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2017-06-06 18:53
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GUELPH, Ontario, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. ("Canadian Solar" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2017 ended March 31, 2017.

First Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • Total solar module shipments were 1,480 MW, compared to 1,612 MW in the fourth quarter of 2016, and first quarter 2017 guidance was in the range of 1,150 MW to 1,200 MW.
  • Net revenue was $677.0 million, compared to $668.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, and first quarter 2017 guidance was in the range of $570 million to $590 million.
  • Net revenue from the total solutions business as a percentage of total net revenue was 18.8% compared to 6.6% in the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • Gross margin was 13.5%, compared to 13.9% (excluding the AD/CVD true-up provision of $44.1 million) or 7.3% (including the AD/CVD true-up provision of $44.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016, and first quarter 2017 guidance was in the range of 13.0% to 15.0%.
  • Net loss attributable to Canadian Solar was $13.3 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $13.3 million, or $0.23 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • Non-GAAP adjusted net loss attributable to Canadian Solar, which is adjusted to exclude a one-time provision of $8.6 million as explained in later paragraph, net of income tax effect, was $6.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017, compared to non-GAAP adjusted net income attributable to Canadian Solar, which is adjusted to exclude the impact of the $44.1 million AD/CVD true-up provision, net of income tax effect, was $14.2 million, or $0.24 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2016. (For a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see accompanying tables "Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures.")
  • Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash balances as of March 31, 2017 was $961.4 million, compared to $1.01 billion as of December 31, 2016.
  • Net cash used in operating activities was approximately $55.8 million, compared to net cash used in operating activities of $109.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • In March, the Company completed the sale of two solar power plants in China, for over RMB687.1 million (US$99.8 million). In February, the Company also completed the sale of three solar power plants in Canada, totaling 59.8 MWac, for over C$257 million ($195.32 million).
  • The Company's portfolio of solar power plants in commercial operation was 1,156.5 MWp as of March 31, 2017, with an estimated total resale value of approximately $1.6 billion.

First Quarter 2017 Results

Net revenue in the first quarter of 2017 was $677.0 million, up 1.3% from $668.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and down 6.2% from $721.4 million in the first quarter of 2016. Solar module shipments recognized in revenue totaled 1,489 MW, compared to 1,581 MW recognized in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 1,172 MW recognized in revenue in the first quarter of 2016. Solar module shipments recognized in revenue in the first quarter of 2017 included 176.3 MW used in the Company's total solutions business, compared to 85.6 MW in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 24.8 MW in the first quarter of 2016.

The following table is a summary of net revenue by geographic region based on the location of customers' headquarters (in millions of US$, except percentages).


Q1 2017

Q4 2016

Q1 2016

US$M

%

US$M

%

US$M

%

The Americas

$200.1

29.6

$138.1

20.7

$311.3

43.1

Asia

394.3

58.2

419.3

62.7

320.2

44.4

Europe and Others

82.6

12.2

111.0

16.6

89.9

12.5

Total

677.0

100

668.4

100

721.4

100

Gross profit in the first quarter of 2017 was $91.4 million, compared $49.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $112.5 million in the first quarter of 2016. Gross margin in the first quarter of 2017 was 13.5%, compared to 13.9% in the fourth quarter of 2016, (excluding the AD/CVD true-up provision of $44.1 million) or compared to 7.3% (including the AD/CVD true-up provision of $44.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2016, and compared to 15.6% in the first quarter of 2016.

Total operating expenses were $93.7 million in the first quarter of 2017, up 54.4% from $60.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and up 26.5% from $74.1 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Selling expenses were $33.9 million in the first quarter of 2017, down 20.6% from $42.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and down 2.4% from $34.8 million in the first quarter of 2016. The sequential decrease was primarily due to lower shipping and handling costs, external sales commissions and other expenses, including travel and office expenses. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to the decrease in external sales commissions and marketing expenses, which was partially offset by a slight increase in insurance expenses.

