Hanwha Acquires Q.CELLS, One of the World's Leading Photovoltaics Companies

Hanwha to become the 3rd largest PV cells producer with the capacity of 2.3 GW

  • - Acquisition value is EUR 40 million
  • - Securing favorite position to gain market dominance upon the solar industry upturn

[30 August, 2012] Hanwha Group becomes the 3rd largest solar cell manufacturer in the world through the successful acquisition of a German solar company Q.CELLS.

On August 29, Hanwha Chemical, through its subsidiary Hanwha Solar Germany GmbH finalized the deal with Q.CELLS to acquire their German headquarter, production facilities in Germany and Malaysia and sales offices in US, Australia and Japan.

With this deal, Hanwha Group is to obtain Q.CELLS’ headquarter office, cell and module production facilities (200 MW/120 MW) in Germany, cell production facility (800 MW) in Malaysia and sales offices in US, Australia and Japan. The total cell production capacity acquired from this transaction is equivalent to 1 GW.

The total acquisition value is EUR 40 million (around KRW 55.5 billion) with possibility of further negotiations until closing.

Hanwha has effectively renegotiated to buy in the existing loan agreement (MYR 850 million / around KRW 300 billion) signed between Q.CELLS Malaysia and the Malaysian government. With a strong support shown by the Malaysian government, the loan has been structured in such ways that Hanwha can use the profits generated from Malaysian operations to pay back in the long-term.

Seung-Youn Kim, Chairman of Hanwha Group, at the 2012 New Year’s speech said, “Due to global economic recession, the solar industry is going through some difficulties, however, we are determined to seize the opportunity upon the market recovery. Until now, human beings relied heavily on fossil fuels to come this far, but I believe that green energy is our future. Our vision of becoming a globally leading company in solar energy remains unchanged and we will continue to pursue that.”

With Q.CELLS’capacity of 1 GW added on to the existing Hanwha Solar’s cell production capacity of 1.3 GW, Hanwha will reach the total annual production capacity of 2.3 GW and becomes the 3rd largest solar cell manufacturer in the world.

Q.CELLS filed for bankruptcy on April 3 this year due to downturn in the global solar industry, European sovereign debt crisis and reduction in German government solar subsidy. Even so, Q.CELLS has remained as a leading global solar player with revenues of EUR 1,354 million and EUR 1,023 million, in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Since 2007, Q.CELLS has strengthened its capabilities in its system business including development, finance and sales through its EPC program (Engineering, Procurement and Construction), which accumulated to 550 MW of track record.

Q.CELLS is well-known for its best-in-class R&D researchers and engineers of 250 people specializing in solar cells and manufacturing innovation. Hanwha Group will add tremendous R&D capabilities to its own solar R&D center in Silicon Valley, Korean and China through the acquisition of Q.CELLS and it will help the group to secure the favorable position to become the globally leading solar company in the near future.

Hanwha Q CELLS

In February 2015 Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:HQCL) emerged as a new global solar power leader from combining two of the world´s most recognized photovoltaic manufacturers, Hanwha SolarOne and Hanwha Q CELLS. The combined company is listed on NASDAQ under the trading symbol of HQCL.
It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, (Global Executive Headquarters) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation Headquarters) and is the world’s largest solar cell manufacturer as well as one of the largest photovoltaic module manufacturers. Due to its diverse international footprint including facilities in China, Malaysia, and South Korea, Hanwha Q CELLS is in a unique position to flexibly address all global markets, even ones with import tariffs, such as the United States and the European Union. Based on its well respected “Engineered in Germany” technology, innovation and quality,
Hanwha Q CELLS offers the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, applications and solutions, from modules to kits to systems to large scale solar power plants. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East, the company provides excellent services and long-term partnership to its customers in the utility, commercial, government and residential markets. Hanwha Q CELLS is a flagship company of Hanwha Group,
a FORTUNE Global 500 firm and a Top-Ten business enterprise in South Korea.

For more information, visit: investors.hanwha-qcells.com

Hanwha Group

Hanwha Group, founded in 1952, is one of the Top-Ten business enterprises in South Korea
and a “FORTUNE Global 500” company. Hanwha Group has 56 domestic affiliates and 226 global networks in three major sectors: manufacturing and construction, finance, and services and leisure.
With more than 60 years track record of industrial leadership, Hanwha’s manufacturing and construction businesses encompass a broad range of fields from chemicals & materials, aerospace & mechatronics, total solar energy solutions, and global construction. The finance network, covering insurance, asset management and securities, is the second largest non-bank financial group in South Korea. The services and leisure sector offers premium lifestyle services with retail and resort businesses.

For more information, visit: www.hanwha.com

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