SHANGHAI, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”) (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the solar PV industry, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.
Third Quarter 2016 Highlights
Mr. Kangping Chen, JinkoSolar’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “Our business continued to gain growth momentum despite a challenging environment. Module shipments reached 1,606 MW, an increase of 41.6% year-over-year while total revenues reached US$855.3 million, an increase of 39.0% over the same period last year. Based on our visibility into the fourth quarter of 2016, we are once again raising our full year 2016 shipment guidance to 6.6GW to 6.7GW from our previous guidance of 6.0GW to 6.5GW. We are well positioned to continue benefitting from the global adoption of solar energy, which is playing a more important role in the global energy landscape.”
“Jinko Power’s electricity output increased 20.8% sequentially to 395GWh while generating RMB372.4 million in revenue. Jinko Power connected an additional 184MW worth of solar projects during the quarter, bringing our total to 1,314 MW as of September 30, 2016. We closed the sale of Jinko Power’s business in November 2016 to Shangrao Kangsheng for US$250 million in cash, which will significantly improve our balance sheet by reducing our debt and net gearing ratio. We expect to report a gain on the sale in the fourth quarter of 2016. This injection into our already substantial cash position will also provide us with the extra flexibility for our future operations.”
“We consolidated our leading position across a number of key and emerging markets during the quarter. Demand in China remains robust as module prices stabilized. Demand is expected to pick up again in the first half of 2017 with the announcement of the next round of FiT cut, which we expect will act as a strong catalyst. Demand in the US is stable despite recent market panic which we believe is only temporary. We expect the US market will heat up again during the second half of 2017. We have always advocated a fair, transparent and market-driven environment, and the withdrawal of major solar manufacturers from the EU’s MIP agreement is boosting our outlook for the European markets. We also reinforced our presence on the ground in India by opening a new office to offer local technical and logistical support to our customers there. We expanded our emerging market presence to over 40 countries and regions, and strengthened our leading position in key markets such as Chile, Mexico and the UAE.”
“We continued to focus on developing high-efficiency products. Our mono wafer capacity using diamond-wire cutting is now operational and is scaling up rapidly to support our high-efficiency PERC lines. As leader in the industry, our team is constantly focusing on providing our customers the highest-quality, most reliable and high-efficiency products.”
“We have experienced the ups and downs of the solar industry but we have never had any doubt about its great potential. We will continue to grow our business sustainably as we fulfill our commitment to green energy.”
Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Total revenues in the third quarter of 2016 were RMB5.70 billion (US$855.3 million), a decrease of 4.4% from RMB5.96 billion in the second quarter of 2016 and an increase of 39.0% from RMB4.1 billion in the third quarter of 2015. The sequential decrease was mainly attributable to a decline in module selling prices in the third quarter of 2016 as a result of a decrease in market demand and intense competition in the solar industry. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to the increase in revenues from electricity generation and solar module shipments growing at a faster pace than the decrease in average selling prices.
During the third quarter of 2016, revenues from downstream solar power projects were RMB372.4 million (US$55.8 million), an increase of 29.1% from RMB288.5 millionin the second quarter of 2016 and an increase of 81.0% from RMB205.8 million in the third quarter of 2015. The sequential and year-over-year increases were primarily due to the increase in number and capacity of the Company’s solar projects.
Gross Profit and Gross Margin
Gross profit in the third quarter of 2016 was RMB1.26 billion (US$188.6 million), compared with RMB1.21 billion in the second quarter of 2016 and RMB864.6 million in the third quarter of 2015.
Gross margin was 22.1% in the third quarter of 2016 compared with 20.4% in the second quarter of 2016 and 21.3% in the third quarter of 2015.
Income from Operations and Operating Margin
Income from operations in the third quarter of 2016 was RMB600.9 million (US$90.1 million), compared with RMB445.1 million in the second quarter of 2016 and RMB384.0 million in the third quarter of 2015. Operating margin in the third quarter of 2016 was 10.5%, compared with 7.5% in the second quarter of 2016 and 9.5% in the third quarter of 2015.
Total operating expenses in the third quarter of 2016 were RMB657.0 million (US$98.5 million), a decrease of 14.4% from RMB767.1 million in the second quarter of 2016 and an increase of 36.7% from RMB480.6 million in the third quarter of 2015. The sequential decrease was mainly due to an RMB99.3 million provision for impairment of property, plant and equipment during the second quarter of 2016. The year-over-year increase in operating expenses was mainly due to the increases in shipping and warranty costs and change in provision of accounts receivables.
Total operating expenses accounted for 11.5% of total revenues, compared to 12.9% in the second quarter of 2016 and 11.9% in the third quarter of 2015.
Interest Expense, Net
Net interest expense in the third quarter of 2016 was RMB219.7 million (US$32.9 million), an increase of 80.6% from RMB121.6 million in the second quarter of 2016 and an increase of 50.3% from RMB146.2 million in the third quarter of 2015. The sequential and year-over-year increases were mainly due to an increase in loans for solar power projects and fees charged by financial institutions associated with discounted notes receivables.
Exchange Gain / (Loss), Net
The Company recorded a net exchange loss of RMB14.1 million (US$2.1 million) including change in fair value of forward contracts in the third quarter of 2016, compared to a net exchange gain of RMB106.6 million in the second quarter of 2016 and a net exchange loss of RMB121.6 million in the third quarter of 2015.
Change in Fair Value of Convertible Senior Notes and Capped Call Options
The Company recognized a loss from a change in fair value of convertible senior notes and capped call options of RMB15.7 million (US$2.4 million) in the third quarter of 2016 primarily due to the change of volatility of the stock price of the Company.