General and administrative expenses were $55.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, down12.4% from $62.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and up 55.0% from $35.5 million in the first quarter of 2016. The sequential decrease was primarily attributable to a $14.0 million decrease in fixed assets impairment, and a decrease in professional service fees and travel expenses, which was partially offset by an increase in labor costs and a one-time $8.6 million provision ("LDK provision") for a judgment made against the Company by the Xinyu Intermediate People's Court in favor of the bankruptcy liquidation committee of LDK Solar Co., Ltd. The Company disputes the merits of the judgment and continues to evaluate its legal options. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to an increase in labor costs, an increase in fixed assets impairment expenses, and the LDK provision.

Research and development expenses were $5.6 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $3.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2016. The sequential and year-over-year increase reflected the Company's continued commitment to investing in and commercializing solar energy technologies that differentiate the Company and strengthen its competitive position.

Loss from operations was $2.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to loss from operations of $11.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, and income from operations of $38.4 million in the first quarter of 2016. Excluding the $8.6 million LDK provision and the $44.1 million AD/CVD true-up provision, income from operations would have been $6.3 million and $32.3 million in the first quarter of 2017 and in the fourth quarter of 2016, respectively. Operating margin was negative 0.3% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to negative 1.8% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 5.3% in the first quarter of 2016. Excluding the $8.6 million LDK provision and the $44.1 million AD/CVD true-up provision, operating margin would have been 0.9% and 4.8% in the first quarter of 2017 and in the fourth quarter of 2016, respectively.

Non-cash depreciation and amortization charges were approximately $17.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $19.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, and $25.7 million in the first quarter of 2016. Non-cash equity compensation expense was $0.9 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $2.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Interest expense was $24.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $22.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $16.1 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Interest income was $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $2.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $3.4 million in the first quarter of 2016. 

The Company recorded a loss on change in fair value of derivatives, predominantly foreign exchange hedging positions of forwards, of $7.8 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to a gain of $24.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and a gain of $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2016. Foreign exchange gain in the first quarter of 2017 was $14.2 million compared to a foreign exchange loss of $12.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and a foreign exchange gain of $8.5 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Income tax benefit was $3.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $10.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and an income tax expense of $12.3 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Net loss attributable to Canadian Solar was $13.3 million or $0.23 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2017, compared to net loss of $13.3 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2016 and net income of $22.6 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP adjusted net loss attributable to Canadian Solar, which is adjusted to exclude the LDK provision of $8.6 million, net of income tax effect, was $6.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017, compared to non-GAAP adjusted net income attributable to Canadian Solar, which is adjusted to exclude the impact of the $44.1 million AD/CVD true-up provision, net of income tax effect, was $14.2 million, or $0.24 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2016. For a reconciliation of measures presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP") to the non-GAAP measures, a table is available at the end of this press release.

Financial Condition

The Company had $961.4 million of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash as of March 31, 2017, compared to $1.01 billion as of December 31, 2016.

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts as of March 31, 2017 were $368.6 million, compared to $400.3 million as of December 31, 2016. Accounts receivable turnover was 59 days in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 65 days in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Inventories as of March 31, 2017 were $274.5 million, compared to $295.4 million as of December 31, 2016. Inventory turnover was 48 days in the first quarter of 2017, which remained unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2016.

Accounts and notes payable as of March 31, 2017 were $847.2 million, compared to $736.8 million as of December 31, 2016.

Excluding the borrowings included in 'Liabilities held-for-sale', short-term borrowings as of March 31, 2017 were $1.71 billion, compared to $1.60 billion as of December 31, 2016. Long-term borrowings as of March 31, 2017 were $462.1 million, compared to $493.5 million as of December 31, 2016.

The Company had approximately $972.0 million in non-recourse bank borrowings as of March 31, 2017. Senior convertible notes totaled $125.8 million as of March 31, 2017, compared to $125.6 million as of December 31, 2016. Total borrowings directly related to utility-scale solar power projects, which included $898.8 million of non-recourse borrowings, were $1.20 billion as of March 31, 2017, compared to $1.19 billion as of December 31, 2016.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, remarked, "Solar module shipments and revenue in the first quarter exceeded expectations led by demand for our high performance solar modules out of China, Brazil, and the U.S, as well as unwavering execution on our total solutions business. We have successfully restored six cell production lines at our tornado damaged Funing cell factory, and have restored another six lines subsequently in Q2. We have also successfully ramped up our new solar cell plant in South East Asia. The equipment used in these cell factories features the latest production technologies, which gives us further cost and efficiency advantages and the desired capacity customers are seeking. We have completed five additional project sales in China and Canada in the first quarter. We are well underway in the process to monetize our other operating solar power plants in the U.S., Japan and China. We have just completed the second round of binding offers for the sales of our high quality solar power plant assets in the U.S. and will soon select the final winner. In Japan, we now have 65 MWp of solar power plants in commercial operation and made progress to launch the JREIT listing around the end of the third quarter, or in the fourth quarter this year. It is our expectation that as we continue to successfully execute our operating plan our share price will achieve a higher valuation in the market, one that more appropriately reflects the value of our operating assets, global project pipeline and prospects for continued success."

Dr. Huifeng Chang, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Canadian Solar, added: "The higher manufacturing efficiency of our facilities and tight inventory management allowed us to partially offset the impact of solar module ASP declines and hold gross margin at 13.5%. We are also now positioned to benefit from having production facilities online in trade-friendly South East Asia, enabling us to meet demand requirements of the U.S. and other markets. Also, I am personally pleased with the progress our team has made at monetizing our operating asset portfolio in the U.S. These are major undertakings with equally significant potential upside for the Company as we focus on increasing returns on our project investments and maximizing operating cash flow. Finally, we believe we are in the final stage of negotiations with our insurance provider and expect to receive further compensation in the second quarter this year for the tornado damage and losses of our Funing cell factory."

Utility-Scale Solar Project Pipeline

The Company divides its utility-scale solar project pipeline into two parts: an early-to-mid-stage pipeline and a late-stage pipeline. The late-stage pipeline primarily includes projects that have energy off-take agreements and are expected to be built within the next two to four years. The Company cautions that some late-stage projects may not reach completion due to such risks as failure to secure permits and grid connection, among others.

Late-Stage Utility-Scale Solar Project Pipeline

As of March 31, 2017, the Company's late-stage solar project pipeline, including those in construction, totaled approximately 2.16 GWp, which included 626 MWp in Japan, 401 MWp in the U.S., 400 MWp in China, 399 MWp in Brazil, 144 MWp in India, 118 MWp in Australia, 68 MWp in Mexico and 6 MWp in Africa.

In the United States, as previously announced, the late-stage 92 MWp IS 42 project is in construction and is expected to reach commercial operation by the end of 2017. Two other projects (Tranquillity 8 and Gaskell West 1) are currently under development and are expected to reach commercial operation before the end of 2018.

The table below sets forth the Company's late-stage, utility-scale solar project pipeline in the U.S. as of March 31, 2017:

U.S. Project

MWp

Location

Status

Expected COD

Tranquillity 8

281

Fresno county, CA

Development

2018

Gaskell West 1

28

Kern county, CA

Development

2018

IS 42

92

Fayetteville, NC

Construction

2017

Total

401




In Japan, as of March 31, 2017, the Company's pipeline of late-stage utility-scale solar power projects totaled approximately 626 MWp, including 209.3 MWp in construction and 2 MWp at the ready-to-build stage. The table below sets forth the expected commercial operation schedule of the Company's late­-stage utility-scale solar power projects in Japan as of March 31, 2017:

Expected Japan COD Schedule (MWp)


2017


2018


2019


2020


2021 and Thereafter


Total

102.7


79.9


97.7


126.4


219.3


626

As of March 31, 2017, of the late-stage utility-scale solar power projects pipeline in Japan, Canadian Solar has executed interconnection agreements for 421.6 MWp of projects that are under construction or under development, with an additional 204.4 MWp of projects that are in a bidding process.

The table below sets forth the Company's late-stage, utility-scale solar project pipeline in Brazil as of March 31, 2017:

Brazil Project

MWp

Location

Status

Expected COD

Pirapora I

192

Brazil

Construction

2017

Pirapora II

115

Brazil

Development

2018

Pirapora III (formerly Vazante)

92

Brazil

Construction

2017

Total

399




The Company completed the sale of 80% interest in Pirapora I in the fourth quarter of 2016. And the Company supplies the modules for all Pirapora projects.  The Company also recently completed the sales of an 80% interest of both Pirapora II and III.

