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Daqo New Energy Announces Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017 Results

2018-02-28 18:54 577

CHONGQING, China, Feb. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Daqo New Energy Corp. (NYSE: DQ) ("Daqo New Energy", the "Company" or "we"), a leading manufacturer of high-purity polysilicon for the global solar PV industry, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year of 2017.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Polysilicon production volume of 5,339 MT in Q4 2017, compared to 4,940 MT in Q3 2017
  • Polysilicon external sales volume(1) of 4,730 MT in Q4 2017, compared to 4,500 MT in Q3 2017
  • Polysilicon average total production cost(2) of $9.40/kg in Q4 2017, compared to $8.95/kg in Q3 2017
  • Polysilicon average cash cost(2) of $7.64/kg in Q4 2017, compared to $7.16/kg in Q3 2017
  • Polysilicon average selling price (ASP) was $19.09/kg in Q4 2017, increasing from $16.19/kg in Q3 2017
  • Solar wafer sales volume of 22.3 million pieces in Q4 2017, compared to 26.4 million pieces in Q3 2017
  • Revenue of $103.7 million in Q4 2017, increasing from $89.4 million in Q3 2017
  • Gross profit of $46.9 million in Q4 2017, increasing from $36.4 million in Q3 2017. Gross margin of 45.2% in Q4 2017, increasing from 40.8% in Q3 2017
  • Non-GAAP gross margin(3) of 45.6% in Q4 2017, increasing from 41.3% in Q3 2017
  • EBITDA (non-GAAP)(3) of $53.6 million in Q4 2017, increasing from $42.3 million in Q3 2017
  • EBITDA margin (non-GAAP)(3) of 51.7% in Q4 2017, increasing from 47.4% in Q3 2017
  • Net income attributable to Daqo New Energy shareholders of $33.7 million in Q4 2017, increasing from $24.1 million in Q3 2017 and $4.1 million in Q4 2016
  • Earnings per basic American Depository Share (ADS) of $3.16 in Q4 2017, increasing from $2.28 in Q3 2017, and $0.39 in Q4 2016
  • Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)(3) attributable to Daqo New Energy shareholders of $35.3 million in Q4 2017, increasing from $25.6 million in Q3 2017 and $6.2 million in Q4 2016
  • Adjusted earnings per basic ADS (non-GAAP)(3) of $3.31 in Q4 2017, increasing from $2.42 in Q3 2017, and $0.59 in Q4 2016

                                                             Three months ended

US$ millions
except as indicated otherwise

December 31,
2017

September 30,
2017

December 31,
2016

Revenues

103.7

89.4

46.1

Gross profit

46.9

36.4

14.2

Gross margin

45.2%

40.8%

30.7%

Operating income

43.6

32.8

9.6

Net income attributable to
Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders

33.7

24.1

4.1

Earnings per basic ADS ($ per ADS)

3.16

2.28

0.39

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)(3)
    attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp.
    shareholders

35.3

 

25.6

 

6.2

 

Adjusted earnings per basic ADS
    (non-GAAP)(3) ($ per ADS)

3.31

2.42

0.59

Non-GAAP gross profit(3)

47.3

36.9

15.8

Non-GAAP gross margin(3) (%)

45.6%

41.3%

34.1%

EBITDA (non-GAAP)(3)

53.6

42.3

17.6

EBITDA margin(3) (non-GAAP)

51.7%

47.4%

38.3%

Polysilicon sales volume (MT) (1)

4,730

4,500

2,209

Polysilicon production cost ($/kg)(2)

9.40

8.95

9.98

Polysilicon cash cost (excl. dep'n) ($/kg)(2)

