JA Solar's (JASO) Q4 Earnings and Revenues Beat Estimates

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JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd . JASO posted fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings of 38 cents per American Depositary Share (ADS), beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 6 cents by a whopping 533%. The reported figure, however, reflected an annual decline of 61.2%.

Total Revenues

JA Solar's revenues in the reported quarter were $872 million, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $647 million by 34.8%. The reported figure also soared 51.7% from the year-ago level.

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Q4 Shipments

Total shipments in the fourth quarter were 2,205.9 megawatts (MW) including 2,088.1 MW of modules and 102.8 MW of cells shipped to external customers. Consequently, external shipments surged 55.2% year over year.

The year-over-year improvement in external shipments was attributable to a 54.3% and 74.5% upside in module and in cells shipments, respectively.

The increase in shipments came on the back of strong demand from North America, which constituted 24.5% to total shipment compared with 7.4% a year ago. Moreover, Europe shipments constituted 7.3% of the total, reflecting an increase from 3.3% a year ago.

However, South America saw a decline in shipments, constituting 0.2% of the total compared with 5.6% in the year-ago quarter. Also, China, which constituted 43.3% of the quarter's total shipment, reflected a decline from the year-ago quarter's figure of 58%. Shipments to Asia-Pacific (excluding China) were 21.7% of the total shipment, down from that of 25.2% in first quarter of 2017.

Highlights of the Release

Gross profits were $106.3 million, up 34.2% year over year. Gross margin contracted 70 basis points year over year to 12.2%.

Total operating expenses of $73.9 million represent 8.5% of total revenues. Operating profit was $32.4 million, down 43.2% from the year-ago quarter.

Interest expenses totaled $12 million, up from $11.2 million a year ago.

Financial Condition

At the end of the reported quarter, JA Solar had cash and cash equivalents of $226.5 million compared with $370.1 million at 2016-end. As of Dec 31, 2017, total long-term borrowings were $316.8 million compared with $464.7 million as of Dec 31, 2016.

Zacks Rank

JA Solar currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Peer Releases

ReneSola Ltd. SOL reported earnings of 4 cents per ADS in the fourth quarter of 2017, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny.

JinkoSolar Holding JKS reported fourth-quarter 2017 earnings per ADS of 12 cents, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 23 cents by 47.8%.

First Solar FSLR incurred fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted loss of 25 cents per share, which was narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 32 cents by 21.9%.

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