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ReneSola (SOL) Q3 Earnings In Line, Revenues Lag Estimates

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ReneSola Ltd. (SOL - Free Report) reported earnings of a penny per American Depositary Share (ADS) for the third quarter of 2018, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.

Revenues

ReneSola’s third-quarter net revenues of $18.8 million missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $19 million by 1.1%. Moreover, revenues reflected a massive decline from $36.3 million in third-quarter 2017. However, the top line came in at the upper end of the company’s expected revenue range of $15-$20 million for the reported quarter.

Renesola Ltd. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Project Details

As of Sep 30, 2018, ReneSola owned more than 232 megawatt (MW) of rooftop projects in operation, concentrated in the eastern provinces of China. It has over 132 MW of rooftop projects under construction. The company’s 14 MW of completed projects were up for sale as of Sep 30.

It boasts a pipeline of more than 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of projects in various stages, of which 783.3 MW are late-stage ones as of Sep 30. Notably, late-stage projects worth 131.8 MW are under construction.

Operational Highlights

Gross profit was $8.6 million in the reported quarter compared with $6.4 million in third-quarter 2017.

Operating expenses totaled $2.9 million, up 14.5% from the prior-year quarter.

Operating income in the quarter under review came in at $5.7 million, which grew nearly 49% from the year-ago quarter’s figure.

Financial Condition

As of Sep 30, 2018, ReneSola’s cash and cash equivalents plus restricted cash were $10.7 million compared with $13.4 million as of Dec 31, 2017.

Long-term borrowings were $73.3 million as of Sep 30, up from $32.5 million as of Dec 31, 2017.

Guidance

ReneSola expects fourth-quarter 2018 revenues in the band of $20-$30 million and overall gross margin in the range of 20-25%.

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Zacks Rank

ReneSola currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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