7.64

7.16

7.34













Full Year 2017 Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Polysilicon production volume of 20,200 MT in 2017, an increase of 54.6% from 13,068 MT in 2016
  • Polysilicon external sales volume(1) of 17,950 MT in 2017, an increase of 64.9% from 10,883 MT in 2016
  • Solar Wafer sales volume of 98.0 million pieces in 2017, an increase of 18.4% from 82.8 million pieces in 2016
  • Revenue of $352.9 million in 2017, an increase of 54.0% from $229.1 million in 2016
  • Gross profit of $143.5 million in 2017, increasing from $80.4 million in 2016. Gross margin of 40.7% in 2017, increasing from 35.1% in 2016
  • Non-GAAP gross margin(3) of 41.4% in 2017, increasing from 38.1% in 2016
  • EBITDA (non-GAAP)(3) of $ 167.5 million in 2017, an increase of 68.7% from $99.3 million in 2016
  • EBITDA margin (non-GAAP)(3) of 47.5% in 2017, increasing from 43.3% in 2016
  • Net income attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders of $92.8 million in 2017, an increase of 113.5% from $43.5 million in 2016
  • Earnings per basic ADS of $8.76 in 2017, an increase of 111.1% from $4.15 in 2016
  • Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)(3) attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders of $99.5 million in 2017, an increase of 87.3% from $53.1 million in 2016
  • Adjusted earnings per basic ADS (non-GAAP)(3) of $9.38 in 2017, an increase of 85.0% from $5.07 in 2016

Notes:

(1)     The Company's polysilicon external sales volume excludes internal sales to Daqo New Energy's Chongqing wafer manufacturing subsidiary, which utilizes polysilicon as raw material for the production of solar wafers. The sales volume is the quantity of goods that have been received by customers, and thus the corresponding revenue has been recognized during the period indicated.

(2)     Production cost and cash cost only refer to production in our Xinjiang polysilicon facilities. Production cost is calculated by the inventoriable costs relating to production of polysilicon in Xinjiang divided by the production volume in the period indicted. Cash cost is calculated by the inventoriable costs relating to production of polysilicon excluding depreciation expense in Xinjiang, divided by the production volume in the period indicated.

(3)    Daqo New Energy provides non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, adjusted net income attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders and adjusted earnings per ADS on a non-GAAP basis to provide supplemental information regarding its financial performance. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the section captioned "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the tables captioned "Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to comparable US GAAP measures" set forth at the end of this press release.

Management Remarks

"The fourth quarter of 2017 was an excellent quarter for Daqo New Energy in terms of both operational and financial performance, which concluded our fiscal year of 2017 as the best year in the Company's history. I would like to thank our entire team for their hard work and dedication for delivering such an outstanding financial and operational performance," commented Mr. Longgen Zhang, CEO of Daqo New Energy. 

"Despite the annual maintenance of our facilities and its impact on our operations during the quarter, we were able to produce 5,339 MT of polysilicon during the quarter, a new record for the Company. This was a direct result of our continuing focus on improving operational efficiency and maximizing overall output. Demand for our high-quality polysilicon products remained strong, allowing us to sell a record high of 4,730 MT of polysilicon during the quarter to external customers while generating total revenue of $103.7 million, an increase of 16.0% sequentially and 125% year-over-year. During the fourth quarter, the Company generated $33.7 million in net income attributable to Daqo New Energy shareholders and $53.6 million in EBITDA with an EBITDA margin of 51.7%. The fourth quarter earnings per basic ADS were $3.16, an increase of 38.6% from $2.28 in the prior quarter, and up 710.3% from fourth quarter of 2016."

"2017 was the strongest year in the Company's history. We produced 20,200 MT of polysilicon throughout the year, 12.2% more than our nameplate capacity of 18,000 MT. Our financial performance in 2017 was significantly better than in 2016, with revenues of $352.9 million, EBITDA of $167.5 million, net income attributable to Daqo New Energy shareholders of $92.8 million and net cash provided by operating activities of $142.7 million. While we are in a capital-intensive industry, our debt ratio improved to a healthy level of 47.3% by the end of 2017, compared to 58.6% at the end of 2016 which further strengthened our competitive positioning in the market."

"Our focus throughout the quarter and going into 2018 remains on reducing costs. Having successfully completed the annual maintenance of our facilities in October 2017, we resumed production with improved manufacturing efficiency. While average polysilicon production cost increased sequentially during the quarter, primarily due to higher raw material prices and the impact of an appreciation of RMB, our two biggest polysilicon manufacturing cost components, unit electricity consumption and unit silicon metal consumption, hit their lowest levels ever in December 2017. We are already working on several additional technological improvements that we expect will further reduce our costs in 2018."

