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JA Solar Announces First Quarter 2013 Results

SHANGHAI, China, May 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq:JASO) ("JA Solar" or the "Company"), one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, today announced its unaudited financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

First Quarter 2013 Highlights

  • Shipments were 442.7 MW, consisting of 248.0 MW of modules, 189.5 MW of cells, and 5.2 MW of module and cell tolling, exceeding the high end of the Company's previous guidance of 430 MW and representing a decrease of 11.5% from the fourth quarter of 2012
  • Net revenue was RMB 1.7 billion ($270.0 million), compared to RMB 1.7 billion ($268.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012
  • Gross margin was positive 6.0%, compared to gross margin of negative 4.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012
  • Operating loss was RMB 85.2 million ($13.7 million), compared to operating loss of RMB 493.9 million ($79.5 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012
  • Net loss was RMB 206.5 million ($33.3 million), of which net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was RMB 204.3 million ($32.9 million)
  • Loss per diluted ADS was RMB 5.29 ($0.85), compared to loss per diluted ADS of RMB 15.06 ($2.42) in the fourth quarter of 2012
  • Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter were RMB 2.8 billion ($454.9 million), compared to RMB 3.0 billion ($488.1 million) at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012

Mr. Baofang Jin, executive chairman and CEO of JA Solar, commented, "Shipments exceeded the high end of guidance in the first quarter thanks to solid sales across our key markets, particularly in regions with higher ASPs, resulting in improved gross margins and a significant reduction in net loss."

Mr. Jin continued, "We performed especially well in Japan, a high-ASP market, which accounted for a record 38% of our module shipments in the quarter, while module sales to China declined from last quarter due to seasonality and our shift in focus to markets with more attractive margins. We also made further inroads into emerging markets, including in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa."

"While conditions remain challenging, we are confident that our strength across key markets will continue to drive solid performance, and our emphasis on stringent management of cash and our balance sheet should ensure the long-term success of our business," Mr. Jin added. "Having successfully repaid $119 million of our convertible notes in May, we are continuously evaluating our financing options to ensure we have the cash needed to solidify our market-leading position, while maintaining a healthy balance sheet. Going forward, JA Solar's combination of superior product offerings and prudent financial management will continue to help us further expand our global footprint and customer base."

First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Total shipments in the first quarter of 2013 were 442.7 MW, consisting of 248.0 MW of modules, 189.5 MW of cells, and 5.2 MW of module and cell tolling, above the Company's previously provided guidance of 410 MW to 430 MW. This represents an 11.5% decrease from 500 MW in the fourth quarter of 2012 and an increase of 20.9% from 366 MW in the first quarter of 2012. The sequential decline in shipment volumes was primarily due to seasonality.

Net revenue in the first quarter of 2013 was RMB 1.7 billion ($270.0 million), an increase of 0.4% from RMB 1.7 billion ($268.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012 and an increase of 4.7% from RMB 1.6 billion ($258.0 million) in the first quarter of 2012. The slight sequential increase in net revenue despite the decline in shipment volumes was primarily the result of the Company's shift in focus to markets with higher average selling price.

Gross profit in the first quarter of 2013 was RMB 99.9 million ($16.1 million), compared with a gross loss of RMB 77.1 million ($12.4 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012 and gross profit of RMB 33.2 million ($5.4 million) in the first quarter of 2012. Gross margin was positive 6.0% in the first quarter of 2013, compared with negative 4.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012 and positive 2.1% in the first quarter of 2012.

Total operating expenses in the first quarter of 2013 were RMB 185.2 million ($29.8 million), compared with RMB 416.8 million ($67.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012 and RMB 192.4 million ($31.0 million) in the first quarter of 2012. Total operating expenses in the first quarter of 2013 included an accounts receivable provision of RMB 12.3 million ($2.0 million). Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2012 included an accounts receivable provision of RMB 134.1 million ($21.6 million), and a long-lived asset impairment of RMB 147.1 million ($23.7 million). Research and development expenses in the first quarter of 2013 were RMB 21.4 million ($3.4 million), an increase from RMB 9.4 million ($1.5 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012. The sequential increase in research and development expenses was primarily related to various initiatives implemented to further improve the efficiency and quality of the Company's products.

