- First Solar (FSLR) is trading near its October highs following its big Q3 beat.
- While systems sales are taking center stage in Q3 report, the performance of First Solar's module ops also improved. Module production (exc. German plant closures) rose 10% Q/Q and 8% Y/Y to 426MW, cost/watt fell $0.08 Q/Q and Y/Y to $0.59, and conversion efficiency, which has historically trailed that of non-thin-film module vendors, rose 30 bps Q/Q and 60 bps Y/Y to 13.3%.
- Capacity utilization was 80% in Q3, +500 bps Q/Q but -600 bps Y/Y. The company's 2013 module-only shipment guidance range has been favorably narrowed to 400MW-500MW from 300MW-500MW.
- On the other hand, First Solar is now guiding for 2013 systems shipments of 1.2GW, down from a prior 1.3GW; that's the main reason for the revenue guidance cut. 50% of Desert Sunlight revenue is now set to be recognized this year, up from ~33%.
- First Solar ended Q3 with $1.5B in cash/investments, up from $1.3B at the end of Q2. Opex rose 19% Y/Y, less than rev. growth of 51%.
Below these are the Solar stocks I am follow on 2013.
Solar Stocks List
Solar Pure Plays:
•SunPower Corporation (Nasdaq: SPWR)
•First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR)
•Evergreen Solar (Nasdaq: ESLR)
•SunTech Power Holdings (NYSE: STP)
•Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL)
•Solarfun Power Holdings (Nasdaq: SOLF)
•Canadian Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: CSIQ)
•JA Solar Holdings (Nasdaq: JASO)
•China Sunergy (Nasdaq: CSUN)
•LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK)
•ReneSola Ltd. (NYSE: SOL)
Smaller companies with Solar exposure:
•Energy Conversion Device (Nasdaq: ENER)
•Hoku Scientific (Nasdaq: HOKU)
•Daystar Technologies (Nasdaq: DSTI)
•Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR)
Solar Energy ETFs:
•Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (KWT)
•Claymore/MAC Global Solar Energy (TAN)
Bigger companies with Solar exposure:
•MEMC Electronics (NYSE: WFR)
•General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE)
•Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA)
•British Petroleum (NYSE: BP)
•Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-B)
•Kyocera (NYSE: KYO)
•Applied Materials (Nasdaq: AMAT)
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