SunPower Corp. today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended January 1, 2017.
"SunPower's diversified business model enabled us to meet our revenue plan and exceed our operating cash flow target in the fourth quarter," said Tom Werner, SunPower president and CEO. "While overall industry conditions remain challenging, we are encouraged to see continued solid demand for our complete solutions offerings in all three end segments. In our upstream solar cell and panel manufacturing operations, we met our yield and cost reduction targets for the quarter, continued the ramp of our P-Series product and completed our capacity reduction with the shutdown of Fab 2. Financially, we significantly improved our cash flow as we executed on major project milestones, and we are on track with respect to our 2017 restructuring initiatives. We remain highly focused on maximizing near-term cash flow."
"Despite the difficult industry environment, our solid execution enabled us to achieve our key financial metrics for the quarter, including generating $485 million in operating cash flow, which we used to reduce our debt by approximately $500 million," said Chuck Boynton, SunPower chief financial officer. "Our focus this year remains on improving cash flow, prudently managing our working capital and deleveraging the balance sheet. We believe that this will position us well for success as the solar industry transitions through the current challenges to sustainable profitability."
The company's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 GAAP and non-GAAP results included a charge of approximately $61 million due to the sale of above market polysilicon as well as a GAAP restructuring charge of $176 million. As previously disclosed, the company's 2016 fiscal year guidance did not include these charges.
Also, fourth quarter fiscal 2016 non-GAAP results include net adjustments that, in the aggregate, decreased (increased) non-GAAP net loss by $186.1 million, including $6.3 million related to 8point3 Energy Partners, $2.5 million related to utility and power plant projects, $(10.1) million related to sale of operating lease assets, $8.4 million related to sale-leaseback transactions, $12.6 million related to stock-based compensation expense, $3.0 million related to amortization of intangible assets, $175.8 million related to restructuring expense, $(0.2) million related to other adjustments, and $(12.2) million related to tax effect.
The company is reiterating the following key financial metrics for 2017.
Revenue of $1.8 billion to $2.3 billion on a GAAP basis and $2.1 billion to $2.6 billion on a non-GAAP basis, non-GAAP operational expenses of less than $350 million, capital expenditures of approximately $120 million, and gigawatts (GW) deployed in the range of 1.3GW to 1.6GW. Also, the company expects to record GAAP restructuring charges totaling $50 million to $100 million in fiscal year 2017.
The company expects to generate positive operating cash flow through the end of fiscal year 2017 and exit the year with approximately $300 million in cash. Despite current industry conditions the company is forecasting positive Adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2017, weighted toward the second half of the year. The company believes that cash flow and liquidity are the key evaluation metrics for investors in the near term.
The company's first quarter fiscal 2017 GAAP guidance is as follows: revenue of $315 million to $365 million, gross margin of (2) percent to 0 percent and net loss of $175 million to $150 million. First 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 $370 million to $420 million, gross margin of 0 percent to 2 percent, Adjusted EBITDA of ($45) million to ($20) million and megawatts deployed in the range of 150MW to 180MW.