"We are also devoting increasing resources to R&D and quality improvement. We continue to improve our front-end manufacturing process and post-production handling techniques to reduce impurities. This resulted in record levels of production for both electronic-grade polysilicon and mono-crystalline-grade polysilicon in January 2018. We are pleased with this achievement and believe it demonstrates the strength and effectiveness of our overall strategy and is another step towards becoming the leading supplier of electronic-grade and mono-crystalline-grade polysilicon in China."

"In 2017, approximately 100 GW of solar PV panels were installed globally. China continued to rank as the leading solar PV market in the world with total installations of approximately 53 GW.  The United States, India and Japan rank as other top solar markets globally in 2017. According to the latest solar PV market reports, we expect to see low double-digit installation growth globally in 2018, with growth expected to pick up further in 2019. In addition, we are seeing rapid growth in demand for high-efficiency mono crystalline wafers as well as continued growth in demand for ultra-high purity mono-crystalline-grade polysilicon which only very few Chinese producers are able to produce. Demand for high-purity polysilicon products continues to be strong. We will continue to improve the quality of our polysilicon products and expect to increase production levels of polysilicon for mono wafers application."

"We completed the foundation and initial preparation work for our Phase 3B capacity expansion project during the quarter. Facility design and equipment procurement are progressing well and on schedule. With strong customer demand for our high-quality polysilicon products, we are planning to accelerate the construction pace so that we can begin production sooner. We expect to complete the entire Phase 3B project and begin pilot production in the first half of 2019, and reach full capacity of 30,000 MT by mid-2019. With the newly added capacity and our competitive advantages in polysilicon quality and production costs, we are strengthening our polysilicon manufacturing leadership position and are confident in our ability to meet growing demand and create additional value for our shareholders."

Outlook and guidance

The Company expects to produce approximately 5,300 MT to 5,500 MT of polysilicon and sell approximately 4,900 MT to 5,100 MT of polysilicon to external customers during the first quarter of 2018.  The above external sales guidance excludes shipments of polysilicon to be used internally by the Company's Chongqing solar wafer facility, which utilizes polysilicon for its wafer manufacturing operation.  Wafer sales volume is expected to be approximately 15.0 million to 20.0 million pieces for the first quarter of 2018.  For the full year of 2018, the Company expects to produce approximately 22,000 to 23,000 MT of polysilicon, inclusive of the impact of our annual facility maintenance.

This outlook reflects Daqo New Energy's current and preliminary view as of the date of this press release and may be subject to change. The Company's ability to achieve these projections is subject to risks and uncertainties. See "Safe Harbor Statement" at the end of this press release.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Results

Revenues

Revenues were $103.7 million, compared to $89.4 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $46.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Revenues from polysilicon sales to external customers were $89.8 million, compared to $72.9 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $32.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. External polysilicon sales volume was 4,730 MT, compared to 4,500 MT in the third quarter of 2017, and 2,209 MT in the fourth quarter of 2016. The sequential increase in polysilicon revenues was primarily due to higher polysilicon sales volume and higher ASPs.

Revenues from wafer sales were $13.9 million, compared to $16.5 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $13.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Wafer sales volume was 22.3 million pieces, compared to 26.4 million pieces in the third quarter of 2017 and 21.3 million pieces in the fourth quarter of 2016. The sequential decrease in wafer revenues was primarily due to lower sales volume and lower wafer ASPs.

Gross profit and margin

Gross profit was approximately $46.9 million, compared to $36.4 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $14.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP gross profit, which excludes costs related to the non-operational polysilicon assets in Chongqing, was approximately $47.3 million, compared to $36.9 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $15.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Gross margin was 45.2%, compared to 40.8% in the third quarter of 2017 and 30.7% in the fourth quarter of 2016. The sequential increase in gross margin was primarily due to higher quarterly polysilicon ASPs offset by slightly higher polysilicon production cost affected by cost increase in raw materials and RMB's appreciation, as well as lower quarterly wafer gross margin.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, total costs related to the non-operational Chongqing polysilicon assets including depreciation were $0.4 million, compared to $0.5 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $1.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The decrease in such costs was due to relocation of the idle equipment from the Company's Chongqing polysilicon plant to Xinjiang polysilicon plant. Excluding such costs, the non-GAAP gross margin was approximately 45.6%, compared to 41.3% in the third quarter of 2017 and 34.1% in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Selling, general and administrative expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $4.7 million, compared to $4.4 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $3.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Research and development expenses

Research and development (R&D) expenses were approximately $0.1 million, compared to $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $2.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Research and development expenses could vary from period to period and reflected R&D activities that took place during the quarter.

