoSolar's advanced technology, high product quality and reputation as a reliable partner has allowed us to establish even stronger relationships with our customers around the globe and, very importantly, attract repeat business. JinkoSolar recently launched the new "Eagle" series of modules, the world's first potential induced degradation free modules to be certified under weather conditions of 85 degrees Celsius and 85% relative humidity. The "Eagle" series of modules represent the new world standard JinkoSolar has set for high performance and reliability. Strong sales during the fourth quarter brought our inventory levels down to an industry-low of $84.7 million as of December 31, 2012, a decrease of approximately $50.9 million from September 30, 2012. We now have more than 160 customers and are active in 20 different countries, which is a true testament to the increasing global appeal of our brand."

"As the European economies continue to struggle, we are focused on diversifying our presence in emerging solar markets such as China, Japan, the United States, South Africa and India. Although we entered the Japanese market relatively late, we have established a considerable market presence and become a serious competitor in the market. With more than 100MW worth of shipments to Japan already signed, we are confident about future opportunities as we adjust our strategy to Japan's rapidly maturing market. We also expect the United States market to account for a large portion of the global growth in the coming year. Having adjusted our strategy to accommodate the AD/CVD tariffs, the United States' market is poised to contribute a considerable portion of our growth. In addition, in the fourth quarter of 2012, we have secured 60MW sales to India. We also announced last week the signing of a 115MW contract in South Africa, the second large contract we have signed in that country so far. China presents significant opportunities for us as we expand our project development and EPC business there alongside our module sales. As one of the first solar companies tapping into the growth potential of China's solar market, we have managed to secure multiple contracts and repeat business. That has allowed us to quickly become one of the best-known PV module brands in China. Recently, we signed a three-year framework agreement of 600MW modules with China Three Gorges New Energy Corp. following the 50MW contract signed in October 2012. With our strong brand name and reputation for high quality and reliability in China, we are well positioned to capture future growth."

"Although the prospects for the global solar industry remain uncertain, especially in light of the recent adverse developments in the industry, we are optimistic about our future development based on our current financial and operational strengths. We believe that our long-term growth prospects will further strengthen as our strong client relationships and reputation, which will bring us new and exciting business opportunities. We plan to continue to manage our business prudently and leverage our industry leading technology and cost structure along with our improved financial position to seize market opportunities and drive future growth."

Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Total Revenues

Total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012 were RMB1.17 billion (US$187.3 million), a decrease of 12.2% from RMB1.33 billion in the third quarter of 2012 and a decrease of 2.6% from RMB1.20 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.The sequential decrease in revenues was primarily due to an industry-wide decline in average selling prices ("ASPs") of solar products and a decrease in solar module shipments during the fourth quarter of 2012. The Company has revised its total revenue for the third quarter of 2012 from the previously reported RMB1.39 billion.

Gross/(Loss) Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2012 was RMB44.0 million (US$7.1 million), compared with a gross profit of RMB77.6 million in the third quarter of 2012 and a gross loss of RMB52.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company has revised its gross profit for the third quarter of 2012 from the previously reported RMB137.4 million.

Gross margin was positive 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with positive 5.8% in the third quarter of 2012 and negative 4.4% in the fourth quarter of 2011.The Company has revised its gross margin for the third quarter of 2012 from the previously reported 9.9%.

In-house gross margin relating to the Company's in-house silicon wafer, solar cell and solar module production was 5.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with 8.3% in the third quarter of 2012 and 5.8% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company has revised its in-house gross margin for the third quarter of 2012 from the previously reported 12.6%.

Income/ (Loss) from Operations and Operating Margin

Loss from operations in the fourth quarter of 2012 was RMB733.7 million (US$117.8 million), compared with a loss from operations of RMB111.3 million in the third quarter of 2012 and a loss from operations of RMB316.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Operating margin in the fourth quarter of 2012 was negative 62.9%, compared with negative 8.4% in the third quarter of 2012 and negative 26.4% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company has revised its loss from operations and operating margin for the third quarter of 2012 from the previously reported RMB51.5 million and negative 3.7%, respectively.

Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2012 were RMB777.7 million (US$124.8 million), an increase of 311.7% from RMB188.9 million in the third quarter of 2012 and an increase of 194.8% from RMB263.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, a provision for bad debts of RMB364.1 million (US$58.4 million) was recognized and recorded as general and administrative expenses, primarily due to the increase in overdue balance of accounts receivable, compared to RMB11.7 million in the third quarter of 2012 and RMB39.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  In addition, the Company recognized an impairment of long-lived assets for obsolete production lines of RMB65.5 million (US$10.5 million) due to the continuing technology innovation in the solar industry.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company wrote off equipment prepayments of RMB44.2 million (US$7.1 million) as a result of change of procurement plan. JinkoSolar further recognized a provision of RMB93.2 million (US$15.0 million) on inventory purchase prepayment under long-term polysilicon supply contracts as a result suspension of the supplier's production.

Total operating expenses excluding non-cash charges, consisting of provision for bad debts, an impairment of long-lived assets, a write-off for equipment prepayment and a provision for the Company's inventory purchase prepayment under long-term polysilicon supply contracts, were RMB210.7 million (US$33.8 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to RMB177.2 million in the third quarter of 2012 and RMB218.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Total operating expenses excluding non-cash charges as a percentage of total net revenues were 18.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 13.3% in the third quarter of 2012 and 18.2% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The increase in the percentage of total net revenues mainly resulted from the decline of revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Interest Expense, Net

Net interest expense in the fourth quarter of 2012 was RMB56.3 million (US$9.0 million), an increase of 8.8% from RMB51.8 million in the third quarter of 2012 and an increase of 6.1% from RMB53.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Exchange Gain / (Loss)

Due to the appreciation of the Euro against the RMB during the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company recorded anexchange gain of RMB59.7 million (US$9.6 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012, which was primarily due to a foreign currency exchange gain of RMB9.7 million (US$1.6 million) and gain in fair value of forward contracts of RMB50.0 million (US$8.0 million). By comparison, the Company had net exchange gain of RMB44.2 million in the third quarter of 2012 and net exchange loss of RMB28.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Change in Fair Value of Convertible Senior Notes and Capped Call Options

JinkoSolar recognized a loss from a change in fair value of convertible senior notes and capped call options of RMB68.7 million (US$11.0 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

JinkoSolar recognized a tax expense of RMB83,132 (US$13,344) in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with a tax expense of RMB1.3 million in the third quarter of 2012 and a tax gain of RMB18.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net Income (Loss) and Earnings (Loss) per Share

Net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders in the fourth quarter of 2012 was RMB761.1 million (US$122.2 million), compared with a net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders of RMB114.5 million in the third quarter of 2012 and a net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders of RMB366.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company has revised its net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders for the third quarter of 2012 from the previously reported RMB54.8 million.

Basic and diluted loss per share was RMB8.58 (US$1.38) in the fourth quarter of 2012. Basic and diluted loss per ADS was RMB34.32 (US$5.51) in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Non-GAAP net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders in the fourth quarter of 2012 was RMB699.5 million (US$112.3 million), compared with a non-GAAP net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders of RMB87.6 million in the third quarter of 2012 and a non-GAAP net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders of RMB370.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company has revised its non-GAAP net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders for the third quarter of 2012 from the previously reported RMB27.8 million.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per share in the fourth quarter of 2012 was RMB7.88 (US$1.26). This translates into non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per ADS of RMB31.52 (US$5.06) in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Financial Position

As of December 31, 2012, the Company had RMB419.9 million (US$67.4 million) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared with RMB580.0 million of cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash as of December 31, 2011.

As of December 31, 2012, total short-term borrowings including the current portion of long-term bank borrowings were RMB2.25 billion (US$360.4 million), compared with RMB2.20 billion as of December 31, 2011, and total long-term borrowings were RMB167.0 million (US$26.8 million), compared with RMB155.5 million as of December 31, 2011. 

As of December 31, 2012, the Company's working capital balance was negative RMB2.25 billion (US$361.6 million), compared with negative RMB1.03 billion as of December 31, 2011.

