Company Update (NYSE:YGE): Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results


Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:YGE) announced its unaudited consolidated financial results for the quarter that ended September 30, 2016.

Third Quarter 2016 Consolidated Financial and Operating Summary

  • Total net revenues were RMB1,459.6 million (US$218.9 million), compared to RMB2,524.1 million in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Total photovoltaic (“PV”) module shipments were 365.3MW, compared to 662.0MW in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Gross profit and gross margin were RMB80.3 million (US$12.0 million) and 5.5% respectively, compared to RMB460.1 million and 18.2% in the second quarter of 2016. Gross margin on sales of PV modules was 6.2%.
  • Operating loss was RMB226.9 million (US$34.0 million), compared to operating income of RMB158.3 million in the second quarter of 2016.
  • On a non-GAAP basis, earnings before interest, tax expenses, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) were RMB25.7 million (US$3.9 million).
  • Net loss was RMB335.4 million (US$50.3 million) and loss per American Depositary Share4 (the “ADS”) was RMB18.5 (US$2.8). On an adjusted non-GAAP basis, adjusted net loss was RMB263.3 million (US$39.5 million).

“Given the weakened demand in China after the feed-in-tariff adjustments and the oversupply of PV modules in the market, the Company tried to strike a balance between maintaining a healthy operating cash flow and shipment volume in the third quarter of 2016. While we shipped approximately 365MW PV modules, we achieved a positive operating cash flow in the quarter,” commented Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy.

“Geographically, China accounted for 56.4% of our total PV module shipments in this quarter. Internationally, demand for our PV modules in Japan remained stable and Japan accounted for 30.2% of our total PV module shipments in the quarter. We anticipate Japan will continue to be the most important international market for us in the fourth quarter of 2016 with continued demand for our PV modules.”

“The Company has maintained its commitments to research and developments, and through technological upgrade, the efficiency of our patented PANDA n-type monocrystalline solar cells, which could generate electricity on both sides, increased to approximately 21% in the quarter and we expect to increase the efficiency of p-type polycrystalline solar cells to approximately 19% early next year. We will endeavor to further reduce our manufacturing cost and increase the competitive of our PV products through continued technological upgrade and the optimization of our production facilities.”

“Following the feed-in-tariff adjustments, the Company adjusted its marketing strategy in Chinato deal with the weakened demand and declining price. The Company has given preference to orders with better payment terms in order to accelerate cash turnover, actively participated in the bidding of Top Runner program and other projects in China, and enhanced sales efforts for high efficiency modules with higher margin. Based on current market conditions, the Company’s current operating conditions, estimated production capacity and forecasted customer demand, we expect our PV module shipments in the fourth quarter of 2016 would be in the range of 600MW to 670MW, and we revise our shipments guidance for full year of 2016 to 2.1GW to 2.2GW,” Mr. Miao concluded.

Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Total Net Revenues

Total net revenues were RMB1,459.6 million (US$218.9 million), compared to RMB2,524.1 million in the second quarter of 2016 and RMB2,233.9 million in the third quarter of 2015. Total PV module shipments were 365.3MW, compared to 662.0MW in the second quarter of 2016 and 460.4MW in the third quarter of 2015.

The decrease of total net revenues from the second quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2016 was mainly due to the decrease of external PV module shipments from 609.6MW to 365.3MW and the generally lower average selling price of the Company’s PV modules primarily as a result of the decrease of demand in China in the third quarter of 2016.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit was RMB80.3 million (US$12.0 million), compared to RMB460.1 million in the second quarter of 2016 and RMB357.2 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Gross margin was 5.5% in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 18.2% in the second quarter of 2016 and 16.0% in the third quarter of 2015. Gross margin on sales of PV modules was 6.2% in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 18.1% in the second quarter of 2016 and 19.0% in the third quarter of 2015.

The decrease in gross profit from the second quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2016 was mainly due to the decrease of external PV module shipments from 609.6MW to 365.3MW. The decrease in gross margin from the second quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2016 was primarily due to the increase in unit manufacturing cost as a result of a lower utilization rate of production facilities in the third quarter, inventory provision of RMB51.4 million, as well as the general lower average selling price of the Company’s PV modules in the quarter.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were RMB307.1 million (US$46.1 million), compared to RMB301.9 million in the second quarter of 2016 and RMB3,220.2 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Operating Income (Loss) and Margin

Operating loss was RMB226.9 million (US$34.0 million), compared to operating income of RMB158.3 million in the second quarter of 2016 and operating loss of RMB2,863.0 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Operating margin was negative 15.5% in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 6.3% in the second quarter of 2016 and negative 128.2% in the third quarter of 2015.

EBITDA

On a non-GAAP basis, earnings before interest, tax expenses, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) were RMB25.7 million (US$3.9 million), compared to RMB469.5 million in the second quarter of 2016 and negative RMB2,592.1 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Interest Expense

Interest expense was RMB159.7 million (US$24.0 million) in the third quarter of 2016, compared to RMB158.6 million in the second quarter of 2016 and RMB252.1 million in the third quarter of 2015. The Company’s average interest rate was 5.35% in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 5.09% in the second quarter of 2016 and 6.42% in the third quarter of 2015.