Other operating income

Other operating income was $4.4 million, compared to $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $1.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Other operating income was mainly composed of unrestricted cash incentives that the Company received from local government authorities, the amount of which varies from period to period.

Impairment of long-lived assets

The Company recognized $3.0 million and $0.2 million fixed assets impairment loss for its Chongqing polysilicon facilities in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 2016, respectively. The Company has relocated and will continue to relocate some of the Company's temporarily idle polysilicon machinery and equipment in Chongqing to the Company's Xinjiang polysilicon manufacturing facility. However, after further evaluations, some assets were identified as non-transferrable and/or not able to be reutilized by its Xinjiang polysilicon manufacturing or expansion projects. Thus, such assets were recorded as an impairment loss of long-lived assets.

Operating income and margin

As a result of the foregoing, operating income was $43.6 million, compared to $32.8 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $9.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Operating margin was 42.0%, compared to 36.7% in the third quarter of 2017 and 20.7% in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Interest expense

Interest expense was $4.1 million, compared to $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $4.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

EBITDA

EBITDA was $53.6 million, compared to $42.3 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $17.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. EBITDA margin was 51.7%, compared to 47.4% in the third quarter of 2017 and 38.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Net income attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders and earnings per ADS

As a result of the aforementioned, net income attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders was $33.7 million, compared to $24.1 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $4.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Earnings per basic ADS were $3.16, compared to $2.28 in the third quarter of 2017 and $0.39 in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Financial Condition

As of December 31, 2017, the Company had $72.7 million in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared to $61.6 million as of September 30, 2017 and $31.9 million as of December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2017, the accounts receivable balance was $3.0 million, compared to $4.6 million as of September 30, 2017 and $4.8 million as of December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2017, the notes receivable balance was $27.3 million, compared to $25.3 million as of September 30, 2017 and $13.0 million as of December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2017, total borrowings were $212.9 million, of which $113.6 million were long-term borrowings, compared to total borrowings of $216.8 million, including $119.3 million long-term borrowings, as of September 30, 2017 and total borrowings of $217.9 million, including $111.9 million long-term borrowings, as of December 31, 2016.

Cash Flows

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, net cash provided by operating activities was $142.7 million, an increase of 44.6% from $98.7 million in the same period of 2016. The increase was primarily due to improved profitability in our polysilicon segment.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, net cash used in investing activities was $63.1 million, compared to $66.1 million in the same period of 2016. The net cash used in investing activities in 2017 and 2016 was primarily related to the capital expenditure on the Xinjiang Phase 3A polysilicon projects.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, net cash used in financing activities was $37.4 million, compared to $30.3 million in the same period of 2016. Net cash used in financing activities in 2017 and 2016 primarily consists of repayment of related party loans and bank borrowings.

Full Year 2017 Results

Revenues

Revenues were $352.9 million in 2017, an increase of 54.0% from $229.1 million in 2016.

Revenues from polysilicon sales to external customers were $294.1 million in 2017, an increase of 75.5% from $167.5 million in 2016.  During the first quarter of 2017, we fully ramped up our Xinjiang polysilicon facility to 18,000 MT annual capacity and achieved full production. Our annual polysilicon production volume increased by 54.6% from 13,068 MT in 2016 to 20,200 MT in 2017. Our external polysilicon sales volume increased by 64.9% from 10,883 MT in 2016 to 17,950 MT in 2017. In addition, our polysilicon ASPs also improved from $15.42/kg in 2016 to $16.41/kg in 2017.

Revenues from wafer sales were $58.8 million in 2017, compared to $61.6 million in 2016. Wafer sales volume was 98.0 million pieces, an increase of 18.4% from 82.8 million pieces in 2016. The decrease in wafer revenues as compared to 2016 was primarily due to lower ASPs.

Gross profit and margin

Gross profit was $143.5 million in 2017, an increase of 78.4% from $80.4 million in 2016. Gross margin was 40.7% in 2017, increased from 35.1% in 2016. The improvement in gross profit and gross margin was primarily attributable to our polysilicon segment.

