• Net sales of $811 million
  • Net income per diluted share of $1.59
  • Net cash balance of $1.5 billion
  • YTD net bookings of 21.1 GW; 8.9 GW since first quarter earnings call
  • Expected volume sold backlog of 77.8 GW
  • Up to $1.1 billion investment in a new 3.5 GW Series 7 US manufacturing facility

First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) (the “Company”) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023.

Net sales for the second quarter were $811 million, an increase of $262 million from the prior quarter. The increase was primarily driven by an increase in the volume of modules sold, including the commencement of sales of the Company’s next-generation Series 7 modules, and an increase in the average selling price (“ASP”) of our modules.

The Company reported second quarter net income per diluted share of $1.59, compared to net income per diluted share of $0.40 in the first quarter of 2023.

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, restricted cash equivalents, and marketable securities, less debt at the end of the second quarter, decreased to $1.5 billion from $2.0 billion at the end of the prior quarter. The decrease was primarily a result of capital expenditures related to manufacturing capacity expansions in Alabama, India, and Ohio, as well as our acquisition of Evolar.

“With half of 2023 behind us, we continue to see strengthened commercial, operational, and financial foundations, both in 2023 and in the coming years as we continue to grow,” said Mark Widmar, CEO of First Solar. “The second quarter of the year continued the steady progress established in the first, as we ramped up production and delivery of our next-generation Series 7 modules, reinforced our global leadership in thin film PV with a strategic acquisition, and continued our strong bookings and ASP momentum. Moreover, continuing our commitment to sustainable long-term growth, earlier today we announced that we will invest up to $1.1 billion in building a new, fully vertically integrated, manufacturing facility in the United States, our fifth in the country.”

Our 2023 guidance has been updated as follows:

 

Prior

Current

Net Sales

$3.4B to $3.6B

Unchanged

Gross Margin (1)

$1.2B to $1.3B

Unchanged

Operating Expenses (2)

$415M to $440M

$450M to $475M

Operating Income (3)

$745M to $870M

Unchanged

Earnings per Diluted Share

$7.00 to $8.00

Unchanged

Net Cash Balance (4)

$1.2B to $1.5B

$1.5B to $1.8B

Capital Expenditures

$1.9B to $2.1B

$1.7B to $1.9B

Volume Sold

11.8GW to 12.3GW

Unchanged

——————————

(1)

Includes $110 million to $130 million of ramp and underutilization costs and $660 million to $710 million of Section 45X tax benefits

(2)

Includes $85 million to $90 million of production start-up expense and $36 million of litigation losses

(3)

Includes $195 million to $220 million of production start-up expense and ramp and underutilization costs, $36 million of litigation losses, and $660 million to $710 million of Section 45X tax benefits

(4)

Defined as cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, restricted cash equivalents, and marketable securities, less expected debt at the end of 2023

The guidance figures presented above are forward-looking statements that are subject to a variety of assumptions and estimates, including with respect to certain factors related to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “IRA”). Among other things, such factors include (i) the total advanced manufacturing production credit available to us under Section 45X of the Internal Revenue Code and (ii) the timing and ability to monetize such credit. Investors are encouraged to listen to the conference call and to review the accompanying materials, which contain more information about First Solar’s second quarter 2023 financial results, 2023 guidance, and financial outlook.

Conference Call Details

First Solar has scheduled a conference call for today, July 27, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. ET, to discuss this announcement. A live webcast of this conference call and accompanying materials are available at investor.firstsolar.com. An audio replay of the conference call will be available through Saturday, August 26, 2023, and can be accessed by dialing +1 (800) 770-2030 if you are calling from within the United States or +1 (647) 362-9199 if you are calling from outside the United States and entering the replay passcode 99681. A replay of the webcast will also be available on the Investors section of the Company’s website approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and remain available for 30 days.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading American solar technology company and global provider of responsibly-produced eco-efficient solar modules advancing the fight against climate change. Developed at research and development labs in California and Ohio, the Company’s advanced thin film photovoltaic (“PV”) modules represent the next generation of solar technologies, providing a competitive, high-performance, lower-carbon alternative to conventional crystalline silicon PV panels. From raw material sourcing and manufacturing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s approach to technology embodies sustainability and a responsibility towards people and the planet. For more information, please visit www.firstsolar.com.