Full Year 2012 Financial Results

Total Revenues

Total revenues for the full year 2012 were RMB4.79 billion (US$769.6 million), a decrease of 35.1% from RMB7.38 billion for the full year 2011. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease in ASPs which were offset by increased shipments.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit for the full year 2012 was RMB232.2 million (US$37.3 million), a decrease of 79.8% from RMB1.15 billion for the full year 2011. Gross margin was 4.8% for the full year 2012, compared with 15.6% for the full year 2011. The gross margin decrease was primarily due to the decrease in ASPs which were in excess of both lower polysilicon purchase prices and reduction in non-silicon manufacturing cost per watt in 2012.

(Loss) / Income from Operations and Operating Margin

Loss from operations for the full year 2012 was RMB1.23 billion (US$198.0 million), compared with an income from operations of RMB315.9 million for the full year 2011. Operating margin for the full year 2012 was negative 25.7%, compared with positive 4.3% for the full year 2011. Total operating expenses for the full year 2012 were RMB1.47 billion (US$235.3 million), an increase of 75.8% from RMB834.0 million for the full year 2011. Operating expenses represented 30.6% of total revenues for the full year 2012, compared with 11.3% for the full year 2011. The increase in operating expenses was primarily attributable to the recognition of non-cash charges including provision for bad debts of RMB412.5 million (US$66.1 million), an impairment of long-lived assets of RMB65.5 million (US$10.5 million), a write-off for equipment prepayment of RMB44.2 million (US$7.1 million) and provisions for inventory purchase prepayment under long-term polysilicon supply contracts of RMB223.0 million (US$35.8 million).

Interest Expense, Net

Net interest expense for the full year 2012 was RMB221.7 million (US$35.6 million), an increase of 21.5% from RMB182.5 million in 2011. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in interest expenses as a result of the full year impact of convertible senior notes and increase of short-term borrowings during 2012.

Exchange Gain/(Loss)

In 2012, the Company entered into foreign currency forward contracts with local banks to hedge exposure to foreign exchange risks. JinkoSolar had a net loss in foreign currency exchange of RMB45.5 million (US$7.3 million) for the full year 2012, compared with a net loss of RMB102.4 million in 2011, primarily due to the exchange loss resulting from the depreciation of the Euro and U.S. dollar against RMB.

Change in Fair Value of Convertible Senior Notes and Capped Call Options

JinkoSolar recognized a loss from a change in fair value of convertible senior notes and capped call options of RMB97.2 million (US$15.6 million) for the full year 2012.

Income Tax Expense

The Company recognized a tax benefit of RMB8.9 million (US$1.4 million) for the full year 2012 primarily mainly due to the true-up recorded for income tax credits applicable to the Company in 2011 which were approved by the tax authorities in the second quarter of 2012, compared with a tax expense of RMB81.1 million in 2011.

Net Income and Earnings per Share

Net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders for the full year 2012 was RMB1.54 billion (US$247.6 million), compared with a net income of RMB273.3 million in 2011.

Basic and diluted loss per share for the full year 2012 was RMB17.38 (US$2.79). This translates into basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB69.52 (US$11.16) for the full year 2012.

Non-GAAP net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders for the full year 2012 was RMB1.42 billion (US$227.2 million), compared with a non-GAAP net income of RMB4.4 million in 2011.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per share for the full year 2012 were RMB15.94 (US$2.56), which translates into non-GAAP basic and diluted loss per ADS of RMB63.76 (US$10.23) for the full year 2012.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Operational Highlights

Solar Product Shipments

Total solar product shipments in the fourth quarter of 2012 were 301.9 MW, consisting of 252.3 MW of solar modules, 25.3MW of silicon wafers and 24.3 MW of solar cells. In comparison, total shipments for the third quarter of 2012 were 335.2 MW, consisting of 280.0 MW of solar modules, 28.6 MW of silicon wafers and 26.6 MW of solar cells, and total solar product shipments in the fourth quarter of 2011 were 227.0MW, consisting of 169.1 MW of solar modules, 41.0 MW of silicon wafers and 16.9 MW of solar cells.