Gross profit of the Company's polysilicon segment excluding costs related to the Chongqing idle polysilicon facilities, was $143.1 million in 2017, an increase of 83.1% from $78.2 million in 2016. Gross margin of the Company's polysilicon segment was 48.7%, increased from 46.7% in 2016. The increase in polysilicon gross profit and gross margin excluding costs related to the Chongqing idle polysilicon facilities was primarily due to higher sales volume, higher ASPs and improvement in polysilicon cost structure. The Company sold 17,950 MT of polysilicon in 2017, an increase of 64.9% from 10,883 MT in 2016. The Company's annual polysilicon ASP increased 6.4% from $15.42/kg in 2016 to $16.41/kg in 2017. The Company's annual average polysilicon production cost (including depreciation) decreased by 4.2% from $9.23/kg in 2016 to $8.84/kg in 2017.

Gross profit of our wafer segment was $2.8 million in 2017, a decrease from $9.2 million in 2016. Gross margin of our wafer segment was 4.7% in 2017, as compared to 14.9% in 2016. The decrease in wafer gross profit and gross margin was primarily due to lower ASPs, despite lower average manufacturing costs when compared to 2016.

Total costs related to the non-operational Chongqing polysilicon plant including depreciation were $2.4 million in 2017, a decrease from $6.9 million in 2016. The decrease was due to relocation of the idle equipment from the Company's Chongqing polysilicon plant to Xinjiang polysilicon plant. Excluding such costs, the non-GAAP gross margin was approximately 41.4% in 2017, an increase from 38.1% in 2016.

Selling, general and administrative expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $17.7 million in 2017, compared to $16.1 million in 2016. The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to increased shipping cost, as a result of higher polysilicon shipping volume.

Research and development expenses

Research and development (R&D) expenses were $0.9 million in 2017, compared to $4.0 million in 2016. Research and development expenses could vary from period to period and reflected R&D activities that took place during the period.

Other operating income

Other operating income was $6.8 million in 2017, compared to $5.3 million in 2016, which mainly consisted of unrestricted cash incentives that we received from local government authorities, which varies from period to period at the discretion of the government.

Impairment of long-lived assets

The Company recognized a $3.0 million and $0.2 million in impairment loss related to the long-lived assets of its Chongqing polysilicon facilities in 2017 and 2016, respectively. The Company has relocated and will continue to relocate some of the Company's temporarily idle polysilicon machinery and equipment in Chongqing to the Company's Xinjiang polysilicon manufacturing facility. However, after further evaluations, some assets were identified as non-transferrable and/or not able to be reutilized by its Xinjiang polysilicon manufacturing or expansion projects. Thus, such assets were recorded as the impairment loss of long-lived assets.

Operating income and margin

As a result of the foregoing, operating income was $128.7 million in 2017, an increase of 96.7% from $65.4 million in 2016. Operating margin was 36.5% in 2017, increasing from 28.6% in 2016.

Interest expense

Interest expense was $18.0 million in 2017, compared to $14.6 million in 2016.

Income tax expense

Income tax expenses were $17.3 million in 2017, compared to $7.4 million in 2016. The increase was primarily due to the strong growth in income before income taxes as of a result of the foregoing discussion.

Net income attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders and earnings per ADS

Net income attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders of $92.8 million in 2017, an increase of 113.5% from $43.5 million in 2016. Earnings per basic ADS were $8.76 in 2017, an increase of 111.1% from $4.15 in 2016.

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders was $99.5 million in 2017, an increase of 87.3% from $53.1 million in 2016. Adjusted earnings per basic ADS (non-GAAP) were of $9.38 in 2017, an increase of 85.0% from $5.07 in 2016.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Daqo New Energy's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("US GAAP"), the Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures that are adjusted for certain items from the most directly comparable GAAP measures including non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin; earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") and EBITDA margin; adjusted net income attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders and adjusted earnings per basic ADS.  Management believes that each of these non-GAAP measures is useful to investors, enabling them to better assess changes in key element of the Company's results of operations across different reporting periods on a consistent basis, independent of certain items as described below. Thus, management believes that, used in conjunction with US GAAP financial measures, these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with meaningful supplemental information to assess the Company's operating results in a manner that is focused on its ongoing, core operating performance. Management uses these non-GAAP measures internally to assess the business, its financial performance, current and historical results, as well as for strategic decision-making and forecasting future results.  Given management's use of these non-GAAP measures, the Company believes these measures are important to investors in understanding the Company's operating results as seen through the eyes of management.  These non-GAAP measures are not prepared in accordance with US GAAP or intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with US GAAP; the non-GAAP measures should be reviewed together with the US GAAP measures, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

