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Trina Solar Announces Second Quarter 2016 Results

CHANGZHOU, China, Aug. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) ("Trina Solar" or the "Company"), a global leader in photovoltaic ("PV") modules, solutions, and services, today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Second Quarter 2016 Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Total module shipments were 1,658.3 MW, consisting of 1,619.0 MW of external shipments and 39.3 MW of shipments to the Company's own downstream power projects. This compares with total shipments of 1,423.3 MW in the first quarter of 2016, consisting of 1,370.4 MW of external shipments and 52.9 MW of shipments to the Company's own downstream power projects, and total shipments of 1,231.6 MW in the second quarter of 2015, consisting of 1,000.7 MW of external shipments and 230.9 MW of shipments to the Company's own downstream projects.
  • Net revenues were $961.6 million, compared with $816.9 million in the first quarter of 2016 and $722.9 million in the second quarter of 2015.
  • Gross profit was $176.3 million, compared with $139.7 million in the first quarter of 2016 and $144.9 million in the second quarter of 2015.
  • Gross margin was 18.3%, compared with 17.1% in the first quarter of 2016 and 20.0% in the second quarter of 2015.
  • Operating income was $83.7 million, compared with $44.8 million in the first quarter of 2016 and $60.7 million in the second quarter of 2015.
  • Net income attributable to Trina Solar's ordinary shareholders was $40.3 million, compared with $26.6 million in the first quarter of 2016 and $40.9 million in the second quarter of 2015.
  • Earnings per fully diluted American Depositary Share ("ADS" with each ADS representing 50 of the Company's ordinary shares) were $0.42, compared with $0.29 in the first quarter of 2016 and $0.42 in the second quarter of 2015.

Mr. Jifan Gao, Chairman and CEO of Trina Solar, commented, "We had another solid quarter with major financial and operational metrics improving across the board. Module shipments during the quarter increased on a sequential and year-over-year basis to 1.66 GW. Module shipments were driven mainly by continued demand from China ahead of the expected subsidy policy adjustment. Our new production facility in Thailand is ramping up its capacity on schedule and is helping to strengthen our competitiveness in the U.S.

"Our downstream business performed well in China's rapidly growing market as we connected 292.8 MW of utility projects and 28.0 MW of DG projects during the quarter. We also made progress overseas with the sale of 11.2 MW of projects in the U.K. and Italy during the quarter.

"We are a proven and leading innovator in the global PV industry, having made a series of breakthroughs in transforming lab technology into production practice. Following the achievement of a 21.1% average efficiency for industrially-produced mono-crystalline cells using passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) technology, our R&D team achieved an average efficiency of 20.2% for industrially-produced P-type multi-crystalline silicon cells with PERC technology. We also achieved an average efficiency of 18.7% for our multi-crystalline silicon P-type double print cells that were produced for commercial shipment. We will continue driving the development of our high-efficiency cells in order to offer customers the highest quality products.

"Going forward, we will continue to focus on developing our brand name, products and technology, while identifying opportunities to develop our downstream business. We believe that our strategy gives us a competitive edge in the industry and provides a solid foundation for our sustainable and long term development."

Second Quarter 2016 Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues were $961.6 million, including $60.7 million in revenues from electricity generated by the Company's operational downstream solar power projects, sales of solar power projects that are developed for sale, and EPC services. Total net revenues represent an increase of 17.7% sequentially and an increase of 33.0% year-over-year. Total shipments were 1,658.3 MW, consisting of 1,619.0 MW of external shipments which were recognized in revenue and 39.3 MW of shipments to the Company's downstream power projects. This compares with total shipments of 1,423.3 MW in the first quarter of 2016, consisting of 1,370.4 MW of external shipments and 52.9 MW of shipments to the Company's own downstream power projects, and total shipments of 1,231.6 MW in the second quarter of 2015, consisting of 1,000.7 MW of external shipments and 230.9 MW of shipments to the Company's own downstream projects. The sequential increase in revenues and shipments was primarily driven by growth from China as a result of rush orders before June 30 in anticipation of an expected subsidy policy adjustment, which more than offset the decline of shipments to the U.S., Europe, Japan and the rest of Asia.

Gross Profit and Margin

Gross profit was $176.3 million, compared with $139.7 million in the first quarter of 2016 and $144.9 million in the second quarter of 2015.

Gross margin was 18.3%, compared with 17.1% in the first quarter of 2016 and 20.0% in the second quarter of 2015. The sequential increase in gross margin was mainly due to lower blended costs as a result of a significant decrease in antidumping and countervailing duties in the U.S. as the Company increased the proportion of shipments to the U.S. from its Thailand facilities in the second quarter. The year-­over­-year decrease in gross margin was primarily due to average selling prices declining at a faster rate than the Company's cost reductions.

