First Solar announced full year 2016 financial guidance. Comparing to the updated guidance for 2015, First Solar expects better financial performance in 2016 mainly from higher gross margin and shipment volume.
Forecasted net sales for 2016 are $3.9 to $4.1 billion, with solar power systems net sales expected to comprise 90% to 95% of the total and third party module sales the remainder. Earnings per share is forecasted to be $4.00 to $4.50 per share, including a gain from the expected sale of an equity method investment and the Company’s share of 8point3 earnings. The ending net cash balance is projected to increase by the end of 2016 to $2.0 to $2.3 billion. Capital expenditures of $300 to $400 million are higher than 2015 forecasted levels as the Company invests in further advancements in its cost and technology roadmap.
First Solar has scheduled a conference call for today, December 9, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. EST to discuss this announcement. A live webcast of this conference call is available at //investor.firstsolar.com/events.cfm.
The revised guidance for 2015 is: