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|LDK Solar Reports Financial Results for Second Quarter 2009|
|XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug 12, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- LDK Solar Co., Ltd. ("LDK Solar") (NYSE: LDK), a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers, today reported its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009.
All financial results are reported in U.S. dollars on a U.S. GAAP basis.
-- Second quarter 2009 revenue was $228.3 million;
Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 were $228.3 million, compared to $283.3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, and $441.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2008.
For the second quarter of fiscal 2009, gross profit was negative $205.5 million, compared to $4.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, and $112.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2008.
During the preparation of its second quarter 2009 financial results, LDK Solar's management determined that an inventory write-down and loss on firm purchase commitments of polysilicon materials of approximately $175.8 million and $16.7 million, respectively, was required as a result of the continued rapid market price decline for solar wafers. As a result, gross margin and results from operations were negatively impacted in the second quarter of fiscal 2009.
Gross margin for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 was negative 90.0%, compared to 1.7% in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 and 25.4% in the second quarter of fiscal 2008.
Loss from operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 was $235.0 million, compared to a loss of $16.1 million for the first quarter of 2009, and compared to income from operations of $100.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2008.
Operating margin for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 was negative 102.9% compared to negative 5.7% in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 and 22.7% in the second quarter of fiscal 2008.
Excluding the inventory write-down and loss on firm purchase commitments of polysilicon materials, gross profit was negative $13.0 million, or a gross margin of negative 5.7% for the second quarter of 2009 and loss from operation was $42.5 million, or an operating margin of negative 18.6% for the second quarter of 2009.
Income tax benefit for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 was $29.5 million, compared to income tax benefit of $1.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2009.
Net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 was $216.9 million, or $2.03 per diluted ADS, compared to a net loss of $22.5 million, or $0.21 per diluted ADS for the first quarter of fiscal 2009.
LDK Solar ended the second quarter of 2009 with $265.7 million in cash and cash equivalents and $123.0 million in short-term pledged bank deposits.
"Our results for the second quarter of 2009 reflect the prevailing operational challenges for the solar industry. The continued decline in prices for solar wafers impacted our top and bottom lines and required an additional inventory write-down for the company, which significantly impacted our margins in the second quarter," stated Xiaofeng Peng, Chairman and CEO of LDK Solar. "As part of our ongoing efforts to realign our near-term strategy and operations with current industry dynamics, we remained focused on improving our cost structure, increasing wafer sales and ramping up polysilicon production.
"During the second quarter, we took a measured approach to capital spending and proceeded with implementing our curtailed manufacturing expansion plans. We believe this approach allows us to improve our strategic positioning while continuing to best serve our customers. We continued to ramp our polysilicon production and also achieved mechanical completion for the first 5,000 MT train of our 15,000 MT plant. Construction is proceeding as planned and we look forward to the cost savings benefits that we will realize once larger scale in-house polysilicon production commences," continued Mr. Peng.
"We are encouraged by a number of recent developments in the solar industry. Demand for solar wafers is beginning to turn more positive. The current momentum surrounding China's Golden Sun solar subsidy program reflects the long-term confidence in the local solar industry. We believe that we are well positioned during this critical early stage of development of the PV industry in China, and we are pleased to be negotiating contracts for a number of local projects. During the quarter, we also made significant strides in further diversifying our business by collaborating on a number of PV development projects, particularly in the fast growing European markets. As we continue to evolve as a leader in the solar industry, we look forward to expanding our growth opportunities once we overcome the near-term industry challenges," concluded Mr. Peng.
The following statements are based upon management's current expectations. These statements are forward-looking in nature, and the actual results may differ materially. You should read the "Safe Harbor Statement" below with respect to the risks and uncertainties relating to these forward-looking statements.
For the third quarter of fiscal 2009, LDK Solar estimates its revenue to be in the range of $240 million to $270 million with wafer shipments between 260 MW to 300 MW and module shipments between 10 MW to 20 MW.
Conference Call Details
The LDK Solar Second Quarter 2009 teleconference and webcast is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), on August 12, 2009. To listen to the live conference call, please dial 888-549-7704 (within U.S.) or 480-629-9857 (outside U.S.) at 4:50 p.m. ET on August 12, 2009. An audio replay of the call will be available to investors through August 14, 2009, by dialing 800-406-7325 (within U.S.) or 303-590-3030 (outside U.S.) and entering the passcode 4124368#.
