Hanwha Q CELLS Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

Published on 14 Nov 2017
Hanwha Q CELLS 
Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. reported its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Third Quarter 2017 Highlights

- Net revenues were $543.0 million, compared with $577.7 million in the second quarter of 2017 and $707.8 million in the third quarter of 2016.

- Gross margin was 11.6%, compared with 11.6% in the second quarter of 2017 and 19.9% in the third quarter of 2016.

- Operating income was $10.6 million, compared with operating income of $20.1 million in the second quarter of 2017 and operating income of $72.4 million in the third quarter of 2016.

- Net income attributable to Company's ordinary shareholders was $5.0 million, compared with net income of $18.7 million in the second quarter of 2017 and net income of $41.7 million in the third quarter of 2016.

- Earnings per fully diluted American Depositary Share ("ADS" and each ADS represents 50 of the Company's ordinary shares) were $0.06, compared with earnings per fully diluted ADS of $0.22 in the second quarter of 2017 and earnings per fully diluted ADS of $0.50 in the third quarter of 2016.

Mr. Jay Seo, CFO of Hanwha Q CELLS, said that the Company's "third quarter results were in-line with the Company's guidance set forth in Q2," and that the downward pressure on gross margin, caused primarily by increasing wafer prices, was partially off-set by cell and module processing cost reduction."

Mr. Moon Seong Choi, the Company's new SVP of Corporate Planning, commented that the Company will have a total of 8GW of nameplate module capacity at year-end when including Hanwha Q CELLS Korea's manufacturing capacity. Mr. Choi discussed the expected impacts of Section 201, stating that the utility segment demand in the U.S. is not expected to decrease drastically following the ITC recommendation which was less than the remedies requested by the petitioners.

Third Quarter 2017 Results of Operations

Net Revenues

- Total net revenues were $543.0 million, down 6.0% from $577.7 million in the second quarter of 2017 and down 23.3% from $707.8 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Gross Profit and Margin

- Gross profit in the third quarter of 2017 was $63.2 million, compared with $67.2 million in the second quarter of 2017 and $140.5 million in the third quarter of 2016.

- Gross margin in the third quarter of 2017 was 11.6%, compared with 11.6% in the second quarter of 2017 and 19.9% in the third quarter of 2016.

Income from Operations and Operating Margin

- Income from operations in the third quarter of 2017 was $10.6 million, compared with $20.1 million in the second quarter of 2017 and $72.4 million in the third quarter of 2016.

- Operating margin in the third quarter of 2017 was 2.0%, compared with 3.5% in the second quarter of 2017 and 10.2% in the third quarter of 2016.

- Total operating expenses were $52.6 million in the third quarter of 2017, up 11.7% from $47.1 million in the second quarter of 2017 and down 22.8% from $68.1 million in the third quarter of 2016.

- Selling and marketing expenses were $30.6 million in the third quarter of 2017, up 3.7% from $29.5 million in the second quarter of 2017 and down 15.9% from $36.4 million in the third quarter of 2016.

- General and administrative expenses were $17.4 million in the third quarter of 2017, up 28.9% from $13.5 million in the second quarter of 2017 and down 11.7% from $19.7 million in the third quarter of 2016.

- Research and development expenses were $4.6 million in the third quarter of 2017, up 12.2% from $4.1 million in the second quarter of 2017 and down 61.7% from $12.0 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Net Interest Expense

- Net interest expense was $10.0 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared with $9.2 million in the second quarter of 2017 and $12.4 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Foreign Currency Exchange Gain (Loss)

- Net foreign currency exchange gain was $7.3 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared with a gain of $7.1 million in the second quarter of 2017 and a loss of $2.3 million in the third quarter of 2016.

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

- The Company recorded a net loss of $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2017 from the change in fair value of derivatives in hedging activities, compared with a net loss of $3.0 million in the second quarter of 2017 and a net loss of $2.1 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

- Income tax expense was $2.5 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared with an income tax benefit of $3.0 million in the second quarter of 2017 and an income tax expense of $10.3 million in the third quarter of 2016.

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

- Net income attributable to Company's ordinary shareholders was $5.0 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared with net income of $18.7 million in the second quarter of 2017 and net income of $41.7 million in the third quarter of 2016.

- Earnings per fully diluted ADS on a GAAP basis were $0.06 in the third quarter of 2017, compared with $0.22 in the second quarter of 2017 and $0.50 in the third quarter of 2016.

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Position

As of September 30, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $245.6 million, compared with $331.0 million as of June 30, 2017. The restricted cash as of September 30, 2017 was $113.4 million, compared with $95.0 million as of June 30, 2017.

As of September 30, 2017, accounts receivable was $391.1 million, compared with $358.4 million, as of June 30, 2017. Inventories were $350.7 million as of September 30, 2017, compared with $337.2 million as of June 30, 2017.

As of September 30, 2017, accounts payable was $429.2 million, compared with $407.8 million, as of June 30, 2017.

Total short-term bank borrowings (including the current portion of long-term bank borrowings) were $744.1 million, an increase of $108.6 million from the second quarter of 2017, due to proceeds from additional borrowings in China.

As of September 30, 2017, the Company had total long-term debt (net of current portion and long-term notes) of $336.8 million, an increase of $0.7 million from the second quarter of 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 fourteen years.

Capital expenditures were $26.6 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Operations Updates

Production Capacity

As of September 30, 2017, the Company's in-house, annualized production capacities were 1,600MW for ingot, 1,050MW for wafer, 4,300MW for cell and 4,300MW for module.

By the end of this year, we expect our annual nameplate capacities to reach 1,600MW for ingot, 1,100MW for wafer, 4,300MW for cell and 4,300MW for module.

Furthermore, the Company has additional module availability of up to 2,100MW (annualized) as of September 30, 2017 from Hanwha Q CELLS Korea Corporation, an affiliate of the Company. Hanwha Q CELLS Korea Corporation is currently ramping-up its capacity with expected capacity of approximately 3,700MW by year-end.

Business Outlook

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Guidance

For the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company estimates net revenues in the range of $610 million to $630 million.

For the full year 2017, the Company reiterates its previous guidance of:

- Total module shipments in the range of 5,500 to 5,700MW

- Revenue-recognized module shipments in the range of 5,300 to 5,500MW

- Capital expenditures of approximately $70 million for manufacturing technology upgrades and certain R&D related expenditures


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