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October 13, 2009

Canadian Solar Expects 3Q 2009 Shipments to Exceed Prior Guidance; Company Raises Full Year 2009 Guidance

Filed under: CSIQ — Tags: , , , , — Jason @ 4:07 pm

4:07 pm EDT, Tuesday October 13, 2009

ONTARIO, Canada, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ — Canadian Solar Inc. (“the Company,” “Canadian Solar” or “we”) (CSIQ) today announced that based on selected unaudited financial results, it expects shipments for the third quarter of 2009 will exceed the high-end of its prior guidance. The Company also announced it is raising its guidance for the full year of 2009.

Based on its selected unaudited financial results, Canadian Solar believes that its net revenues for the third quarter of 2009 will be approximately $210 million to $215 million, with shipments of approximately 101 MW to 103 MW, compared to prior guidance for shipments of approximately 90 MW to 100 MW. We expect to report a gross margin of 16% to 17% for the third quarter of 2009.

Based on the high level of interest in Canadian Solar’s products at the Hamburg trade show and subsequent purchase orders, the Company is raising its guidance for full year 2009 shipments to approximately 295 MW to 305 MW, including expected shipments of 127 MW to 137 MW for the fourth quarter of 2009. This compares to prior guidance for shipments of approximately 260 MW to 270 MW for the full year 2009, and earlier full year 2009 guidance of 200 MW to 220 MW. The Company continues to make improvements in its cost structure, which it expects will positively impact ongoing profitability.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO said: “Demand has continued to be strong among our core customer group as well as among new customers. We anticipate that Q4 2009 will be even stronger than Q3 2009 in terms of shipments and we expect to maintain similar gross margins. We plan to increase our solar module manufacturing capacity to 1 GW, our solar cell capacity to 700 MW and our ingot and wafer capacity to 350 MW by the end of 2010 to meet demand levels.”

No conference call will be held in conjunction with this guidance update. Additional information related to the third quarter and full year 2009 will be available when the Company reports its third quarter 2009 results on Tuesday, November 24, 2009. The above outlook is based on the Company’s current views with respect to operating and market conditions, which are subject to change. The risks to its guidance also include changes in product pricing and the project financing environment.

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