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Wednesday, Aug 7
First Solar, peers give back some 2013 gains
- First Solar (FSLR -13.5%) is tanking following its Q2 miss and light 2013 guidance. Shares still +31% YTD and +253% from their June '12 low.
- No downgrades have come in yet. Analysts are largely defending the company, talking up the GE deal and focusing on the impact of project sale timings on Q2 results.
- Solar peers continue to dive (TAN -8.1%) thanks to First Solar and SunEdison's (I, II) results and guidance. SPWR -12.4%. TSL -7.5%. ASTI -7.1%. SCTY -5.5%. CSIQ -7.8%. SOL -9%. JASO -6.8%. LDK -6.5%.
- First Solar's Q2 module production totaled 388.9MW, +5% Q/Q and Y/Y. Its total cost/watt fell $0.02 Q/Q and $0.05 Y/Y to $0.67. 2013 guidance is for a cost of $0.63-$0.66.
- Capacity utilization is at 75%, flat Q/Q and +1200 bps Y/Y. Conversion efficiency +10 bps Q/Q and +40 bps Y/Y to 13%. 2013 lead-line exit guidance is at 14%.
- Expected future module shipments stand at 2.2GW, down from 2.6GW at the end of 2012 (900MW in YTD shipments offsetting 500MW in new bookings). Expected future revenue at $7.6B vs. $8B at end of 2012.
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