Total solar product shipments for the full year 2012 were 1,188.3 MW, consisting of 912.4 MW of solar modules, 197.4 MW of silicon wafers and 78.5 MW of solar cells. In comparison, total shipments for the full year 2011 were 950.5 MW, consisting of 760.8 MW of solar modules, 134.7 MW of silicon wafers and 55.0 MW of solar cells. Total solar product shipments and solar module shipments increased by 27.0% and 20.0%, respectively, from 2011 to 2012.

Solar Products Production Capacity

As of December 31, 2012, the Company's in-house annual silicon wafer, solar cell and solar module production capacity remained at approximately 1,200 MW each.

Recent Business Developments

  • In October 2012, JinkoSolar won a bid from China Three Gorges New Energy Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Three Gorges Corporation, to supply 50MW of solar modules for a PV power plant in Gansu Province, China.
  • In October 2012, JinkoSolar supplied 5.7MW of solar modules for a 11.6MW solar power station located on an abandoned strip mine in Starkenberg, Thuringia, Germany.
  • In December 2012, JinkoSolar entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with the Guangdong Branch of China Development Bank, which agreed to provide financing-cooperation to JinkoSolar (Switzerland) AG of up-to US$1 billion over a five-year period.
  • In December 2012, JinkoSolar signed a contract with WBHO-Building Energy to supply 81MW of solar modules to a solar PV park project in Gamagara Local Municipality, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
  • In December 2012, JinkoSolar signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Jinchuan Group, a Chinese state-owned enterprise, to jointly invest in and develop a 200MW PC solar power plant in Jinchang, Gansu Province, China. Once connected to the grid, the project will become one of Asia's largest independent PV solar power plants.
  • In January 2013, JinkoSolar unveiled a new series of "Eagle" solar modules. The Eagle series modules represent a new standard for high performance and reliability and were the world's first potential induced degradation free modules to be certified to operate under weather conditions of 85 Degrees Celsius 85% relative humidity.
  • In February 2013, JinkoSolar successfully completed the issuance of six-year bonds with a principal amount of RMB800 million. The bonds bear a fixed annual interest rate of 8.99% and will mature on January 29, 2019. The interest rate is based on current one year SHIBOR (Shanghai Interbank Offered Rate) of 4.40% plus 459 basis points (4.59%).
  • In February 2013, JinkoSolar entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with China Three Gorges New Energy Corp. to deliver, during the three years from 2013 to 2015, a total of 600MW of its high efficiency solar panels to be installed in western China.
  • In April, JinkoSolar signed a RMB360 million 15-year loan agreement with China Development Bank ("CDB"). The financing will be used to develop its domestic PV solar power plant projects.

Operations and Business Outlook

First Quarter and Full Year 2013 Guidance

For the first quarter of 2013, total solar module shipments are expected to be between 270 MW and 300 MW. For the full year 2013, total solar module shipments are expected to be between 1.2 GW and 1.5 GW, and total project development scale is expected to be between 200 MW and 300 MW. The Company expects to maintain in-house annual silicon wafer, solar cell and solar module production capacity at approximately 1,200 MW each by the end of 2013.

Conference Call Information

JinkoSolar's management will host an earnings conference call on Wednesday, April10, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (8:00 p.m. Beijing / Hong Kong the same day).

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

Hong Kong / International:

+852-2475-0994

U.S. Toll Free:

+1-866-519-4004

Passcode:

JinkoSolar

Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the pass code to join the call.

A telephone replay of the call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call through 12:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, April 17, 2013. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

International:  

+61-2-8199-0299

U.S. Toll Free:  

+1-855-452-5696

Passcode: 

24434559

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of JinkoSolar's website at http://www.jinkosolar.com.

About JinkoSolar

JinkoSolar is a leading solar power product manufacturer with production operations in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces in China and sales and marketing offices in Shanghai, China; Munich, Germany; Bologna, Italy; Montpellier, France; Zug, Switzerland; San Francisco, the United States; Queensland, Australia; Ontario, Canada and Singapore.

JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain with an integrated annual capacity of approximately 1.2 GW each for silicon ingots, silicon wafers, solar PV cells and solar PV modules as of December 31, 2012. JinkoSolar distributes its photovoltaic products to a diversified customer base in the global PV market, including Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, the United States, France, Eastern Europe, China, India, Japan and other countries and regions.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), JinkoSolar uses certain non-GAAP financial measures including, non-GAAP net income (loss), non-GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share, non-GAAP earnings (loss) per ADS and non-GAAP diluted weighted average ordinary shares outstanding, which are adjusted from the comparable GAAP results to exclude certain expenses or incremental ordinary shares relating to convertible senior notes and capped call options:

  • Non-GAAP net income (loss) is adjusted to exclude the expenses relating to the issuance costs of convertible senior notes, changes in fair value of convertible senior notes and capped call options, interest expenses of convertible senior notes and exchange gain on the convertible senior notes and capped call options;
  • Non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share and non-GAAP earnings (loss) per ADS are adjusted to exclude the expenses relating to the issuance costs of convertible senior notes, changes in fair value of convertible senior notes and capped call options, interest expenses of convertible senior notes and exchange gain on the convertible senior notes and capped call options as well as incremental shares for assumed conversions of convertible senior notes; and
  • Non-GAAP diluted weighted average ordinary shares outstanding are adjusted to exclude incremental shares for assumed conversions of convertible senior notes.

The Company believes that the use of non-GAAP information is useful for analysts and investors to evaluate JinkoSolar's current and future performances based on a more meaningful comparison of net income and diluted net income per ADS when compared with its peers and historical results from prior periods. These measures are not intended to represent or substitute numbers as measured under GAAP. The submission of non-GAAP numbers is voluntary and should be reviewed together with GAAP results.    

Currency Convenience Translation

The conversion of Renminbi into U.S. dollars in this release, made solely for the convenience of the readers, 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 December 31, 2012, which was RMB6.2301to US$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 December 31, 2012. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on Renminbi.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in 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 quotations from management in this press release and the Company's operations and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in JinkoSolar's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China: 
Sebastian Liu
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
Tel: +86 21 6061 1792
Email: ir@jinkosolar.com

Christian Arnell
Christensen
Tel: +86-10-5826-4939
Email: carnell@christensenir.com

In the U.S.:
Jeff Bloker
Christensen
Tel: +1-480-614-3003
Email: jbloker@christensenir.com

[1]   

JinkoSolar defines "in-house gross margin" as the gross margin of PV modules produced using the Company's in-house produced silicon wafers and solar cells.



[2]

JinkoSolar adjusts net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders to exclude 1) the expenses related to the issuance of convertible senior notes, 2) changes in fair value of convertible senior notes and capped call options, 3) interest expenses on the convertible senior notes, and 4) the exchange gain on the convertible senior notes and capped call options.

 

    

JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO., LTD.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except ADS and Share data)


For the quarter ended




December 31, 2011


September 30, 2012


December 31, 2012


Notes


RMB


RMB


RMB


USD



Revenues from third parties 

1,167,324


1,306,180


1,116,516


179,213


A











Revenues from related parties 

31,109


23,349


50,650


8,130













Total revenues 

1,198,433


1,329,529


1,167,166


187,343


A











Cost of revenues 

(1,250,708)


(1,251,910)


(1,123,171)


(180,281)













Gross profit 

(52,275)


77,619


43,995


7,062


A











Operating expenses: 










   Selling and marketing 

(88,288)


(90,420)


(84,686)


(13,593)



   General and administrative 

(165,400)


(81,545)


(510,056)


(81,870)



   Research and development 

(10,112)


(16,944)


(20,256)


(3,251)



   Provision for advance to suppliers 

-


-


(97,230)


(15,606)



   Impairment of long lived assets 

-


-


(65,476)


(10,510)



Total operating expenses 

(263,800)


(188,909)


(777,704)


(124,830)













Loss from operations 

(316,075)


(111,290)


(733,709)


(117,768)


A

Interest expenses, net 

(53,093)


(51,757)


(56,320)


(9,040)