The table below sets forth the Company's late-stage utility-scale power project pipeline in India as of March 31, 2017:

India Project

MWp

Location

Status

Expected COD

Kamareddy

18

India

Construction

2017

Ramnapet

18

India

Construction

2017

SECI Maharashtra

108

India

Development

2017

Total

144




As previously announced, the Company secured power purchase agreements for an aggregate 80 MWac of solar power projects with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in March 2017. These projects are expected to generate clean solar electricity for SECI over the next 25 years.

Solar Power Plants in Operation

In addition to its late stage, utility­scale solar project pipeline, the Company has a portfolio of solar power plants in operation totaling 1,156.5 MWp as of March 31, 2017 recorded on the balance sheet as Project assets  ($1,167.9 million), Assets held for sale ($156.0 million) and Solar power systems, net ($108.4 million). Revenue from the sale of electricity generated by these plants in the first quarter of 2017 totaled $5.2 million, compared to $11.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The sale of projects recorded as 'Project assets' (build­to­sell) on the balance sheet will be recorded as revenue once revenue recognition criteria are met, and the gain from the sale of projects recorded as 'Assets held-for-sale' and 'Solar power systems, net' (build­to­own) on the balance sheet will be recorded within 'Other operating income (expenses)' in the income statement.

The table below sets forth the Company's total portfolio of solar power plants in operation as of March 31, 2017:

Plants in Operation (MWp)

U.S.

Japan

U.K.

China

Other

Total

808

65

150

128.5

5

1,156.5

Manufacturing Capacity                                                                                                

The Company plans to expand its ingot, wafer, cell and module capacities to 1.1 GW, 4.0 GW, 4.49 GW and 7.04 GW, respectively, by December 31, 2017. The table below sets forth the Company's capacity expansion plan from December 31, 2016 to December 31, 2017:


Manufacturing Capacity Roadmap (MW)


December 31,2016

June 30, 2017

December 31, ,2017

Ingot

400

-

1,100

Wafer

1,000

2,000

4,000

Cell

2,440

4,490

4,490

Module

6,170

6,970

7,040

The Company successfully started, and is ramping up its new multi-crystalline silicon ingot casting workshop in Baotou, China, with 50 new casting furnaces and 700 MW annual capacity, operated in G6 mode producing 36 bricks per ingot. The Company is also in the process of relocating its older casting ingot furnaces, previously in Luoyang, China, to Baotou in order to benefit from the lower electricity cost. The Company expects to complete both the relocation and ramp up by the end of September and reach 1,100 MW of annual internal ingot casting capacity. We plan to migrate the 50 new casting furnaces to G7 mode, producing 49 bricks per ingot, by approximately the middle of 2018, therefore raising our ingot capacity to 1,350 GW and further reducing the cost. The new ingot factory will also help us to reduce the purchase of external ingots and thus reduce our all-in module manufacturing costs.

The Company's wafer manufacturing capacity recently reached 2.0 GW and will reach 4.0 GW by December 31, 2017, all of which will use diamond wire-saw technology. Diamond wire-saw technology works compatibly with the Company's proprietary and highly efficient Onyx black silicon multi-crystalline solar cell technology, significantly reducing silicon usage and therefore manufacturing cost.

The Company's solar cell manufacturing capacity, as of March 31, 2017, was 3.77 GW, and is expected to reach 4.49 GW by June 30, 2017. The Company restored a total of six cell production lines, with original nameplate capacity of 500 MW, at its Funing cell factory by March 31, 2017. The Company has since then restored the other 500 MW of original nameplate cell capacity, and therefore completed the full restoration of this factory, which was damaged by a severe tornado on June 23rd, 2016. With continued improvement, the Company expects to reach an actual capacity of 1,440 MW at its Funing factory. The Company's new 850 MW cell plant in South East Asia began to ramp-up production in March 2017. As a result, the Company's cell manufacturing capacity is expected to reach 4.49 GW by June 30, 2017.

The Company expects that its total worldwide module manufacturing capacity will exceed 7.0 GW by December 31, 2017.

Business Outlook

The Company's business outlook is based on management's current views and estimates with respect to operating and market conditions, its current order book and the global financing environment. It is also subject to uncertainties relating to customer final demand and solar project construction schedules. Management's views and estimates are subject to change without notice.

