First Solar (FSLR) attributes its blowout Q3 in part to initial revenue recognition for its 550MW Desert Sunlight solar project (California), and from the sale of its 50MW ABW project (Canada).
Also helping: Gross margin rose 170 bps Q/Q and 30 bps Y/Y to 28.8%. First Solar has hiked its full-year gross margin guidance range to 24%-26% from 22%-23%.
Nonetheless, 2013 operating cash flow guidance has been lowered to $700M-$900M from $800M-$1B. Capex guidance has been lowered to $300M-$350M from $350M-$400M.
Expected future module shipments are now at 2.7GW, up from 2.2GW at the end of Q2 and 2.6GW at the end of 2012. 860MW of incremental bookings were achieved in Q3, partly offset by ~300MW of shipments.
Expects future systems/module revenue is at $7.8B, up from $7.6B at the end of Q2 and down from $8B at the end of 2012. Potential opportunities stand at 7.7GW, down 300MW Q/Q.