Just another day of good solar news ignored by the market - today is Trina Solar's (TSL) turn. Some upside to previous guidance given in today's press release - market could care less. On $3.53 estimated 2008 earnings the company now trades at under 4x earnings. I'd be aghast except that I have multiple companies growing 50-100% year over year in the 2-5x earnings range now. (Emphasis mine, and my comments in italics.)
- Trina Solar Limited ("Trina Solar" or the "Company"), a leading integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, founded in 1997, today announced its selected estimated unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2008.
- For the third quarter of 2008, the Company expects its net revenues to be in the range of approximately $285 million to $294 million, exceeding its previously forecasted range of $250 million to $265 million. The new range, which includes non-module income, represents an approximately 40% to 44% increase from its net revenues in the second quarter of 2008.
- During the quarter, the Company shipped approximately 66 MW of PV modules, compared to its previously forecasted range of 62 MW to 66 MW.
- As guided previously, the Company's gross margin for the third quarter is expected to be in the range of approximately 23.0% to 25.0%, and its operating margin is expected to be in the range of approximately 15.0% to 17.0%.
- "We expect to strengthen our operating cash flows over the third and fourth quarters of 2008, which combined with the proceeds from our senior convertible notes offering, will greatly enhance our cash position for future operations." (Smart to talk about cash since everyone is in fetal position over debt.)
- Based on customer commitments in signed contracts and the Company's current operating and market conditions, the Company believes it is on track to meet or exceed its full year 2008 targeted total net revenues of between $850 million and $900 million.
Disclosure: Long Trina Solar in fund and personal account