Change in fair value of derivative liability
In July 2015, Jinko Power, the parent company of the solar projects, entered into a US$150 million loan agreement. In conjunction with the loan, Jinko Power issued certain warrants which granted the holders a right to purchase its ordinary shares. The warrants are liability derivatives which need to be fair valued on day one and marked to market subsequently at each reporting period. In September 2016, Jinko Power refinanced and repaid the loan in advance and the warrants were settled.
The Company recognized a gain from change in fair value of derivative liability of RMB36.0 million (US$5.4 million) in the third quarter of 2016 mainly due to the early repurchase of warrants.
Income Tax Expense, net
The Company recorded an income tax expense of RMB116.8 million (US$17.5 million) in the third quarter of 2016, compared with an income tax expense of RMB90.9 million in the second quarter of 2016 and an income tax expense of RMB34.2 million during the third quarter of 2015. The sequential change was mainly due to additional tax deductions in R&D costs approved by the local tax bureau in the second quarter of 2016.
Net Income and Earnings per Share
Net income attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders in the third quarter of 2016 was RMB233.7 million (US$35.0 million), compared with RMB280.1 million in the second quarter of 2016 and RMB195.1 million in the third quarter of 2015.
Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share were RMB1.85 (US$0.28) and RMB1.51 (US$0.23), respectively, during the third quarter of 2016. This translates into basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB7.40 (US$1.12) and RMB6.04 (US$0.92), respectively.
Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders in the third quarter of 2016 was RMB305.8 million (US$45.8 million), compared with RMB421.8 million in the second quarter of 2016 and RMB253.3 million in the third quarter of 2015.
Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share were RMB2.43 (US$0.36) and RMB2.34 (US$0.35), respectively during the third quarter of 2016. This translates into non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB9.72 (US$1.44) and RMB9.36 (US$1.40), respectively.
As of September 30, 2016, the Company had RMB3.6 billion (US$547.3 million) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared with RMB3.70 billion as of June 30, 2016.
As of September 30, 2016, the Company’s accounts receivables were RMB5.87 billion (US$880.5 million), compared with RMB4.17 billion as of June 30, 2016. Accounts receivables from downstream solar power projects were RMB1.25 billion (US$186.8 million), compared with RMB1.00 billion as of June 30, 2016.
As of September 30, 2016, the Company’s inventories were RMB3.26 billion (US$488.7 million), compared with RMB3.10 billion as of June 30, 2016.
As of September 30, 2016, the Company’s total interest-bearing debts were RMB14.47 billion (US$2.17 billion), compared with RMB12.05 billion as of June 30, 2016. Interest-bearing debts from downstream solar power projects were RMB8.35 billion (US$1.25 billion), compared with RMB6.66 billion as of June 30, 2016.
Third Quarter 2016 Operational Highlights
Solar Module Shipments
Total solar module shipments in the third quarter of 2016 amounted to 1,606 MW, including 50 MW used in the Company’s downstream projects.
Solar Power Project Capacity
As of September 30, 2016, the Company had connected 1,314 MW of solar power projects to the grid.
Solar Products Production Capacity
As of September 30, 2016, the Company’s in-house annual silicon wafer, solar cell and solar module production capacity was 4.5 GW, 3.7 GW and 6.5 GW, respectively.
Recent Business Developments
Operations and Business Outlook
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Guidance
For the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company estimates total solar module shipments to be in the range of 1.7 GW to 1.8 GW.
For the full year 2016, the Company raises the estimation of total solar module shipments to be in the range of 6.6 GW and 6.7 GW.
Conference Call Information
JinkoSolar’s management will host an earnings conference call on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:30 p.m. Beijing / Hong Kong the same day).
Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:
Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.
A telephone replay of the call will be available 2 hours after the conclusion of the conference call through 23:59 U.S. Eastern Time, November 22, 2016. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:
Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of JinkoSolar’s website at www.jinkosolar.com.
About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 4.5 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 3.7 GW for solar cells, and 6.5 GW for solar modules, as of September 30, 2016.
JinkoSolar has over 15,000 employees across its 6 productions facilities in Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Xinjiang Provinces, China, Malaysia, Portugal and South Africa, 16 oversea subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and South Africa, and 18 global sales offices in China (2) ,United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico.
To find out more, please see: www.jinkosolar.com
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement its consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), JinkoSolar uses certain non-GAAP financial measures including, non-GAAP net income , non-GAAP earnings per Share, non-GAAP earnings per ADS, and non-GAAP diluted weighted average ordinary shares outstanding, which are adjusted from the comparable GAAP results to exclude certain expenses or incremental ordinary shares relating to share-based compensation, convertible senior notes and capped call options, and accretion to redemption value of redeemable non-controlling interest:
The Company believes that the use of non-GAAP information is useful for analysts and investors to evaluate JinkoSolar’s current and future performances based on a more meaningful comparison of net income and diluted net income per ADS when compared with its peers and historical results from prior periods. These measures are not intended to represent or substitute numbers as measured under GAAP. The submission of non-GAAP numbers is voluntary and should be reviewed together with GAAP results.
Currency Convenience Translation
The conversion of Renminbi into U.S. dollars in this release, made solely for the convenience of the readers, is based on the noon buying rate in the city of New York for cable transfers of Renminbi as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as of September 30, 2016, which was RMB6.6685 to US$1.00. No representation is intended to imply that the Renminbi amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized, or settled into U.S. dollars at that rate or any other rate. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on Renminbi.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends, “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release and the Company’s operations and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in JinkoSolar’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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