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Yingli Green Energy Reports First Quarter 2016 Results

Yingli Green Energy Reports First Quarter 2016 Results

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Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited  one of the world’s leading solar panel manufacturers, known as “Yingli Solar,” recently announced its unaudited consolidated financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

First Quarter 2016 Consolidated Financial and Operating Summary

Total net revenues were RMB2,351.1 million (US$364.6 million), compared to RMB2,110.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Total photovoltaic (“PV”) module shipments1 were 508.1 MW, compared to 504.5MW in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Gross profit was RMB469.3 million (US$72.8 million), significantly increased from RMB248.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Gross margin was 20.0%, increased from 11.8% in the fourth quarter of 2015. Gross margin on sales of PV modules was 19.7%.
Operating income was RMB186.4 million (US$28.9 million), compared to operating loss of RMB1,120.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.
On a non-GAAP2 basis, earnings before interest, tax expenses, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) were RMB482.0 million (US$74.8 million).
Net income3 was RMB79.6 million (US$12.3 million) and earnings per American Depositary Share4 (each representing ten ordinary shares of the Company, the “ADS”) was RMB4.4 (US$0.7). On an adjusted non-GAAP basis, adjusted net income was RMB73.3 million (US$11.4 million), and adjusted income per ADS was RMB4.0 (US$0.6).
“We are glad to announce that we achieved profitability in the first quarter of 2016, which was our first profitable quarter since the third quarter of 2011. Our gross profit was RMB469.3 million in the first quarter, increased approximately 90% quarter over quarter, representing a gross margin of 20.0%, up from 11.8% in the fourth quarter of 2015. Our income from operations and net income reached RMB186.4 million and RMB79.6 million, respectively, in the first quarter while we had loss from operations and net loss in the previous quarter. By now, we have accumulatively shipped over 15GW of PV modules across the world, marking an important milestone in our development,” commented Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy.

“Internationally, we focused on major PV markets with relatively higher selling prices in the first quarter in order to improve our profitability. Our shipments to Japan continued to increase and shipments to Japan as a percentage of our total shipments increased to approximately 40% in the first quarter of 2016 from approximately 30% in the fourth quarter of 2015. We expect the strong demand from Japan to continue in 2016 before Japan’s announced reduction of subsidies for PV power becomes effective in April 2017. We also had a solid first quarter in the United States with shipments to the U.S. representing approximately 14% of our total shipments in the quarter as compared to approximately 10% in the fourth quarter of 2015, and we expect to maintain our position in the U.S. with orders from a stable base of run rate customers. In China, we have secured orders of approximately 820MW by the end of May due to robust demand in the first half of 2016.”

“In May 2016, we successfully commercialized our bifacial series of monocrystalline modules, which were installed on a 50MW power plant in Datong, Shanxi province under China’s “Top Runner” program and can generate electricity from both the front and rear sides of the cells, allowing power yields of up to 30% more than traditional monocrystalline modules. We plan to continue to focus on high-end products reflecting technological advancements to improve average module gross margin and enhance our position in the competitive domestic market this year.”

“Despite the challenges we face, we have achieved a remarkable improvement in our financial performance in the first quarter of 2016. We endeavor to make every effort to keep such momentum and maintain a healthy operation,” Mr. Miao concluded.

Total Net Revenues

Total net revenues were RMB2,351.1 million (US$364.6 million) in the first quarter of 2016, compared to RMB2,110.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB2,905.8 million in the first quarter of 2015. Total PV module shipments were 508.1 MW in the first quarter of 2016, compared to 504.5MW in the fourth quarter of 2015 and 754.2MW in the first quarter of 2015.

The increase in total net revenues in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 was mainly due to the increase of other revenues especially the sales of PV cells and the higher average selling price of the Company’s PV modules compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 mainly as a result of higher proportion of shipments to Japan, where the selling price of PV modules generally is higher than that in other markets. The appreciation of Japanese Yen against Renminbi in the first quarter of 2016 and more shipments to the U.S. with relatively higher selling price also contributed to the higher average selling price of the Company’s PV modules in the first quarter of 2016.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit was RMB469.3 million (US$72.8 million) in the first quarter of 2016, significantly increased from RMB248.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB410.8 million in the first quarter of 2015.

Gross margin was 20.0% in the first quarter of 2016, increased from 11.8% in the fourth quarter of 2015 and 14.1% in the first quarter of 2015. Gross margin on sales of PV modules was 19.7% in the first quarter of 2016, increased from 13.5% in the fourth quarter of 2015 and 14.8% in the first quarter of 2015.

The increase in gross profit and gross margin from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016 was mainly due to the higher average selling price of the Company’s PV modules compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 primarily as a result of higher proportion of shipments toJapan in the first quarter of 2016, where the selling price of PV modules generally is higher than that in other markets. The appreciation of Japanese Yen against Renminbi in the first quarter of 2016 and more shipments to the U.S. with relatively higher selling price of PV modules also contributed to the higher average selling price of the Company’s PV modules in the first quarter of 2016.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses decreased to RMB282.8 million (US$43.9 million) in the first quarter of 2016 from RMB1,368.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB477.2 million in the first quarter of 2015. Operating expenses as a percentage of total net revenues were 12.0% in the first quarter of 2016, compared to 64.9% in the fourth quarter of 2015 and 16.4% in the first quarter of 2015.

