Sandvika, Norway February 8, 2012
Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC) reported fourth quarter 2011 revenues of NOK 2,865 million and EBITDA of NOK 178 million. EBITDA was negatively affected by a weak solar market, aggressive polysilicon pricing and close down of production capacity in Norway. Affecting EBIT, REC recognized a further NOK 2.5 billion impairment on fixed assets of the Singapore operations in the quarter. REC reduced net debt by NOK 0.6 billion in the fourth quarter to NOK 4.7 billion.
After a steep price decline on solar modules, investments in PV systems are currently yielding favorable end-user returns in a number of markets. However overcapacity and inventory reductions led to steep market price declines throughout the fourth quarter. After a slow start, demand for solar modules improved at the very end of the fourth quarter.
REC’s fourth quarter revenues were down five percent from the previous quarter, while EBITDA was NOK 178 million in the fourth quarter, down from NOK 370 million in the previous quarter. The decrease in revenues and EBITDA is mainly explained by reduced selling prices partly offset by higher sales volumes. Compared to the previous quarter, REC’s average selling prices for polysilicon were down 42 percent, wafer prices were down 31 percent and module prices were down 15 percent.
In the fourth quarter REC recognized income of NOK 690 million from terminations of wafer sales contracts partly offset by costs of NOK 335 million related to permanent shutdown of the cell production and approximately 50 percent of the wafer production capacity in Norway.
For the year 2011 revenues amounted to NOK 13,366 million, down three percent from 2010. EBITDA in 2011 amounted to NOK 2,867 million, down from NOK 3,532 million in 2010.
EBIT before impairment charges was negative NOK 288 million in the fourth quarter, compared to negative NOK 98 million in the previous quarter. A weaker market outlook led to impairment charges of NOK 2.5 billion on fixed assets in Singapore in the fourth quarter.
After total impairments of NOK 10.1 billion in 2011, EBIT for the full year 2011 was negative NOK 9,508 million down from positive NOK 1,018 million in 2010.
Loss from total operations was NOK 2,482 million in the fourth quarter, compared loss of NOK 759 million in the previous quarter. For the year 2011, REC had a loss from total operations of NOK 10,030 million, compared to a profit before tax of NOK 989 million in 2010.
Basic EPS from total operations was NOK -2.49 in the fourth quarter, compared to NOK -0.76 in the previous quarter. For the year 2011, basic EPS from total operations was NOK -10.06 compared to NOK 1.07 in 2010.
On the release day, President and CEO Ole Enger of REC will give a presentation together with other members of the management team. The presentation will take place at 08:00 hrs Norwegian time/CET at the conference centre Oslo Konserthus, Munkedamsveien 14, 0250 Oslo.
The presentation, held in English, will be broadcasted live over the Internet.
It will also be possible to listen to the presentation through a conference call. Please make sure to dial in 10 minutes prior to scheduled start time on one of the following numbers:
Confirmation code: 4957029
Norway Toll Free: 800 56 053
UK Toll Free: 0800 279 4841
USA Toll Free: 1877 249 9037
International Toll: +44 (0)20 3140 8286
REC will further host an analyst conference call with possibilities for questions and answers later the same day at 15:00 CET. Please make sure to dial in at least 5 minutes ahead of time to finalize your registration:
International dial in: +47 2318 4540, please state your name and company.
Immediately after the call, a replay of the conference call will be made available. To access, please dial +47 2318 4502 and use the following procedure:
Type pincode 1524 followed by # (pound-sign)
Continue by typing reference number 524 followed by # (pound-sign)
REC is a leading vertically integrated player in the solar energy industry. Ranked among the world’s largest producers of polysilicon and wafers for solar applications and a rapidly growing manufacturer of solar cells and modules, REC also engages in project development activities in selected PV segments. Founded in Norway in 1996, REC is an international solar company, employing about 3,700 people worldwide with revenues of more than NOK 13 billion in 2011.
This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl (Norwegian Securities Trading Act)
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