Operating Expenses, Income and Margin

Operating expenses were $92.6 million, compared with $94.9 million in the first quarter of 2016 and $84.2 million in the second quarter of 2015. Operating expenses included an accounts receivable provision of $2.4 million in the second quarter of 2016, compared with $6.0 million in the first quarter of 2016, and a reversal of accounts receivable provision of $3.1 million in the second quarter of 2015. Operating expenses also included other operating income, which mainly represents income from electricity generated from the Company's downstream solar power projects that are recorded as current assets on the balance sheet prior to the sale of the projects. Other operating income was $7.1 million in the second quarter of 2016, compared with $3.3 million in the first quarter of 2016 and nil in the second quarter of 2015. 

The Company's operating expenses accounted for 9.6% of net revenues during the second quarter of 2016, a decrease from 11.6% in both the first quarter of 2016 and the second quarter of 2015. Excluding the other operating income, the Company's operating expenses accounted for 10.4% of net revenues during the second quarter of 2016, a decrease from 12.0% in the first quarter of 2016 and 11.6% in the second quarter of 2015. The sequential decrease of operating expenses as a percentage of revenue was primarily due to a decrease in accounts receivable provision along with an increase in net revenues. The year-over-year decrease of operating expenses as a percentage of revenue was primarily due to the decrease of shipping expenses resulting from the increasing shipment in China with lower shipping expenses.

As a result, operating income was $83.7 million, compared with $44.8 million in the first quarter of 2016 and $60.7 million in the second quarter of 2015. Operating margin was 8.7%, compared with 5.5% in the first quarter of 2016 and 8.4% in the second quarter of 2015.

Net Interest Expense

Net interest expense was $25.5 million, compared with $15.1 million in the first quarter of 2016 and $12.4 million in the second quarter of 2015. The sequential and year-over-year increases in net interest expenses were mainly due to the increase in both short-term and long-term borrowings, as well as less interest expense being capitalized in the second quarter of 2016.

Foreign Currency Exchange Gain (Loss)

The Company recorded a net foreign currency exchange loss of $2.9 million, which included a gain on the change in fair value of foreign exchange derivative instruments of $4.0 million. This compares with a net gain of $0.8 million in the first quarter of 2016 and a net gain of $5.1 million in the second quarter of 2015. The foreign currency exchange loss in the second quarter of 2016 primarily resulted from the depreciation of the RMB against the USD.

Income Tax Expense

Income tax expense was $16.5 million, compared with income tax expense of $3.7 million in the first quarter of 2016 and $11.8 million in the second quarter of 2015. The sequential and year-over-year increases in income tax expense were mainly due to the increase in taxable profits in the second quarter of 2016 compared with the first quarter of 2016 and the second quarter of 2015.

Net Income and Earnings per ADS

Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of Trina Solar was $40.3 million, compared with $26.6 million in the first quarter of 2016 and $40.9 million in the second quarter of 2015. Net margin was 4.2%, compared with 3.3% in the first quarter of 2016 and 5.7% in the second quarter of 2015.

Earnings per fully diluted ADS were $0.42, compared with $0.29 in the first quarter of 2016 and $0.42 in the second quarter of 2015.

Financial Condition

As of June 30, 2016, the Company had $831.5 million in cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash. Total borrowings were $1,792.7 million, of which $1,157.8 million were short-term borrowings.

In the first quarter of 2016, the Company adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Update 2015-03, Interest - Imputation of Interest, which requires that debt issuance costs be presented on the balance sheet as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of the related debt liability, instead of being reported on the balance sheet as an asset. Accordingly, debt issuance costs with an amortized balance of $10.5 million, which used to be reported as an asset, have been retrospectively reclassified as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of the related debt liability as of June 30, 2015.

Shareholders' equity was $1,113.8 million as of June 30, 2016, an increase from $1,081.9 million as of March 31, 2016 and an increase from $1,031.6 million as of June 30, 2015.

Operations and Business Updates

Manufacturing Capacity

As of June 30, 2016, the Company had the following annualized in-­house manufacturing capacities:

  • Ingot production capacity of approximately 2.3 GW;
  • Wafer capacity of approximately 1.8 GW;
  • PV cell capacity of approximately 5.0 GW; and
  • PV module capacity of approximately 6.0 GW.

Project Development

In the second quarter of 2016, the Company connected a total of 320.8 MW of PV projects to the grid in China, including 28.0 MW DG projects and 292.8 MW utility projects. The Company also sold 11.2 MW projects in the U.K. and Italy.

As of June 30, 2016, the Company had a total of 1,276.8 MW downstream solar projects in grid-connected operation, including 1,241.6 MW in China, 4.2 MW in the U.S., and 31.0 MW in Europe. The 1,241.6 MW projects in China consisted of 1,015.7 MW of utility projects and 225.9 MW of DG projects.

