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Aug. 19, 2015, 1:31 PM
- Solar stocks are underperforming (TAN -4%) as both oil and energy stocks post big losses following an unexpected rise in crude inventories, and Canadian Solar (CSIQ -20%) tumbles in the wake of a Q2 beat and light Q3 guidance. The Nasdaq is down 0.7%, and the S&P 0.8%.
- Major decliners include David Einhorn/Stephen Mandel favorite SunEdison (SUNE -7.2%), which has nosedived since posting Q2 numbers on Aug. 6, and is a day removed from pricing a $650M convertible stock offering. Also selling off: Inverter/power optimizer maker SolarEdge (SEDG -9.6%), which tumbled last week in spite of an FQ4 beat and strong FQ1 guidance, and China's Trina (TSL -7.8%), which rose slightly yesterday following a Q2 beat and full-year guidance hike.
- Other casualties include prominent U.S. names First Solar (FSLR -4.7%) and SolarCity (SCTY -3.7%), Chinese plays JinkoSolar (JKS -7.9%) and JA Solar (JASO -3.5%), and SunEdison YieldCos TerraForm Power (TERP -3.2%) and TerraForm Global (GLBL -3.6%).
- Roth's Philip Shen is defending both Canadian and solar YieldCos. "Although yieldcos are no longer in vogue—for now —we fundamentally believe the quality of solar asset cash flows are high and that there is tremendous amount of growth ahead ... [Canadian's] management indicated that its yieldco launch remains on track for a YE'15 or early 2016 launch, and the confidential filing could occur soon ... Hypothetically, if CSIQ were not successful in launching its yieldco, the company would still be able to recycle its capital by selling its assets. Management believes this could drive $1bn of revenue in 2015, and we estimate this could represent ~$2.50 of EPS. "
- Canaccord's Jonathan Dorsheimer: "We continue to believe that Canadian Solar's module business will experience a tightening supply/demand during this bullish end-of-year adoption cycle, which should benefit CSIQ's core operations. Although recent YieldCo and solar volatility have had dramatic valuation impacts, we believe the fundamental PV growth story is still intact."
Aug. 12, 2015, 12:01 PM
- Solar stocks are among the larger decliners as equities sell off against a backdrop of Chinese macro fears (heightened by the PBOC's decision to devalue the yuan), lower energy/commodity prices, and a general flight to safety. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN -2.8%) has made fresh 52-week lows, and is now down 36% from an April peak of $50.00.
- Chinese and non-Chinese names are getting hit alike. Major decliners include SolarCity (SCTY -3.9%), Canadian Solar (CSIQ -5.6%), Enphase (ENPH -8.6%), JinkoSolar (JKS -6.8%), Yingli (YGE -4.8%), China Sunergy (CSUN -4.9%), Sky Solar (SKYS -4.3%), and SunEdison's TerraForm Global (GLBL -7.1%) YieldCo.
- Vivint Solar (VSLR -8.7%) is tumbling after posting mixed Q2 results (revenue beat, EPS missed). Installations rose 78% Y/Y to 66MW (in-line with guidance of 63MW-67MW), and bookings grew 40% to 73MW. In a sign investors have concerns SunEdison's (SUNE +1.5%) pending acquisition of Vivint won't close (or at least under its current terms), Vivint trades at a 22% discount to SunEdison's buyout price, even after factoring a lower stock payout to account for SunEdison's recent plunge.
- Speaking of which, Deutsche's Vishal Shah has launched a spirited defense of SunEdison today, arguing the David Einhorn favorite has plenty of options to bolster shares and/or improve its capital structure.
- Shah: "First, some of the senior mgmt team members can personally buyback some stock. Second, it appears that more aggressive growth plans are a problem for the stock ... The shares would react positively if mgmt slashed devco guidance to 3GW. Third, mgmt can sell some backlog and generate cash ... Fourth, mgmt can get capital infusion from a large strategic investor that has interest in infrastructure projects ... Fifth, mgmt can restructure the IDR structure at TERP so that the drop downs in 2016 are more accretive. Sixth, mgmt could arrange additional warehouse financing ... Finally, even though it looks like a long shot, SUNE could reach an agreement to walk away from the VSLR transaction."
