JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (JASO) Q2 2012 Earnings Call August 29, 2012, 08:00 am ET Executives Nick Beswick - Brunswick Group Peng Fang - CEO Christoph Flinck - Head of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development Analysts Brandon Heiken - Credit Suisse Edwin Mok - Needham Caleb Dorfman - Simmons & Company Pavel Molchanov - Raymond James Nitin Kumar - Nomura Capital Jeff Osborne - Stifel Nicolaus Presentation Operator
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After the prepared remarks, we will open up for questions for the remainder of the call. We expect the entire call to last approximately one hour.Before we begin the formal remarks, I’d like to remind you that certain statements on today’s call, including statements regarding expected future financial and industry growth are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These statements are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Factors that could cause actual results to differ into general, business and economic conditions in the solar industry; governmental support for the development of solar power; future shortage or availability of the supply of high purity silicon; demand for end-user products by consumers and inventory levels of such products in the supply chain; changes in demand from significant customers; changes in demand for our major markets; changes in product mix, capacity utilization, level of competition, pricing pressures, and declines in average selling prices; delays in the introduction of new product lines; continued success in technological innovations; shortage in supply of raw materials; availability of finance; exchange rate fluctuation, litigation and other risks as described in the company’s SEC filings including its annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC. Although the company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee future results. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. All information provided on today’s conference call speaks as of today’s date unless otherwise stated and the company undertakes no duty to update such information except as required under applicable law. I will now turn the call over to Dr. Peng Fang, CEO of JA Solar. Peng Fang Thank you, Nick and thank you everyone for joining today’s call. In the second quarter, market conditions in the solar industry remained challenging, but I am encouraged that JA Solar recorded a healthy shipment volume and that way sustained our strong financial position. Throughout the current market downturn, we demonstrated a clear strategy to work through these past conditions by focusing on maintaining healthy cash flow and strong balance sheet while remaining a solid market share.
We have always believed it would be irresponsible to prioritize short-term shipment gains over long-term financial stability. As a consequence we entered the second half of the year in a relatively strong financial position in the industry. This combined with the consistent excellence of our product ensures that we receive the task of our customers across key market. We see us as a long term player.Let's take a look of some of the key metrics for the quarter starting with our shipments. In this quarter shipments were 418 megawatts, in line with the low end of our guidance. As that said, given the current market uncertainty ensuring long-term financial stability is more important than chasing short-term shipments volumes. Having said that, I do want to highlight that we are making excellent progress in module shipments. Customers, in question they recognized the quality and the value of our offerings. This quarter for the first time modules account for more than 60% of revenues and more than 55% of shipments. In the long term, the greater share of modules in overall shipments to the [gross] margins. Gross margins, in this quarter continued to improve increasing to 4.8% in second quarter than 2.1% in first quarter. This shows the success of our cost cutting effort, increased operating efficiency and technological improvements. Our operating margin was negatively impacted by increase in operating expense and this was primary due to the prepayment impairment of 3.4 million related to the share transfer agreement with M.SETEK for the acquisition of a 65% interest in Hebei Ningjin Songgong. We will discuss this in more detail later. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com