Yingli Green Energy Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

게시됨 2017. 6. 16.
Yingli Green Energy 
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited announced its unaudited consolidated financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

First Quarter 2017 Consolidated Financial and Operating Summary

- Total net revenues were RMB1,238.3 million (US$179.9 million), compared to RMB2,041.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

- Total photovoltaic ("PV") module shipments(1) were 370.9MW, compared to 635.1MW in the fourth quarter of 2016.

- Gross profit and gross margin were RMB61.5 million (US$8.9 million) and 5.0% respectively, compared to RMB142.2 million and 7.0% respectively in the fourth quarter of 2016. Gross margin on sales of PV modules was 8.8%, which is the same as the fourth quarter of 2016.

- Operating loss was RMB103.5 million (US$15.0 million), compared to operating loss of RMB1,802.7 million(4) in the fourth quarter of 2016.

- On a non-GAAP(2) basis, earnings before interest, tax expenses, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") were RMB101.3 million (US$14.7 million), compared to negative RMB1,528.3million(4) in the fourth quarter of 2016.

- Net loss(3) and loss per American Depositary Share (the "ADS", one ADS represents ten ordinary shares) were RMB184.4 million (US$26.8 million) and RMB10.1 (US$1.5) respectively, compared to RMB1,913.7 million(4) and RMB105.3(4) respectively in the fourth quarter of 2016. On an adjusted non-GAAP basis, adjusted net loss and adjusted loss per ADS were RMB191.9 million (US$27.9 million) and RMB10.6 (US$1.5) respectively, compared to RMB583.1 million(4) and RMB32.1(4) respectively in the fourth quarter of 2016.

"Mainly affected by the the traditional seasonality in China and the soft demand along with the reduction of feed-in-tariff (FiT) in Japan, the Company's PV module shipments in the first quarter of 2017 decreased to 370.9MW, which was slightly below previous guidance. But the gross margin on sales of PV modules was maintained at 8.8% in the first quarter of 2017," commented Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy.

"Geographically, we have seen a surge of orders from China since late April driven by rise in demand before the expected FiT reduction in China on June 30, 2017, and expect a significant increase of PV module shipments in the second quarter of 2017. For the second half of the year, we believe that the Top Runner program, PV Poverty Alleviation projects, and Distributed Generation projects in China will continue to provide strong support for our PV module sales. In Japan, in addition to large scale projects, we are focusing on developing new customers who are continuously developing small to middle-sized projects, including both FiT projects and non-FiT projects in local areas. We have also completed the optimization of our business in Latin Americas and started the transition of our business in EU region to a more cost-effective structure that can adapt more easily and faster to changing market conditions."

"According to information we have obtained, as the largest PV project powered by our patented PANDA Bifacial PV module, Datong 50MW Top Runner project produced electricity from July 2016 to April 2017 that far exceeded expectation and the project's monthly power output is up to 15.6% higher than projects with traditional polycrystalline PV modules with the same capacity. In addition, the Europe's largest bifacial PV solar plant powered by our PANDA N-type bifacial PV modules was completed in early June. Such results demonstrated the success of our long-term commitment to technology innovation. We are also improving the PANDA Bifacial module by increasing its power output and working on mass production and promotion of Smart Hot-spot Free series modules." Mr. Miao concluded.

(1) Total PV module shipments include shipments to the Company's own downstream PV projects. Revenues were not recognized for internal shipments as required by U.S. GAAP. The Company has suspended new development business of downstream PV projects in China since September 2015, and there were no shipments to its downstream PV projects in the first quarter of 2017.

(2) All non-GAAP measures other than EBITDA exclude, as applicable, share-based compensation, impairment of long-lived assets, provision for reserve for inventory purchase commitments and provision for prepayments in relation to inventory purchase commitments. EBITDA excludes interest, tax expenses, depreciation and amortization. For further details on non-GAAP measures, please refer to the reconciliation table and a detailed discussion of the Company's use of non-GAAP information set forth elsewhere in this press release.

(3) For convenience purposes, all references to "net loss/income" in this press release, unless otherwise specified, represent "net loss/income attributable to Yingli Green Energy" for all periods presented.

(4) Subsequent to our press release dated April 13, 2017 reporting our fourth quarter and full year 2016 results, in consideration of the uncertainties involved in the appeals process described below, our management reevaluated its earlier assessment of certain litigation originally filed against us by a supplier in September 2015 and related court judgments issued at the end of December 2016 of which we were notified in January 2017 and which we appealed, and concluded that we should recognize a provision of RMB59 million in respect of such litigation in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. The recognition of this provision impacted our general and administrative expenses, total operating expenses, loss from operations, EBITDA, net loss, net loss attributable to Yingli Green Energy, loss per share, loss per ADS, adjusted net loss, adjusted loss per share and adjusted loss per ADS for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016 and was reflected in our annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on May 16, 2017.

First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Total Net Revenues

Total net revenues were RMB1,238.3 million (US$179.9 million), compared to RMB2,041.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB2,351.1 million in the first quarter of 2016. Total PV module shipments were 370.9MW, compared to 635.1MW in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 508.1MW in the first quarter of 2016.

The decrease of total net revenues from the fourth quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017 was mainly due to the decrease of PV module shipments from 635.1MW to 370.9MW, primarily as a result of the traditional seasonality in China and the soft demand along with the reduction of feed-in-tariff in Japan, which were the Company's largest two markets, and slightly decrease of average selling price for PV module worldwide.

The decrease of total net revenues from the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017 was mainly due to the decrease of PV module shipments from 508.1MW to 370.9MW, primarily as a result of the decrease of PV module shipments to Japan and U.S., as well as the general decline of average selling prices of PV module worldwide.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit was RMB61.5 million (US$8.9 million) in the first quarter of 2017, compared to RMB142.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and compared to RMB469.3 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Gross margin was 5.0% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 7.0% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 20.0% in the first quarter of 2016. Gross margin on sales of PV modules was 8.8% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 8.8% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 19.7% in the first quarter of 2016.

The decrease in gross profit and gross margin from the fourth quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017 was mainly due to the decrease of PV module shipments from 635.1MW to 370.9MW and the lower gross margin on sales of PV cells. The decrease in gross margin from the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017 was mainly due to the decrease of average selling price of the Company's PV modules as a result of the decrease of average selling price for PV module worldwide as well as the decrease of shipments to Japan and U.S. Markets where the selling price of PV modules were generally higher than other markets.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were RMB165.1 million (US$24.0 million), decreased significantly from RMB1,944.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB282.8 million in the first quarter of 2016. Operating expenses as a percentage of net revenue was 13.3% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 95.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 12.0% in the first quarter of 2016.

The significant decrease of operating expenses from the fourth quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017 was mainly due to the following operating expenses recorded in the fourth quarter of 2016: (i) impairment loss of RMB1,277.4 million for property, plant and equipment based on the difference between carrying value and fair value of such long-lived assets, (ii) a provision of RMB143.0 million on receivables from disposal of land use right, (iii) a provision of RMB97.8 million on prepayment made to a supplier due to its continued failure to fulfil its delivery obligation under its contracts with the Company, and (iv) a provision of RMB59 million related to an on-going litigation between the Company and a supplier. Besides, the Company made RMB52.8 million of provision for reserve for inventory purchase commitments in the fourth quarter of 2016 as a result of a foreign exchange re-measurement due to significant fluctuation in the foreign exchange rate between the Renminbi and U.S. dollars, while the Company recorded a reversal of RMB7.7 million of such provision in the first quarter of 2017 due to the foreign exchange re-measurement.