For the second quarter of 2017, the Company expects total solar module shipments to be in the range of approximately 1,530 MW to 1,580 MW, including approximately 120 MW of shipments to the Company's utility-scale solar power projects that may not be recognized as revenue in the second quarter of 2017. The Company is facing an overwhelming demand for its solar modules in China market at this moment. The demand is also healthy in major markets such as Europe, the U.S., and Japan. The Company's module shipment for quarter is limited by the internal solar cell production capacity and the supply shortage of third-party solar cells. Total revenue for the second quarter of 2017 is expected to be in the range of $615 million to $635 million. Gross margin for the second quarter is expected to be between 13% and 15%.

Considering shipment volume expected in the first half of 2017 and the constraint of internal solar cell and module capacities in the second half of the year, the Company's total module shipments in 2017 are now expected to be in the range of 6.0 to 6.5 GW, as compared to 6.5 GW to 7.0 GW previously. The module shipment recognized in revenue and the total annual revenue may also be lower than its previous guidance depending on market conditions, including but not limited to ASP trends. The Company continues to expect it will connect approximately 1 GW to 1.2 GW of new solar projects globally in 2017, based on the commercial operation date (COD). These projects are located in the U.S., Japan, China, UK, India, Brazil and Africa. The revenue from the Company's energy business will mainly come from the monetization of the Company's high quality solar power plant assets in the U.S., Japan, China, UK and Brazil. The Company continues to expect its cost of production will decrease throughout the year as new internal wafer, cell and module capacity comes online, and the percentage of external purchases and OEM is reduced. Management expects that the increase in vertical integration along the manufacturing cycle will help the Company maintain or improve its gross margin.

Recent Developments

On May 30, 2017, Canadian Solar announced that it supplied 268 MW of double-glass Dymond modules for the first phase of the 800 MW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (DEWA Project) in Dubai.

On May 11, 2017, Canadian Solar announced that it acquired a 10% equity interest in eNow, a U.S. company specializing in solar-based energy management systems for the commercial transportation industry.  Canadian Solar's total investment was less than $1 million.

On May 3, 2017, Canadian Solar announced energy industry veteran Ty Daul joined the Company as Energy Group Vice President, Americas. Mr. Daul will lead the Company's energy business units throughout Canada, Latin America and the United States, which includes the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy.

On May 2, 2017, Canadian Solar announced that it secured AUD65 million (US$50 million) of non-recourse project financing with a 5-year term for two of its solar farm power projects, totaling 47 MWp in Australia with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. and Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

On April 26, 2017, Canadian Solar announced that the Company supplied 10 MW of PV Modules to Soroti Photovoltaic Plant in Uganda. The project is the largest of its kind in East Africa.

On April 25, 2017, Canadian Solar announced that it secured financing for its 92 MWp IS-42 solar power project near Fayetteville, North Carolina.  The financing is in the form of a debt facility with Prudential Capital Group and a tax equity investment commitment from U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation. 

On April 12, 2017, Canadian Solar announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CSI New Energy Holding Co., Ltd.,  completed the sale of two solar power plants in China, totaling approximately 69.5 MWp to Shenzhen Energy Nanjing Holding Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Shenzhen Energy Group Co., Ltd., for approximately RMB687.1 million (US$99.8 million). 

On April 3, 2017, Canadian Solar announced the completion of its second green project bond placement with Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.  The JPY5.4 billion (US$47.0 million) innovative dual-tenor green project bond was issued to finance Canadian Solar's 19.05 MWp Gunma Aramaki Solar Power Plant in Gunma Prefecture, Japan.

On March 30, 2017, Canadian Solar announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Canadian Solar Projects K.K. entered into a 3-year credit agreement for JPY4 billion (US$35 million) with Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited, a member of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group.

On March 14, 2017, Canadian Solar announced that it secured power purchase agreements for an aggregate 80 MWac of solar power projects with the Solar Energy Corporation of India, a public sector undertaking of the Government of India. These projects are scheduled to commence operations by late 2017 and are expected to generate clean solar electricity for SECI over the next 25 years.

