20.11.07

20.11.2007: Meldung: Spire Reports Record Q3 Results

Spire Corporation, a global solar company providing turnkey solar factories and capital equipment to manufacture photovoltaic modules worldwide, today announced that revenues increased 70 percent in the third quarter of 2007 on strong sales of solar photovoltaic production equipment.

The Company reported revenues of $9,845,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2007, compared to $5,794,000 for the same period in 2006. In addition, the Company recorded a gain of $2,707,000 from the sale of rights to utilize its trademark, income tax benefit of $884,000 and an extraordinary gain of $1,311,000, net of tax, on its equity investment in its joint venture, Gloria Spire Solar. Net income after extraordinary gain was $2,755,000, or $0.33 per basic share for the three months ended September 30, 2007, compared with a net loss of $1,941,000, or $0.24 per basic share, for the same period in 2006.

Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 were $25,421,000, compared to $15,062,000 for the nine month period in 2006. In addition, the Company recorded a gain of $2,707,000 from the sale of rights to utilize its trademark, income tax benefit of $884,000 and an extraordinary gain of $1,311,000 net of tax on its equity investment in the joint venture. Net loss after extraordinary gain was $856,000, or $0.10 per basic share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2007, compared with a net loss of $6,026,000, or $0.77 per basic share, for the same period in 2006.

Roger G. Little, Chairman and CEO of Spire, said, “We have now achieved three consecutive quarters of record revenues. During the third quarter, we have solidified our position as the worldwide leader in developing and providing turnkey factories for solar energy manufacturing and we continue to see strong growth in solar capital equipment sales going forward. Sales of our turnkey factories and manufacturing equipment increased by 268 percent over the comparable quarter last year. In addition to the strong current sales levels, we are also encouraged by the continued level of sales backlog in the pipeline. Margins increased compared to last year, and we expect to see continued improvement as we complete our extensive manufacturing expansion, become more efficient and integrate our growing workforce. Part of the gain from the improved margins was offset by higher selling expenses as a result of increased sales and marketing activity.

“During the quarter, we closed several major sales, including our first fully automated turnkey 50-megawatt (MW) module production line for Martifer Solar S.A., a division of Martifer Group, located in Oliverira de Frades, Portugal. And shortly after the close of the quarter, we provided a turnkey, 12-MW module manufacturing line to a customer in Russia, making them the largest module manufacturer in that country. These sales are a testament to the strength of Spire as a global equipment supplier and our dominance as the recognized leader for turnkey solar factory solutions.”

“We also successfully restructured our solar systems operation with the formation of a joint venture with Gloria Solar, a leading manufacturer in Taiwan. We exchanged our existing building integrated Photovoltaics (PV) systems business for a 45 percent interest in the new venture, Gloria Spire Solar, LLC, which was capitalized by Gloria. In addition, we sold a 50-MW module production line to Gloria’s existing operations in China, along with the right to mark their PV modules with the Spire trademark. This will enable Spire’s management to better concentrate on our equipment business while continuing to extend the Spire brand in the marketplace. The joint venture is focused on the high-growth domestic systems market and we believe this new structure will allow Gloria Spire Solar to become a major player.”

Mr. Little, concluded, “Our Bandwidth Semiconductor and Spire Biomedical operations continued to make progress towards profitability. Bandwidth Semiconductor increased its revenues while qualifying its two new commercial reactors with a key customer. We also are starting a new program to develop high-efficiency gallium arsenide solar concentrator cells and we are seeing strong customer interest in partnering with Bandwidth in this exciting new market. And our Biomedical operation reported revenue growth in both services and products.”

About Spire Corporation

Spire Corporation is a global solar company providing turnkey solar factories and capital equipment to manufacture photovoltaic modules worldwide. Spire’s wholly owned LLC, Bandwidth Semiconductor provides high efficiency gallium arsenide (GaAs) solar concentrator cells to systems manufacturers as well as specialized optoelectronics components for biomedical, telecommunications and consumer products markets. The company’s Spire Biomedical subsidiary is a leader in hemodialysis catheters and implantable device processing services.

For corporate or product information, contact Spire Corporation at 781-275-6000, or visit www.spirecorp.com.
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