For First Solar Investors

This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning: demand for our technology; increased research and development investment; our ability to integrate recent strategic acquisitions, including Evolar; new domestic and international capacity coming online, including an investment of up to $1.1 billion in a new U.S. manufacturing facility; production and delivery of our new Series 7 modules; our financial guidance for 2023, including future financial results, net sales, gross margin, operating expenses, operating income, earnings per share, net cash balance, capital expenditures, volume sold, shipments, bookings, products and our business and financial objectives for 2023; the availability of benefits under certain production linked incentive programs, and the impact of the IRA including the total advanced manufacturing production credit available to us under Section 45X of the Internal Revenue Code. These forward-looking statements are often characterized by the use of words such as “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “believe,” “forecast,” “foresee,” “likely,” “may,” “should,” “goal,” “target,” “might,” “will,” “could,” “predict,” “continue,” “contingent” and the negative or plural of these words and other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and our projections about future events and therefore speak only as of the date of this release. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: structural imbalances in global supply and demand for PV solar modules; our competitive position and other key competitive factors; the market for renewable energy, including solar energy; the reduction, elimination, expiration or introduction of government subsidies, policies, and support programs for solar energy projects; the impact of public policies, such as tariffs or other trade remedies imposed on solar cells and modules; the passage of legislation intended to encourage renewable energy investments through tax credits, such as the IRA; the impact of the IRA on our expected results of operations in future periods, which may be affected by technical guidance, regulations, subsequent amendments or interpretations of the law; interest rate fluctuations and both our and our customers’ ability to secure financing; changes in the exchange rates between the functional currencies of our subsidiaries and other currencies in which assets and liabilities are denominated; our ability to execute on our long-term strategic plans; the loss of any of our large customers, or the ability of our customers and counterparties to perform under their contracts with us; our ability to execute on our solar module technology and cost reduction roadmaps; our ability to improve the wattage of our solar modules; our ability to incorporate technology improvements into our manufacturing process, including the production of bifacial solar modules and next generation Series 7 modules; the satisfaction of conditions precedent in our sales agreements; our ability to attract new customers and to develop and maintain existing customer and supplier relationships; general economic and business conditions, including those influenced by U.S., international, and geopolitical events; environmental responsibility, including with respect to cadmium telluride (“CdTe”) and other semiconductor materials; claims under our limited warranty obligations; changes in, or the failure to comply with, government regulations and environmental, health, and safety requirements; effects arising from and results of pending litigation; future collection and recycling costs for solar modules covered by our module collection and recycling program; supply chain disruptions, including demurrage and detention charges; our ability to protect our intellectual property; our ability to prevent and/or minimize the impact of cyber-attacks or other breaches of our information systems; our continued investment in research and development; the supply and price of components and raw materials, including CdTe; our ability to construct production facilities to support product lines, including Series 6 and Series 7 module manufacturing; our ability to avoid manufacturing interruptions, including during the ramp of our Series 7 modules manufacturing facilities; our ability to attract and retain key executive officers and associates; the severity and duration of public health threats (including pandemics such as COVID-19 and similarly infectious diseases), including the potential impact on our business, financial condition, and results of operations; and the matters discussed under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as supplemented by our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

FIRST SOLAR, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

June 30, 2023

 

December 31, 2022

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

829,913

 

 

$

1,481,269

 

Marketable securities

 

 

1,054,044

 

 

 

1,096,712

 

Accounts receivable trade, net

 

 

631,335

 

 

 

324,337

 

Accounts receivable unbilled

 

 

37,084

 

 

 

30,654

 

Inventories

 

 

756,173

 

 

 

621,376

 

Other current assets

 

 

352,181

 

 

 

237,073

 

Total current assets

 

 

3,660,730

 

 

 

3,791,421

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

4,020,178

 

 

 

3,536,902

 

Deferred tax assets, net

 

 

126,234

 

 

 

78,680

 

Restricted marketable securities

 

 

194,650

 

 

 

182,070

 

Government grants receivable

 

 

225,121

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

28,646

 

 

 

14,462

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

70,435

 

 

 

31,106

 

Inventories

 

 

257,169

 

 

 

260,395

 

Other assets

 

 

414,003

 

 

 

356,192

 

Total assets

 

$

8,997,166

 

 

$

8,251,228

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

245,834

 

 

$

341,409

 

Income taxes payable

 

 

29,067

 

 

 

29,397

 

Accrued expenses

 

 

303,322

 

 

 

382,782

 

Deferred revenue

 

 

390,231

 

 

 

263,215

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

122,160

 

 

 

21,245

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

1,090,614

 

 

 

1,038,048

 

Accrued solar module collection and recycling liability

 

 

132,061

 

 

 

128,114

 

Long-term debt

 

 

437,410

 

 

 

184,349

 

Deferred revenue

 

 

1,157,190

 

 

 

944,725

 

Other liabilities

 

 

140,253

 

 

 

119,937

 

Total liabilities

 

 

2,957,528

 

 

 

2,415,173

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.001 par value per share; 500,000,000 shares authorized; 106,830,548 and 106,609,094 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively

 

 

107

 

 

 

107

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

2,872,153

 

 

 

2,887,476

 

Accumulated earnings

 

 

3,353,429

 

 

 

3,140,289

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(186,051

)

 

 

(191,817

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

6,039,638

 

 

 

5,836,055

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

8,997,166

 

 

$

8,251,228

 

FIRST SOLAR, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30, 2023

 

March 31, 2023

 

June 30, 2022

 

June 30, 2023

 

June 30, 2022

Net sales

 

$

810,673

 

 

$

548,286

 

 

$

620,955

 

 

$

1,358,959

 

 

$

987,995

 

Cost of sales

 

 

500,253

 

 

 

436,235

 

 

 

644,155

 

 

 

936,488

 

 

 

999,732

 

Gross profit (loss)

 

 

310,420

 

 

 

112,051

 

 

 

