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First Solar, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

July 28, 2022
  • Net sales of $621 million
  • Net income per diluted share of $0.52
  • Cash, restricted cash, and marketable securities of $1.9 billion
  • YTD net bookings of 27.1 GW DC
  • 10.4 GW DC of net bookings since prior earnings call have a base Average Selling Price (ASP), prior to the application of pricing adjustors, of $0.301 per watt
  • Record expected module shipment backlog of over 44 GW DC
  • Earnings guidance lowered due to legacy systems business asset impairment in Chile and Japanese Yen devaluation

TEMPE, Ariz., July 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Net sales for the second quarter were $621 million, an increase of $254 million from the prior quarter, primarily due to increased module sales.

Operating income for the second quarter was $145 million, compared to an operating loss of $58 million in the prior quarter. Second quarter operating income increased primarily due to increased module sales volume and a gain on the sale of the Company’s Japan project development platform, partially offset by an impairment associated with a legacy systems business asset in Chile.

The Company reported second quarter income per diluted share of $0.52, compared to a loss per diluted share of $0.41 in the prior quarter.

Cash, restricted cash, and marketable securities at the end of the second quarter increased to $1.9 billion from $1.6 billion at the end of the prior quarter. The increase was primarily due to proceeds from the sale of the Company’s Japan project development platform.

“We are pleased with our second quarter results,” said Mark Widmar, CEO of First Solar. “Our competitive differentiators, including our technology, agile contracting, certainty, and the promise of responsibly-produced solar, have sustained our bookings momentum and continue to drive demand. We now have a record backlog of over 44 GWs, extending the horizon for future expected deliveries to 2026. The 10.4 GWs of new bookings since our prior earnings call in April brings our total year-to-date bookings to 27.1 GWs.”  

The complete 2022 guidance has been updated as follows:

  Prior Current
Net Sales $2.4B to $2.6B $2.55B to $2.8B
Gross Profit (1)(2) $155M to $215M $115M to $165M
Operating Expenses (3) $365M to $380M $350M to $365M
Operating Income (2)(4)(5) $55M to $150M $5M to $70M
Earnings (Loss) per Diluted Share $0.00 to $0.60 $(0.25) to $0.25
Net Cash Balance (6) $1.1B to $1.35B $1.3B to $1.5B
Capital Expenditures $850M to $1.1B Unchanged
Shipments 8.9GW to 9.4GW Unchanged

(1) Includes $10 million to $15 million of underutilization losses
(2) Includes $40 million to $50 million of losses associated with a legacy systems business asset in Chile
(3) Includes $80 million to $85 million of production start-up expense
(4) Includes $90 million to $100 million of production start-up expense and underutilization losses
(5) Includes $245 million pre-tax gain related to the sale of the Japan project development and O&M platforms
(6) Defined as cash, marketable securities, and restricted cash less expected debt at the end of 2022

The guidance figures presented above are forward-looking statements that are subject to a variety of assumptions and estimates. Investors are encouraged to listen to the conference call and to review the accompanying materials, which contain more information about First Solar’s second quarter 2022 financial results, 2022 guidance, and financial outlook.

Conference Call Details

First Solar has scheduled a conference call for today, July 28, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. ET, to discuss this announcement. A live webcast of this conference call and accompanying materials are available at An audio replay of the conference call will be available through Tuesday, August 27, 2022 and can be accessed by dialing +1 (800) 770-2030 if you are calling from within the United States or +1 (647) 362-9199 if you are calling from outside the United States. A replay of the webcast will also be available on the Investors section of the Company’s website approximately five hours after the conclusion of the call and remain available for 90 days.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading American solar technology company and global provider of responsibly-produced eco-efficient solar modules advancing the fight against climate change. Developed at research and development labs in California and Ohio, the company’s advanced thin film photovoltaic (“PV”) modules represent the next generation of solar technologies, providing a competitive, high-performance, lower-carbon alternative to conventional crystalline silicon PV panels. From raw material sourcing and manufacturing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s approach to technology embodies sustainability and a responsibility towards people and the planet. For more information, please visit