- SunEdison remains down 40% from where it traded before posting mixed Q2 results and (thanks to an aggressive project construction pace) op. cash flow of -$621M.
- Update (4:00PM ET): Solar stocks reversed course as markets rebounded. TAN has closed up 1%.
Aug. 5, 2015, 11:54 AM
- Solar stocks are posting outsized gains after First Solar (up 17.3%) beat Q2 estimates, offered above-consensus 2015 guidance, and reported improving margins/cost efficiencies.
- Also: Solar microinverter maker Enphase (up 11%) has jumped in spite of providing soft Q3 guidance to go with mixed Q2 results. Low pre-earnings expectations are helping out.
- In addition to SunPower, SunEdison, and SolarCity (previously covered), gainers include Canadian Solar (CSIQ +7%), Trina (TSL +5.1%), ReneSola (SOL +5.5%), JinkoSolar (JKS +6%), China Sunergy (CSUN +6%), TerraForm Power (TERP +3.1%), and First Solar/SunPower solar project YieldCo 8point3 Energy (CAFD +4.8%).
- The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEARCA:TAN) is up strongly a day after closing just $0.31 away from a 7-month low of $33.62.
Jul. 9, 2015, 1:28 PM
- Down sharply yesterday, solar stocks (TAN +5.3%) are among today's standouts after Chinese regulators announced a fresh round of aggressive measures aimed at halting a local market crash. Among them: Investors holding 5%+ stakes aren't allowed to sell shares for six months.
- Like their Web/mobile peers, Chinese solar names are surging: Big gainers include Yingli (YGE +5.3%), Daqo (DQ +7.1%), Trina (TSL +5.6%), JA Solar (JASO +10.1%), China Sunergy (CSUN +12.4%), JinkoSolar (JKS +5.2%), Sky Solar (SKYS +10.7%), and ReneSola (SOL +4.8%).
- Major non-Chinese gainers include Canadian Solar (CSIQ +4.1%), Solar3D (SLTD +11.3%), SolarEdge (SEDG +4.4%), and Vivint (VSLR +7.1%).
- Some news: 1) The U.S. DOC has decided to maintain anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese module imports, while slightly modifying its rates. Yingli says it will now have a 21.7% combined rate, down from a 2012 level of 29.2% and the lowest among peers. 2) SolarEdge has struck a deal with #2 U.S. residential solar installer SunRun (RUN - about to go public) to be SunRun's "preferred supplier of optimized inverter solutions." SolarEdge also sells to SolarCity and Vivint. 3) Sky Solar has obtained an $85M loan to finance a Uruguay solar project.
- Update (1:50PM ET): Yingli is now down 4.9%, thanks to a report stating the company has halted production after talks with creditors broke down.
Jul. 8, 2015, 2:46 PM
- Solar stocks are seeing big losses once more today. The Nasdaq is down 1.7%, the S&P is down 1.5%, and worries about the economic effects of a Chinese stock market crash are easy to find. Those less concerned make note of China's high savings rate, and the relatively low portion of Chinese household assets invested in equities.
- The Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEARCA:TAN) is now down 32% from its April peak, and roughly flat on the year.
- Chinese firms Trina (TSL -5.7%), JinkoSolar (JKS -8.9%), Yingli (YGE -4.9%), ReneSola (SOL -6%) China Sunergy (CSUN -5.1%), and Daqo (DQ -4.2%) are adding to yesterday's losses.
- Major non-Chinese decliners include Canadian Solar (CSIQ -7%), SolarEdge (SEDG -9.9%), Vivint (VSLR -4.4%), and Solar3D (SLTD -8.3%). Enphase is off sharply following a JPMorgan downgrade. SolarEdge and Solar3D are now respectively down 23% and 18% on the week.
Jul. 7, 2015, 1:32 PM
- While most major North American solar names are down moderately or trading higher, Chinese firms are seeing heavy losses as a domestic rout in equities continues. Many Chinese Web and mobile stocks are seeing similar drops; margin calls and general panic selling appear to be contributing.
- Major decliners include Trina (TSL -9.1%), Yingli (YGE -10.2%), Daqo (DQ -14.6%), China Sunergy (CSUN -13.8%), JA Solar (JASO -7.7%), JinkoSolar (JKS -7%), and ReneSola (SOL -6.6%).
