Canadian Solar Reports 4Q10 and FY2010 Financial Results

Mar 10, 2011, 06:00 ET from Canadian Solar Inc.

ONTARIO, Canada, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", "we" or "Canadian Solar") (Nasdaq: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar companies, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010, and its outlook for the first quarter and full year 2011.

4Q10 Highlights

  • Net revenues of $452.7 million for 4Q10 compared to net revenues of $377.2 million for 3Q10.
  • Shipments of 237 MW for 4Q10, compared to shipments of 200 MW for 3Q10.
  • Gross margin of 17.0% for 4Q10 compared to gross margin of 17.3% for 3Q10.
  • Net income of $0.58 per diluted share for 4Q10, compared to net income of $0.47 per diluted share for 3Q10.

Full Year Highlights

  • Net revenues of $1.5 billion for FY 2010 compared to net revenues of $631.0 million for FY 2009.
  • Shipments of 803 MW for FY 2010 compared to shipments of 310 MW for FY 2009.
  • Gross margin of 15.3% for FY 2010 compared to gross margin of 12.4% for FY 2009.
  • Net income of $1.16 per diluted share for FY 2010 compared to $0.60 per diluted share for FY 2009

Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 were $452.7 million, compared to net revenues of $377.2 million for the third quarter of 2010 and net revenues of $254.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $25.5 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, compared to net income of $20.3 million, or $0.47 per diluted share for the third quarter 2010, and a net loss of $15.6 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Shipments for the fourth quarter of 2010 were 237 MW, including 10 MW relating to the delivery of systems kits, compared to shipments of 200 MW for the third quarter of 2010 and shipments of 141 MW for the fourth quarter of 2009.  The Company's sales growth reflects the continued success of its market diversification efforts, with sales to non-European markets accounting for 29% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to 23% in the third quarter of 2010 and 8% in the fourth quarter of 2009.  

Net revenues for the full year 2010 were $1.5 billion compared to net revenues of $631 million for the full year 2009, a 137% increase.

Net income for the full year 2010 was $50.6 million, or $1.16 per diluted share, compared to net income for full year 2009 of $22.6 million, or $0.60 per diluted share.  

Shipments for the full year 2010 were 803 MW, compared to shipments of 310 MW for the full year 2009, representing a 159% increase. Shipments for the full year 2010 include 24 MW relating to the delivery of systems kits.  

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, remarked: "2010 was a banner growth year for the Company.  Our shipments grew faster than the global market for solar modules; we gained market share and more than doubled our net revenues.  We also had higher margins than in 2009, primarily due to our increased sales volumes and lower processing costs at our wafer and cell plants.  Concurrently, we continued our geographic diversification strategy and the development of our systems business, with considerable progress in North American and Japan.  We also further expanded our R&D efforts, which allowed us to begin shipping new products, including our New Edge and higher efficiency modules late in the year.  In 2011, we expect to see these products reach the market in much more meaningful volumes."

Andrew Chen, Chief Financial Officer of Canadian Solar, commented: "4Q10 gross margin of 17% was in line with prior guidance as our lower cost structure helped offset the impact of higher silicon raw materials costs as we continue our capacity expansion.  We will continue to pursue cost structure improvement opportunities in 2011.  We exited 2010 in a strong financial position with the balance sheet flexibility needed to support the next phase of our capacity expansion plan."

In the fourth quarter of 2010, Canadian Solar wrote off its investment of $3 million and a prepayment of $9.7 million to a start-up supplier.  This action follows the continued deterioration of the supplier's financial position and its default on scheduled materials deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Revenue by Geography

Revenue by Geography


4Q 2010

3Q 2010

4Q 2009

FY 2010

FY 2009

US$M

%

US$M

%

US$M

%

US$M

%

US$M

%

Europe

321.1

70.9%

290.3

77.0%

233.3

91.8%

1,193.7

79.8%

523.0

82.9%

America

46.8

10.3%

25.6

6.8%

5.30

2.1%

115.7

7.7%

37.0

5.9%

Asia and others

84.8

18.8%

61.3

16.2%

15.6

6.1%

186.2

12.5%

71.0

11.3%

Total

452.7

100%

377.2

100%

254.2

100%

1,495.6

100%

631.0

100%



Business Outlook

Our outlook below is based on the Company's current views with respect to operating and market conditions, and its current order book and customer' forecasts, which are subject to change.  The risks to our outlook also include changes in foreign exchange, product and materials pricing and the project financing environment.

  • 1Q11 Guidance:  For 1Q11, we expect shipments will be approximately level with 4Q10, despite seasonality caused by unfavorable weather conditions in both Europe and North America. We expect our gross margin for 1Q11 to be between 14% to 15%, primarily due to declines in module ASP, higher costs in certain raw materials, and low production volume during the Chinese New Year holiday period.

  • Full Year Guidance for 2011: For full year 2011, we reiterate our previous guidance of shipments of approximately 1,200 MW to 1,300 MW.

  • Capacity expansions:  We are on-track to complete the expansion of our module capacity in China to 1.85 GW and our cell capacity to 1.3 GW by mid-2011.  We are also on track to reach 200 MW of Made-in-Ontario module capacity by mid-2011.  Trial production has started at our module plant in Guelph, Ontario.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, remarked: "We expect that 2011 will be another growth year for the Company. We will, however, remain focused, on further lowering our processing costs, expanding our higher conversion efficiency cell capacity and increasing our vertical integration to improve our margins and cash flow.  Our target is to be substantially vertically integrated at the cell and module production stages, with capacity to produce 50% of our own wafer requirements.  In the second half of 2011, we expect that approximately 50% of our cell production will be higher conversion efficiency cells.  We also expect to build on our momentum in non-European markets, especially North America and Japan, with Canadian Solar playing a larger role in downstream growth opportunities, such as turn-key solar systems in Ontario and systems kits in Japan.  We believe that, while European markets will continue to dominate the solar business in 2011, non-European markets can, in some segments, support higher selling prices and higher rates of growth than traditional European markets."