Subsidy income 

4,897


-


40,619


6,520



Exchange (loss)/gain 

(60,796)


49,069


9,704


1,558



Other (expense)/income, net 

(716)


12,414


(4,070)


(653)



Change in fair value of forward
contracts

32,499


(4,873)


50,000


8,026



Change in fair value of convertible senior
notes and capped call options 

8,663


(6,801)


(68,671)


(11,022)



Loss before income taxes  

(384,621)


(113,238)


(762,447)


(122,379)


A

Income tax benefit/(expense) 

17,988


(1,289)


(83)


(13)



Equity in losses of affiliated companies 

-


-


(16)


(3)



Net loss 

(366,633)


(114,527)


(762,546)


(122,395)


A

Less: Net (income)/loss attributable to non-
controlling interests 

(17)


2


(1,411)


(226)



Net loss attributable to
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s
ordinary shareholders 

(366,616)


(114,529)


(761,135)


(122,169)


A

Net loss attributable to
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s
ordinary shareholders per share: 










   Basic 

(4.06)


(1.29)


(8.58)


(1.38)


A

   Diluted 

(4.06)


(1.29)


(8.58)


(1.38)


A











Net loss attributable to
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s
ordinary shareholders per ADS: 










   Basic 

(16.24)


(5.16)


(34.32)


(5.51)


A

   Diluted 

(16.24)


(5.16)


(34.32)


(5.51)


A











Weighted average ordinary shares
outstanding: 










   Basic 

90,358,034


88,740,778


88,742,978


88,742,978



   Diluted 

90,358,034


88,740,778


88,742,978


88,742,978













UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)













Net loss 

(366,633)


(114,527)


(762,546)


(122,395)


A

Other comprehensive income: 










   -Foreign currency translation adjustments 

667


(609)


507


81



Comprehensive income/ (loss) 

(365,966)


(115,136)


(762,039)


(122,314)



Less: comprehensive income/ (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest 

(17)


2


(1,411)


(226.00)



Comprehensive loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders 

(365,949)


(115,138)


(760,628)


(122,088)


A































NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION 




















1. Non-GAAP earnings per share and non-GAAP earnings per ADS 



















GAAP net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders 

(366,616)


(114,529)


(761,135)


(122,169)


A











Change in fair value of convertible senior
notes and capped call options 

(8,663)


6,801


68,671


11,022













4% of interest expense of convertible
senior notes 

7,877


6,192


9,356


1,502













Exchange (loss)/gain on  convertible senior
notes and capped call options 

(3,355)


13,985


(16,440)


(2,639)













Non-GAAP net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders-  

(370,757)


(87,551)


(699,548)


(112,284)


A











Non-GAAP net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders per share - 










   Basic 

(4.10)


(0.99)


(7.88)


(1.26)


A

   Diluted 

(4.10)


(0.99)


(7.88)


(1.26)


A











Non-GAAP net loss attributable to
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. 's ordinary
shareholders per ADS - 










   Basic 

(16.40)


(3.96)


(31.52)


(5.06)


A

   Diluted 

(16.40)


(3.96)


(31.52)


(5.06)


A











Non-GAAP weighted average ordinary
shares outstanding - 










   Basic 

90,358,034


88,740,778


88,742,978


88,742,978



   Diluted 

90,358,034


88,740,778


88,742,978


88,742,978























Notes A: In the third and fourth quarters of 2012, the Company entered into certain sales contracts with retainage terms (the "Retainage Contracts") , under which customers were allowed to withhold payment of 5% to 10% of the full contract price as retainage until after a specified period which generally range from one to two years (the "Retainage Period").  In the third quarter of 2012, the Company recognized the full contract price including the retainage as revenue, and on that basis it previously reported total revenue of RMB1.39 billion for the quarter. Given the limited experience the Company has with respect to the collectability of the retainage under Retainage Contracts, the Company has concluded deferring such revenue was the appropriate accounting and as such deferring the revenue recognition of the retainage until the customers pay it after the Retainage Period expires. Accordingly, the Company has revised its total revenue for the third quarter of 2012 to RMB1.33 billion by deferring RMB59.8 million from the Retainage Contracts. As a result, the corresponding gross profit, loss from operations, loss before income taxes, net loss, net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders, basic and diluted loss per share/ADS, comprehensive loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders, non-GAAP net loss attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders have been revised. In addition, due to the change in revenue recognition as described in the foregoing, the Company has also revised the previously reported accounts receivable, net - third parties, current assets, total assets and net assets as of September 30, 2012 to RMB2.00 billion, RMB4.95 billion, RMB9.00 billion and RMB2.12 billion.



























