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    Company & Industry Overviews

    First Solar faces some must-know challenges

    While First Solar has traditionally been manufacturing thin-film CdTe modules, which don’t require polysilicon, their prices have fallen in recent years.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Earnings Report

    What Do Analysts Expect for Yingli Solar’s Margins in 3Q16?

    For 3Q16, analysts expect Yingli Solar to report a gross profit of about $31.0 million with a gross margin of about 12.4%, which is in line with the company’s gross margin guidance.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Trina Solar and Canadian Solar See Gains on April 21

    The Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN) gained 0.9% on April 21. American solar stocks account for 47% of the fund’s holdings, and Chinese solar stocks account for another 44%.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Earnings Report

    Where Does Yingli Solar’s Valuation Stand among Peers?

    As of December 9, 2016, among its major peers, Yingli Solar had the highest forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 14.3x.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Earnings Report

    Why Did Yingli Solar’s Shipments Fall in 3Q16?

    Yingli Solar (YGE) reported about 365 MW of solar (TAN) module shipments for 3Q16, as compared to 662 MW in 2Q16 and 460 MW in 3Q15.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    First Solar: A key player in the global solar power industry

    First Solar was the first solar power company to join the S&P 500 (SPY). We’ll take a look at the company’s operations before moving on to greater details.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Earnings Report

    Analysts Expect Yingli Solar’s Revenue to Rise in 3Q17

    In 3Q16, Yingli Solar (YGE) posted nearly $218.9 million in total revenues. Analysts estimate that it will report ~$242 million in revenues in 3Q17.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Earnings Report

    Yingli Solar Stock Has a ‘Sell’ Rating before Its 3Q17 Results

    Currently, only one analyst is covering Yingli Solar (YGE) stock. The analyst gave the company a “sell” (or 100%) rating.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Earnings Report

    What to Expect from Yingli Solar’s 3Q17 Earnings

    Yingli Solar will announce its 3Q17 earnings results on December 6 before market hours. Since its 2Q17 earnings, its stock price has fallen nearly 13.1%.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Earnings Report

    Why JA Solar Stock Fell after Its 3Q17 Earnings Release

    On November 15, 2017, after market hours, JA Solar Holdings (JASO) announced its 3Q17 results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    First Solar: A Key Player in the Global Solar Power Industry

    First Solar (FSLR) produces solar energy equipment. In this series, we’ll look at its performance and the outlook for the industry.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    First Solar’s Strong Balance Sheet Sets It Apart from Peers

    Debt profile As of December 31, 2016, First Solar (FSLR) had total debt of $188.4 million, lower than its debt of $289 million at the end of 2015. The company’s debt is denominated in various currencies, including the US dollar, Malaysian ringgit, and euros. Credit metrics With a net worth of over $5 billion and $555.8 […]

    By Alexis Tate
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why First Solar’s Gross Margins Contracted in 2016

    Cost of sales First Solar’s (FSLR) Components segment saw its cost of sales rise 6% to $1.1 billion in fiscal 2016, from $1.0 billion in fiscal 2015. On the other hand, despite higher volumes, the Systems segment’s cost of sales fell 29% to $1.1 billion in fiscal 2016 from $1.6 billion in fiscal 2015. Overall, the company’s cost […]

    By Alexis Tate
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    First Solar’s Components Segment Offsets Fall in Systems Revenue

    Revenue trend First Solar’s (FSLR) revenue is primarily from turn-key projects, project maintenance, project sales, PV (photovoltaic) module sales to third parties, and PPAs (power purchase agreements) for sale of electricity. In this part, we’ll examine First Solar’s financial performance. As we discussed previously, First Solar has two main business segments: Components and Systems. The design, […]

    By Alexis Tate
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How India Became First Solar’s Second-Biggest Market