Non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin includes adjustments for costs related to the non-operational polysilicon assets in Chongqing. Such costs mainly consist of non-cash depreciation costs, as well as utilities and maintenance costs associated with the temporarily idle polysilicon machinery and equipment, which will be or are in the process of being relocated to the Company's Xinjiang polysilicon manufacturing facility. The Company expects a majority of these costs, such as depreciation, will continue to occur as part of the production cost at the Xinjiang facilities subsequent to the completion of the relocation plan. Once these assets are placed back in service, the Company will remove this adjustment from the non-GAAP reconciling item. The Company also uses EBITDA, which represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and EBITDA margin, which represents the proportion of EBITDA in revenues.  Adjusted net income attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders and adjusted earnings per basic ADS exclude costs related to the non-operational polysilicon assets in Chongqing as described above.  Adjusted net income attributable to Daqo New Energy Corp. shareholders and adjusted earnings per basic ADS also exclude costs related to share-based compensation. Share-based compensation is a non-cash expense that varies from period to period. As a result, management excludes this item from its internal operating forecasts and models. Management believes that this adjustment for share-based compensation provides investors with a basis to measure the company's core performance, including compared with the performance of other companies, without the period-to-period variability created by share-based compensation.

A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to comparable US GAAP measures is presented later in this document.

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled a conference call to discuss the results at 8:00 AM Eastern Time on February 28, 2018.

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About Daqo New Energy Corp.

Founded in 2008, Daqo New Energy Corp. (NYSE: DQ) is a leading manufacturer of high-purity polysilicon for the global solar PV industry. As one of the world's lowest cost producers of high-purity polysilicon and solar wafers, the Company primarily sells its products to solar cell and solar module manufacturers. The Company has built a manufacturing facility that is technically advanced and highly efficient with a nameplate capacity of 18,000 metric tons in Xinjiang, China.  The Company also operates a solar wafer manufacturing facility in Chongqing, China.

For more information, please visit http://daqo.gotoip1.com/

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of 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 outlook for the first quarter of 2018 and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as Daqo New Energy's strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: the demand for photovoltaic products and the development of photovoltaic technologies; global supply and demand for polysilicon; alternative technologies in cell manufacturing; our ability to significantly expand our polysilicon production capacity and output; the reduction in or elimination of government subsidies and economic incentives for solar energy applications; and our ability to lower our production costs. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the reports or documents we have filed with, or furnished to, the Securities and Exchange Commission. Daqo New Energy does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and Daqo New Energy undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

 

 


Daqo New Energy Corp.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income

(US dollars in thousands, except ADS and per ADS data)





Three months Ended

Year Ended Dec 31,



Dec 31, 2017


Sep 30, 2017


Dec 31, 2016


2017


2016














Revenues      


$103,675


$89,366


$46,116


$352,852


$229,101


Cost of revenues


(56,782)


(52,925)


(31,941)


(209,379)


(148,673)


Gross profit


46,893


36,441


14,175


143,473


80,428


Operating expenses












Selling, general and
   administrative expenses


(4,681)


(4,410)


(3,512)


(17,664)


(16,104)


Research and development
   expenses


 

(51)


 

(104)


 

(2,775)


 

(881)


 

(4,001)


Other operating income


4,403


841


1,862


6,770


5,325


Impairment of long-lived 
  
assets


 

(2,988)


 

-


 

(199)


 

(2,988)


 

(199)


Total operating expenses


(3,317)


(3,673)


(4,624)


(14,763)


(14,979)


Income from operations


43,576


32,768


9,551


128,710


65,449


Interest expense


(4,056)


(4,318)


(4,099)


(18,005)


(14,568)


Interest income


185


117


17


487


408


Foreign exchange gain (loss)


