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Hanwha Q-Cells aus Südkorea ist profitabel ins Jahr 2018 gestartet. Das Photovoltaik-Unternehmen hat im ersten Quartal einen Nettogewinn gemacht - nach Verlusten im Vorquartal. Auch der Umsatz stieg. Wir veröffentlichen dazu die Mitteilung des Solarmodul-Produzenten unten in englischer Sprache.

Hanwha Q Cells Co Ltd.:  ISIN US41135V3015 / WKN A14T72

 

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Hanwha Q CELLS Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

SEOUL, South Korea  -- Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. ("Hanwha Q CELLS" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: HQCL), a global leading photovoltaic manufacturer of high-performance, high-quality solar modules, today reported its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018. The Company will host a conference call to discuss the results at 8:00 am Eastern Time (9:00 pm Korea Standard Time) on May 14, 2018.

First Quarter 2018 Highlights

- Net revenues were $443.0 million, compared with $636.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and $432.0 million in the first quarter of 2017.

- Gross margin was 17.8%, compared with 8.6% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 13.8% in the first quarter of 2017.

- Operating income was $33.1 million, compared with operating loss of $33.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and operating income of $28.3 million in the first quarter of 2017.

- Net income attributable to Company's ordinary shareholders was $31.0 million, compared with net loss of $53.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and net income of $17.6 million in the first quarter of 2017.

- Income per fully diluted American Depositary Share ("ADS" and each ADS represents 50 of the Company's ordinary shares) was $0.37, compared with loss per fully diluted ADS of $0.65 in the fourth quarter of 2017 and income per fully diluted ADS of $0.21 in the first quarter of 2017.

Mr. Seong Woo Nam, CEO of Hanwha Q CELLS, announced that the Company has "returned to profitability" in the first quarter of 2018 due to a "timely shift in the geographical mix of shipments, favorable raw material price movements" and by realizing the effects of "shutting down unprofitable operations."

Mr. Joo Yoon, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, noted that the Company's "first quarter shipments were in-line with the Company's guidance set forth in the Q4 earnings call." Mr. Yoon stated that Europe has effectively replaced the U.S. as the Company's number one market following the trade barriers placed in the U.S., and that sales in Europe are expected to pick up once the half-cell mono PERC modules gain wider acceptance. Despite the slow global sales activities in the first quarter of 2018, Mr. Yoon remained positive about the full-year outlook, stating that market demand is expected to exceed 100 GW.

Mr. Jay Seo, the Company's CFO, noted that the Company was able to fundamentally improve its profitability following its strategic decision to discontinue wafer production. Mr. Seo stated that the Company's margins improved as a result of the Company's ability to maintain solid ASPs in a period in which major input prices, including but not limited to, wafers declined. Mr. Seo also added that the Company's margin improvements were partially attributable to the elimination of one-time losses associated with the discontinuation of wafer manufacturing operations.

First Quarter 2018 Results of Operations

Net Revenues

- Total net revenues were $443.0 million, down 30.4% from $636.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and up 2.5% from $432.0 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Gross Profit and Margin

- Gross profit in the first quarter of 2018 was $78.9 million, up 44.5% from $54.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and up 31.9% from $59.8 million in the first quarter of 2017.

- Gross margin in the first quarter of 2018 was 17.8%, compared with 8.6% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 13.8% in the first quarter of 2017.

Results of Operations and Operating Margin

- Income from operations in the first quarter of 2018 was $33.1 million, compared with a loss of $33.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and income of $28.3 million in the first quarter of 2017.

- Operating margin in the first quarter of 2018 was 7.5%, compared with -5.2% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 6.6% in the first quarter of 2017.

- Total operating expenses were $45.8 million in the first quarter of 2018, down 48.0% from $88.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and up 45.4% from $31.5 million in the first quarter of 2017. Our operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2017 included a one-time bad debt expense of $35.2 million and our operating expenses in the first quarter of 2017 included a one-time gain of $17.4 million on the sales of certain intellectual properties.

- Selling and marketing expenses were $28.6 million in the first quarter of 2018, down 12.0% from $32.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and up 30.6% from $21.9 million in the first quarter of 2017.

- General and administrative expenses were $12.7 million in the first quarter of 2018, down 74.6% from $50.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and down 30.2% from $18.2 million in the first quarter of 2017.

- Research and development expenses were $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2018, down 30.8% from $6.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and down 48.9% from $8.8 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Net Interest Expense

- Net interest expense was $12.2 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared with $11.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and $9.5 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Foreign Currency Exchange Gain (Loss)

- Foreign currency exchange gain was $11.5 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared with a gain of $1.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and a gain of $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Gain (loss) on Change in Fair Value of Derivative Contracts

- The Company recorded no gains or losses in the first quarter of 2018 from the change in fair value of derivatives in hedging activities, compared with a gain of $0.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and a loss of $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2017.           

Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

- Income tax expense was $3.3 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared with an income tax expense of $7.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and an income tax expense of $5.4 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Net Income (Loss) and Earnings (Loss) per ADS

- Net income attributable to Company's ordinary shareholders was $31.0 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared with net loss of $53.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and net income of $17.6 million in the first quarter of 2017.

- Income per fully diluted ADS on a GAAP basis was $0.37 in the first quarter of 2018, compared with loss per fully diluted ADS of $0.65 in the fourth quarter of 2017 and income per fully diluted ADS of $0.21 in the first quarter of 2017.

 

2018 First Quarter Financial Position

As of March 31, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $156.5 million, compared with $183.4 million as of December 31, 2017. The restricted cash as of March 31, 2018 was $164.2 million, compared with $139.7 million as of December 31, 2017.

As of March 31, 2018, accounts receivable was $500.4 million, compared with $525.4 million, as of December 31, 2017. Inventories were $522.2 million as of March 31, 2018, compared with $293.6 million as of December 31, 2017.

As of March 31, 2018, accounts payable was $623.3 million, compared with $454.8 million, as of December 31, 2017.

Total short-term bank borrowings (including the current portion of long-term bank borrowings) of $861.3 million represented an increase of $181.8 million from December 31, 2017, due to net cash inflows from additional borrowings of $82.2 million and reclassification of long-term borrowings of $99.6 million with maturities in the first quarter of 2019 as short-term borrowings.

As of March 31, 2018, the Company had total long-term debt (net of current portion and long-term notes) of $462.3 million, a decrease of $73.9 million from December 31, 2017. The Company's long-term debt is comprised of bank and government borrowings, to be repaid in installments until their maturities, ranging from one to thirteen years.

Capital expenditures were $65.1 million in the first quarter of 2018.

Operations Updates

Production Capacity

As of March 31, 2018, the Company's in-house, annualized production capacities were 1,600 MW for ingots, 4,300 MW for cells and 4,300 MW for modules.

Furthermore, the Company had additional module availability of up to 3,700 MW (annualized) as of March 31, 2018 from Hanwha Q CELLS Korea Corporation, an affiliate of the Company.

Business Outlook

Second Quarter and Full Year 2018 Guidance

For the second quarter of 2018, the Company estimates net revenues in the range of $490 to $510 million.

For the full year 2018, the Company provides the following guidance:

Total module shipments in the range of 5,600 to 5,800 MW, revised from its initial guidance of 6,000 to 6,200 MW.

Capital expenditures of approximately $145.0 million for manufacturing technology upgrades and certain R&D related expenditures.

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