SHANGHAI: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”) (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the solar PV industry, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.
Third Quarter 2018 Highlights
- Total solar module shipments were 2,953 megawatts (“MW”) (including 0.2 MW to the Company’s overseas downstream segment for which no revenue has been recognized), an increase of 5.7% from 2,794 MW in the second quarter of 2018 and an increase of 24.4% from 2,374 MW in the third quarter of 2017.
- Total revenues were RMB6.69 billion (US$974.8 million), an increase of 10.5% from the second quarter of 2018 and an increase of 4.3% from the third quarter of 2017.
- Gross margin was 14.9%, compared with 12.0% in the second quarter of 2018, and 12.0% in the third quarter of 2017.
- Income from operations was RMB188.0 million (US$27.4 million), compared with RMB94.6 million in the second quarter of 2018 and RMB91.9 million in the third quarter of 2017.
- Net income attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders was RMB189.1 million (US$27.5 million) in the third quarter of 2018, compared with RMB99.0 million in the second quarter of 2018 and RMB11.3 million in the third quarter of 2017.
- Diluted earnings per American depositary share (“ADS”) were RMB4.84(US$0.72) in the third quarter of 2018.
- Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders in the third quarter of 2018 was RMB206.3 million (US$30.0 million), compared with RMB106.7 million in the second quarter of 2018 and RMB25.9 million in the third quarter of 2017.
- Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were both RMB 5.28(US$0.76) in the third quarter of 2018, compared with RMB2.73 and RMB2.71 in the second quarter of 2018 and RMB0.80 and RMB0.76 in the third quarter of 2017.
Mr. Kangping Chen, JinkoSolar’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “We had a solid quarter with module shipments hitting record high of 2,953 MW, an increase of 5.7% sequentially and 24.4% year-over-year. Our gross margin was 14.9%, compared with 12.0% in the second quarter and non-GAAP net income US$30.0 million. While Chinese demand softened following the May 31 policy announcement, our business continued to grow thanks to our diverse global customer base and strong brand recognition. Overseas module shipments accounted for almost 80% of total shipments during the quarter which offset the impact of softened demand domestically. We are confident in our ability to further expand our market share with global demand expected to recover next year as solar energy becomes more competitive and grid parity approaches in more key markets.”
“Despite the impacts of May 31 polices, China installed 34.5GW by the end of September which has already exceeded many analysts’ expectations for the entire year. Recent positive changes from policy side are providing support for a possible rebound in Chinese demand next year, especially possible policies discussed during the Solar Industry symposium held by the NEA at the beginning of November which are expected to support the smooth transition from a policy-driven industry to a grid parity driven one. We will continue to focus on top runner projects and poverty alleviation projects, and will take advantage of the increasing opportunities for grid parity projects. We are confident that Chinese demand will return next year.”
“We continue to allocate resources towards the application of high-efficiency technologies while constantly optimizing their cost structure. We made solid progress in improving wafer efficiency and reducing both oxygen content and light induced degradation. We also made breakthroughs with our new generation of N type HOT cell and optimized the structure of the P type PERC cell to further improve its efficiency. The Cheetah series modules are selling rapidly with the 72-piece mono PERC Cheetah module hitting above 400W in efficiency during mass production. Sustainable technology development and the falling cost of raw materials are helping us to increase market share by allowing us to cater to our client’s diverse demands at cost effective prices.”
“We are confident that Chinese and global demand next year will recover as the cost of solar energy becomes more competitive. This trend is irreversible. We are now ideally positioned with our order book in Q4 almost full from growing overseas markets and our products being in short supply. We will benefit from growth in demand for solar energy and believe we have the right strategy in place to further expand our market share, distinguish ourselves from the competition, and consolidate our leading position in the industry.”
Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Total revenues in the third quarter of 2018 were RMB6.69 billion (US$974.8 million), an increase of 10.5% from RMB6.06 billion in the second quarter of 2018 and an increase of 4.3% from RMB6.42 billion in the third quarter of 2017. The sequential increase was mainly attributable to an increase in the shipment of solar modules in the third quarter of 2018. The year-over-year increase was mainly attributable to an increase in the shipment of solar modules, which was partially offset by a decline in the average selling price of solar modules in the third quarter of 2018.
