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Renesola Announces Third Quarter 2015 Results

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

– ReneSola Ltd (“ReneSola” or the “Company”) (www.renesola.com) (NYSE: SOL), a leading fully-integrated solar project developer and provider of energy efficient technology products, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Third Quarter 2015 Highlights

Q3 2015

Q/Q Change

Y/Y Change

Revenue

$368.2

+37.2%

Gross Profit

+33.6%

Operating Income

+34.0%

Net Income

Sold 35.0 MW of projects, project pipeline at 515 MW

Sequential r evenue growth broad-based, with growth across all product lines

Stable gross margin as mix shifts to project sales from equipment

Operating expense control drives strong operating profit growth

Net income attributable to holders of ordinary shares swings to profit

Balance sheet improves during quarter with cash up, working capital and debt down

“Our strategic shift to project development, which we initiated approximately two years ago, is already starting to show results,” said Mr. Xianshou Li, ReneSola’s Chief Executive Officer. “Revenue surged sequentially as we monetized our projects in the UK and Japan, resulting in higher gross profit, operating income and earnings per ADS.”

Li continued, “We are making an intense effort to build a portfolio of high-quality projects in attractive jurisdictions. Our early success in the UK is indicative of what we can achieve around the world. We are focused on developing projects especially distributed generation projects in Europe, North America and Japan, that should yield attractive returns in the coming year.”

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Revenue of $368.2 million was up 37.2% q/q and down 1.1% y/y. Revenue performance was broad-based, with sequential increases across all of the Company’s product lines.

Gross profit of $59.3 million was up 33.6% q/q and 3.9% y/y. Gross margin expanded to 16.1% when compared to the third quarter of 2014, but was down slightly sequentially.

Operating expenses of $47.9 million were 13.0% of revenue, slightly down from 13.1% in Q3 of 2014, but up from 12.6% in Q2 of 2015.

Operating income was $11.4 million, an increase of 8.9% q/q and 34.0% y/y.

Non-operating expenses of $2.6 million include net interest expense of $10.4 million, offset by foreign exchange gains of $5.7 million and gains on the repurchase of convertible bonds of $1.9 million.

Net income was $8.6 million, which compares to a net loss of $2.3 million in Q2 of 2015 and a net loss of $11.7 million in the prior-year period. Earnings per ADS were $0.08.

Balance Sheet, Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Company achieved meaningful progress in its effort to strengthen its balance sheet. Cash and equivalents, including restricted cash, increased during this quarter to $233 million, while total debt declined to $750 million. During the third quarter, the Company generated positive operating cash flow of $60.5million, which compares to $11.6 million of operating cash outflow in the prior quarter. The Company successfully accelerated inventory turnover days and held days-sales-outstanding of receivables flat at approximately 30 days. The cash generated enabled the Company to reduce accounts payable and debt. During the quarter the company repurchased $36.0 million notional amount of its convertible notes due on March 15, 2018 with a put option on March 15, 2016. The Company has approximately $26.1 million in convertible bonds outstanding.

Third Quarter 2015 Operating Highlights

Since disclosing its strategic shift to project development at the start of the year, the Company has focused its efforts on developing, operating and selling high-quality solar power projects. Activity is centered on building a pipeline of distributed generation and utility-scale projects in attractive geographies worldwide. In the third quarter the Company continued to execute on the monetization phase of the development cycle.

Project Sales

The Company recognized revenue of $64.6 million from the sale of solar power projects. The revenue was comprised of new sales in the quarter of two projects representing 35.0 MW of generating capacity. The sales generated gross margins above the Company average. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company also announced the sale of another 16.5 MW utility scale project in the UK. In addition, the company expects to sell another project of 0.9MW in Japan in Q4 2015.

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