Hanwha Q CELLS Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

Veröffentlicht auf 15.08.2018
Hanwha Q CELLS 
Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. reported its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights

- Net revenues were $518.4 million, compared with $443.0 million in the first quarter of 2018 and $577.7 million in the second quarter of 2017.

- Gross margin was 14.0%, compared with 17.8% in the first quarter of 2018 and 11.6% in the second quarter of 2017.

- Operating income was $4.8 million, compared with $33.1 million in the first quarter of 2018 and $20.1 million in the second quarter of 2017.

- Net loss attributable to Company's ordinary shareholders was $41.3 million, compared with net income of $31.0 million in the first quarter of 2018 and $18.7 million in the second quarter of 2017.

- Loss per fully diluted American Depositary Share ("ADS" and each ADS represents 50 of the Company's ordinary shares) was $0.50, compared with income per fully diluted ADS of $0.37 in the first quarter of 2018 and income per fully diluted ADS of $0.22 in the second quarter of 2017.

Mr. Seong Woo Nam, CEO of Hanwha Q CELLS, while noting that the second quarter "has been a difficult quarter for the industry," expressed confidence that "the market will rebound and continue to grow in the long-term as solar becomes more and more competitive with other forms of generation."

Mr. Joo Yoon, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, noted that the Company was able to "modestly beat" its previous guidance for Q2 "despite the demand shock provided to the global market by the Chinese government's policy shift." Mr. Yoon forecasted that the Company's shipments will increase in the second half of the year, "in spite of contraction of demand in the world's largest solar market and unfavorable trade environment."

Mr. Jay Seo, the Company's CFO, commented on the Company's Q2 operating results and financial position and provided an update regarding the going-private offer the Company received on August 3rd, stressing that the offer is "still at a preliminary stage" and that the Company cannot provide assurance regarding the consummation of the deal.

Second Quarter 2018 Results of Operations

Net Revenues

- Total net revenues were $518.4 million, up 17.0% from $443.0 million in the first quarter of 2018 and down 10.3% from $577.7 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Gross Profit and Margin

- Gross profit in the second quarter of 2018 was $72.6 million, down 8.0% from $78.9 million in the first quarter of 2018 and up 8.0% from $67.2 million in the second quarter of 2017.

- Gross margin in the second quarter of 2018 was 14.0%, compared with 17.8% in the first quarter of 2018 and 11.6% in the second quarter of 2017.

Results of Operations and Operating Margin

- Income from operations in the second quarter of 2018 was $4.8 million, compared with $33.1 million in the first quarter of 2018 and $20.1 million in the second quarter of 2017.

- Operating margin in the second quarter of 2018 was 0.9%, compared with 7.5% in the first quarter of 2018 and 3.5% in the second quarter of 2017.

- Total operating expenses were $67.8 million in the second quarter of 2018, up 48.0% from $45.8 million in the first quarter of 2018 and up 43.9% from $47.1 million in the second quarter of 2017.

- Selling and marketing expenses were $42.0 million in the second quarter of 2018, up 46.9% from $28.6 million in the first quarter of 2018 and up 42.4% from $29.5 million in the second quarter of 2017.

- General and administrative expenses were $21.0 million in the second quarter of 2018, up 65.4% from $12.7 million in the first quarter of 2018 and up 55.6% from $13.5 million in the second quarter of 2017.

- Research and development expenses were $4.8 million in the second quarter of 2018, up 6.7% from $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2018 and up 17.1% from $4.1 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Net Interest Expense

- Net interest expense was $15.2 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared with $12.2 million in the first quarter of 2018 and $9.2 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Foreign Currency Exchange Gain (Loss)

- Foreign currency exchange loss was $37.8 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared with a gain of $11.5 million in the first quarter of 2018 and a gain of $7.1 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Gain (loss) on Change in Fair Value of Derivative Contracts

- Gain on change in fair value of derivative contracts was $8.1 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared to no gain or loss in the first quarter of 2018 and a loss of $3.0 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

- Income tax expense was $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared with an income tax expense of $3.3 million in the first quarter of 2018 and an income tax benefit of $3.0 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Net Income (Loss) and Earnings (Loss) per ADS

- Net loss attributable to Company's ordinary shareholders was $41.3 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared with net income of $31.0 million in the first quarter of 2018 and net income of $18.7 million in the second quarter of 2017.

- Loss per fully diluted ADS on a GAAP basis was $0.50 in the second quarter of 2018, compared with an income per fully diluted ADS of $0.37 in the first quarter of 2018 and income per fully diluted ADS of $0.22 in the second quarter of 2017.

2018 Second Quarter Financial Position

As of June 30, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $168.8 million, compared with $183.4 million as of December 31, 2017. The restricted cash as of June 30, 2018 was $142.0 million, compared with $139.7 million as of December 31, 2017.

As of June 30, 2018, accounts receivable was $477.5 million, compared with $525.4 million, as of December 31, 2017. Inventories were $556.1 million as of June 30, 2018, compared with $293.6 million as of December 31, 2017.

As of June 30, 2018, accounts payable was $643.3 million, compared with $454.8 million, as of December 31, 2017.

Total short-term bank borrowings (including the current portion of long-term bank borrowings) as of June 30, 2018 was $665.7 million, compared with $679.5 million as of December 31, 2017.

As of June 30, 2018, the Company had total long-term debt (net of current portion and long-term notes) of $644.9 million compared with $ 536.2 million as of December 31, 2017. The Company's long-term debt is comprised of bank and government borrowings, to be repaid in installments until their maturities, ranging from one to thirteen years.

Capital expenditures were $20.4 million in the second quarter of 2018.

Operations Updates

Production Capacity

As of June 30, 2018, the Company's in-house, annualized production capacities were 1,600MW for ingots, 4,300MW for cells and 4,300MW for modules.

Furthermore, the Company has additional module availability of up to 3,700MW (annualized) as of June 30, 2018 from Hanwha Q CELLS Korea Corporation, an affiliate of the Company. Hanwha Q CELLS Korea is expected to have an additional 1,600MW of module capacity in the United States in Q1 2019.

Business Outlook

Third Quarter and Full Year 2018 Guidance

For the third quarter of 2018, the Company estimates net revenues in the range of $590 to 610 million.

For the full year 2018, the Company provides the following guidance:

- Total module shipments in the range of 5,600 to 5,800MW

- Capital expenditures of approximately $145.0 million for manufacturing technology upgrades and certain R&D related expenditures.


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