(8)


2


(4)


(5)


(7)


Income before income taxes


39,697


28,569


5,465


111,187


51,282


Income tax expense


(5,605)


(4,218)


(1,281)


(17,332)


(7,358)


Net income


34,092


24,351


4,184


93,855


43,924


Net income attributable to
   noncontrolling interest


 

380


 

242


 

55


 

1,014


 

430


Net income attributable to Daqo
   New Energy Corp. shareholders


$33,712


$24,109


$4,129


$92,841


$43,494














Net income


34,092


24,351


4,184


93,855


43,924


Other comprehensive income
(loss):












Foreign currency translation
   adjustments


8,904


6,004


(10,625)


 

21,978


 

(17,605)


Total other comprehensive
   income (loss)


8,904


6,004


(10,625)


 

21,978


 

(17,605)


Comprehensive income (loss)


42,996


30,355


(6,441)


115,833


26,319


Comprehensive income (loss)
   attributable to noncontrolling
   interest


444


281


(9)


1,163


327


Comprehensive income (loss)
   attributable to Daqo New Energy
   Corp. shareholders


 

 

$42,552


 

 

$30,074


 

 

($6,432)


 

 

$114,670


 

 

$25,992














 Income per ADS












 Basic


3.16


2.28


0.39


8.76


4.15


 Diluted


3.02


2.22


0.39


8.50


4.11


Weighted average ADS outstanding












Basic


10,680,120


10,570,485


10,508,261


10,602,838


10,469,690


Diluted


11,170,576


10,874,914


10,642,404


10,917,053


10,592,710


 

 


Daqo New Energy Corp.



Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet



(US dollars in thousands)














Dec 31, 2017


Sep 30, 2017


Dec 31, 2016












ASSETS:









Current Assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$60,677


$40,903


$15,987



Restricted cash


11,990


20,657


15,893



Accounts receivable, net


2,972


4,612


4,836



Notes receivable


27,286


25,254


13,026



Prepaid expenses and other current assets


8,183


6,959


8,028



Advances to suppliers


2,656


3,421


1,723



Inventories


19,603


17,310


12,281



Amount due from related parties


8,997


5,112


1,529



Total current assets


142,364


124,228


73,303



Property, plant and equipment, net


579,129


558,476


557,428



Prepaid land use right


25,889


25,455


24,810



Deferred tax assets


714


611


586



Investment accounted for under cost-method


687


607


582



TOTAL ASSETS


748,783


709,377


656,709












Current liabilities:









Short-term borrowings, including current portion of
   long-term borrowings


 

99,300


 

97,527


 

105,980



Accounts payable


22,406


18,446


18,745



Notes payable


16,877


29,494


25,732



Advances from customers


16,691


16,686


7,520



  Payables for purchases of property, plant and equipment


25,144


24,202


51,323



Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


16,134


11,415


8,320



Amount due to related parties


6,770


12,177


26,830



Income tax payable


13,191


7,951


5,300



Total current liabilities


216,513


217,898


249,750



Long-term borrowings


113,588


119,312


111,949



Other long-term liabilities


24,154


23,783


23,280



TOTAL LIABILITIES


354,255


360,993


384,979



 

EQUITY:









Ordinary shares


27


27


27



Treasury stock


(1,749)


(1,749)


(1,749)



Additional paid-in capital


247,077


243,930


240,112



Accumulated gains


133,274


99,560


40,432



Accumulated other comprehensive income


13,107


4,268


(8,721)



Total Daqo New Energy Corp.'s shareholders' equity


391,736


346,036


270,101



Noncontrolling interest


2,792


2,348


1,629



Total equity


394,528


348,384


271,730



TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY


748,783


709,377


656,709



















 

 

Daqo New Energy Corp.

