LDK Solar Revises Fourth Quarter 2011 Guidance, Announces Date for Reporting Fourth Quarter 2011 Results and Provides Outlook for Fiscal 2012
XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 19, 2012-- LDK Solar Co., Ltd. ("LDK Solar" or the "Company") (NYSE: LDK), a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic products, today revised its guidance for the fourth quarter of 2011. Additionally, the Company announced that it will report financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011 before the market opens on Thursday, April 12, 2012. The company will host a corresponding conference call and live webcast at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) the same day.
For the fourth quarter of 2011, LDK Solar revised its guidance for revenue to be in the range of $440 to $450 million, wafer shipments between 215 and 220 megawatts (MW), cells and module shipments between 250 MW and 260 MW, in-house polysilicon production between 2,100 MT and 2,300 MT and in-house cell production between 130 MW and 150 MW.
The Company previously forecasted fourth quarter revenue to be in the range of $440 million to $520 million with wafer shipments between 200 MW and 270 MW, and module shipments between 180 MW and 270 MW, in-house polysilicon production between 2,200 MT and 2,800 MT, in-house cell production between 220 MW and 250 MW.
As a result of the rapidly declining market price for wafers and modules during the fourth quarter of 2011, LDK Solar expects to incur a write-down of inventories, realize impairment charges on contractual purchase agreements, and therefore, expects gross margin to be negative. In addition, some provisions for accounts receivable and fixed assets may also be required.
For fiscal 2012, LDK Solar estimates its revenue in the range of $2.0 billion to $2.7 billion, polysilicon production between 12,000 MT and 15,000 MT, of which shipments to 3rd party customers are expected to be between 6,000 MT and 8,000 MT, wafer production between 2.7 gigawatts (GW) and 3.3 GW, of which shipments to 3rd party customers are expected to be between 1.5 GW and 2.0 GW, in-house cell production between 1.2 GW and 1.6 GW, and module production between 1.2 GW and 1.6 GW, with cell and module shipments to 3rd party customers between 1.0 GW and 1.3 GW, inverter shipments between 200 MW to 250 MW. LDK Solar expects PV system project construction to be in the range of 400 MW to 600 MW and to recognize between 270 MW and 360 MW through project sales and EPC services for 3rd party customers.
Outlook for the fourth quarter 2011 and fiscal 2012 are preliminary estimates. The Company has yet to complete its preliminary review and compilation of its financial information for the quarter. Results are subject to change based on further review by management.
Fourth Quarter Conference Call Details
To listen to the live conference call, please dial 877-941-1427 (within U.S.) or 480-629-9664 (outside U.S.) at 8:00 a.m. ET on April 12, 2012. An audio replay of the call will be available through April 24, 2012, by dialing 800-406-7325 (within U.S.) or 303-590-3030 (outside U.S.) and entering the pass code 4524489#.
A live webcast of the call will be available on the company's investor relations website at http://investor.ldksolar.com.
About LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK)
LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LDK) is a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) products. LDK Solar manufactures polysilicon, mono and multicrystalline ingots, wafers, cells, modules, systems, power projects and solutions. LDK Solar's headquarters and principal manufacturing facilities are located in Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province in the People's Republic of China. LDK Solar's office in the United States is located in Sunnyvale, California. For more information about LDK Solar and its products, please visit www.ldksolar.com.
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