In addition to aforementioned impairment and provisions, the decrease of operating expenses from the fourth quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017 was also due to decrease of PV module shipments, more strict and effective control on general and administrative expenses, and the decrease of research and development activities in the first quarter of 2017. However, selling expenses and research and development expenses may increase in future periods if the Company's PV module shipments and research and development activities increase.

Operating Loss and Margin

Operating loss was RMB103.5 million (US$15.0 million) in the first quarter of 2017, compared to operating loss of RMB1,802.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and operating income of RMB186.4 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Operating margin was negative 8.4% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to negative 88.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 7.9% in the first quarter of 2016.

EBITDA

On a non-GAAP basis, earnings before interest, tax expenses, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") were RMB101.3 million (US$14.7 million), compared to negative RMB1,528.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB483.1 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Interest Expense

Interest expense was RMB156.5 million (US$22.7 million) in the first quarter of 2017, compared to RMB168.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB176.1 million in the first quarter of 2016. The Company's average interest rate was 5.17% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 5.31%in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 6.30% in the first quarter of 2016.

Foreign Currency Exchange Gain (Loss)

Foreign currency exchange gain was RMB29.9 million (US$4.3 million) in the first quarter of 2017, compared to foreign currency exchange loss of RMB104.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and foreign currency exchange gain of RMB55.5 million in the first quarter of 2016. The foreign currency exchange gain in the first quarter of 2017 was mainly due to the appreciation of Japanese Yen against Renminbi because the Company had a net balance of financial assets denominated in Japanese Yen, and the appreciation of Renminbi against US dollar because the Company had a net balance of financial liabilities denominated in US dollar.

Income Tax Benefit (Expense)

Income tax expense was RMB0.09 million (US$0.01 million) in the first quarter of 2017, compared to RMB11.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB13.9 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Net Loss

Net loss was RMB184.4 million (US$26.8 million) in the first quarter of 2017, compared to net loss of RMB1,913.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and net income of RMB79.6 million in the first quarter of 2016. Loss per ADS was RMB10.1 (US$1.5) in the first quarter of 2017, compared to loss per ADS of RMB105.3 in the fourth quarter of 2016 and earnings per ADS of RMB4.4 in the first quarter of 2016.

On an adjusted non-GAAP basis, adjusted net loss was RMB191.9 million (US$27.9 million), compared to adjusted net loss of RMB583.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and adjusted net income was RMB73.3 million in the first quarter of 2016; adjusted loss per ADS was RMB10.6 (US$1.5) in the first quarter of 2017, compared to adjusted loss per ADS of RMB32.1 in the fourth quarter of 2016 and adjusted earnings per ADS of RMB4.0 in the first quarter of 2016.

Financial Position

As of March 31, 2017, the Company had RMB417.3 million (US$60.6 million) in cash and cash equivalents, decreased from RMB506.6 million as of December 31, 2016.

As of March 31, 2017, the Company had RMB374.3 million (US$54.4 million) in restricted cash, increased from RMB361.8 million as of December 31, 2016.

As of March 31, 2017, the Company's accounts receivable had increased to RMB2,728.1 million (US$396.3 million) from RMB2,634.8 million as of December 31, 2016. Days sales outstanding were 198 days in the first quarter of 2017, increased from 116 days in the fourth quarter of 2016, mainly due to the significant decrease of total net revenues in the first quarter of 2017 while the average accounts receivable for the quarter mainly related to significantly higher sales from previous quarters.

As of March 31, 2017, the Company's accounts payable had increased to RMB2,585.3 million (US$375.6 million) from RMB2,471.8 million as of December 31, 2016. Days payable outstanding were 198 days in the first quarter of 2017, increased from 117 days in the fourth quarter of 2016.

As of March 31, 2017, the Company's inventory had increased to RMB1,552.7 million (US$225.6 million) from RMB1,314.8 million as of December 31, 2016, which was mainly due to the decrease of PV module shipments from 635.1MW in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 370.9MW in the first quarter of 2017. Inventory turnover days were 119 days in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 62 days in the fourth quarter of 2016.


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