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Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. Reports First Quarter 2016 Unaudited Financial Results

Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. Reports First Quarter 2016 Unaudited Financial Results

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Sky Solar Holdings  Ltd. a global developer, owner and operator of solar parks, recently announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2016 ended March 31, 2016.

Highlights:

  • Q1 2016 total revenue of $11.7 million, up 14% over Q1 2015
  • Q1 2016 electricity revenue of $9.9 million, up 94% over Q1 2015
  • Q1 2016 Adjusted EBITDA1 of $5.4 million, compared to $7.0 million in Q1 2015
  • 133.1 MW of IPP assets in operation as of March 31, 2016, compared to 128.6 MW as of December 31, 2015
  • As of March 31, 2016, 24.1 MW under construction, 236.1 MW of shovel-ready projects, and 1.0 GW of solar parks in pipeline

Mr. Weili Su, Founder, Chairman and Chief executive officer of Sky Solar, commented, “While our overall installation during the quarter was modest as expected, this performance was generally due to our our ongoing strategic initiatives to unlock shareholder value. In addition, in early May, we announced the execution of a definitive agreement to acquire operating assets in the US, marking our first US transaction, a strategic market for Sky Solar in which we look forward to building a larger presence.”

Mr. Sanjay Shrestha, Chief Investment Officer of Sky Solar, and President of Sky Capital America commented, “Our strategic evaluation of Japan is underway. Furthermore, our recently signed definitive agreement to acquire operating assets in the US include 22 MW of solar parks with an average remaining PPA of 15 years, which can generate a highly attractive cash on-cash-return.”

“We are also pursing additional opportunities in the US and continue to remain disciplined on our investment return metrics.  We also see great potential for sustainable growth in Uruguay with attractive returns beyond our operating portfolio of 9MW and existing pipeline of 82MW. We look forward to providing additional operational and financial updates to investors as we progress through the year.”

First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Revenue was $11.7 million, up 14.5% from $10.3 million in the same period of 2015.

Electricity sales were $9.9 million in the first quarter of 2016, up 94.0% from $5.1 million in the same period of 2015. The year-over-year growth in electricity sales was primarily due to the increase in the Company’s operational IPP assets globally. Electricity sales in the first quarter of 2016 was up 25.9% from $7.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, due to the same reason.

Systems and other sales were $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2016, down 65.0% from $5.1 million in the same period of 2015. The year-over-year decline in systems and other sales was primarily due to permit sales in Japan in the first quarter of 2015, while the Company did not record similar sales in the first quarter of 2016. Systems and other sales in the first quarter of 2016 were down 58.3% from $4.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily due to the Company’s continuing shift toward IPP electricity sales.

Cost of sales and services were $6.4 million, compared to $3.1 million in the same period in 2015. The increase was mainly a result of the increased capacity of IPP solar parks during the first quarter of 2016.

Gross profit was $5.3 million, down 25.7% from $7.2 million in the same period in 2015. Gross margin decreased to 45.5% from 70.0% in the same period in 2015 because of the permits sales in Japan in first quarter 2015, which commanded a higher margin.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $4.8 million, up 10.6% from $4.4 million in the same period in 2015 due to the increased project financing activities in South America.

Other operating income was $1.9 million, compared to $42 thousand in the same period of 2015. The increase in other operating income was due to income from the disposal of 1.8MW solar parks in Japan during the first quarter of 2016.

As a result of the above, operating profits decreased to $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2016, from $2.8 million in the same period in 2015.

Finance costs were $1.3 million, compared to $0.9 million in the same period of 2015. The increase in finance costs was primarily due to the increased average balance of bank loans in the first quarter in 2016.

Other non-operating expenses of $1.6 million mainly represented fair value changes of financial liabilities  – FVTPL of US$0.8 millionand loss from hedge ineffectiveness on cashflow hedge of US$1.0 million – compared to other non-operating income of $485 thousand in the same period of 2015. These other non-operating expenses were primarily due to an increase of charges in fair value change as compared with the same period in 2015.

As a result of the above, the net loss for the first quarter of 2016 was $823 thousand, compared to a net profit of $2.6 million in the same period in 2015.

Basic and diluted loss per share was $0.002 compared to earning per share of $0.01 in the same period in 2015. Basic and diluted loss per ADS were $0.017 compared to earning per share of $0.05 in the same period in 2015.

Adjusted EBITDA was $5.4 million, compared to $7.0 million in the same period in 2015.

Pipeline Analysis

As of March 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 133.1 MW of IPP assets, compared to 128.6 MW as of December 31, 2015. This reflects all the incremental net project additions in Japan.

The Company had 24.1 MW of projects under construction as of March 31, 2016, compared to 28.2 MW under construction as ofDecember 31, 2015. All of the 24.1 MW of projects under construction are located in Japan.

In total, the Company had 1.2 GW of projects in various stages of development as of March 31, 2016, which included the projects under construction described above as well as 236.1 MW of shovel-ready projects and more than 1.0 GW of projects in pipeline. This does not include any incremental opportunities  associated with project opportunities in the US or Latin American markets.

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Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network

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