The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), First Solar whiffed on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped and GAAP earnings per share contracted to a loss.
Margins contracted across the board.
First Solar reported revenue of $497.1 million. The 30 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $689.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 12% lower than the prior-year quarter's $567.3 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at -$0.08. The 27 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.62 per share. GAAP EPS were -$5.20 for Q1 compared to $1.33 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 15.4%, 3,040 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -11.1%, 3,390 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -90.4%, 11,080 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $790.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.93.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.50 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.31.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 3,189 members out of 3,935 rating the stock outperform, and 746 members rating it underperform. Among 665 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 456 give First Solar a green thumbs-up, and 209 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on First Solar is hold, with an average price target of $37.21.
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