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Solarfun Power Holdings Co.
by Michael VodickaDecember 29, 2009 | Comments : 0 Recommended this article: (0)
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Solarfun Power Holdings Co., an investment holding company, develops and manufactures photovoltaic cells and PV modules. The company was founded in 2004, has a market cap of $424 million and is headquartered in China.
Shares of SOLF surged higher on Nov 16 after the company swung to a third-quarter profit on strong margin expansion and an optimistic outlook. Even though revenue was down 22% from last year to $144 million, earnings came in strong at 37 cents per share, 23 cents ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company has beat in each of the last four quarters by an average of 471%.
Solarfun's operating profit jumped to $19 million from a loss of $2 million last year. The company's cash position now stands at $116 million against short-term borrowing of $148 million, with additional credit facilities available to help fund current liabilities.
Looking forward, the company said it expects strong Q4 shipments with prices down about 5% from the previous quarter. President Peter Xie added that "We expect to see a healthy demand environment in 2010. We expect strong demand from Germany as project development is accelerated in response to expected feed-in-tariff reductions, from new markets like China and the United States, and as the general availability of funding for solar projects improves."
Estimates have been on the upswing for the last few months, with the current year adding 40 cents to a loss of 14. The next-year estimate is pegged at 59 cents.
Shares of SOLF have been a bit choppy over the last 6 months while the long-term trend has been higher. The 52-week high just shy of $9 is close at hand, take a look below.
Michael Vodicka is the Momentum Stock Strategist for Zacks.com. He is also the Editor in charge of the market-beating Zacks Surprise Trader Service.
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