SunPower Corp. announced financial results for its third quarter ended October 1, 2017.
1 Information about SunPower's use of non-GAAP financial information, including a reconciliation to U.S. GAAP, is provided under "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.
2 Excludes polysilicon costs related to above market polysilicon contracts.
"We were pleased with our overall results as our diversified model and solid execution enabled us to exceed our financial forecasts for the quarter," said Tom Werner, SunPower president and CEO. "Our distributed generation business performed well as customer demand for our complete solution products remained strong. As expected, we are seeing continued momentum in our commercial segment as we are realizing the benefits from our investments over the last year. Our third quarter performance reflected the completion of our Toyota headquarters project while traction for our SunPower Helix product continued with bookings from both new and repeat customers. Demand for our high quality, industry leading solutions in our residential business remains robust and is supported by our ability to offer customers multiple financing alternatives for their systems. In power plant, we benefitted from the completion and sale of our 69MW Gala project while executing on our commitments for the fourth quarter including our 100MW El Pelicano project in Chile which we expect to be sold this year, and demand in our SunPower Solutions group remains strong, with bookings now exceeding 500MW.
"Operationally, we achieved our cost reduction targets for the quarter and our Fabs remain 100 percent utilized. Also, we further invested in our next generation cell and module technology with the goal of volume production of these products in the second half of 2018. We remain committed to improving our competitive position, strengthening our balance sheet and returning to long-term sustained profitability starting in the second half of 2018."
"Strategically, we have made significant progress in our restructuring program which remains on track to be completed in the first half of next year. Our focus continues to be on maximizing cash flow through project sales, reducing operating expenses and the potential monetization of non-core assets. In relation to the 201 trade case proceedings, we remain committed to advocating our belief that SunPower should be differentially treated or excluded from all remedies as we are a U.S. based company with more than 1,000 direct employees and an employment network exceeding 17,500 people through our indirect dealer channel, supply chain partners, as well as site installation workers across 40 states. Additionally, our industry leading, high efficiency technology, the result of approximately $500 million in U.S. research and development spending, is fundamentally different than the industry standard. Also, our premium pricing and proprietary products serve a distinct subset of the market and do not compete directly with offerings from the petitioners so our exclusion will not hurt their ability to grow their business. We will continue to work with the Trump Administration to ensure all parties are aware of our consistent investment in U.S. jobs, product innovation and the U.S. solar industry and are confident that the President will take these facts into account in the final decision," concluded Werner.
"Our third quarter results reflect our continued ability to execute on our model while benefitting from our corporate restructuring and cash generating initiatives," said Chuck Boynton, SunPower chief financial officer. "Financially, our focus remains on prudently managing our working capital and strengthening our balance sheet. To that end, we were pleased to secure nearly $200 million in incremental financings to facilitate further growth in our residential and commercial businesses. Given our strong execution and focus on cash flow, we are well positioned to achieve our strategic goals."
Third quarter fiscal 2017 non-GAAP results exclude net adjustments that, in the aggregate, improved non-GAAP earnings by $83.7 million, including $12.4 million related to sale-leaseback transactions, $33.5 million related to cost of above market polysilicon, $9.4 million related to stock-based compensation expense, $19.4 million related to tax effect, and $9.0 million of other non-GAAP adjustments.
The company's fourth quarter 2017 guidance assumes the expected sale of the company's 100MW El Pelicano project in Chile this year as well as the impact of the third quarter recognition of certain projects originally anticipated to close in the fourth quarter.
The company's fourth quarter GAAP guidance is as follows: revenue of $635 million to $685 million, gross margin of 6.5 percent to 8.5 percent and a net loss of $80 million to $55 million. Fourth quarter 2017 GAAP guidance includes the impact of the company's HoldCo asset strategy and revenue and timing deferrals due to real estate accounting as well as the impact of charges related to the company's restructuring initiatives. On a non-GAAP basis, the company expects revenue of $800 million to $850 million, gross margin of 13 percent to 15 percent, Adjusted EBITDA of $75 million to $100 million and megawatts deployed in the range of 420MW to 450MW.
For fiscal year 2017, the company expects revenue of $1.85 billion to $1.90 billion on a GAAP basis and $2.10 billion to $2.15 billion on a non-GAAP basis, gigawatts deployed in the range of 1.37GW to 1.40GW, non-GAAP operational expenses of $330 million to $340 million, lower capital expenditures now forecasted to be in the range of $100 million to $120 million and to exit the year with more than $300 million in cash excluding any proceeds from the potential divestiture of non-core assets.
Additionally, the company is now forecasting 2017 Adjusted EBITDA guidance to be in the range of $165 million to $190 million with positive operating cash flow for the full year 2017.