  

JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO., LTD. 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except ADS and Share data)



2011


2012


RMB


RMB


USD

Revenues from third parties 

7,352,363


4,593,413


737,294







Revenues from related parties 

32,588


201,356


32,320







Total revenues 

7,384,951


4,794,769


769,614







Cost of revenues 

(6,235,100)


(4,562,531)


(732,337)







Gross profit 

1,149,851


232,238


37,277







Operating expenses: 






   Selling and marketing 

(338,382)


(343,407)


(55,121)

   General and administrative 

(465,591)


(760,807)


(122,118)

   Research and development 

(29,993)


(68,960)


(11,069)

   Provision for advance to suppliers 

-


(227,073)


(36,448)

   Impairment of long lived assets 

-


(65,476)


(10,510)

Total operating expenses 

(833,966)


(1,465,723)


(235,266)







Profit/Loss from operations 

315,885


(1,233,485)


(197,989)

Interest expenses, net 

(182,502)


(221,720)


(35,589)

Convertible senior notes issuance costs 

(30,154)


-


-

Subsidy income 

25,554


40,903


6,565

Exchange (loss)/gain 

(138,994)


(36,473)


(5,854)

Other (expense)/income, net 

28,257


4,264


684

Change in fair value of forward
 contracts 

36,605


(9,043)


(1,452)

Change in fair value of convertible senior
 notes and capped call options 

299,748


(97,161)


(15,595)

Income/(loss) before income taxes  

354,399


(1,552,715)


(249,230)

Income tax (expense)/benefit 

(81,073)


8,918


1,431

Equity in profits of affiliated companies 

-


(16)


(3)

Net income/(loss) 

273,326


(1,543,813)


(247,802)

Less: Net income attributable to non-
controlling interests 

(17)


(1,394)


(224)

Net income/(loss) attributable to
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s
ordinary shareholders 

273,343


(1,542,419)


(247,578)

Net income/(loss) attributable to
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s
ordinary shareholders per share: 






   Basic 

2.91


(17.38)


(2.79)

   Diluted 

(1.23)


(17.38)


(2.79)







Net income/(loss) attributable to
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s
ordinary shareholders per ADS: 






   Basic 

11.64


(69.52)


(11.16)

   Diluted 

(4.92)


(69.52)


(11.16)







Weighted average ordinary shares
outstanding: 






   Basic 

93,966,535


88,752,706


88,752,706

   Diluted 

102,686,971


88,752,706


88,752,706







UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)







Net income/ (loss) 

273,326


(1,543,813)


(247,802)

Other comprehensive income: 






   -Foreign currency translation adjustments 

(135)


371


60

Comprehensive income/ (loss) 

273,191


(1,543,442)


(247,742)

Less: comprehensive income/ (loss)

attributable to non-controlling interest 

(17)


(1,394)


(224)

Comprehensive income/ (loss) attributable to

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary

shareholders 

273,208


(1,542,048)


(247,518)



















 NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION 












1. Non-GAAP earnings per share and non-GAAP earnings per ADS 











GAAP net income/(loss) attributable to
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary
shareholders 

273,343


(1,542,419)


(247,578)







Change in fair value of convertible senior
notes and capped call options 

(299,748)


97,161


15,595







Convertible senior notes issuance costs 

30,154


-


-







4% of interest expense of convertible
senior notes 

19,856


31,045


4,983







Exchange (loss) on  convertible senior
notes and capped call options 

(19,255)


(944)


(152)







Non-GAAP net income/(loss) attributable to
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary
shareholders-  

4,350


(1,415,157)


(227,152)