Gross Profit and Gross Margin
Gross profit in the third quarter of 2018 was RMB997.6 million (US$145.3 million), compared with RMB727.6 million in the second quarter of 2018 and RMB772.4 million in the third quarter of 2017. The sequential increase was mainly attributable to an increase in the shipment of solar modules in the third quarter of 2018 and the benefit of Countervailing Duty (“CVD”) reversal of RMB 140.4 million (US$20.5 million), based on the final results of the fourth administrative review of the CVD order published by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The year-over-year increase was mainly attributable to the same reasons above, which was partially offset by a decline in the average selling price of solar modules in the third quarter of 2018.
Gross margin was 14.9% in the third quarter of 2018, compared with 12.0% in the second quarter of 2018 and 12.0% in the third quarter of 2017. The sequential increase was mainly attributable to (i) the benefit of CVD reversal of RMB 140.4 million (US$20.5 million), based on the final results in the fourth administrative review of the CVD order published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and (ii) a decrease in solar module cost. Excluding the CVD reversal benefit, gross margin was 12.8% in the third quarter of 2018, which was attributable to a decrease in solar module cost. The year-over-year increase was mainly attributable to the same reasons above, and was partially offset by a decline in the average selling price of solar modules in the third quarter of 2018.
Income from Operations and Operating Margin
Income from operations in the third quarter of 2018 was RMB188.0 million (US$27.4 million), compared with RMB94.6 million in the second quarter of 2018 and RMB91.9 million in the third quarter of 2017. Excluding the CVD reversal benefit, income from operations in the third quarter of 2018 was RMB47.6 million (US$6.9 million). Operating margin in the third quarter of 2018 was 2.8%, compared with 1.6% in the second quarter of 2018 and 1.4% in the third quarter of 2017. Excluding the Countervailing Duty reversal benefit, operating margin in the third quarter of 2018 was 0.7%.
Total operating expenses in the third quarter of 2018 were RMB809.6 million (US$117.9 million), an increase of 27.9% from RMB633.0 million in the second quarter of 2018 and an increase of 19.0% from RMB680.5 million in the third quarter of 2017. The sequential and year-over-year increases were mainly due to an increase in shipping cost as a result of an increase in solar module shipment.
Total operating expenses accounted for 12.1% of total revenues in the third quarter of 2018, compared to 10.4% in the second quarter of 2018 and 10.6% in the third quarter of 2017.
Interest Expense, Net
Net interest expense in the third quarter of 2018 was RMB55.6 million (US$8.1 million), a decrease of 31.0% from RMB80.6 million in the second quarter of 2018 and an increase of 9.5% from RMB52.3 million in the third quarter of 2017. The sequential decrease was mainly due to an increase in capitalized interest caused by construction development of the Company’s overseas projects.
Exchange Gain / (Loss), Net and Change in Fair Value of Forward Contracts
The Company recorded a net exchange gain (including change in fair value of forward contracts) of RMB93.5 million (US$13.6 million) in the third quarter of 2018, compared to a net exchange gain of RMB20.8 million in the second quarter of 2018 and a net exchange loss of RMB49.3 million in the third quarter of 2017. The sequential increase was primarily due to the appreciation of the US dollar against the RMB during the quarter.
Change in Fair Value of Derivatives
The Company entered into Interest Rate Swap agreements with several banks and bought foreign exchange options from several banks for the purpose of reducing interest rate and exchange rate risk exposure. The Company recorded a gain of RMB4.3 million (US$0.6 million) in the third quarter of 2018, which included a gain of RMB12.8 million (US$1.8 million) from the Interest Rate Swap agreements and a loss of RMB8.5 million (US$1.2 million) from the foreign exchange options, compared to a gain of RMB14.3 million in the second quarter of 2018 and a loss of RMB3.4 million in the third quarter of 2017. The sequential and year-over-year changes in gain/loss from Interest Rate Swap agreements were primarily due to an increase in the LIBOR rate.
Equity in Income of Affiliated Companies
The Company indirectly holds 20% equity interest of Sweihan PV Power Company P.J.S.C, which develops and operates solar power projects in Dubai and accounts for its investments using the equity method. The Company also holds 30% equity interest in Jiangsu Jinko-Tiansheng Co., Ltd, which processes and assembles PV modules as OEM manufacturer and accounts for its investments using the equity method. The Company recorded equity in income of affiliated companies of RMB4.9 million (US$0.7 million) in the third quarter of 2018, compared with an income of RMB28.0 million in the second quarter of 2018 and a loss of RMB0.4 million in the third quarter of 2017.
Income Tax Benefit / (Expense), Net
The Company recorded an income tax expense of RMB61.2 million (US$8.9 million) in the third quarter of 2018, compared with an income tax benefit of RMB10.0 million in the second quarter of 2018 and an income tax expense of RMB4.5 million in the third quarter of 2017. The sequential change was mainly due to the additional 2017 income tax deduction for R&D costs approved by the local tax bureau in the second quarter of 2018.
Net Income and Earnings per Share
Net income attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders was RMB189.1 million (US$27.5 million) in the third quarter of 2018, compared with RMB99.0 millionin the second quarter of 2018 and RMB11.3 million in the third quarter of 2017.
Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share were both RMB1.21(US$0.18) during the third quarter of 2018. This translates into basic and diluted earnings per ADS both of RMB4.84(US$0.72).
Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders in the third quarter of 2018 was RMB206.3 million (US$30.0 million), compared with RMB106.7 million in the second quarter of 2018 and RMB25.9 million in the third quarter of 2017.
Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share were both of RMB1.32(US$0.19) during the third quarter of 2018. This translates into non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS both of RMB5.28(US$0.76).
As of September 30, 2018, the Company had RMB3.03 billion (US$441.6 million) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared with RMB2.56 billionas of June 30, 2018.
As of September 30, 2018, the Company’s accounts receivables due from third parties were RMB5.28 billion (US$768.4 million), compared with RMB4.77 billion as of June 30, 2018.
As of September 30, 2018, the Company’s inventories were RMB5.56 billion (US$809.6 million), compared with RMB5.89 billion as of June 30, 2018.
As of September 30, 2018, the Company’s total interest-bearing debts were RMB9.46 billion (US$1.38 billion), compared with RMB9.29 billion as of June 30, 2018.
Third Quarter 2018 Operational Highlights
Solar Module Shipments
Total solar module shipments in the third quarter of 2018 were 2,953 MW, including 0.2 MW to the Company’s overseas downstream segment.
Solar Products Production Capacity
As of September 30, 2018, the Company’s in-house annual silicon wafer, solar cell and solar module production capacity was 9.2 GW, 6.5 GW and 10.0 GW, respectively.
Recent Business Developments
- In August 2018, JinkoSolar announced that it had signed a 240MW solar module supply agreement with POWERCHINA Huadong Engineering Corporation Limited for the second phase of the 420 MW Dau Tieng solar plant in Vietnam, which will become the largest solar power project in Southeast Asia when completed.
- In September 2018, JinkoSolar announced that it was ranked as a top solar brand in debt financed projects and named the most “bankable” PV manufacturer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) for the second consecutive year.
- In September 2018, JinkoSolar announced a partnership with Edisun Microgrids, Inc., a solar technology company that develops patented, distributed solar and energy storage technologies, to develop the Eagle PowerTrack, a performance bundle for commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftops. The new performance bundle will feature JinkoSolar’s high-efficiency Eagle G2 modules in combination with Edisun’s PV Booster breakthrough rooftop tracking technology.
- In October 2018, JinkoSolar announced that it had been recognized as a Top Performer on DNV GL’s 2018 PV Module Reliability Scorecard for the fourth consecutive year.
Operations and Business Outlook
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Guidance
For the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company estimates total solar module shipments to be in the range of 3.7 GW to 4.0 GW.
For the full year 2018, the Company estimates total solar module shipments to be in the range of 11.5 GW to 11.8 GW.
Conference Call Information
JinkoSolar’s management will host an earnings conference call on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:30 p.m.Beijing / Hong Kong the same day).
Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:
|Hong Kong / International:||+852 3027 6500|
|U.S. Toll Free:||+1 855-824-5644|
Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.
A telephone replay of the call will be available 2 hours after the conclusion of the conference call through 23:59 U.S. Eastern Time, December 3, 2018. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:
|International:||+61 2 8325 2405|
|U.S.:||+1 646 982 0473|
Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of JinkoSolar’s website at www.jinkosolar.com.
About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is one of the world’s largest and foremost solar module manufacturers. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 9.2 GW for silicon wafers, 6.5 GW for solar cells, and 10.0 GW for solar modules, as of September 30, 2018.
JinkoSolar has over 12,000 employees across its 6 productions facilities globally, 15 oversea subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and United Arab Emirates, and global sales teams in United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama and Argentina.
To find out more, please see: www.jinkosolar.com
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement its consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), JinkoSolar uses certain non-GAAP financial measures including, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per Share, and non-GAAP earnings per ADS, which are adjusted from the comparable GAAP results to exclude certain expenses or incremental ordinary shares relating to share-based compensation, convertible senior notes and capped call options:
- Non-GAAP net income is adjusted to exclude the expenses relating to interest expenses of convertible senior notes, exchange gain on the convertible senior notes, and stock-based compensation; given these Non-GAAP net income adjustments above are either related to the Company or its subsidiaries incorporated in Cayman Islands, which are not subject to tax exposures, or related to those subsidiaries with tax loss positions which result in no tax impacts, therefore no tax adjustment is needed in conjunction with these Non-GAAP net income adjustments; and
- Non-GAAP earnings per Share and non-GAAP earnings per ADS are adjusted to exclude interest expenses of convertible senior notes and exchange gain on the convertible senior notes, and stock-based compensation.
The Company believes that the use of non-GAAP information is useful for analysts and investors to evaluate JinkoSolar’s current and future performances based on a more meaningful comparison of net income and diluted net income per ADS when compared with its peers and historical results from prior periods. These measures are not intended to represent or substitute numbers as measured under GAAP. The submission of non-GAAP numbers is voluntary and should be reviewed together with GAAP results.
Currency Convenience Translation
The conversion of Renminbi into U.S. dollars in this release, made solely for the convenience of the readers, is based on the noon buying rate in the city of New Yorkfor cable transfers of Renminbi as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as of September 28, 2018, which was RMB6.8680 to US$1.00. No representation is intended to imply that the Renminbi amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized, or settled into U.S. dollars at that rate or any other rate. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on Renminbi.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in 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 quotations from management in this press release and the Company’s operations and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in JinkoSolar’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
|JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO., LTD.|
|UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(in thousands, except ADS and Share data)|
|For the quarter ended||For the nine months ended|
|September 30, 2017||June 30, 2018||September 30, 2018||September 30, 2017||September 30, 2018|
|Revenues from third parties||5,958,121||5,618,862||6,601,414||961,184||19,619,733||15,891,621||2,313,864|
|Revenues from related parties||461,292||441,769||93,401||13,600||500,571||1,430,661||208,309|
|Cost of revenues||(5,647,016)||(5,333,000)||(5,697,186)||(829,526)||(17,864,049)||(14,940,962)||(2,175,446)|
|Selling and marketing||(489,767)||(366,077)||(476,640)||(69,400)||(1,454,402)||(1,156,613)||(168,406)|
|General and administrative||(116,121)||(170,509)||(228,862)||(33,323)||(357,100)||(530,201)||(77,199)|
|Research and development||(74,652)||(81,907)||(104,105)||(15,158)||(210,832)||(272,394)||(39,661)|
|Impairment of long-lived assets||–||(14,548)||–||–||–||(14,548)||(2,118)|
|Total operating expenses||(680,540)||(633,041)||(809,607)||(117,881)||(2,022,334)||(1,973,756)||(287,384)|
|Income from operations||91,857||94,590||188,022||27,377||233,921||407,564||59,343|
|Interest expenses, net||(52,286)||(80,636)||(55,600)||(8,096)||(189,979)||(221,645)||(32,272)|
|Change in fair value of derivatives||(3,437)||14,284||4,259||620||(19,455)||39,646||5,772|
|Change in fair value of forward contracts||(2,946)||(21,618)||(25,204)||(3,670)||(6,181)||(46,238)||(6,732)|
|Other income, net||15,109||9,444||9,983||1,454||38,824||28,105||4,092|
|Loss on disposal of subsidiaries||–||–||–||–||–||(9,425)||(1,372)|
|Income before income taxes||16,083||61,072||244,914||35,661||92,996||311,636||45,375|
|Income tax (expense)/benefit||(4,466)||10,003||(61,157)||(8,905)||26,467||(47,860)||(6,969)|
