Earnings Preview: Suntech Power Holdings

| About: Suntech Power (STP)
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Company Profile

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., a solar energy company, engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of photovoltaic (PV) products.

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE:STP) is scheduled to report its first quarter earnings results on May 23, 2012, before market open.

Technical Overview

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Suntech has a market cap of $432.97 million and it is currently trading around $2.41 with a 52 week range of $1.70 to $8.51. The stock has 9.05% price performance for the year 2012. The following table provides the key financial ratios for Suntech:

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Recent News

  • On May 15, 2012, Suntech Power Holdings and Krannich Solar, a leading value added distributor of complete systems, components and pre-packaged systems, announced an agreement for Suntech to supply up to 120 megawatts of solar panels in 2012.

  • On April 12, 2012, Suntech Power Holdings supplied 3.4 megawatts (MW) of solar panels for a solar installation at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California.

  • On April 10, 2012, Suntech Power Holdings announced that Jerry Stokes, President of Suntech Europe, has been elected to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association's (EPIA's) eight-member Board of Directors.

  • On April 19, 2012, Thomson Reuters/Verus downgraded Suntech Power Holdings from HOLD to SELL.

  • On March 20, 2012, Suntech Power Holdings provided the response to the U.S. Department of Commerce's preliminary decision to impose countervailing duties (NYSE:CVD) of 2.9% on Suntech's crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells imported from China.

  • On March 12, 2012, Suntech Power Holdings announced that its industry-leading Pluto cell technology set a world record 20.3% efficiency for a production cell using standard commercial-grade p-type silicon wafers.

  • On March 8, 2012, Suntech presents modules with improved efficiency at Ecobuild and shows solar energy is still a profitable investment despite projected FIT cuts.

Analyst Guidance and Earnings History

The first quarter revenues are expected to be $408.24 million when compared to $877.00 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be loss of 50 cents a share, down from 17 cents a share in the year-ago period.

The average price target from analyst for Suntech is $2.21 with average rating is UNDERWEIGHT

Out of the last 4 quarters, Suntech has missed the EPS estimates all the 4 times by a huge margin. The following chart shows the Analyst estimates history and the actual EPS results.

Sources: Some of the data is taken from Google Finance, Yahoo Finance, Finviz and investor sites.

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