Operating loss in the first quarter of 2013 was RMB 85.2 million ($13.7 million), compared with an operating loss of RMB 493.9 million ($79.5 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012 and an operating loss of RMB 159.1 million ($25.6 million) in the first quarter of 2012. Operating margin was negative 5.1% in the first quarter of 2013, compared with negative 29.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012 and negative 9.9% in the first quarter of 2012.

Other loss in the first quarter of 2013 was RMB 17.5 million ($2.8 million), compared with other income of RMB 20.5 million ($3.3 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012 and other income of RMB 32.1 million ($5.2 million) in the first quarter of 2012.

Loss per diluted ADS in the first quarter of 2013 was RMB 5.29 ($0.85), compared with loss per diluted ADS of RMB 15.06 ($2.42) in the fourth quarter of 2012 and earnings per diluted ADS of RMB 6.41 ($1.03) in the first quarter of 2012.

Liquidity

As of March 31, 2013, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB 2.8 billion ($454.9 million), and total working capital of RMB 278.4 million ($44.8 million). Total short-term bank borrowings were RMB 946.6 million ($152.4 million). Total long-term bank borrowings were RMB 3.9 billion ($623.2 million), among which RMB 2.8 billion ($451.4 million) were due in one year. The total face value of the Company's outstanding convertible bonds due 2013 was RMB 724.2 million ($116.6 million) at March 31, 2013. The Company repaid at maturity its convertible notes on May 15, 2013.

Business Outlook

For the second quarter of 2013, the Company expects total shipments to be between 410 MW and 430 MW. The Company's full year guidance of 1.7 GW to 1.9 GW remains unchanged.

Investor Conference Call / Webcast Details

A conference call has been scheduled for today, Monday, May 20, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong Time). The call may be accessed by dialing +65-6723-9381 (international), +1-718-354-1231 (U.S.), or +852-2475-0994 (Hong Kong). The passcode is JA Solar. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at www.jasolar.com. A replay of the call will be available beginning two hours after the live call and will be accessible by dialing +61-2-8199-0299 (international) or +1-646-254-3697 (U.S.). The passcode for the replay is 64802149.

Currency Convenience Translation

The conversion of Renminbi into U.S. dollars in this release, made solely for the convenience of the reader, is based on the noon buying rate in the city of New York for cable transfers of Renminbi as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as of March 29, 2013, which was RMB 6.2108 to $1.00. No representation is intended to imply that the Renminbi amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized or settled into U.S. dollars at that rate on March 29, 2013, or at any other date. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on Renminbi.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "may," "expect," "anticipate," "aim," "intend," "plan," "believe," "estimate," "potential," "continue," and other similar statements. Statements other than statements of historical facts in this announcement are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, our expectations regarding the expansion of our manufacturing capacities, our future business development, and our beliefs regarding our production output and production outlook. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Company and the industry. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that its expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.

About JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of high-performance solar power products that convert sunlight into electricity for residential, commercial, and utility-scale power generation. The Company is one of the world's largest producers of solar power products. Its standard and high-efficiency product offerings are among the most powerful and cost-effective in the industry. The Company distributes products under its own brand and also produces on behalf of its clients. The Company shipped 1.7 GW of solar power products in 2012. JA Solar is headquartered in Shanghai, China, and maintains production facilities in Shanghai, as well as Hebei, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces.

For more information, please visit www.jasolar.com.

