SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 UNDER
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of June 2015
Commission File Number: 001-33911
No. 8 Baoqun Road, YaoZhuang
Jiashan, Zhejiang 314117
People’s Republic of China
(Address of principal executive offices)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.
Form 20-F þ Form 40-F o
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Incorporation by Reference
This Form 6-K is being incorporated by reference into the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form F-3 (No. 333-189650), initially filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 28, 2013 and as amended on August 7, 2013 and September 6, 2013, and declared effective on September 9, 2013.
First Quarter 2015 Results
ReneSola Ltd (“ReneSola” or the “Company”) reported its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.
First Quarter 2015 Financial and Operating Highlights
|•||Total solar module shipments were 496.4 megawatts (“MW”), representing an increase of 1.6% from Q4 2014. Total solar wafer and module shipments in Q1 2015 were 691.5 MW, compared to 744.3 MW in Q4 2014, and 710.1MW in Q1 2014.|
|•||Net revenues were US$349.0 million, representing a decrease of 9.8% from US$387.0 million in Q4 2014, and a decrease of 15.9% from US$415.0 million in Q1 2014.|
|•||Gross profit was US$36.7 million with a gross margin of 10.5%, compared to gross profit of US$51.2 million with a gross margin of 13.2% in Q4 2014, and gross profit of US$44.0 million with a gross margin of 10.6% in Q1 2014.|
|•||Operating loss was US$9.5 million with an operating margin of negative 2.7%, compared to an operating loss of US$2.2 million with an operating margin of negative 0.6% in Q4 2014, and an operating loss of US$8.7 million with an operating margin of negative 2.1% in Q1 2014.|
|•||Net loss attributable to holders of ordinary shares was US$18.0 million, representing basic and diluted loss per share of US$0.09 and basic and diluted loss per American depositary share (“ADS”) of US$0.18.|
|•||Cash and cash equivalents plus restricted cash totaled $228.1 million as of the end of Q1 2015, compared to US$221.7 million as of the end of Q4 2014, and US$214.9 million as of the end of Q1 2014.|
|•||Net cash outflow from operating activities was US$9.0 million compared to net cash inflow from operating activities of US$41.9 million in Q4 2014, and net cash outflow from operating activities of US$112.3 million in Q1 2014.|
|•||Quarterly revenue and gross margin were lower than guidance mainly due to continued headwind from foreign exchange fluctuations, a decrease in module ASPs, and a delay in revenue recognition of a UK project.|
First Quarter 2015 Results
Solar Wafer and Module Shipments
|Module Shipments (MW)||496.4||488.4||521.1||1.6%||-4.7%|
|Wafer Shipments (MW)||195.1||255.9||189.0||-23.8%||3.2%|
|Total Solar Wafer and Module Shipments (MW)||691.5||744.3||710.1||-7.1%||-2.6%|
The quarter-over-quarter increase in module shipments was mainly due to strong demand in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom. The quarter-over-quarter decrease in wafer shipments reflects the Company’s strategy of shifting away from the lower-margin wafer business and towards the higher-margin module business as well as downstream business.
Net Revenues and Gross Profit
|Net Revenues (US$mln)||$349.0||$387.0||$415.0||-9.8%||-15.9%|
|Gross Profit (US$mln)||$36.7||$51.2||$44.0||-28.3%||-16.6%|
Net revenues decreased quarter over quarter due to lower average selling price (ASP) of modules, as well as a decrease in wafer shipments. The quarter-over-quarter decrease in the Company’s gross margin was a result of a lower average selling price (ASP) of modules, which was partially affected by appreciation of the US dollar, especially against the euro.
Operating Income (Loss)
|Operating Expenses (US$mln)||$46.2||$53.4||$52.8||-13.5%||-12.5%|
|Operating Income (Loss) (US$mln)||($9.5)||($2.2)||($8.7)||-||-|
The quarter-over-quarter decrease in operating expenses was primarily due to lower SG&A expenses as well as one-time administrative gain.