For First Solar Investors

This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning: demand for our technology; our expected module shipment backlog; the progression of our Japan operations and maintenance platform sale; the anticipated sale of our Luz del Norte project in Chile; our financial guidance for 2022, including future financial results, operating results, net sales, gross margin, operating expenses, operating income, earnings per share, loss per share, net cash balance, capital expenditures, shipments, bookings, products and our business and financial objectives for 2022; bookings momentum; and the strength our backlog of future expected deliveries. 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These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: structural imbalances in global supply and demand for PV solar modules; our competitive position and other key competitive factors; the market for renewable energy, including solar energy; the reduction, elimination, expiration or introduction of government subsidies, policies, and support programs for solar energy projects; the impact of public policies, such as tariffs or other trade remedies imposed on solar cells and modules; the passage of proposed legislation intended to encourage renewable energy investments through tax credits; interest rate fluctuations and both our and our customers’ ability to secure financing; changes in the exchange rates between the functional currencies of our subsidiaries and other currencies in which assets and liabilities are denominated; our ability to execute on our long-term strategic plans; the loss of any of our large customers, or the ability of our customers and counterparties to perform under their contracts with us; our ability to execute on our solar module technology and cost reduction roadmaps; our ability to improve the wattage of our solar modules; the creditworthiness of our offtake counterparties and the ability of our offtake counterparties to fulfill their contractual obligations to us; the satisfaction of conditions precedent in our sales agreements; our ability to attract new customers and to develop and maintain existing customer and supplier relationships; our ability to successfully develop and complete our systems business projects; our ability to convert existing production facilities to support new product lines, such as Series 6 module manufacturing; general economic and business conditions, including those influenced by U.S., international, and geopolitical events; environmental responsibility, including with respect to cadmium telluride (“CdTe”) and other semiconductor materials; claims under our limited warranty obligations; changes in, or the failure to comply with, government regulations and environmental, health, and safety requirements; effects resulting from pending litigation; future collection and recycling costs for solar modules covered by our module collection and recycling program; supply chain disruption, including the availability of shipping containers, port congestion, canceled shipments by logistic providers, and the cost of fuel, all of which may be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict; our ability to protect our intellectual property; our ability to prevent and/or minimize the impact of cyber-attacks or other breaches of our information systems; our continued investment in research and development; the supply and price of components and raw materials, including CdTe; our ability to convert existing or construct production facilities to support new product lines; our ability to attract and retain key executive officers and associates; the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, including its potential impact on our business, financial condition, and results of operations; and the matters discussed under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations” of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as supplemented by our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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(In thousands, except share data)

    June 30,
  December 31,
Current assets:        
Cash   $ 1,701,217     $ 1,450,654  
Marketable securities     143,944       375,389  
Accounts receivable trade, net     454,431       429,436  
Accounts receivable unbilled, net     35,438       25,273  
Inventories     810,461       666,299  
Other current assets     237,926       244,192  
Total current assets     3,383,417       3,191,243  
Property, plant and equipment, net     2,988,979       2,649,587  
PV solar power systems, net     156,215       217,293  
Project assets     29,589       315,488  
Deferred tax assets, net     61,732       59,162  
Restricted marketable securities     200,266       244,726  
Goodwill     14,462       14,462  
Intangible assets, net     38,728       45,509  
Inventories     239,025       237,512  
Other assets     306,956       438,764  
Total assets   $ 7,419,369     $ 7,413,746  
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 160,963     $ 193,374  
Income taxes payable     29,441       4,543  
Accrued expenses     344,205       288,450  
Current portion of long-term debt     5,150       3,896  
Deferred revenue     227,466       201,868  
Other current liabilities     36,329       34,747  
Total current liabilities     803,554       726,878  
Accrued solar module collection and recycling liability     134,146       139,145  
Long-term debt     170,017       236,005  
Other liabilities     415,825       352,167  
Total liabilities     1,523,542       1,454,195  
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock, $0.001 par value per share; 500,000,000 shares authorized; 106,594,255 and 106,332,315 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively     107       106  
Additional paid-in capital     2,868,945       2,871,352  
Accumulated earnings     3,197,005       3,184,455  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (170,230 )     (96,362 )
Total stockholders’ equity     5,895,827       5,959,551  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 7,419,369     $ 7,413,746  

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
    June 30,
  March 31,
  June 30,
    June 30,
  June 30,
Net sales   $ 620,955     $ 367,040     $ 629,180       $ 987,995     $ 1,432,554  
Cost of sales     644,155       355,577       455,062         999,732       1,073,669  
Gross (loss) profit     (23,200 )     11,463       174,118         (11,737 )     358,885  
Operating expenses:                      
Selling, general and administrative     38,894       36,728       36,346         75,622       88,433  
Research and development     25,229       27,108       23,935         52,337       43,808  
Production start-up     13,231       7,338       1,715         20,569       13,069  
Total operating expenses     77,354       71,174       61,996         148,528       145,310  
Gain on sales of businesses, net     245,381       1,907       (1,745 )       247,288       149,150  
Operating income (loss)     144,827       (57,804 )     110,377         87,023       362,725  
Foreign currency loss, net     (2,984 )     (4,198 )     (1,000 )       (7,182 )     (3,595 )
Interest income     2,880       2,325       1,288         5,205       2,244  
Interest expense, net     (3,236 )     (2,865 )     (4,623 )       (6,101 )     (7,619 )
Other (expense) income, net     (1,883 )     (212 )     (3,247 )       (2,095 )     5,201  
Income (loss) before taxes     139,604       (62,754 )     102,795         76,850       358,956  
Income tax (expense) benefit     (83,799 )     19,499       (20,346 )       (64,300 )     (66,836 )
Net income (loss)   $ 55,805     $ (43,255 )   $ 82,449       $ 12,550     $ 292,120  
Net income (loss) per share:                      
Basic   $ 0.52     $ (0.41 )   $ 0.78       $ 0.12     $ 2.75  
Diluted   $ 0.52     $ (0.41 )   $ 0.77       $ 0.12     $ 2.73  
Weighted-average number of shares used in per share calculations:                      
Basic     106,586       106,412       106,313         106,500       106,201  
Diluted     107,056       106,412       106,836         106,965       106,866  

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