Going Private Transaction

On August 1, 2016, the Company entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger, pursuant to which the Company will be acquired by an investor consortium in an all-cash transaction implying an equity value of the Company of approximately $1.1 billion. The merger, which is currently expected to close during the first quarter of 2017, is subject to customary closing conditions including the approval of the merger by the Company's shareholders at a meeting of shareholders to be convened.

Third Quarter of 2016 Guidance

The Company expects to ship between 1.55 GW and 1.65 GW of PV modules, of which 30 MW to 50 MW of PV modules will be shipped to the Company's downstream PV projects, from which revenues will not be recognized.

Fiscal Year 2016 Guidance

The Company reiterates its 2016 guidance of 6.30 GW to 6.55 GW, of which 220 MW to 260 MW will be shipped to the Company's downstream projects, from which revenues will not be recognized.

The Company reiterates its 2016 guidance of global solar power project connections at between 400 MW and 500 MW, including 15% to 20% of DG projects in China.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong, August 23, 2016), to discuss its results for the second quarter of 2016.

Joining Jifan Gao, Chairman and CEO of Trina Solar, on the call will be Merry Xu, Interim CFO, and Yvonne Young, Investor Relations Director. The Company plans to distribute its earnings announcement before the call.

To participate in the conference call, please dial the following number five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time:

U.S. Toll Free: 1­855­298­3404
International: +1­631­514­2526
Hong Kong: 800­905­927
Passcode: Trina Solar

If you are unable to participate in the call at this time, a replay will be available from 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time on August 23, 2016 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 30, 2016. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

U.S. Toll Free: 1-866-846-0868
International: +61-2-9641-7900
Hong Kong: 800-966-697
Replay Passcode: 3680995

This conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties on Trina Solar's website www.trinasolar.com. To listen to the live webcast, please go to Trina Solar's website at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call on Trina Solar's website for 90 days.

About Trina Solar Limited

Trina Solar Limited (NYSE:TSL) is a global leader in PV modules, solutions and services. Founded in 1997 as a PV system integrator, Trina Solar today drives smart energy together with installers, distributors, utilities and developers worldwide. The company's industry-leading position is based on innovation excellence, superior product quality, vertically integrated capabilities and environmental stewardship. For more information, please visit www.trinasolar.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "will," "may," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "intend," "plan," "believe," "estimate," "potential," "continue," and other similar statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this announcement are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, the Company's ability to raise additional capital to finance its activities; the effectiveness, profitability and marketability of its products; our expectations regarding the expansion of the Company's manufacturing capacities; the Company's future business development; the Company's downstream project development and pipeline; the Company's beliefs regarding its production output and production outlook; the future trading of the securities of the Company; the Company's ability to operate as a public company; the period of time for which the Company's current liquidity will enable the Company to fund its operations; general economic and business conditions; demand in various markets for solar products; the volatility of the Company's operating results and financial condition; the Company's ability to attract or retain qualified senior management personnel and research and development staff; and other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In addition, the commencement of any downstream project is subject to a number of factors, some of which are beyond the Company's control, such as the availability of network transmission and interconnection facilities, as well as obtaining certain government approvals, project rights based on the land location, land use rights as well as the right to construct manufacturing facilities in the relevant locations.

These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Company and the industry in which the Company operates. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that such expectations will turn out to be correct, and the Company cautions investors that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.

For further information, please contact:



Trina Solar Limited

Christensen IR

Merry Xu, Interim CFO

Linda Bergkamp

Email: merry.xu@trinasolar.com

Phone: +1 480 614 3014 (US)


Email: lbergkamp@ChristensenIR.com   

Yvonne Young


Investor Relations Director


Email: ir@trinasolar.com


 

Trina Solar Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(US dollars in thousands, except ADS and share data)













For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months Ended



Jun. 30,


Mar. 31,


Jun. 30,


Jun. 30,

Jun. 30,



2016


2016


2015


2016

2015











Net revenues


$        961,623


$        816,901


$        722,942


1,778,524

$     1,281,031

Cost of revenues


785,295


677,206


578,082


1,462,501

1,035,850

Gross profit


176,328


139,695


144,860


316,023

245,181

Operating expenses










Selling expenses


44,833


42,375


43,715


87,208

79,495

General and administrative expenses


43,193


46,397


32,450


89,590

60,158

Research and development expenses


11,691


9,419


8,012


21,110

15,691

Other operating income


(7,105)


(3,304)


-


(10,409)

-

Total operating expenses


92,612


94,887


84,177


187,499

155,344

Operating income 


83,716


44,808


60,683


128,524

89,837

Foreign exchange gain (loss)


