Reallocation Of Overhead Expenses

SAN MATEO, Calif., March 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SolarCity today announced that there will be a reallocation of overhead expenses from leased systems to system sales, which will affect the 2013 and 2012 GAAP financial statements. The estimated changes are described below and final, audited statements will be filed on or before Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

During an internal review of fourth quarter financial statements, we discovered an error in the formula for allocating overhead expenses between Operating Lease assets and the cost of Solar Energy System Sales originating in Q1 2012. We reported this to our auditors, who agreed with our assessment that a correction needed to be made. It is important to note that overhead expenses in total will not be amended and that these changes do not affect the net cash flows or any forward financial guidance of the company.

The GAAP impact is expected to be a downward adjustment on the balance sheet primarily in Solar Energy Systems, Leased and to Be Leased of approximately 2.5%-3.0% as of September 30, 2013.  We also expect an increase in the cost of Solar Energy Systems Sales of approximately $16-$20 million on the statement of operations for the nine month period ended September 30, 2013 and an increase of approximately $20-$23 million to the same line item for the full-year 2012, while we are currently evaluating the materiality of the impact on 2011.

There is no change to net cash flows. Our cash balance was $577.1 million as of December 31, 2013.

These adjustments have no impact on the key operating metrics already reported:
  • Estimated Nominal Contracted Payments Remaining as of the end of 2013 was $1,989 million
  • Retained Value forecast as of the end of 2013 was $1,052 million
  • Full-Year Guidance MW deployed of 475 MW – 525 MW and positive net cash flow in 2014 is reiterated

We will hold a conference call today, March 3, 2014, at 8:00 am Eastern. A live webcast of the call may be accessed over the Internet at the "Events and Presentations" link of the Investor Relations section of our website at

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 1-877-407-0784, or for international callers, 1-201-689-8560. A replay will be available two hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176, or for international callers, 1-858-384-5517. The passcode for the live call and the replay is 13577143. The replay will be available until March 10, 2014.

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