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SunPower (SPWR) Q1 Loss Wider Than Expected, Revenues Up Y/Y

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SunPower Corp. (SPWR - Free Report) incurred adjusted loss of 41 cents per share in first-quarter 2019, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 40 cents. The company had incurred a loss of 20 cents per share a year ago.    

Excluding one-time adjustments, the company incurred a GAAP loss of 63 cents per share, narrower than the prior-year quarter’s loss of 83 cents.

Operational Results

During the quarter under review, SunPower’s adjusted revenues came in at $411.6 million, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $425 million by 3%. However, the top line improved 3.2% from the year-ago quarter’s $398.9 million. The reported figure also exceeded the company’s expectation of generating $350-390 million revenues in the first quarter. The year-over-year upside in revenues can be primarily attributed to construction revenues from solar services contracts.

Furthermore, total operating expenses in the quarter declined 44.5% to $80.3 million compared with that in the first quarter of 2018. Notably, lower expenses for impairment of residential lease assets led to the downturn.

Also, a gain from business divestiture caused reduction in operating expenses.

These apart, SunPower made deployment of 455 megawatts (MW) in the first quarter compared with 326 MW deployed in first-quarter 2018.  It also exceeded the company’s expectation to deploy 360-400 MW in the reported quarter.

SunPower Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

SunPower Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

SunPower Corporation price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | SunPower Corporation Quote

Financial Position

SunPower had cash and cash equivalents of $185.6 million as of Mar 31, 2019, compared with $309.4 million as of Dec 30, 2018.

Long-term debt was $71.6 million as of Mar 31, 2019, compared with $40.5 million as of Dec 31, 2018.

In the first quarter, net cash outflow from operating activities totaled $149 million compared with the year-ago quarter’s figure of $233.3 million.

Outlook

For second-quarter 2019, the company expects to generate adjusted revenues of $420-$460 million. Adjusted gross margin is estimated to be 7-10%. Additionally, it anticipates deployment of 550-600 MW in the same period.

Meanwhile, SunPower still expects to generate adjusted revenues of $1.9-2.0 billion and deploy 1.9-2.1 gigawatts in 2019. However, it has raised adjusted EBITDA projections for the full year from the earlier guidance of $80-$110 million to $90-$100 million.

Zacks Rank

SunPower currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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