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UPDATE 1-LDK, JA Solar cut losses as solar markets bounce back

Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 | 8:16 AM ET

* LDK forecasts fourth-quarter revenue of $200 mln-$250 mln

* LDK shares up 9 percent before the bell

(Adds JA Solar results, LDK result details, forecasts, interest payment agreement, industry background; updates shares)

Nov 26 (Reuters) - Chinese solar companies LDK Solar Co Ltd and JA Solar Holdings Co Ltd reported narrower quarterly losses and forecast strong shipments for the current quarter as markets outside of Europe drive demand in an improving solar market.

Solar companies such as Trina Solar Ltd, Canadian Solar Inc and JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd have returned to profitability while others have cut losses, as panel prices stabilized after a four-year decline.

Withdrawal of consumer subsidies in top market Europe and excess manufacturing capacity in China sent the solar market into an extended downturn.

Demand in Europe remains soft, but solar companies are seeing increased orders from Asia and North America.

JA Solar said it expects total cell and module shipments to be between 500 megawatt (MW) and 550 MW in the fourth quarter, compared with the 500.2 MW shipped in the third quarter.

The company raised its full-year shipments forecast to 1.9 gigawatt (GW)-1.95 GW, from 1.7 GW-1.9 GW.

Similarly, LDK expects to ship 480 MW-520 MW of wafers in the current quarter, more than the 384.7 MW shipped in the third quarter.

The company forecast cell and module shipments of 120 MW-160 MW in the fourth quarter, compared with 78.4 MW in the third.

Higher shipments will likely help LDK report revenue of $200 million to $250 million in the current quarter.

LDK, which primarily makes solar wafers used to build solar cells and panels, said third-quarter revenue was $156.6 million, up 46 percent from a year ago.

The company's net loss narrowed to $127 million, or 65 cents per American Depositary Share (ADS), in the quarter ended Sept. 30 from $136.9 million, or $1.08 per ADS, a year ago.

JA Solar's net loss narrowed to $37.1 million, or $1.11 per ADS, in the third quarter from $59.1 million, or $1.56 per ADS, a year earlier.

The company's stock, however, was down 3 percent at $10.30 in premarket trading. LDK shares were up 10 percent at $1.75.

LDK said it won a two-week reprieve from having to pay interest that was due Aug. 28.

This is the third such extension the company has obtained for payments due on its 2014 senior notes. ($1 = 6.09 Chinese yuan)

(Reporting by Swetha Gopinath and Aman Shah in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Joyjeet Das)

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