(23,200

)

 

 

422,471

 

 

 

(11,737

)

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

46,328

 

 

 

44,028

 

 

 

38,894

 

 

 

90,356

 

 

 

75,622

 

Research and development

 

 

36,745

 

 

 

30,510

 

 

 

25,229

 

 

 

67,255

 

 

 

52,337

 

Production start-up

 

 

23,377

 

 

 

19,494

 

 

 

13,231

 

 

 

42,871

 

 

 

20,569

 

Litigation loss

 

 

35,590

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35,590

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

142,040

 

 

 

94,032

 

 

 

77,354

 

 

 

236,072

 

 

 

148,528

 

Gain on sales of businesses, net

 

 

135

 

 

 

(17

)

 

 

245,381

 

 

 

118

 

 

 

247,288

 

Operating income

 

 

168,515

 

 

 

18,002

 

 

 

144,827

 

 

 

186,517

 

 

 

87,023

 

Foreign currency loss, net

 

 

(4,652

)

 

 

(5,947

)

 

 

(2,984

)

 

 

(10,599

)

 

 

(7,182

)

Interest income

 

 

25,026

 

 

 

25,822

 

 

 

2,880

 

 

 

50,848

 

 

 

5,205

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

(1,415

)

 

 

(748

)

 

 

(3,236

)

 

 

(2,163

)

 

 

(6,101

)

Other income (expense), net

 

 

997

 

 

 

(1,456

)

 

 

(1,883

)

 

 

(459

)

 

 

(2,095

)

Income before taxes

 

 

188,471

 

 

 

35,673

 

 

 

139,604

 

 

 

224,144

 

 

 

76,850

 

Income tax (expense) benefit

 

 

(17,892

)

 

 

6,888

 

 

 

(83,799

)

 

 

(11,004

)

 

 

(64,300

)

Net income

 

$

170,579

 

 

$

42,561

 

 

$

55,805

 

 

$

213,140

 

 

$

12,550

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

1.60

 

 

$

0.40

 

 

$

0.52

 

 

$

2.00

 

 

$

0.12

 

Diluted

 

$

1.59

 

 

$

0.40

 

 

$

0.52

 

 

$

1.99

 

 

$

0.12

 

Weighted-average number of shares used in per share calculations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

106,827

 

 

 

106,675

 

 

 

106,586

 

 

 

106,791

 

 

 

106,500

 

Diluted

 

 

107,278

 

 

 

107,154

 

 

 

107,056

 

 

 

107,256

 

 

 

106,965

 

FIRST SOLAR, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

2023

 

2022

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

213,140

 

 

$

12,550

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation, amortization and accretion

 

 

140,560

 

 

 

131,760

 

Impairments and net losses on disposal of long-lived assets

 

 

230

 

 

 

62,688

 

Share-based compensation

 

 

15,011

 

 

 

9,267

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

(42,607

)

 

 

(5,576

)

Gain on sales of businesses, net

 

 

(118

)

 

 

(247,288

)

Other, net

 

 

(9,073

)

 

 

(392

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable, trade and unbilled

 

 

(177,591

)

 

 

145,784

 

Inventories

 

 

(131,625

)

 

 

(160,456

)

Project assets and PV solar power systems

 

 

8,626

 

 

 

(160,300

)

Government grants receivable

 

 

(225,121

)

 

 

 

Other assets

 

 

(105,243

)

 

 

(55,154

)

Income tax receivable and payable

 

 

(20,090

)

 

 

42,679

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

 

(42,994

)

 

 

(77,301

)

Deferred revenue

 

 

211,721

 

 

 

211,308

 

Other liabilities

 

 

40,898

 

 

 

39,610

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

 

(124,276

)

 

 

(50,821

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

 

 

(753,656

)

 

 

(353,448

)

Purchases of marketable securities

 

 

(2,492,495

)

 

 

(971,205

)

Proceeds from sales and maturities of marketable securities

 

 

2,538,069

 

 

 

1,198,254

 

Proceeds from sales of businesses, net of cash and restricted cash sold

 

 

 

 

 

264,614

 

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

 

 

(35,540

)

 

 

 

Other investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

72

 

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

 

 

(743,622

)

 

 

138,287

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from borrowings under long-term debt, net of issuance costs

 

 

246,825

 

 

 

213,086

 

Repayment of long-term debt

 

 

 

 

 

(75,879

)

Payments of tax withholdings for restricted shares

 

 

(30,247

)

 

 

(11,591

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

 

216,578

 

 

 

125,616

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents

 

 

2,454

 

 

 

39,934

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents

 

 

(648,866

)

 

 

253,016

 

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents, beginning of the period

 

 

1,493,462

 

 

 

1,455,837

 

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents, end of the period

 

$

844,596

 

 

$

1,708,853

 

Supplemental disclosure of noncash investing and financing activities:

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment acquisitions funded by liabilities

 

$

183,482

 

 

$

178,807

 

Proceeds to be received from sales of businesses

 

$

132

 

 

$

163,966

 

Acquisitions funded by liabilities and contingent consideration

 

$

18,686

 

 

$

 

 

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