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What: China-based solar power expert Solarfun Power Holdings
So what: The announcement of a follow-on stock offering trumped Solarfun's earnings report. A batch of fresh ADSes worth $67.8 million, with as much as 15% of the deal value flowing to the underwriters, promises to dilute the stock significantly.
Now what: Solarfun's largest shareholder, an arm of Korean chemical producer Hanwha, is the only Solarfun owner not left holding the bag. The company will issue enough shares directly to Hanwha Solar Holdings to maintain its current ownership level, just below the 50% mark. Solarfun did burn $29 million of operating cash to run its business last quarter, and spent another $15.5 million on capital expenses, so the proceeds from the stock sale will be a welcome help to the company's day-to-day cash needs.
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