JA Solar soars on blowout Q4, strong guidance

JA Solar (JASO +9.6%) expects cell/module shipments in seasonally weak Q1 to total 580MW-610MW, and full-year shipments to amount to 2.7GW-2.9GW, 200MW of which will be for the company's own solar projects. The full-year guidance range compares with a 2013 level of 2.1GW.

Q4 shipments totaled 665.MW, +33% Q/Q and Y/Y, and well above a guidance range of 500MW-550MW. Cells accounted for 302.2MW of shipments (+55% Q/Q and +70% Y/Y), and modules 363.3MW (+19% Q/Q and +13% Y/Y).

Helping JA's bottom line: Gross margin rose to 15.5% from 11.3% in Q3 and -4.6% a year ago, and opex fell 34% Y/Y to $45.6M even as revenue rose 29.5%.

China made up 53.2% of Q4 shipments, up sharply from 38.7% in Q3. The rest of Asia-Pac accounted for 31.7% vs. 39.3%, Europe 8.3% vs. 9.5%., and the Americas 5.9% vs. 10.7%.

JA ended Q4 with $350.2M in cash/equivalents, and $583.5M in debt.

Q4 results, PR

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