Non-GAAP net income/(loss) attributable to
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary
shareholders per share - 






   Basic 

0.05


(15.94)


(2.56)

   Diluted 

0.05


(15.94)


(2.56)







Non-GAAP net income attributable to
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. 's ordinary
shareholders per ADS - 






   Basic 

0.20


(63.76)


(10.23)

   Diluted 

0.20


(63.76)


(10.23)







Non-GAAP weighted average ordinary
shares outstanding - 






   Basic 

93,966,535


88,752,706


88,752,706

   Diluted 

95,121,675


88,752,706


88,752,706







 

JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO., LTD.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)



December 31, 2011
(Note 1)


December 31, 2012


RMB


RMB


USD

ASSETS






Current assets:






  Cash and cash equivalents

433,851


279,130


44,803

  Restricted cash 

146,175


140,761


22,594

  Short-term investments

494,215


722,461


115,963

  Accounts receivable, net - related parties

31,010


105,531


16,939

  Accounts receivable, net - third parties

1,600,207


1,712,685


274,905

  Notes receivable

17,280


1,424


229

  Advances to suppliers, net - third parties

208,104


63,553


10,201

  Inventories

798,075


527,962


84,744

  Forward contract receivables

64,955


12,930


2,075

  Other receivables—related parties

691


5,840


937

  Prepayments and other current assets

813,910


413,331


66,344







Total current assets

4,608,473


3,985,608


639,734







Non-current assets:






  Restricted cash

-


14,800


2,376

  Project Assets

-


536,391


86,097

  Long term investment

-


35,184


5,647

  Property, plant and equipment, net

3,840,799


3,329,873


534,481

  Land use rights, net

368,043


365,749


58,707

  Intangible assets, net

3,656


6,374


1,023

  Advances to suppliers to be utilized
  beyond one year

209,631


-


-

  Capped call options

16,408


16,131


2,589

  Other assets 

129,388


82,210


13,196







Total assets

9,176,398


8,372,320


1,343,850







LIABILITIES






Current liabilities:






  Accounts payable - related parties

35,888


30,045


4,823

  Accounts payable - third parties

340,999


1,347,327


216,261

  Notes payable 

909,831


1,149,137


184,449

  Accrued payroll and welfare expenses

176,648


206,425


33,133

  Advances from customers

85,524


121,031


19,427

  Income tax payables

32,884


3


0

  Other payables and accruals

813,027


817,393


131,201

  Other payables due to a related party

1,094


2,271


365

  Forward contract payables

5,524


5,491


881

  Bonds payable and accrued interests

1,039,635


313,690


50,351

  Short-term borrowings from third parties,

including current portion of long-term bank
borrowings

2,200,032


2,245,631


360,449

  Guarantee liabilities

1,500


0


0







Total current liabilities

5,642,586


6,238,444


1,001,340







Non-current liabilities:






  Long-term borrowings

155,500


167,000


26,805

  Long-term payables

-


146


23

  Accrued warranty costs – non-current

85,362


109,338


17,550

  Convertible senior notes

387,777


483,582


77,620

  Forward contract payables-long term

-


-


-







Total long term liabilities

628,639


760,066


121,998







Total liabilities

6,271,225


6,998,510


1,123,338







SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Ordinary shares (US$0.00002 par value,

500,000,000 shares authorized, 89,435,058 and

88,758,778 shares issued and outstanding as of

December 31, 2011 and 2012, respectively)

13


13


2

Additional paid-in capital

1,507,225


1,524,729


244,736

Statutory reserves

178,984


179,041


28,738

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)/income

(135)


236


38

Treasury stock, at cost; 1,028,920 and 1,723,200

of ordinary shares as of December 31,
2011 and 2012, respectively

(8,354)


(13,876)


(2,227)

Retained earnings

1,217,457


(325,022)


(52,170)







Total JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. shareholders'

equity

2,895,190


1,365,121


219,117







Non-controlling interests

9,983


8,689


1,395







Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

9,176,398


8,372,320


1,343,850







Note 1: The Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2011 was derived from the audited consolidated financial statements.

SOURCE JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.



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