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(US dollars in thousands)




For the twelve months ended December 31,



2017


2016


Operating Activities:






Net income


$93,855


$43,924


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
operating activities:






   Long-lived assets impairment


2,988


199


   Share-based compensation


4,200


2,702


   Reversal of allowance for doubtful accounts


(3)


(1,053)


   Depreciation of property, plant and equipment


38,824


33,822


   Disposal of assets loss


155


181








      Changes in operating assets and liabilities:






   Accounts receivable


2,112


14,891


   Notes receivable


(12,884)


(2,635)


   Prepaid expenses and other current assets


899


3,416


   Advances to suppliers


(786)


(761)


   Inventories


(6,253)


(2,258)


   Amount due from related parties


(6,739)


(1,318)


   Amount due to related parties


849


1,815


   Prepaid land use rights


573


557


   Accounts payable


2,305


2,386


   Notes payable


786


(1,404)


   Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


6,984


261


   Income tax payable


7,254


4,420


   Advances from customers


8,342


(134)


   Deferred tax assets


(85)


-


   Deferred government subsidies


(671)


(339)


Net cash provided by operating activities


142,705


98,672








Investing activities:






Purchases of property, plant and equipment


(67,837)


(67,477)


Investment accounted for under cost-method


(64)


(582)


Decrease in restricted cash


4,791


1,936


Net cash used in investing activities


(63,110)


(66,123)








Financing activities:






Proceeds from related parties loans


63,172


126,401


Repayment of related parties loans


(83,755)


(148,463)


Proceeds from bank borrowings


91,989


106,987


Repayment of bank borrowings


(111,000)


(116,255)


Cash received from exercise of options


2,239


1,052


Net cash used in financing activities


(37,355)


(30,278)








Effect of exchange rate changes


2,450


(774)


Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


44,690


1,497


Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year


15,987


14,490


Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year


60,677


15,987


 

 

Daqo New Energy Corp.

Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to comparable US GAAP measures

(US dollars in thousands)





Three months Ended

Twelve months ended



Dec. 31, 2017


Sep. 30, 2017


Dec. 31, 2016


Dec. 31, 2017


Dec. 31, 2016


Gross profit


46,893


36,441


14,175


143,473


80,428


Costs related to the
non-operational Chongqing
polysilicon operations


443


454


1,588


 

 

2,444


 

 

6,913


Non-GAAP gross profit


47,336


36,895


15,763


145,917


87,341












Three months Ended

Twelve months ended



Dec. 31, 2017


Sep. 30, 2017


Dec. 31, 2016


Dec. 31, 2017


Dec. 31, 2016

Gross margin


45.2%


40.8%


30.7%


40.7%


35.1%

Costs related to the
non-operational Chongqing
polysilicon operations
(proportion of revenue)


0.4%


0.5%


3.4%


 

 

 

0.7%


 

 

 

3.0%

Non-GAAP gross margin


45.6%


41.3%


34.1%


41.4%


38.1%











Three months Ended

Twelve months ended



Dec. 31, 2017


Sep. 30, 2017


Dec. 31, 2016


Dec. 31, 2017


Dec. 31, 2016

Net income


34,092


24,351


4,184


93,855


43,924

Income tax expense


5,605


4,218


1,281


17,332


7,358

Interest expense


4,056


4,318


4,099


18,005


14,568

Interest income


(185)


(117)


(17)


(487)


(408)

Depreciation


10,044


9,572


8,095


38,824


33,822

EBITDA (non-GAAP)


53,612


42,342


17,642


167,529


99,264

EBIDTA margin
   (non-GAAP)


 

51.7%


 

47.4%


 

38.3%


 

47.5%


 

43.3%











Three months Ended

Twelve months ended



Dec. 31, 2017


Sep. 30, 2017


Dec. 31, 2016


Dec. 31, 2017


Dec. 31, 2016

Net income attributable to
   Daqo New Energy
   Corp. shareholders


33,712


24,109


4,129


92,841


43,494

Costs related to the
non-operational Chongqing
polysilicon operations


443


454


1,588


2,444


6,913

Share-based compensation


1,170


1,045


443


4,200


2,702

Adjusted net income
   (non-GAAP)
   attributable to Daqo
   New Energy Corp.
   shareholders


35,325


25,608


6,160


99,485


53,109

Adjusted earnings per
   basic ADS (non-GAAP)


 

$3.31


 

$2.42


 

$0.59


 

$9.38


 

$5.07

Adjusted earnings per
   diluted ADS
   (non-GAAP)


$3.16


$2.35


 

$0.58


$9.11


 

$5.01

 

 

For further information, please contact:

Daqo New Energy Corp.
Investor Relations
Phone: +86-187-1658-5553
dqir@daqo.com

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