BEIJING, May 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq:JASO) ("JA Solar" or the "Company"), one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, today announced its unaudited financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016.
First Quarter 2016 Highlights
- Total shipments were 1,128.3 megawatts (“MW”), consisting of 1,038.3 MW of modules and cells to external customers, and 90.0 MW of modules to the Company’s own downstream projects. External shipments were up +52.4% y/y and down -22.4% sequentially
- Shipments of modules and module tolling were 919.4 MW, an increase of +57.4% y/y and decrease of 29.1% sequentially
- Shipments of cells and cell tolling were 118.9 MW, an increase of +22.1% y/y and +188.6% sequentially
- Net revenue was RMB 3.5 billion ($538.1 million), an increase of +44.4% y/y and decrease of 24.5% sequentially
- Gross margin was 16.6%, an increase of 50 basis points y/y and decrease of 50 basis points sequentially
- Operating profit was RMB 223.3 million ($34.6 million), compared to RMB 149.6 million ($23.2 million) in the first quarter of 2015, and RMB 260.1 million ($40.3 million) in the fourth quarter of 2015
- Net income was RMB 158.0 million ($24.5 million), compared to RMB 35.0 million ($5.4 million) in the first quarter of 2015, and RMB 184.9 million ($28.7 million) in the fourth quarter of 2015
- Earnings per diluted ADS were RMB 2.74 ($0.43), compared to RMB 0.59 ($0.09) in the first quarter of 2015, and RMB 3.39 ($0.53) in the fourth quarter of 2015
- Cash and cash equivalents were RMB 2.3 billion ($362.1 million), a decrease of RMB 548.4 million ($85.0 million) during the quarter
- Non-GAAP earnings1 per diluted ADS were RMB 2.33 ($0.36), compared to RMB 0.82 ($0.13) in the first quarter of 2015, and RMB 3.14 ($0.49) in the fourth quarter of 2015
Mr. Baofang Jin, Chairman and CEO of JA Solar, commented, “We are satisfied with our performance this quarter. We experienced the normal seasonal decline from the fourth quarter to first quarter, as expected, yet our results showed meaningful year over year growth. Revenue was up nearly 45% and non-GAAP EPS increased more than twofold. We saw the most strength in our domestic market, a natural consequence of the accelerated pace of activity we expected in the first half of the year. Notably, we expect to connect around 250 MW of projects before June 30, supporting our momentum in our downstream project development business. Although regulatory change will slow the China market in the second half, our balanced market footprint gives us plenty of sales opportunities around the world.”
Jin continued, “Our success in key markets is due to our high standards for product quality and our leading technology. Recent evidence of our leadership is our dominant ‘market share’ in the National Energy Administration’s ‘Front Runner’ Program. We are supplying 420 MW of highly advanced modules, including 150 MW of PERC modules, to the program Phase I totaling 950 MW in Datong, Shanxi province. Furthermore, we expect to increase our PERC capacity to 1.4 GW by the end of 2016. JA Solar is proud to play a key role in the transformation and improvement of China's PV and manufacturing sectors.”
All shipment and financial figures refer to the quarter ended March 31, 2016, unless otherwise specified. All “year over year” or “y/y” comparisons are against the quarter ended March 31, 2015. All “sequential” comparisons are against the quarter ended December 31, 2015.
Total shipments were 1,128.3 MW, exceeding the high end of the previously announced guidance range of 1,000 to 1,100 MW. External shipments of 1,038.3 MW increased 52.4% year over year and decreased 22.4% sequentially.
External shipments breakdown by product (MW)
|Modules and module tolling||584.1||1297.6||919.4||-29.1||%||57.4||%|
|Cells and cell tolling||97.4||41.2||118.9||188.6||%||22.1||%|
External shipments breakdown by region (percentage)
Net revenue was RMB 3.5 billion ($538.1 million), an increase of 44.4% y/y and decrease of 24.5% sequentially. The sequential decrease in net revenue reflected seasonality in the PV industry.
Gross profit of RMB 575.4 million ($89.2 million) increased 48.8% y/y and decreased 26.6% sequentially. Gross margin was 16.6%, which compares to 16.1% in the year-ago quarter, and 17.1% in the fourth quarter of 2015. The sequential decrease in gross margin was mainly due to increasing wafer price during the quarter.
Total operating expenses of RMB 352.1 million ($54.6 million) were 10.1% of revenue. This compares to operating expenses of 9.9% of revenue in the year-ago quarter, and 11.4% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Operating profit was RMB 223.3 million ($34.6 million), compared to RMB 149.6 million ($23.2 million) in the year-ago quarter, and RMB 260.1 million ($40.3 million) in the fourth quarter of 2015. Operating margin was 6.4%, compared with 6.2% in the prior year period and 5.7% in the previous quarter.
Interest expense was RMB 67.3 million ($10.4 million), compared to RMB 66.6 million ($10.3 million) in the year-ago quarter, and RMB 66.0 million ($10.2 million) in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The change in fair value of warrant derivatives was positive RMB 23.4 million ($3.6 million), compared with negative RMB 13.9 million ($2.2 million) in the year-ago quarter, and positive RMB 14.0 million ($2.2 million) in the fourth quarter of 2015. The warrants were issued on August 16, 2013 in conjunction with the Company’s $96 million registered direct offering.
Earnings per diluted ADS were RMB 2.74 ($0.43), compared to earnings per diluted ADS of RMB 0.59 ($0.09) in the year-ago quarter, and earnings per diluted ADS of RMB 3.39 ($0.53) in the fourth quarter of 2015.