- Solar ETFs have felt the impact. TAN -2.7%. KWT -4%.
- Yesterday: Solar stocks off sharply after oil plunge, Greek "no" vote, Chinese tech selloff
Jul. 6, 2015, 12:41 PM
- While the demand link continues to be argued, the stock price link remains real: WTI crude is down 5% to $54.10/barrel, and many solar stocks are posting outsized losses on a day the Nasdaq is off 0.4%. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN -4.9%) is at its lowest levels since February.
- The selloff comes after Greek voters soundly rejected austerity measures demanded by creditors. It also coincides with major losses for Chinese tech stocks, many of which have already been clobbered over the last month.
- Chinese solar plays JinkoSolar (JKS -5.8%), Daqo (DQ -6.1%), Yingli (YGE -6.5%), and JA Solar (JASO -7.4%) are down sharply. Also seeing large declines: Canadian Solar (CSIQ -4.3%), Sky Solar (SKYS -11.2%), SolarEdge (SEDG -5.9%), Solar3D (SLTD -7.7%), Vivint (VSLR -8%), and Enphase (ENPH -4.2%).
- Last Wednesday: Solar stocks drop as oil falls; Deutsche defends
- Update: Also of interest: Canada's International Trade Tribunal has joined U.S. and EU regulators in placing anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese solar module exports. However, the move was expected, and Canada accounts for a small % of global solar demand. CSIQ has responded to the decision by noting "most of our modules supplied to Canada markets are produced locally."
Jul. 1, 2015, 1:27 PM
- Though many have argued the link between oil prices and solar demand is limited (given oil accounts for a small % of global electricity output), solar stocks are once more dropping in tandem with a selloff in crude prices - WTI crude is down 3.6% to $57.35/barrel after the EIA reported U.S. oil inventories rose by 2.4M barrels last week, their first weekly increase since April.
- Notable decliners include Canadian Solar (CSIQ -3.6%), SolarCity (SCTY -2%), Yingli (YGE -2.4%), Vivint (VSLR -3%), Sky Solar (SKYS -2.8%), and Solar3D (SLTD -5.3%). The Nasdaq is up 0.4%.
- Deutsche's Vishal Shah is once more defending the group (previous), arguing solar project YieldCos remain "a significant growth catalyst for the solar and broader renewable sector."
- Shah adds YieldCos are lowering the cost of capital for renewable firms, and that existing YieldCos (TERP, CAFD) have strong long-term visibility thanks to large backlogs of projects they carry the right of first offer for (via their parent companies). Canadian Solar is among the firms planning to launch a YieldCo soon.
- ETFs: TAN, KWT
- 2 days ago: Solar stocks hit hard amid market selloff
Jun. 29, 2015, 11:39 AM
- Solar stocks are among the top decliners on a morning the Nasdaq is down 1.4%, thanks to a global selloff in equities triggered by Greek news. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN -4.1%) is now down 21% from an April peak of $50.00; it's still up 16% YTD, after having tumbled in 2H14.
- Major decliners include U.S. firms SolarCity (SCTY -4.9%), First Solar (FSLR -4.3%), SunPower (SPWR -4.2%), SunEdison (SUNE -5.1%), Vivint (VSLR -7%), and RGS Energy (RGSE -8.2%), Chinese firms JinkoSolar (JKS -7.4%), Yingli (YGE -6.4%), China Sunergy (CSUN -8.3%), ReneSola (SOL -5.5%), and Trina (TSL -5.4%), and Israeli inverter/power optimizer maker SolarEdge (SEDG -5%).
- Some news: 1) SunEdison and its TerraForm Power YieldCo have closed their $350M acquisition of Atlantic Power's 521MW wind plant portfolio. 2) SolarCity, vita its homebuilder partner program, has launched new energy storage and fixed-rate solar electricity pricing options in California (easily its largest market). The electricity, provided via 20-year deals, is said to feature a cost "equivalent to the lowest standard residential electricity rates of California's largest utilities." 3) SolarEdge is partnering with system provider Andalay on a solution that allows SolarEdge's optimizers to be quickly integrated with Andalay's solar modules.