Foreign Exchange Gain (Loss)
In Q1 2015, the Company had a foreign exchange loss of US$16.1 million and recognized a US$4.5 million gain on derivatives. The foreign exchange loss was primarily due to the depreciation of the euro, pound and yen against the U.S. dollar.
Other Gains (Loss)
During the first quarter of 2015, the Company recognized a gain of $11.6 million from the repurchase of convertible notes.
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Holders of Ordinary Shares
|Net Income (Loss) (US$mln)||($18.0)||($8.1)||($14.6)|
|Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share||($0.09)||($0.04)||($0.07)|
|Diluted Earnings (Loss) per ADS||($0.18)||($0.08)||($0.14)|
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Net cash outflow from operating activities was US$9.0 million in Q1 2015, compared to net cash inflow of US$41.9 million in Q4 2014.
Net cash and cash equivalents plus restricted cash totaled US$228.1 million as of March 31, 2015, compared to US$221.7 million as of December 31, 2014.
Total bank borrowing was US$723.0 million as of March 31, 2015, compared to US$698.1 million as of December 31, 2014. Short-term borrowings were US$681.7 million at March 31, 2015, compared to US$654.7 million at December 31, 2014.
The Company has US$62.9 million of convertible notes due on March 15, 2018 with a put option on March 15, 2016. In Q1 2015, the Company repurchased $31.7 million notional amount of its convertible notes. The Company might continue to repurchase its convertible bonds from time to time, subject to market conditions and other strategic considerations.
The Company’s total output of polysilicon Q1 2015 was 1,522 metric tons, a slight decrease from the previous quarter due to annual maintenance which is regularly scheduled in Q1. The Company’s polysilicon factory is currently running at full capacity and generating positive cash flow.
Project Business Update
ReneSola currently has a total of approximately 96.1 MW in existing projects, including four utility-scale projects totaling 71 MW in the United Kingdom and four utility-scale projects totaling 25.1 MW in Eastern Europe.
In Q1 2015, the Company successfully completed and connected three utility-scale projects totaling 57.5 MW in the United Kingdom, all of which are eligible for the R.O.C 1.4 scheme. In addition, the Company has signed an agreement to sell a 13.5 MW utility-scale project in the United Kingdom, which was connected to the grid by end of 2014. All together the Company expects to complete the sale for all 71 MW UK projects in coming quarters.
The Company is actively exploring project opportunities in several developed markets and expects to provide a detailed pipeline later this year.
Geographic Breakdown of Module Shipments
|2015 Q1||2014 Q4||2014 Q1|
The sequential increase of shipments to the European market was a result of a significant increase in shipments to the United Kingdom. The sequential decrease in shipments to the U.S. and China was mainly due to the Company’s strategic shift towards higher margin markets during the quarter.
Research and Development
During Q1 2015, ReneSola continued to invest in the development of new technologies and to increase the efficiency of its current range of solar and other clean energy products.
Wafers and Modules
The Company’s innovative A+++ wafer is now at 100% mass production. While maintaining the same average efficiency of 17.8%, the wafer’s processing cost was reduced by 4%. Following the successful launch of its A+++ wafer, the Company will focus on the development of its A4+ wafer which has concentrated efficiency distribution and 0.1% higher cell average efficiency than the new A+++ wafer.
The Company’s double-glass module with 1500V maximum system voltage has been certificated as 1500V maximum system voltage and Class-A fire rating by TUV. The Four Bus-Bar Cell module product is also certified by TUV, with around 5W output improvement compared to Three Bus-Bar products. Both module products have entered mass production in late May.
ReneSola’s innovative 5KW hybrid inverter has now received applicable certification and the Company has started promotions in Australia.
The Company’s TLE-series inverter has received related certifications in the United Kingdom and Ireland and scale shipments have begun in these markets.
Both software and hardware have been upgraded for the Company’s first generation micro-inverters, which have achieved elevated stability following half-year testing.
In the North American market, ReneSola launched its T8 LED replacement series products, which commercial lighting clients can use to replace traditional fluorescent tubes. The T8 LED series can work with magnetic and electronic ballast and access the electricity power supply directly, which eliminates the need for clients to change wires in old fixtures. The T8 LED series is compatible with most traditional electronic ballast systems in the North American market. The T8 LED series comes with a 5-year warranty and with features including convenient installation, quick start-up, good heat dissipation, high efficiency, and low power consumption with more stable performance.
