North Coast Solar Stocks

May 14, 2009

Solar Power, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2009 Financial Results

Filed under: SOPW — Tags: , , , , , — Jason @ 4:10 pm

Thursday May 14, 2009, 4:10 pm EDT

ROSEVILLE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Solar Power, Inc. (SOPW), an international vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) modules, balance-of-system components, and marketer, designer and installer of PV solar electric systems for commercial, public and U.S. residential customers today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.

First Quarter of 2009 Results:

Net sales for the first quarter of 2009 were $5.8 million compared to $5.8 million in net sales in the first quarter of 2008. This is attributed to a slowdown of the global economy and a lack of credit in both commercial and residential solar market segments.

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2009 was $633 thousand, or 11.0% of sales, compared to $33 thousand, or 0.6% of sales, for the first quarter of 2008.

Operating expenses for the first quarter of 2009 were $3.3 million (57.2% of sales) compared to $2.8 million (48.3% of sales) for the same period last year. Other expenses, net, including interest and taxes were $14 thousand. Net loss for the first quarter of 2009 was $2.7 million, or $0.07 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.8 million, or $0.07 per basic and diluted share, in the first quarter of 2008. Weighted average number of common shares outstanding used in computing basic and diluted per share amounts at March 31, 2009 and 2008 were 37,913,965 and 37,594,538, respectively.

Balance Sheet:

Assets included cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2009 of $1.9 million and accounts receivable and costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings of $5.0 million. Inventory was $5.6 million. Common shares outstanding at March 31, 2009 were 37,933,826.

Recent Company Highlights:

* The Company secured approximately $23 million in new contracts for commercial sales that include Aerojet, Costco and Cox Enterprises.
* The Company sold and shipped one megawatt in modules to Conergy Korea
* The Company’s SP200 module has been ranked number three by the California Energy Commission (“CEC”), placing it in the upper echelon of top performing modules within its class on the market today.
* The Company signed three new franchisees; Pueblo, Colorado, Helena/Yellowstone, Montana and Central Sierra, California territories.
* The Company’s first east coast franchisee completed the build out of its Cary, North Carolina retail energy outlet and officially opened for business.
* The Company filed patent applications for two new product designs.

Management Comments:

“The first quarter of 2009 was challenging for most solar companies and we were no exception,” said Steve Kircher, CEO of Solar Power, Inc. “The lack of available credit hampered solar system construction in general, while the credit crisis in Europe along with significant weather issues sharply affected sales to the region.”

“Despite challenging market conditions, our pipeline of projects remains strong. Over the last 3 months we have won approximately $23 million in commercial projects that we will be building this summer. Among these wins is a 3.5-megawatt system for Aerojet, a 500-kilowatt system for Costco and two follow-on projects with Cox Enterprises. Each of these recent wins represents continued successful execution of our repeatable footprint commercial business development strategy,” Mr. Kircher concluded.

“During the first quarter we also continued to aggressively pursue our international sales strategy and successfully completed an initial order of 1 megawatt in module sales to Conergy in Korea,” Mr. Kircher continued. “We also see interest growing internationally in our product innovations as inquiries into both our SkyMountTM and Peaq′ Solar Canopy systems grow. Our U.S. residential franchise business, Yes! Solar SolutionsTM, has signed three new franchisees during the first quarter. Our North Carolina franchisee successfully opened a Yes! Solar SolutionsTM energy outlet on May 2nd in Cary, North Carolina and is ramping system sales on schedule,” added Mr. Kircher.

“Backed by the expertise of an experienced, diverse and complete management team, we are well positioned to capitalize on the opportunities offered by growing global demand for solar. As we enter the second quarter of 2009, our pipeline of opportunities is the largest it has been in Company history”, Mr. Kircher concluded.

2009 Outlook:

Despite tight credit markets and economic slowdown in both the commercial and residential channels, the Company expects revenues to grow throughout the balance of the year as newly passed solar incentives in the U.S. market and new financing programs for both residential and commercial customers become available. Management expects the sales of solar kits including SkyMountTM commercial racking systems to international customers will result in year-over-year revenue growth for the direct sales channel. The Company reiterates its estimate of 2009 revenue to be $75.8 million to $80.5 million, an increase of 60% to 70% over 2008.

Conference Call Information:

The conference call will take place at 4:30pm EDT on Thursday, May 14, 2009. Interested participants should call 1-877-941-1466 when calling within the United States or 1-480-629-9644 when calling internationally.

A playback will be available through May 21, 2009. To listen, please call 1-800-406-7325 within the United States or 1-303-590-3030 when calling internationally. Utilize the pass code 4070785 for the replay.

This call is being webcast by ViaVid Broadcasting and can be accessed by clicking on this link, or visiting, or at ViaVid’s website at, where the webcast can be accessed through May 21, 2009.



(in thousands, except for share data)

As of
March 31,

As of
December 31,


Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,907 $ 5,915
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $275 and $49 at March 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively 4,705 3,010
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts 298 294
Inventories, net 5,606 4,665
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 817 771
Restricted cash 527 527
Total current assets 13,860 15,182
Goodwill 435 435
Restricted cash 273
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,978 2,178
Total assets $ 16,546 $ 17,795


Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 5,796 $ 3,916
Accrued liabilities 2,634 3,058
Income taxes payable 248 248
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts 37 160
Loans payable and capital lease obligations 339 342
Total current liabilities 9,054 7,724
Loans payable and capital lease obligations, net of current portion 228 311
Deferred revenue 155 125
Total liabilities 9,437 8,160
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity

Preferred stock, par $0.0001, 20,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding at March 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008

Common stock, par $0.0001, 100,000,000 shares authorized 37,933,826 and 37,771,325 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively

4 4
Additional paid in capital 28,192 28,029
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (221 ) (222 )
Accumulated deficit (20,866 ) (18,176 )
Total stockholders’ equity 7,109 9,635
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 16,546 $ 17,795



(in thousands, except for share data)

For the Three Months Ended

March 31, 2009

March 31, 2008

Net Sales $ 5,781 $ 5,833
Cost of goods sold 5,148 5,800
Gross profit 633 33
Operating expenses:
General and administrative 2,302 2,145
Sales, marketing and customer service 798 549
Engineering, design and product management 206 126
Total operating expenses 3,306 2,820
Operating loss (2,673 ) (2,787 )
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (12 ) (27 )
Interest income 3 39
Other expense, net (5 )
Total other income (expense) (14 ) 12
Loss before income taxes (2,687 ) (2,775 )
Income tax expense 3 3
Net loss $ (2,690 ) $ (2,778 )
Net loss per common share
Basic and diluted $ (0.07 ) $ (0.07 )

Weighted average number of common shares used in computing basic and diluted per share amounts

37,913,965 37,594,538


Solar Power, Inc.
Stephen C. Kircher, CEO, 916-745-0900
HC International, Inc.
Ted Haberfield, Vice President, 760-755-2716

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