Foreign Currency Exchange Gain (Loss)

Foreign currency exchange gain was RMB27.6 million (US$4.1 million) in the third quarter of 2016, compared to RMB27.0 million in the second quarter of 2016 and RMB37.7 million in the third quarter of 2015. The foreign currency exchange gain in third quarter of 2016 was mainly because Japanese Yen and Euro appreciated against Renminbi in the third quarter of 2016 and the Company had a balance of net asset denominated in Japanese Yen and Euro, which was partially offset by the currency exchange loss caused by the depreciation of Renminbi against US dollar in the third quarter of 2016 because the Company had a balance of net liability denominated in US dollar.

Income Tax Benefit (Expense)

Income tax benefit was RMB13.4 million (US$2.0 million) in the third quarter of 2016, compared to income tax expense of RMB1.1 million in the second quarter of 2016 and income tax expense of RMB365.4 million in the third quarter of 2015. The income tax benefit recognized in the third quarter of 2016 was mainly due to the reversal of the income tax expense accrued by the Company’s certain subsidiary in previous quarter, as a result of the actual loss being recognized in the third quarter of 2016.

Net Income (Loss)

Net loss was RMB335.4 million (US$50.3 million) in the third quarter of 2016, compared to net income of RMB71.8 million in the second quarter of 2016 and net loss of RMB3,200.2 million in the third quarter of 2015. Net margin was negative 23.0% in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 2.8% in the second quarter of 2016 and negative 143.3% in the third quarter of 2015. Loss per ADS was RMB18.5 (US$2.8) in the third quarter of 2016, compared to earnings per ADS of RMB4.0 in the second quarter of 2016 and loss per ADS of RMB176.1 in the third quarter of 2015.

Financial Position

As of September 30, 2016, the Company had RMB672.2 million (US$100.8 million) in cash and cash equivalents, increased from RMB596.5 million as of June 30, 2016.

As of September 30, 2016, the Company had RMB293.8 million (US$44.1 million) in restricted cash, increased from RMB258.1 million as of June 30, 2016.

As of September 30, 2016, the Company’s accounts receivable had decreased to RMB2,697.2 million (US$404.5 million) from RMB3,073.2 million as of June 30, 2016. Days sales outstanding were 166 days in the third quarter of 2016, increased from 110 days in the second quarter of 2016 as a result of the significant decrease of total net revenues in the third quarter while the average accounts receivable for the third quarter mainly related to significantly higher sales from previous quarters.

As of September 30, 2016, the Company’s accounts payable was RMB 2,862.1 million (US$429.2 million), compared to RMB 3,111.9 million as of June 30, 2016. Days payable outstanding were 187 days in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 136 days in the second quarter of 2016.

As of September 30, 2016, the Company’s inventory was RMB1,657.5 million (US$248.6 million), compared to RMB1,530.2 million as of June 30, 2016, which was mainly due to the decrease of external PV module shipments from 609.6MW to 365.3MW and was partially offset by the inventory provision of RMB51.4 million. Inventory turnover days were 108 days in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 67 days in the second quarter of 2016.

As of the date of this press release, the Company and its subsidiaries had approximately RMB1,800 million in unutilized short-term lines of credit and approximately RMB1,589 million in committed long-term facilities. The Company and its subsidiaries are exploring financing options to continue to manage the Company and its subsidiaries’ liquidity and to enhance their financial flexibility.

Updates on Repayment of Medium-Term Notes

As of the date of this press release, the Company’s subsidiaries had medium-term notes, or MTNs, of RMB2,057.0 million outstanding, including RMB357.0 million of the MTNs issued in 2010 (the “2010 MTNs”), which became due on October 13, 2015; RMB1.4 billion of the MTNs issued in 2011 (the “2011 MTNs”), which became due on May 12, 2016; and RMB300.0 million of the MTNs issued in 2012 (the “2012 MTNs”), which will become due on May 3, 2017. The Company has continued its negotiation with the holders of the 2010 MTNs and 2011 MTNs about revisions to the repayment schedules of the MTNs. As of the date of this press release, the Company has not reached any agreement with the holders of the MTNs or any other party with respect to any concrete financing plan or plan for repayment of the MTNs yet.

Business Outlook for Fourth Quarter and Full year 2016

Based on current market conditions, the Company’s current operating conditions, estimated production capacity and forecasted customer demand, the Company expects its PV module shipments to be in the estimated range of 600MW to 670MW for the quarter ending December 31, 2016 and 2.1GW to 2.2GW for the fiscal year of 2016. (Original Source)

Shares of Yingli Green Energy Holding closed yesterday at 3.23. YGE has a 1-year high of $6.50 and a 1-year low of $2.86. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $4 and its 200-day moving average is $3.93.

On the ratings front, YGE stock has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on November 16, Axiom analyst Gordon Johnson downgraded YGE to Sell. Separately, on November 14, Credit Suisse’s Patrick Jobin  also assigned a Sell rating to the stock .

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Gordon Johnson and Patrick Jobin have a yearly average loss of 3.1% and 8.6% respectively. Johnson has a success rate of 57% and is ranked #3671 out of 4271 analysts, while Jobin has a success rate of 38% and is ranked #3970.

Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. manufactures photovoltaic module. The company manufactures photovoltaic value chain, from the production of polysilicon through ingot casting and wafering, to solar cell production and module assembly. It markets its products under the brand Yingli Solar.