LDK Solar Co., Ltd. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Information (In US$'000, except share and per share data) 6/30/2009 3/31/2009 --------- --------- Assets Current assets Cash and cash equivalents 265,662 184,382 Pledged bank deposits 122,999 114,358 Trade accounts receivable 242,138 187,157 Bills receivable 642 3,291 Inventories 384,126 548,812 Prepayments to suppliers, net 79,163 140,953 Other current assets 114,449 105,490 Deferred income tax assets, net 79,360 47,560 ------ ------ Total current assets 1,288,539 1,332,003 Property, plant and equipment, net 2,255,388 1,968,828 Deposits for purchases of property, plant and equipment 109,896 215,954 Intangible asset, net 966 1,001 Land use rights 164,846 111,192 Prepayments to suppliers expected to be utilized beyond one year, net 31,666 32,702 Pledged bank deposits - non-current 49,947 49,918 Debt issuance costs, net 6,690 7,562 Investment in an associate and a joint venture 63,504 13,582 Deposits relating to sales and leaseback transactions 7,319 7,314 Deferred income tax assets - 375 --- --- Total assets 3,978,761 3,740,431 ========= ========= Liabilities and equity Current liabilities Short-term bank borrowings and current installments of long-term bank borrowings 1,189,902 972,294 Bills payable 162,509 94,009 Trade accounts payable 128,266 132,618 Advance payments from customers, current portion 258,438 267,416 Accrued expenses and other payables 548,870 470,623 Due to a related party 647 2,193 Income tax payable 914 883 Other financial liabilities 19,252 18,783 ------ ------ Total current liabilities 2,308,798 1,958,819 Convertible senior notes 400,000 400,000 Debt discount (11,391) (12,875) Long-term bank borrowings, excluding current installments 247,406 139,606 Obligations under capital leases, excluding current installments 30,472 35,292 Advance payments from customers - non-current 423,491 441,866 Other liabilities 15,333 3,419 Deferred income tax liability 4,556 2,704 ----- ----- Total liabilities 3,418,665 2,968,831 --------- --------- Equity LDK Solar Co., Ltd. shareholders' equity Ordinary shares: US$0.10 par value; 499,580,000 shares authorized; 113,501,049 shares issued; 113,212,122 and 113,110,516 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2009 and March 31, 2009, Respectively 11,321 11,311 Additional paid-in capital 473,268 468,541 Statutory reserve 29,676 29,676 Accumulated other comprehensive income 83,736 83,102 (Accumulated deficit)/Retained earnings (37,919) 178,970 -------- ------- Total LDK Solar Co., Ltd. shareholders' equity 560,082 771,600 Noncontrolling interests 14 - --- --- Total equity 560,096 771,600 ------- ------- Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 3,978,761 3,740,431 ========= =========
LDK Solar Co., Ltd. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Information (In US$'000, except per ADS data) For the 3 Months Ended 6/30/2009 3/31/2009 Net sales 228,298 283,262 Cost of goods sold (433,819) (278,339) --------- --------- Gross (loss) profit (205,521) 4,923 Selling expenses (954) (702) General and administrative expenses (26,506) (17,250) Research and development expenses (2,018) (3,106) ------- ------- Total operating expenses (29,478) (21,058) -------- -------- Loss from operations (234,999) (16,135) Other income (expenses): Interest income 394 693 Interest expense and amortization of convertible senior notes issuance costs and debt discount (12,899) (11,370) Foreign currency exchange gain (loss), net 752 (508) Government subsidy 360 3,247 Others (40) (61) ---- ---- Loss before income tax (246,432) (24,134) Income tax benefit 29,543 1,639 ------ ----- Net loss (216,889) (22,495) --------- -------- Net loss per ADS, Diluted $(2.03) $(0.21) ------ ------
About LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK)
LDK Solar Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers, which are the principal raw material used to produce solar cells. LDK Solar sells multicrystalline wafers globally to manufacturers of photovoltaic products, including solar cells and solar modules. In addition, LDK Solar provides wafer processing services to monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar cell and module manufacturers. LDK Solar's headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province in the People's Republic of China. LDK Solar's office in the United States is located in Sunnyvale, California.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this press release are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, LDK Solar's ability to raise additional capital to finance its operating activities, the effectiveness, profitability and marketability of its products, the future trading of its securities, the ability of LDK Solar to operate as a public company, the period of time during which its current liquidity will enable LDK Solar to fund its operations, its ability to protect its proprietary information, the general economic and business environment and conditions, the volatility of LDK Solar's operating results and financial condition, its ability to attract and retain qualified senior management personnel and research and development staff, its ability to timely and efficiently complete its ongoing construction projects, including its polysilicon plants, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in LDK Solar's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on information available to LDK Solar's management as of the date hereof and on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about LDK Solar and the solar industry. Actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results because of such and other risks and uncertainties. LDK Solar undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections except as may be required by law.
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