As of March 31, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB 2.3 billion ($362.1 million), and total working capital of RMB 2.3 billion ($361.3 million). Total short-term borrowings were RMB 2.2 billion ($339.5 million). Total long-term borrowings were RMB 3.2 billion ($499.1 million), of which RMB 576.7 million ($89.4 million) were due in one year.
For the second quarter of 2016, the Company expects total cell and module shipments to be in the range of 1,400 to 1,500 MW, including approximately 100 MW of module shipments to the Company’s downstream projects. For the full year, the Company reiterates its prior shipment guidance of 5.2 to 5.5 GW, including 250 to 300 MW of module shipments to the Company’s downstream projects. Revenues will not be recognized for the modules shipped to the Company’s downstream projects as required by U.S. GAAP.
Investor Conference Call / Webcast Details
JA Solar's management will host an earnings conference call on May 27, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 p.m. China Time).
Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:
|Phone Number||Toll-Free Number|
|United States||+1 8456750437||+1 8665194004|
|Hong Kong||+852 30186771||+852 800906601|
|Mainland China||+86 8008190121|
|Other International||+65 67135090|
Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call. The passcode is “JA Solar".
A replay of the conference call may be accessed by phone at the following numbers until June 4, 2016. To access the replay, please reference the conference ID 13678460.
|Phone Number||Toll-Free Number|
|United States||+1 6462543697||+1 8554525696|
|Hong Kong||+852 30512780||+852 800963117|
|Mainland China||+86 8008700206|
|Other International||+61 281990299|
Currency Convenience Translation
The conversion of Renminbi into U.S. dollars in this release, made solely for the convenience of the reader, 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 March 31, 2016, which was RMB 6.448 to $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 March 31, 2016, or at any other date. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on Renminbi.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "may," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "intend," "plan," "believe," "estimate," "potential," "continue," and other similar statements. Statements other than statements of historical facts in this announcement are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, our expectations regarding the expansion of our manufacturing capacities, our future business development, and our beliefs regarding our production output and production outlook. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Company and the industry. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that its expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.
About JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of high-performance solar power products that convert sunlight into electricity for residential, commercial, and utility-scale power generation. The Company is one of the world’s largest producers of solar power products. Its standard and high-efficiency product offerings are among the most powerful and cost-effective in the industry. The Company distributes products under its own brand and also produces on behalf of its clients. The Company shipped 4.0 GW of solar power products in 2015. JA Solar is headquartered in Beijing, China, and maintains production facilities in Shanghai, Hebei, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces in China, as well as Penang, Malaysia.
For more information, please visit www.jasolar.com.
1 JA Solar adjusts net income attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders to exclude (1) changes in fair value of certain warrants granted to certain investors in a registered direct offering (the "Offering") closed on August 16, 2013, and (2) fair value of such warrants exceeding net proceeds from the Offering.
|JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|For three months ended|
|Mar. 31, 2015||Dec. 31, 2015||Mar. 31, 2016||Mar. 31, 2016|
|Cost of sales||(2,016,660||)||(3,810,358||)||(2,894,352||)||(448,876||)|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||(197,982||)||(482,409||)||(312,475||)||(48,461||)|
|Impairment loss for property, plant and equipment||0||0||0||0|
|Research and development expenses||(39,070||)||(41,536||)||(39,599||)||(6,141||)|
|Total operating expenses||(237,052||)||(523,946||)||(352,074||)||(54,602||)|
|Income/(loss) from operations||149,642||260,143||223,288||34,629|
|Change in fair value of derivatives||(13,894||)||13,997||23,447||3,636|
|Income/(loss) before income taxes||47,270||241,876||195,742||30,357|
|Income tax (expenses)/benefit||(12,295||)||(56,995||)||(37,769||)||(5,857||)|
|Net income/(loss) from continuing operations||34,975||184,881||157,973||24,500|
|Net income/(loss) from discontinued operations||0||0||0||0|
|Fair value of warrants exceeding net proceeds||0||0||0|
|Less: Loss/(income) attributable to noncontrolling interest||(554||)||(8,581||)||1,317||204|
|Net income/(loss) available to ordinary shareholders||35,529||193,462||156,656||24,295|
|Net income/(loss) per share:|
|Weighted average number of shares outstanding:|
|JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|Dec. 31,||Mar. 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||2,883,294||2,334,900||362,112|
|Advances to suppliers||473,310||421,064||65,301|
|Other current assets||633,354||845,189||131,078|
|Total current assets||10,024,505||10,363,128||1,607,185|
|Property and equipment, net||4,365,348||4,729,587||733,497|
|Advances to suppliers||195,341||172,864||26,809|
|Prepaid land use rights||428,495||437,658||67,875|
|Other long term assets||208,430||230,908||35,811|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Advances from customers||691,867||634,585||98,416|
|Long term liabilities due in one year||238,400||576,701||89,439|
|Accrued and other liabilities||1,588,884||1,603,200||248,635|
|Total current liabilities||7,174,812||8,033,517||1,245,893|
|Derivative liabilities-non current||-||-||-|
|Other long term liabilities||752,925||777,941||120,648|
|Total JA Solar Holdings shareholders' equity||5,819,695||5,976,655||926,901|
|Total shareholders' equity||5,917,148||6,075,625||942,250|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||16,305,903||17,528,323||2,718,412|
Source:JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.