On March 6, 2017, Canadian Solar announced that it received US$20 million unsecured funding from the China and Portuguese-speaking Countries Cooperation and Development Fund to support the development of eligible projects in Brazil, including the 191 MWp Pirapora I Project in the state of Minas Gerais.

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold a conference call on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (8:00 p.m., June 6, 2017 in Hong Kong) to discuss the Company's first quarter 2017 results and business outlook. The dial-in phone number for the live audio call is +1 866 519 4004 (toll-free from the U.S.), +852 3018 6771 (local dial-in from Hong Kong) or +1 845 675 0437 from international locations. The passcode for the call is 19673070.  A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the investor relations section of Canadian Solar's website at www.canadiansolar.com.

A replay of the call will be available four hours after the conclusion of the call until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 p.m., June 14, 2017 in Hong Kong) and can be accessed by dialing +1 855 452 5696 (toll-free from the U.S.), +852 3051 2780 (local dial-in from HK) or +1 646 254 3697 from international locations, with passcode 19673070. A webcast replay will also be available on the investor relations section of Canadian Solar's at www.canadiansolar.com.

About Canadian Solar Inc.

Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar is one of the world's largest and foremost solar power companies. As a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules and provider of solar energy solutions, Canadian Solar also has a geographically diversified pipeline of utility-scale power projects in various stages of development. In the past 16 years, Canadian Solar has successfully delivered over 21 GW of premium quality modules to over 100 countries around the world. Furthermore, Canadian Solar is one of the most bankable companies in the solar industry, having been publicly listed on NASDAQ since 2006. For additional information about the Company, follow Canadian Solar on LinkedIn or visit www.canadiansolar.com.

Safe Harbor/Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release regarding the Company's expected future shipment volumes, gross margins, business prospects and future quarterly or annual results, particularly the management quotations and the statements in the "Business Outlook" section, 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 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 Japan, the U.S., India and China; 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; delays in utility-scale project approval process; delays in utility-scale project construction; 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 filed on April 27, 2017. 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. Investors 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.

 

FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW


 


Canadian Solar Inc.


Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations


(In Thousands of US Dollars, Except Share And Per Share Data And Unless Otherwise Stated)



Three Months Ended




March 31


December 31


March 31




2017


2016


2016










Net revenues

$     677,042


$     668,428


$     721,422


Cost of revenues

585,636


619,472


608,951











Gross profit

91,406


48,956


112,471










Operating expenses:








Selling expenses

33,941


42,749


34,790



General and administrative expenses

55,070


62,838


35,520



Research and development expenses

5,624


3,204


4,505



Other operating income

(898)


(48,074)


(720)


Total operating expenses

93,737


60,717


74,095










Income (loss) from operations

(2,331)


(11,761)


38,376


Other income (expenses):








Interest expense

(24,111)


(22,897)


(16,130)



Interest income

2,522


2,381


3,386



Gain (loss) on change in fair value of derivatives

(7,752)


24,246


2,664



Foreign exchange gain (loss)

14,214


(12,487)


8,511



Investment income (loss)

-


(971)


88



Gain on repurchase of convertible notes

-


-


1,909



Others

-


-


-


Other expenses, net

(15,127)


(9,728)


428










Income (loss) before income taxes and equity in
earnings (loss) of unconsolidated investees

(17,458)


(21,489)


38,804


Income tax (expense) benefit

3109


10,598


(12,253)


Equity in earnings (loss) of unconsolidated
investees

 

606


 

(2,885)


 

(2,762)


Net income (loss)

(13,743)


(13,776)


23,789










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

(408)


(448)


1,205










Net income (loss) attributable to Canadian Solar
Inc.

$       (13,335)


$       (13,328)


$         22,584










Earnings (loss) per share - basic

(0.23)


(0.23)


$   0.40


Shares used in computation - basic

57,832,572


57,806,597


56,901,349


Earnings (loss) per share - diluted

(0.23)


(0.23)


$   0.39


Shares used in computation - diluted

57,832,572


57,806,597


57,810,531


 

 

Canadian Solar Inc.


Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income


(In Thousands of US Dollars)



 

Three Months Ended



 March 31


December 31


March 31



2017


2016


2016


Net Income (loss)

(13,743)


(13,776)


23,789


Other comprehensive income (net of tax of nil):







Foreign currency translation adjustment

8,929


(42,554)


22,675


Gain on changes in fair value of derivatives

1,681


14,520


1,632


Comprehensive income (loss)

(3,133)


(41,810)


48,096


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

(2,438)


1,088


2,046


Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Canadian
Solar Inc.

(695)


(42,898)


46,050


 

 

Canadian Solar Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

(In Thousands of US Dollars)



March 31,


December 31,




2017


2016


ASSETS





Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$          519,866


$          511,039



Restricted cash - current

430,456


487,516



Accounts receivable trade, net

368,621


400,251



Accounts receivable, unbilled

3,484


3,425



Amounts due from related parties

29,188


19,082



Inventories

274,527


295,371



Value added tax recoverable

76,081


55,680



Advances to suppliers - current

17,120


29,312



Derivative assets - current

4,262


12,270



Project assets - current

1,378,969


1,317,902



Assets held-for-sale

166,661


392,089



Prepaid expenses and other current assets

252,225


266,826


Total current assets

3,521,460


3,790,763


Restricted cash - non-current

11,044


9,145


Property, plant and equipment, net

538,306


462,345


Solar power systems, net

108,382


112,062


Deferred tax assets, net

231,214


229,980


Advances to suppliers –non-current

84,264


54,080


Prepaid land use right

53,700


48,651


Investments in affiliates

415,395


368,459


Intangible assets, net

8,458


8,422


Goodwill

7,617


7,617


Derivatives assets - non-current

16,450


15,446


Project assets - non-current

281,715


182,391


Other non-current assets

120,404


117,245


TOTAL ASSETS

$         5,398,409


$         5,406,606


Current liabilities:






Short-term borrowings

$         1,713,968


$         1,600,033



Accounts and notes payable

847,202


736,779



Amounts due to related parties

11,561


19,912



Other payables

240,179


223,584



Short-term commercial paper

134,016


131,432



Advances from customers

92,393


90,101



Derivative liabilities - current

10,765


9,625



Liabilities held-for-sale

124,662


279,272



Financing liability

414,339


459,258



Other current liabilities

123,556


171,070


Total current liabilities

3,712,641


3,721,066


Accrued warranty costs

62,731


61,139


Convertible notes

125,794


125,569


Long-term borrowings

462,104


493,455


Derivatives liabilities - non-current

157


-


Liability for uncertain tax positions

8,547


8,431


Deferred tax liabilities - non-current

23,979


23,348


Loss contingency accruals

22,982


22,654


Other non-current liabilities

82,366


51,554


Total LIABILITIES

4,501,301


4,507,216


Equity:






Common shares

701,283


701,283



Additional paid-in capital

(8,046)


(8,897)



Retained earnings

270,774


284,109



Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(79,174)


(91,814)


Total Canadian Solar Inc. shareholders' equity

884,837


884,681


Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries

12,271


14,709


TOTAL EQUITY

897,108


899,390


TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$         5,398,409


$         5,406,606









 

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its financial disclosures presented in accordance with GAAP, the Company uses non-GAAP measures which are adjusted from the most comparable GAAP measures for certain items as described below. The Company presents non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share so that readers of the press release can better understand the underlying operating performance of the business before the impact of the LDK provision in the first quarter of 2017 and AD/CVD true-up provision in the fourth quarter of 2016. The non-GAAP numbers are not measures of financial performance under U.S. GAAP, and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to other measures determined in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures may differ from non-GAAP measures used by other companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited.

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures

Statement of Operations Data:

(In Thousands, except per share amounts)





Three Months Ended


March 31, 2017

December 31, 2016




Net loss attributable to Canadian Solar Inc.

$         (13,335)

$        (13,328)

LDK provision

8,615

-

AD/CVD true-up provision

-

44,126

Income tax effect

(1,292)

(16,631)

Non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to Canadian Solar Inc.

(6,012)

14,167


57,832,572

58,092,689

Shares used in computation – diluted                                                                                                                       

GAAP loss per share-diluted

(0.23)

(0.23)

Non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share-diluted

(0.10)

0.24







To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/canadian-solar-reports-first-quarter-2017-results-300469314.html

Source: Canadian Solar Inc.

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