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ReneSola (SOL) Misses Q3 Revenues, Reflects Solid Pipeline


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ReneSola Ltd. SOL generated net revenues of $36.3 million in third-quarter of 2017, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $41 million by 11.5%. However, revenues improved 23.9% year over year.

Operational Highlights

Gross margin of 17.55% in the quarter expanded 912 basis points (bps) year over year but contracted 5238 bps, sequentially.

Operating expenses amounted to $2.5 million, up 24.1% from the prior-year quarter but down 20.3% from the preceding quarter.

Operating income during the quarter was $3.8 million. The company had reported operating income of $0.4 million in third-quarter 2016 but incurred loss of $2 million in the previous quarter.

ReneSola's income before income tax and noncontrolling interests from continuing operations was $4 million in the third quarter against a loss of $0.8 million in the prior-year quarter and loss of $0.6 million in the second-quarter of 2017.

As of Sep 30, 2017, the company had a pipeline of more than 1.1 gigawatts of projects in various stages, of which 579.3 megawatts (MW) are late-stage projects. Of these late-stage projects, 167.4 MW are under construction.

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Financial Condition

As of Sep 30, ReneSola had cash and cash equivalents of $5.2 million compared with $3 million as of Jun 30, 2017.

Long-term borrowings were $30.4 million as of Sep 30, almost in line with that at the end of Jun 30.

Guidance

ReneSola projects fourth-quarter 2017 revenues in the band of $55−$60 million with overall gross margin in the 10-15% range. Also, the company expects to connect 60 MW to 80 MW of projects during the quarter.

Business Update

In August 2017, ReneSola announced the sale of project rights of 13.3 MW of community solar projects in Minnesota to Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC with revenues expected to be recognized in the fourth quarter. In September, the company completed the disposition of manufacturing and LED distribution businesses and the related liabilities.

Peer Releases

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Ltd. YGE incurred an adjusted net loss of $2.70 per American Depositary Share (ADS) in third-quarter 2017, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of $2.61. The company had reported a loss of $2.18 per ADS in the year-ago quarter.

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. JKS reported third-quarter 2017 earnings per ADS of 4 cents that missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 17 cents by 76.5%. The reported figure also declined 95.7% from the year-ago quarter earnings of 92 cents per ADS.

First Solar Inc. FSLR reported third-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings of $1.95 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 85 cents by a whopping 129.4%. Its revenues of $1,087 million in the quarter surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $824 million by 31.9%.

Zacks Rank

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

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