- Last Thursday: Home solar installer/electricity provider Sunrun files for IPO
- Update: Also possibly hurting the group: A Supreme Court ruling blocking EPA regulations meant to limit emissions from coal power plants. The court ruled regulations need to take costs into account.
Jun. 10, 2015, 2:38 PM
- The Nasdaq is up 1.4% and the S&P 1.3%, and Chinese and Internet solar names aren't missing out on the fun. The Guggenheim China Tech ETF (CQQQ +0.9%) is up 20% YTD, as is the Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN +2.2%).
- The gains come even though the Shanghai exchange fell fractionally overnight, following news MSCI is delaying (but not abandoning) plans to include Chinese A-shares in its global benchmark index. The more volatile (some argue frothier) Shenzhen index rose 2%.
- Major Internet gainers include ChinaCache (CCIH +20.2%), YY (YY +5.1%), NQ Mobile (NQ +6.3%), Bitauto (BITA +4.4%), Autohome (ATHM +6.1%), Sky-mobi (MOBI +6.4%), 51job (JOBS +10.9%), Xunlei (XNET +11.3%), Leju (LEJU +6.4%),and KongZhong (KONG +6.8%). Earlier today, Renren and 21Vianet joined the ranks of Chinese tech firms to announce they've received going-private offers, and LightInTheBox disclosed a major investment from shoe retailer Aokang.
- Solar gainers include Trina (TSL +3.7%), JinkoSolar (JKS +3.2%), ReneSola (SOL +3.8%), Daqo (DQ +3.3%), and China-exposed Canadian Solar (CSIQ +3.8%). U.S. peers First Solar and SunPower are also doing well after setting IPO pricing for their solar project YieldCo.
- Last Friday: Chinese Internet stocks surge as Shanghai tops 5K
Jun. 5, 2015, 1:26 PM
- Solar stocks are doing well (TAN +1.1%) on a quiet morning for equities after JA Solar disclosed a going-private offer from its CEO, and beaten-down Yingli provided mixed Q1 results (revenue beat, EPS missed) and better-than-feared guidance.
- Aside from JA/Yingli, gainers include First Solar (FSLR +3.4%), Canadian Solar (CSIQ +3.6%), JinkoSolar (JKS +4.1%), ReneSola (SOL +10.8%), China Sunergy (CSUN +5.4%), Trina (TSL +3%), Sky Solar (SKYS +2.9%), and Daqo (DQ +4.2%).
- Chinese solar names might also be benefiting from an overnight rally in Shanghai (see Chinese Internet stocks). First Solar, meanwhile, has seen a (questionable) rumor about a Wal-Mart buyout offer surface.
May 20, 2015, 9:58 AM
- Chinese solar module maker Hanergy (OTCPK:HNGSF) fell 47% overnight in Hong Kong before getting halted. Reuters reports Hanergy, whose shares had risen 5x since September, has been "under investigation for several weeks by Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission for alleged market manipulation."
- The Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN -8.5%) and Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (KWT -6%) are off sharply in early trading. In a cautious Tuesday column about the ETFs, SA author Casual Analyst observed Hanergy "constitutes almost 12% of TAN and 8% of KWT."
- Solar stocks sold off yesterday as Yingli plunged due to solvency fears. Yingli is paring its losses today after attempting to calm investors.
May 19, 2015, 11:26 AM
- Solar stocks are selling off for the second day in a row (TAN -1.7%) as Yingli (YGE -42.4%) plunges into penny stock territory after disclosing in its 2014 annual report (filed after the close last Friday) its financial woes "raise substantial doubt about [its] ability to continue as a going concern."
- Decliners include Chinese firms JinkoSolar (JKS -3.3%), ReneSola (SOL -6.4%), Trina (TSL -4.8%), and China Sunergy (CSUN -6.5%), as well as China-exposed Canadian Solar (CSIQ -4.8%), which yesterday held its investor day (presentations can be found here).
- U.S. firms SunPower (SPWR -3%) and Enphase (ENPH -2.9%) are also off. Enphase's decline comes in spite of an upgrade to Strong Buy from Needham.