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
(Unaudited)
  For three months ended
  Mar. 31, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013 Mar. 31, 2013
  RMB'000 RMB'000 RMB'000 USD'000
         
Net revenues 1,602,219 1,670,241 1,677,074 270,025
Cost of sales (1,568,983) (1,747,352) (1,577,129) (253,933)
Gross profit/(loss) 33,236 (77,111) 99,945 16,092
Selling, general and administrative expenses (170,010) (260,358) (163,811) (26,375)
Impairment loss for property, plant and equipment 0 (147,092) 0 0
Research and development expenses (22,365) (9,362) (21,366) (3,440)
Total operating expenses (192,375) (416,812) (185,177) (29,815)
Loss from operations (159,139) (493,923) (85,232) (13,723)
Interest expense (123,091) (103,427) (98,310) (15,829)
Other income/(loss), net 32,116 20,544 (17,540) (2,824)
Loss before income taxes (250,114) (576,806) (201,082) (32,376)
Income tax (expenses)/benefit (786) (5,327) (5,466) (880)
Net loss (250,900) (582,133) (206,548) (33,256)
Less: Loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 0 0 (2,213) (356)
Net income/(loss) available to ordinary shareholders (250,900) (582,133) (204,335) (32,900)
         
Net loss per share:        
Basic (1.28) (3.01) (1.06) (0.17)
Diluted (1.28) (3.01) (1.06) (0.17)
         
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:        
Basic 195,706,103 193,300,847 193,300,847 193,300,847
Diluted 195,706,103 193,300,847 193,300,847 193,300,847
         
Comprehensive loss        
Net loss (250,900) (582,133) (206,548) (33,256)
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax (284) 859 1,403 226
Cash flow hedging loss, net of tax (11,755) 0 0 0
Other comprehensive (loss)/income (12,039) 859 1,403 226
Comprehensive loss (262,939) (581,274) (205,145) (33,030)
Loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 0 0 (2,213) (356)
Comprehensive loss attributable to ordinary shareholders (262,939) (581,274) (202,932) (32,674)
 
 
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
       
  Dec. 31, Mar. 31,
  2012 2013 2013
  RMB'000 RMB'000 USD'000
   
ASSETS      
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents  3,031,462  2,825,133  454,874
Restricted cash  194,379  239,481  38,559
Accounts receivable   1,723,090  1,913,280  308,057
Inventories  930,137  1,067,896  171,942
Advances to suppliers  294,653  323,561  52,096
Other current assets  976,658  896,426  144,333
Total current assets  7,150,379  7,265,777  1,169,861
Property and equipment, net  4,447,469  4,432,018  713,599
Advances to suppliers  1,157,555  972,290  156,548
Long-term investment  50,910  50,910  8,197
Deferred issuance cost  --   --   -- 
Other long term assets  326,153  390,494  62,873
Total assets  13,132,466  13,111,489  2,111,078
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Short-term bank borrowings   972,730  946,608  152,413
Accounts payable   1,313,535  1,593,562  256,579
Advances from customers  76,875  105,282  16,951
Current portion of long term bank borrowings  1,850,500  2,803,613  451,409
Convertible Bond  708,548  722,865  116,388
Accrued and other liabilities   966,351  815,471  131,299
Total current liabilities  5,888,539  6,987,401  1,125,039
Convertible Bond  --   --   -- 
Long-term borrowings   2,088,139  1,067,227  171,834
Other long term liabilities  262,964  283,309  45,616
Total liabilities  8,239,642  8,337,937  1,342,489
Total JA Solar Holdings shareholders' equity  4,892,824  4,694,736  755,899
Noncontrolling interest  --   78,816  12,690
Total shareholders' equity  4,892,824  4,773,552  768,589
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  13,132,466  13,111,489  2,111,078
CONTACT: In China

         Nick Beswick
         Brunswick Group
         Tel: +86-10-5960-8600
         E-mail:jasolar@brunswickgroup.com

         In the U.S.

         Cindy Zheng
         Brunswick Group
         Tel: +1-212-333-3810
         E-mail:jasolar@brunswickgroup.com

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