|Equity in income of affiliated companies||(438)||28,024||4,916||716||(632)||27,699||4,033|
| Less: Net (loss)/income attributable to non-controlling
| Net income attributable to JinkoSolar
Holding Co., Ltd.’s ordinary shareholders
| Net income attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.’s
ordinary shareholders per share:
| Net income attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.’s
ordinary shareholders per ADS:
|Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding:|
|Weighted average ADS outstanding:|
|UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME|
|Other comprehensive income:|
|-Foreign currency translation adjustments||(25,226)||47,966||28,720||4,182||(65,180)||43,335||6,310|
| Less: Comprehensive (loss)/income attributable to non-
| Comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to JinkoSolar
Holding Co., Ltd.’s ordinary shareholders
|Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Results|
| 1. Non-GAAP earnings per share and non-GAAP
earnings per ADS
|GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders||11,292||98,982||189,088||27,532||119,234||291,666||42,467|
|4% of interest expense of convertible senior notes||1||1||1||–||1,557||2||–|
|Exchange loss/(gain) on convertible senior notes||(1)||3||3||–||841||3||1|
|Stock-based compensation expense||14,645||7,700||17,255||2,512||45,868||32,331||4,708|
| Non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary
| Non-GAAP earnings per share attributable to ordinary
| Non-GAAP earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary
| Non-GAAP weighted average ordinary shares
|Non-GAAP weighted average ADS outstanding|
|JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO., LTD.|
|UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|December 31, 2017||September 30, 2018|
|Cash and cash equivalents||1,928,303||2,689,359||391,578|
|Restricted short-term investments||3,237,773||3,887,484||566,029|
|Accounts receivable, net – related parties||2,113,042||1,281,666||186,614|
|Accounts receivable, net – third parties||4,497,635||5,277,058||768,354|
|Notes receivable, net – third parties||571,232||595,364||86,687|
|Advances to suppliers, net – third parties||397,076||612,678||89,208|
|Other receivables – related parties||46,592||91,428||13,312|
|Prepayments and other current assets||1,706,717||1,772,780||258,121|
|Total current assets||19,607,857||22,739,427||3,310,924|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||6,680,187||7,670,817||1,116,892|
|Land use rights, net||443,269||577,835||84,134|
|Intangible assets, net||25,743||25,235||3,674|
|Deferred tax assets||275,372||300,899||43,812|
|Other assets – related parties||146,026||213,322||31,060|
|Other assets – third parties||713,226||1,297,870||188,975|
|Total non-current assets||9,028,548||12,586,357||1,832,608|
|Accounts payable – related parties||5,329||1,935||282|
|Accounts payable – third parties||4,658,202||5,481,140||798,069|
|Notes payable – related parties||–||12,000||1,747|
|Notes payable – third parties||5,672,497||5,454,678||794,216|
|Accrued payroll and welfare expenses||721,380||734,556||106,953|
|Advances from related parties||37,400||35,158||5,119|
|Advances from third parties||748,959||2,745,556||399,761|
|Income tax payable||27,780||70,690||10,293|
|Other payables and accruals||1,804,799||2,278,601||331,772|
|Other payables due to related parties||12,333||12,048||1,754|
|Forward contract payables||4,521||43,304||6,305|
|Convertible senior notes – current||–||69||10|
|Bond payable and accrued interests||10,257||4,668||680|
| Short-term borrowings from third parties,
including current portion of long-term bank
|Guarantee liabilities to related parties||28,034||32,893||4,789|
|Total current liabilities||19,962,417||24,232,438||3,528,311|
|Accrued income tax – non current||6,041||6,041||880|
|Accrued warranty costs – non current||571,718||546,090||79,512|
|Convertible senior notes||65||–||–|
|Deferred tax liability||70,122||63,783||9,287|
|Long-term liabilities of equtiy investment||–||10,988||1,600|
| Guarantee liabilities to related parties
– non current
|Total non-current liabilities||1,984,724||2,849,990||414,967|
|Ordinary shares (US$0.00002 par value,
500,000,000 shares authorized, 132,146,074
and 156,849,937 shares issued and
outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and
September 30, 2018, respectively)
|Additional paid-in capital||3,313,608||4,015,887||584,723|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||23,296||66,631||9,702|
|Treasury stock, at cost; 1,723,200 ordinary
shares as of December 31, 2017 and
September 30, 2018
|Accumulated retained earnings||2,849,341||3,141,007||457,339|
|Total JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. s
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||28,636,405||35,325,784||5,143,532|