- Yingli CFO Wang Yiyu downplays his company's disclosure, which has sparked fears Yingli will be the next Suntech or LDK Solar. "Potential risks don’t mean they will happen and don’t mean Yingli is facing or will face such risks. They shouldn’t cause an overreaction.”
- Wolfe Research's Gordon Johnson (formerly with Axiom, bearish on solar for a long time) thinks Yingli's disclosure has "caused a lot of investors to overlook massive debts on the balance sheets of pretty much EVERY publicly traded Chinese solar company," and that a Yingli liquidation could affect credit access for peers.
- RBC's Mahesh Sanganeria, however, argues Yingli's problems are company-specific. "It is well understood by now that global solar demand is strong this year, as evidenced by a number of large contract signing announcements, active solar project development and acquisition, and positive company earnings." He does admit solar cell/module prices have been falling, but suggests this is partly due to lower costs, along with a weak yen/euro and lower polysilicon prices.
May 8, 2015, 4:06 PM
- Solar stocks outperformed today (TAN +2.9%) amid a 1.2% gain for the Nasdaq. The gains arrived after solar power optimizer/inverter maker SolarEdge (SEDG +18.4%) trounced FQ3 estimates and provided equally strong FQ4 guidance in its first post-IPO earnings report. Standouts included Canadian Solar (CSIQ +8.3%), JinkoSolar (JKS +4.5%), ReneSola (SOL +5.6%), JA Solar (JASO +4%), Trina (TSL +4.4%), and Vivint (VSLR +5.3%).
- SolarEdge, which counts SolarCity and Vivint as clients (among others), says it "continued to see strong growth in the United States and Europe both in the residential and commercial markets" in calendar Q1. In a column under embargo until 7:54AM ET Saturday, SA PRO author Casual Analyst argues SolarEdge's offerings have "an architectural edge" against top microinverter maker Enphase. SolarEdge is now up 55% from its $20 March IPO price.
- Canadian's gains come a day after the company (shifting to a business model where it holds/operates solar project assets for a YieldCo instead of selling them) offered light Q2 guidance to go with a Q1 beat.
- Roth defended Canadian today. "The Q2 guide highlights the lack of contribution by the rich pipeline of Canadian historical projects and the weaker economics of the core manufacturing business ... Q2 may represent an 'air pocket' until yieldco details emerge, which will likely highlight the value creation enabled by the new entity."
Apr. 28, 2015, 3:10 PM
- Following years of oversupply, a solar module shortage might emerge in 2H15 thanks to rising demand, Canadian Solar (CSIQ +5.3%) CEO Shawn Qu tells Bloomberg.
- He notes Canadian (relies heavily on Chinese plants) plans to expand its module capacity to 3.5GW from a current 3GW, and its cell capacity by 400MW to as much as 2GW. Bloomberg has forecast global installations will rise to 57.2GW in 2015 from 40GW in 2013.
- Qu also reiterates Canadian's plans to do an IPO a solar project YieldCo, and says it could arrive in 2H15. The YieldCo will contain low-risk U.S., U.K., Canadian, and Japanese projects.
- Chinese module makers Trina (TSL +3.4%), JA Solar (JASO +3.9%), and JinkoSolar (JKS +2.8%) have joined Canadian in rallying on a quiet day for equities. U.S. solar installers SolarCity (SCTY +2.2%) and Vivint (VSLR +2.2%) are also higher, as is solar optimizer/inverter maker (and SolarCity/Vivint supplier) SolarEdge (SEDG +3.9%).
- ETFs: TAN, KWT
Apr. 1, 2015, 2:36 PM
- Though the Nasdaq is down 0.8% and the S&P 0.6%, solar stocks remain in rally mode. The Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN +1%) is now up 32% YTD, following a rough 2014.
- SunEdison (SUNE +3.8%) is among today's standouts; its TerraForm Power YieldCo announced this morning it's buying 521MW of wind projects from Atlantic Power for $350M. Trina is also faring well after announcing the sale of a 50MW U.K. solar plant.
- Other standouts include Chinese plays ReneSola (SOL +2.7%), Yingli (YGE +2.2%), JinkoSolar (JKS +5.2%), JA Solar (JASO +2.5%), and China Sunergy (CSUN +7.6%).
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