Investor Conference Call / Webcast Details

The dial-in number for the live audio call, which will begin on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (9:00 p.m. March 10, 2011 in Hong Kong), is +1-617-786-2904 or +1-800-299-9630.  The conference call passcode is 14815339.  A live 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 approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live call through 10:00 a.m. on March 17, 2011, U.S. Eastern Time (10:00 p.m., March 17, 2011 in Hong Kong) by telephone at +1-617-801-6888.  To access the replay, use passcode 40333555.  A webcast replay will also be available at www.canadiansolar.com.

About Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ)

Canadian Solar Inc. is one of the world's largest solar companies. As a leading vertically integrated provider of ingot, wafer, solar cell, solar module and other solar applications, Canadian Solar designs, manufactures and delivers solar products and solar system solutions for on-grid and off-grid use to customers worldwide. With operations in North America, Europe and Asia, Canadian Solar provides premium quality, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solar solutions to support global, sustainable development. For more information, visit www.canadiansolar.com.

Safe Harbor/Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this press release including statements regarding our expected revenue recognition, expected future shipment volumes, gross and net margins, manufacturing capacities and cell conversion efficiencies, 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 and internal investigations 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; 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; 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 originally filed on August 19, 2010. 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.

Canadian Solar Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In Thousands of U.S. Dollars, Except Share And Per Share Data And Unless Otherwise Stated)


Item

4Q 2010

3Q 2010

4Q 2009

FY 2010

FY 2009

Net revenues

452,719

377,183

254,194

1,495,509

630,961

Cost of revenues

375,743

311,907

230,008

1,266,737

552,856

Gross profit

76,976

65,276

24,186

228,772

78,105

Selling expenses

14,161

10,309

10,415

47,109

22,089

General and administrative expenses

18,655

13,734

28,069

54,520

46,324

Research and development expenses

2,064

1,256

1,217

6,843

3,180

Total operating expenses

34,880

25,299

39,701

108,472

71,593

Income (loss) from operations

42,096

39,977

(15,515)

120,300

6,512

Interest expenses

(6,476)

(5,381)

(2,794)

(22,164)

(9,459)

Interest income

1,397

2,513

916

6,936

5,084

Investment income (loss)

(2,912)

(99)

1,788

(2,853)

1,788

Gain (Loss) on foreign currency derivatives

3,158

(23,601)

935

1,657

9,870

Exchange gain (loss)

(1,192)

12,026

(5,146)

(36,294)

7,681

Income (loss) before taxes

36,071

25,435

(19,816)

67,582

21,476

Income tax expenses (benefit)

10,286

4,893

(4,388)

16,754

(1,302)

Net income (loss)

25,785

20,542

(15,428)

50, 828

22,778

Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interest

249

225

157

259

132

Net income (loss) attributable to CSI

25,536

20,317

(15,585)

50,569

22,646







Basic earnings (loss) per share

$0.60

$0.47

$(0.38)

$1.18

$0.61

Basic weighted average outstanding shares

42,889,124

42,870,102

41,349,901

42,839,356

37,137,004

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$0.58

$0.47

$(0.38)

$1.16

$0.60

Diluted weighted average outstanding shares

43,714,853

43,628,249

41,349,901

43,678,208

37,727,138



Canadian Solar Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In Thousands of U.S. Dollars)


Item


December 31,
2010


December 31,
2009

Assets





Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents


288,652


160,111

Restricted cash


187,595


179,390

Accounts receivable, net of allowance
  for doubtful accounts


169,657


151,549

Inventories


272,097


164,313

Value added tax recoverable


42,297


39,495

Advances to suppliers


27,321


17,264

Amounts due from related party


1,356


-

Foreign currency derivative assets


2,183


-

Prepaid and other current assets


43,508


41,865

Current assets – subtotal


1,034,666


753,987

Property, plant and equipment, net


330,460


217,136

Intangible assets


2,695


1,824

Advances to suppliers


13,946


35,210

Prepaid land use right


13,378


12,535

Investment


5,671


7,101

Deferred tax assets - non current


16,725


10,910

Other non-current assets


5,826


-

Total assets


1,423,367


1,038,703

Liabilities and equity





Current liabilities





Short term borrowings


510,520


251,702

Accounts payable


113,404


92,271

Notes payable


9,969


105,218

Other payables


47,876


34,724

Advances from customers


8,971


3,644

Amounts due to related parties


2,445


261

Foreign currency derivative liabilities


2,452


523

Provision for firm purchase commitments


15,889


13,823

Other current liabilities


33,807


12,775

Current liabilities – subtotal


745,333


514,941

Accrued warranty costs


31,225


16,900

Liability for uncertain tax positions


11,460


10,705

Convertible notes


906


866

Long term borrowings


99,458


29,290

Total liabilities


888,382


572,702

Common shares


501,146


500,322

Additional paid in capital


(57,392)


(61,269)

Retained earnings


62,111


11,542

Accumulated other comprehensive income


28,462


15,121

Total Canadian Solar Inc. shareholders' equity


534,327


465,716

Non-controlling interest


658


285

Total equity


534,985


466,001

Total liabilities and equity


1,423,367


1,038,703




SOURCE Canadian Solar Inc.



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