Press Release Clean Energy & Ocean Solutions

Hanwha Q CELLS Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

November 19, 2015
  • Announced 3rd quarter net revenues of $427.2 million, operating profit of $40.3 million, net income of $52.4 million
  • Achieved largest quarterly profit in company history

Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. ("Hanwha Q CELLS" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: HQCL), one of the world's largest photovoltaic manufacturer of high-quality, high-efficiency solar modules, released its unaudited financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2015, on November 19th, reporting third-quarter net revenues of $427.2 million, operating profit of $40.3 million, and net income of $52.4 million.

Hanwha Q CELLS' net revenues for the third quarter of 2015 was a record-high $427.2 million, a 26.4% increase over the second quarter; operating profit and net income also rose sharply over the previous quarter, increasing 9.4% and 12.3%, respectively.

This upward trend reflects the successful reorganization of the Company following the merger of Hanwha Q CELLS and Hanwha SolarOne into "Hanwha Q CELLS" in February of 2015, the latest numbers buoyed by the stabilization of line automation in manufacturing subsidiaries in Korea, Malaysia and China, sustained process enhancement efforts, and successful cost reduction for high-efficiency cell manufacturing.

Hanwha Q CELLS continues to maintain a strong presence in the U.S., Japanese and other advanced markets while aggressively expanding into emerging markets such as India, achieving balanced growth throughout the world by boosting its global capabilities and business networks.

Mr. Seong Woo Nam, Chairman and CEO of Hanwha Q CELLS commented, "This quarter was one of the most significant milestones for the Company highlighted by a return to net profitability, accelerated shipment growth, all-in internal processing cost reduction to below US$0.40 per watt, expansion in gross margins to well over 20%, a downstream pipeline in excess of 1.2 GW, and a one-time $51.2 million arbitration award relating to inventory valuation during the Q.cells acquisition in 2012. We are now more fully benefiting from the merger between Hanwha SolarOne and Hanwha Q CELLS in February of this year, including the elimination of redundant costs as reflected in the improvement in our operating expenses as a percentage of revenues. The final quarter of 2015 looks equally bright with shipments expected to rise by 50% or more quarter-to-quarter. We expect to have a more meaningful contribution in the fourth quarter from sales of downstream projects up to 150 MW, bolstering both revenues and profits. And, we have begun shipments to NextEra Energy Resources as we begin to fulfill that 1.5 GW contract in the higher-priced US market."

Mr. Nam continued, "Our aggressive capacity expansion plans in order to meet anticipated demand in 2016 and beyond are progressing on schedule. We expect to close this year with an estimated 4.3 GW of both cell and module capacity and 5.2 GW of both cell and module capacity by mid 2016, with approximately half located in Korea and Malaysia where we can ship modules duty free into the US."

Chairman Nam concluded by noting, "Our outlook for 2016 is also robust. We will enter the year with the strongest foundation in the Company's history with a competitive position rivaling, or in some cases exceeding, those of other Tier-1 solar companies in a number of categories including manufacturing scale, processing costs, technology and profitability. Our near-term downstream focus on build-to-sell will add to both revenues and profitability and enable the Company to more prudently manage its liquidity and financial leverage."

All slide presentation with details of the results is available on the Company's website.

Hanwha Qcells

Hanwha Qcells (Hanwha Solutions Qcells division) is one of the world’s leading clean energy companies, recognized for its established reputation as a manufacturer of high-performance, high-quality solar cells, and modules, a portfolio of intelligent storage systems, and a growing international pipeline of large-scale renewable energy projects. Hanwha Qcells also provides renewable electricity retail services and packages to end customers the world over. The company is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ) with its diverse international manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Malaysia, China, and South Korea. Hanwha Qcells strives to offer Completely Clean Energy through the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, storage solutions, renewable electricity contracting, and large-scale solar power plants. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East, Hanwha Qcells provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, governmental, and residential markets.

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Hanwha Group

Founded in 1952, Hanwha has grown quickly by anticipating and responding to changing business environments with a balanced business portfolio that includes energy & materials, aerospace, finance and retail & services. Our expertise and synergy in key areas have catapulted us into the seventh-largest business in South Korea and a Fortune Global 500 company. Hanwha continues to grow rapidly as we strive to pursue global leadership in all of our businesses. We are building a robust foundation for sustainable development and a brighter future for everyone.

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