Recent Business Developments
|·||In February 2015, the Company announced the expansion of its new LED lighting solutions division in the U.S. The Company’s sales and logistics network was expanded to 12 states with further expansion planned in 2015. LED sales and technical specialists work closely with the Company’s large customer base, including electrical distribution clients, to supply high-quality LED products and services across the country. Since 2014, ReneSola’s LED products have been procured for a wide range of lighting projects, including in seaports, hotels, automobile dealerships, and universities.|
|·||In February 2015, the Company announced that its PV testing laboratory in Jiangsu, China has achieved Witness Testing Data Program certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a globally renowned and independent safety science company.|
Safe Harbor Statement
Certain statement in this Current Report on Form 6-K may contain statements that constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Whenever you read a statement that is not simply a statement of historical fact (such as when the Company describes what it “believes,” “expects” or “anticipates” will occur, what “will” or “could” happen, and other similar statements), you must remember that the Company’s expectations may not be correct, even though it believes that they are reasonable. The Company does not guarantee that the forward-looking statements will happen as described or that they will happen at all. Further information regarding risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is included in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F. The Company undertakes no obligation, beyond that required by law, to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made, even though the Company’s situation may change in the future.
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet
(US dollars in thousands)
|Mar 31,||Dec 31,||Mar 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||47,857||99,848||52,660|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts||133,462||125,743||206,771|
|Advances to suppliers-current||50,629||27,494||8,699|
|Amounts due from related parties||12||452||205|
|Value added tax recoverable||29,261||30,514||29,359|
|Prepaid income tax||1,108||1,247||2,307|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||48,457||44,252||61,918|
|Deferred convertible notes issue costs-current||414||661||784|
|Deferred tax assets-current, net||3,568||11,368||1,557|
|Total current assets||831,235||859,531||935,419|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||728,670||750,298||827,460|
|Prepaid land use right||40,381||39,574||41,312|
|Deferred tax assets-non-current, net||17,428||8,462||19,740|
|Deferred convertible notes issue costs-non-current||-||138||745|
|Advances for purchases of property, plant and equipment||954||1,756||2,430|
|Advances to suppliers-non-current||-||-||5,627|
|Other long-lived assets||8,360||9,249||2,316|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Convertible notes payable, current portion||62,850||-||-|
|Advances from customers-current||53,109||84,412||65,929|
|Amounts due to related parties||2,889||7,570||4,558|
|Other current liabilities||118,794||126,623||142,642|
|Income tax payable||124||123||2,345|
|Total current liabilities||1,399,787||1,336,792||1,414,157|
|Convertible notes payable-non-current||-||94,599||111,616|
|Advances from customers-non-current||1,191||936||7,105|
|Deferred subsidies and other||24,988||25,347||54,375|
|Other long-term liabilities||1,128||946||933|
|Additional paid-in capital||6,882||7,512||6,549|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||87,251||81,080||81,550|
|Total equity attribute to ReneSola Ltd||124,294||135,156||152,756|
|Total shareholders' equity||124,294||135,156||152,756|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||1,627,028||1,669,008||1,835,049|
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income
(US dollar in thousands, except ADS and share data)
|Three Months Ended|
|Mar 31, 2015||Dec 31, 2014||Mar 31, 2014|
|Cost of revenues||(312,338||)||(335,733||)||(370,917||)|
|Gross profit (loss)||36,665||51,235||44,049|
|Operating (expenses) income:|
|Sales and marketing||(21,843||)||(23,338||)||(23,125||)|
|General and administrative||(13,736||)||(16,051||)||(20,202||)|
|Research and development||(13,418||)||(13,571||)||(11,757||)|
|Other operating income, net||2,812||(440||)||2,333|
|Total operating expenses||(46,185||)||(53,400||)||(52,751||)|
|Income (loss) from operations||(9,520||)||(2,165||)||(8,702||)|
|Non-operating (expenses) income:|
|Foreign exchange gain (loss)||(16,070||)||(13,501||)||1,481|
|Gain (loss) on derivatives, net||4,501||4,359||(1,376||)|
|Investment gain on disposal of subsidiaries||-||4,895||2,615|
|Gains on repurchase of convertible bonds||11,648||7,048||-|
|Fair value change of warrant liability||158||4,672||1,050|
|Income (loss) before income tax, noncontrolling interests||(19,193||)||(5,793||)||(17,010||)|
|Income tax (expense) benefit||1,165||(2,262||)||2,419|
|Net income (loss)||(18,028||)||(8,055||)||(14,591||)|
|Less: Net income (loss) attributed to noncontrolling interests||-||-||(4||)|
|Net income (loss) attributed to holders of ordinary shares||(18,028||)||(8,055||)||(14,587||)|
|Earnings per share|
|Earnings per ADS|
|Weighted average number of shares used in computing earnings per share|
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income
(US dollar in thousands, except ADS and share data)
|Three Months Ended|
|Mar 31, 2015||Dec 31, 2014||Mar 31, 2014|
|Net income (loss)||(18,028||)||(18,028||)||(14,591||)|
|Other comprehensive income (loss)|
|Foreign exchange translation adjustment||6,171||(3,872||)||(2,064||)|
|Other comprehensive income (loss)||6,171||(3,872||)||(2,064||)|
|Comprehensive income (loss)||(11,857||)||(21,900||)||(16,655||)|
|Less: comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interest||-||-||(4||)|
|Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Renesola||(11,857||)||(21,900||)||(16,651||)|
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
(US dollar in thousands)
|Three Months Ended|
|Mar 31, 2015||Mar 31, 2014|
|Cash flow from operating activities:|
|Adjustment to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activity:|
|Depreciation and amortization||22,430||28,449|
|Amortization of deferred convertible bond issuances costs and premium||387||196|
|Allowance of doubtful receivables and advance to suppliers||383||3,627|
|Loss (gain) on derivatives||(4,501||)||1,376|
|Fair value change of warrant liability||(158||)||(1,050||)|
|Loss on disposal of long-lived assets||(493||)||440|
|Gain on disposal of land use right||-||(411||)|
|Gain on disposal of subsidiaries||-||(2,615||)|
|Gain on CB repurchase||(11,648||)||-|
|Changes in assets and liabilities:|
|Advances to suppliers||(23,833||)||5,319|
|Amounts due from related parties||(170||)||(4,297||)|
|Value added tax recoverable||473||44|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||(2,245||)||949|
|Prepaid land use rights||(742||)||1,324|
|Advances from customers||(27,133||)||(32,973||)|
|Income tax payable||99||(2,654||)|
|Other current liabilities||(9,510||)||9,902|
|Other long-term liabilities||(380||)||(3,049||)|
|Other long-term assets||(239||)||-|
|Accrued warranty cost||2,520||2,367|
|Deferred taxes assets||(2,011||)||(2,829||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities||(9,026||)||(112,253||)|
|Cash flow from investing activities:|
|Purchases of property, plant and equipment||(387||)||(35,876||)|
|Advances for purchases of property, plant and equipment||(1,241||)||(1,188||)|
|Cash received from government subsidy||-||12,010|
|Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment||23||27|
|Changes in restricted cash||(58,197||)||94,775|
|Net cash received (paid) on settlement of derivatives||4,371||(371||)|
|Proceeds from disposal of subsidiaries||-||14,765|
|Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities||(55,431||)||84,142|
|Cash flow from financing activities:|
|Proceeds from bank borrowings||265,599||249,143|
|Repayment of related party||(4,072||)||-|
|Repayment of bank borrowings||(236,907||)||(249,960||)|
|Proceeds from exercise of stock options||1,625||-|
|Paid for CB repurchase||(20,059||)||-|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||6,186||(817||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes||6,280||(5,185||)|
|Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents||(51,991||)||(34,113||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year||99,848||86,773|
|Cash and cash equivalents, end of year||47,857||52,660|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|By:||/s/ Xianshou Li|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|
Date: June 3, 2015