(6,877)


9,054


6,000


2,177

(961)

Interest expenses


(25,973)


(15,532)


(13,036)


(41,505)

(24,399)

Interest income 


461


464


668


925

1,310

Gain (loss) on change in fair value of derivative


4,000


(8,210)


(925)


(4,210)

4,325

Other income, net


4,601


1,535


1,416


6,136

3,582

Income before income taxes


59,928


32,119


54,806


92,047

73,694

Income tax expense


(16,500)


(3,674)


(11,755)


(20,174)

(14,977)

Net income


43,428


28,445


43,051


71,873

58,717

Income attributable to the noncontrolling
interests


(3,155)


(1,827)


(2,140)


(4,982)

(3,893)

Net income attributable to Trina Solar Limited


$          40,273


$          26,618


$          40,911


$          66,891

$          54,824











Earnings per ADS* 










Basic


$              0.47


$              0.31


$              0.48


$              0.79

$              0.65

Diluted


$              0.42


$              0.29


$              0.42


$              0.71

$              0.59

Weighted average ADS outstanding*










Basic


84,932,283


84,775,993


84,459,232


84,854,138

84,378,352

Diluted


105,297,396


105,329,407


105,239,740


105,250,749

105,036,322


* "ADS" refers to any of our American depository shares, each representing 50 ordinary shares.


Trina Solar Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(US dollars in thousands)













For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months Ended



Jun. 30,


Mar. 31,


Jun. 30,


Jun. 30,

Jun. 30,



2016


2016

2015


2016

2015

Net income


$          43,428


$          28,445


$          43,051


$          71,873

$          58,717

Other comprehensive income (loss):










Foreign currency translation adjustments


(10,873)


3,052


699


(7,821)

549

Comprehensive income


32,555


31,497


43,750


64,052

59,266

Comprehensive income attributable to
non-controlling interests


(2,284)


(2,307)


(2,279)


(4,591)

(3,794)

Comprehensive income attributable to
Trina Solar Limited


$          30,271


$          29,190


$          41,471


$          59,461

$          55,472

 

Trina Solar Limited

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(US dollars in thousands)










As of Jun. 30,


As of Mar. 31,


As of Jun. 30,



2016


2016


2015








ASSETS







Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents


$                 648,113


$                 452,346


$                 456,537

Restricted cash


183,428


169,043


159,714

Inventories                                                              


509,496


574,215


351,784

Downstream solar project assets


692,248


616,477


24,787

Accounts receivable, net


655,281


572,495


633,262

Current portion of advances to suppliers, net

30,434


30,522


55,064

Prepaid expenses and other current assets, net

280,627


273,435


155,214

Total current assets


2,999,627


2,688,533


1,836,362

Property, plant and equipment, net
(including downstream solar project assets  
of $798,235, $822,655 and $687,879
as of each period-end, respectively)


1,840,968


1,882,279


1,544,567

Prepaid land use rights, net


66,249


59,658


52,660

Advances to suppliers, net of current portion

19,746


12,769


14,222

Investment in equity affiliates


32,981


33,202


26,318

Deferred income tax assets, net


35,889


34,264


29,965

Other noncurrent assets


97,751


105,927


77,040

TOTAL ASSETS


$              5,093,211


$              4,816,632


$              3,581,134








LIABILITIES AND EQUITY







Current liabilities:







Short-term borrowings and current portion
of long-term borrowings


$              1,157,760


$                 933,203


$                 922,460

Accounts payable


1,227,028


1,280,014


800,981

Convertible senior notes


170,740


-


-

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

418,141


402,949


262,879

Total current liabilities


2,973,669


2,616,166


1,986,320

Long-term borrowings, excluding current portion

634,969


583,467


94,826

Convertible senior notes


111,959


281,689


278,743

Accrued warranty costs


141,692


136,090


115,195

Other noncurrent liabilities


73,508


75,150


41,620

Total liabilities


3,935,797


3,692,562


2,516,704








Ordinary shares


43


43


43

Additional paid-in capital


763,090


761,504


755,668

Retained earnings


346,113


305,840


257,531

Accumulated other comprehensive income


4,548


14,550


18,358

Total Trina Solar Limited shareholders' equity

1,113,794


1,081,937


1,031,600

Non-controlling interests


43,620


42,133


32,830

Total equity


1,157,414


1,124,070


1,064,430

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY


$              5,093,211


$              4,816,632


$              3,581,134








Note: In the first quarter of 2016, the Company adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Update
2015-03, Interest - Imputation of Interest, and retrospectively reclassified the debt issuance costs to reduce the carrying
amount of short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term borrowings by $1,769 and convertible senior notes by
$8,757 as of June 30, 2015.

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SOURCE Trina Solar Limited