For the fourth quarter of 2013, Canadian Solar expects solar module shipments to be in the range of approximately 605 MW to 620 MW, which exceeds the Company’s original guidance of 480 MW to 500 MW provided on November 13, 2013. For the fiscal year 2013 solar module shipments are expected to be in the range of 1,878 MW to 1,893 MW. The Company expects its revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 to be in the range of $510 million to $520 million. The Company expects its gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2013 including the sale of the Mississippi Mills project in Ontario, Canada, to be in the range of 16% to 18%, compared to its original guidance of 13% to 15% which did not factor in the potential sales of projects from its Ontario, Canada pipeline.
For the three-month period as well as for the twelve-month period ended on December 31, 2013 the Company expects to be profitable at the net-income level on a US-GAAP basis.
Management’s expectations in respect to profitability in the fourth quarter and the fiscal year 2013 are subject to the final ruling by the Suzhou Intermediate Court on a contract dispute between Canadian Solar and LDK as previously disclosed. If the court were to rule against Canadian Solar and order the Company to pay the award to LDK, Canadian Solar may have to make a provision for the fourth quarter of 2013 and the full year of 2013, which would impact the Company’s profitability.
While these estimates represent the most current information available to management, the Company’s financial closing procedures for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 are not yet complete. The estimates above are not a comprehensive statement of the Company’s financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, and the Company’s actual results may differ materially from these estimates as a result of the completion of its financial closing procedures, final adjustments, review by its independent public accountants and other developments arising between now and the time that the financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 are finalized.
March 5, 2014 Earnings Conference Call Details
The Company will hold a conference call on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time (9:00 p.m., March 5, 2014 in Hong Kong) to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter of 2013 results and its business outlook. The dial-in phone number for the live audio call is +1-866-318-8615 or +1-617-399-5134, with passcode 60564093. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on Canadian Solar’s website at www.canadiansolar.com.
A replay of the call will be available 4 hours after the conclusion of the live call until 11:00 p.m. on March 12, 2014, U.S. Eastern Standard Time (11:00 a.m., March 13, 2014 in Hong Kong) and can be accessed by dialing +1-617-801-6888 or +1-888-286-8010 and entering the passcode 72091072. A webcast replay will also be available at www.canadiansolar.com.
About Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ)
Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is one of the world’s largest and foremost solar power companies. As a leading vertically integrated provider of solar modules, specialized solar products and solar power plants with operations in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia, Canadian Solar has delivered more than 6GW of premium quality solar modules to customers in over 70 countries. Canadian Solar is committed to improve the environment and dedicated to provide advanced solar energy products, solutions and services to enable sustainable development around the world. For more information, please visit www.canadiansolar.com.