    India’s rising electricity demand According to the EIA’s (U.S. Energy Information Administration) 2017 International Energy Outlook, India’s electricity generation is expected to increase by 3.2% per year through 2040, to meet increasing electricity demand in rural areas. Solar outlook Even though coal is the primary fuel used for electricity generation in India, the focus on renewable […]

    By Alexis Tate
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    First Solar’s Global Market Strategy

    The Americas The US PV (photovoltaic) market made up ~83% ($2.9 billion) of First Solar’s (FSLR) revenue. The United States has typically been First Solar’s largest market, and where many of its prominent projects and customers are located. First Solar has completed the construction of Del Sur, a 26 MW (megawatt) solar project in Honduras. It commenced […]

    By Alexis Tate
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Behind First Solar’s Operations

    Operating segments Previously, we looked at First Solar’s (FSLR) history. The photovoltaic module manufacturer operates two business segments: Components and Systems. The Components segment First Solar is a manufacturer of solar (TAN) photovoltaic (or PV) modules. First Solar also designs and sells these modules. They manufacture thin-film PVs, in which the semiconductor material used is […]

    By Alexis Tate
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    Earnings Report

    What to Expect from Yingli Solar’s 3Q16 Earnings

    Yingli (or Yingli Solar) (YGE) is set to announce its 3Q16 earnings on December 8, 2016. In this series, we’ll look at analysts’ expectations for Yingli Solar’s 3Q16 earnings.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Earnings Report

    A Look at Trina Solar’s Capacity Expansion and Financial Position

    Trina Solar’s interest expenses have consistently been on the rise over the last two years. For 3Q16, they were $28.6 million compared to $26.0 million in 2Q16.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Earnings Report

    How Did Trina Solar Stock React to Its 3Q16 Results?

    Trina Solar (TSL) announced its 3Q16 earnings results before market hours on November 23, 2016. In this series, we’ll take a look at the results and compare them with analysts’ expectations.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Growing Solar Energy Demand Benefits First Solar

    The demand for solar energy is expected to grow at a rate of 30% in 2015 to ~57 GW (gigawatts). First Solar (FSLR) stated that its orderbook in April 2015 was 3.9 GW.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Canadian Solar’s Manufacturing Business: Rising Market Share

    Canadian Solar (CSIQ) designs its standard modules for residential, commercial, and utility markets. The company offers modules of various power outputs.

    By Saania Malik
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why You Should Consider Canadian Solar

    Canadian Solar (CSIQ) is vertically integrated across the solar value chain. It’s a Canada-based firm but most of its manufacturing takes place in China.

    By Saania Malik
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The Advantages of Investing in Yieldcos

    Some major advantages of investing in yieldcos and other securities are liquidity, smaller minimum investment requirements, and stable cash flows.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    First Solar has plenty of room to grow—but will it grow?

    There’s certainly a lot that’s positive to talk about when it comes to First Solar (FSLR), as we discussed in detail in the previous parts of this series.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    First Solar shines, trading at a discount to solar power peers

    For the past couple of years, First Solar (FSLR) has been trading at a discount to its solar power industry (TAN) peers.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    First Solar’s strong balance sheet sets it apart from its peers

    As of December 31, 2014, First Solar (FSLR) had total debt of $216.9 million against $223.3 million at the end of fiscal 2013.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    First Solar’s strong Systems segment offsets a fall in Components

    In this part of our series, we’ll focus on First Solar’s (FSLR) operating and financial performance. First Solar (FSLR) has multiple revenue streams.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why India could become First Solar’s second-biggest market

    According to the US Energy Information Administration, India’s electricity demand should grow at 3.8% per year through 2040.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    First Solar’s place in the solar industry: The thin-film leader

    Thin-film photovoltaic cells have lower efficiency of around 12–14%. However, First Solar achieved a record 17% efficiency in March 2014.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    First Solar’s operations: A quick investor overview

    Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, First Solar (FSLR) operates under two business segments: the Components segment and the Systems segment.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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