The significant decline of operating expenses from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016 was mainly due to the provision for prepayments in relation to inventory purchase commitments of RMB488.0 million, provision for doubtful accounts receivables of RMB324.4 million, provision for reserve for inventory purchase commitments of RMB77.7 million as a result of a foreign exchange re-measurement due to the foreign exchange rates between the Renminbi and U.S. dollars, and provision of RMB48.7 million for the settlement payment to Solyndra recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015, while the Company only recorded impairment of prepayment of RMB15.6 million and reversed provision for reserve for inventory purchase commitments of RMB6.6 million as a result of a foreign exchange re-measurement of U.S. dollar denominated provision in the first quarter of 2016.

Excluding the impact of such provisions, the decrease of operating expenses was primarily due to more strict and effective control on general and administrative expenses, the adjustments of marketing and sales strategies, and the decrease of research and development activities in the first quarter of 2016. However, selling and research and development expenses may increase in future periods as the Company’s PV module shipments and research and development activities increase.

Operating Income (Loss) and Margin

Operating income was RMB186.4 million (US$28.9 million) in the first quarter of 2016, compared to operating loss of RMB1,120.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and operating loss ofRMB66.4 million in the first quarter of 2015.

Operating margin was 7.9% in the first quarter of 2016, compared to negative 53.1% in the fourth quarter of 2015 and negative 2.3% in the first quarter of 2015.

EBITDA

On a non-GAAP basis, earnings before interest, tax expenses, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) were RMB482.0 million (US$74.8 million) in the first quarter of 2016, compared to negative RMB827.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB199.8 million in the first quarter of 2015.

Interest Expense

Interest expense was RMB176.1 million (US$27.3 million) in the first quarter of 2016, decreased from RMB246.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB236.8 million in the first quarter of 2015, primarily because the Company utilized less financing arrangements and repaid certain short-term borrowings when due in the first quarter of 2016 and the Company’s average interest rate decreased to 6.30% in the first quarter of 2016 from 6.92% in the fourth quarter of 2015 and 6.76% in the first quarter of 2015.

Foreign Currency Exchange Gain (Loss)

Foreign currency exchange gain was RMB55.5 million (US$8.6 million) in the first quarter of 2016, compared to foreign currency exchange loss of RMB29.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and foreign currency exchange loss of RMB130.6 million in the first quarter of 2015. The foreign currency exchange gain recognized in the first quarter of 2016 was mainly resulted from the appreciation of Japanese Yen against Renminbi and the fact that the Company had a balance of net current assets denominated in Japanese Yen.

Income Tax Expense

Income tax expense was RMB13.9 million (US$2.2 million) in the first quarter of 2016, compared to RMB132.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB0.5 million in the first quarter of 2015. Income tax expense in the first quarter of 2016 was significantly lower than the fourth quarter of 2015 primarily because there was no allowance of deferred income tax assets in the first quarter of 2016 while such allowance was recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Net Income (Loss)

Net income was RMB79.6 million (US$12.3 million) in the first quarter of 2016, compared to net loss of RMB1,439.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and net loss of RMB363.2 million in the first quarter of 2015. Net margin was 3.4% in the first quarter of 2016, compared to negative 68.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015 and negative 12.5% in the first quarter of 2015. Earnings per ADS was RMB4.4 (US$0.7 ) in the first quarter of 2016, compared to loss per ADS of RMB79.2 in the fourth quarter of 2015 and loss per ADS of RMB20.0 in the first quarter of 2015.

On an adjusted non-GAAP basis, adjusted net income was RMB73.3 million (US$11.4 million) in the first quarter of 2016, compared to adjusted net loss of RMB 842.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and adjusted net loss of RMB 353.0 million in the first quarter of 2015. Adjusted earnings per ADS was RMB4.0 (US$0.6) in the first quarter of 2016, compared adjusted loss per ADS of RMB 46.3 in the fourth quarter of 2015 and adjusted loss per ADS of RMB 19.4 in the first quarter of 2015.

Balance Sheet Analysis

As of March 31, 2016, the Company had RMB548.4 million (US$85.0 million) in cash and cash equivalents, decreased from RMB1,240.7 million as of December 31, 2015. The change was primarily due to the repayment of certain short-term borrowings when they became due in the first quarter of 2016.

As of March 31, 2016, the Company had RMB342.7 million (US$53.1 million) in restricted cash, decreased from RMB346.9 million as of December 31, 2015.

As of March 31, 2016, the Company’s accounts receivable had decreased to RMB2,727.9 million(US$423.1 million) from RMB2,922.5 million as of December 31, 2015. Days sales outstanding were 104 days in the first quarter of 2016, compared to 125 days in the fourth quarter of 2015.

As of March 31, 2016, the Company’s accounts payable had decreased to RMB3,466.6 million(US$537.6 million) from RMB 3,960.5million as of December 31, 2015. Days payable outstanding were 166 days in the first quarter of 2016, compared to 191 days in the fourth quarter of 2015.

As of March 31, 2016, the Company’s inventory had decreased to RMB1,416.2 million (US$219.6 million) from RMB1,484.3 million as of December 31, 2015. Inventory turnover days were 68 days in the first quarter of 2016, compared to 72 days in the fourth quarter of 2015.

As of the date of this press release, the Company’s subsidiaries had approximately RMB2,433 million in unutilized short-term lines of credit and approximately RMB1,710 million in committed long-term facilities. The Company’s subsidiaries have been actively communicating with lending banks for the renewal or rollover of their borrowings. Recently, some of the lending banks have signed agreements with the Company’s subsidiaries to extend their borrowings and reduce the interest rates on their borrowings from such banks. In addition, the Company and its subsidiaries are exploring financing options to continue to manage the Company and its subsidiaries’ liquidity and to enhance their financial flexibility.

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Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network

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