NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ) are up 1.97% to $26.89 after the company announced that its modules will power a series of four projects in Georgia totaling 5.1 MW with Atlanta-based solar developer SolAmerica Energy, LLC.
As the sole provider of photovoltaic (PV) modules for these projects, which include two industrial parks and two farms, Canadian Solar expects work to be done by next month.
All of the projects will utilize Canadian Solar CS6X-310-P photovoltaic (PV) modules, and the energy produced from the arrays will be sold to Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Co. (SO) .
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates CANADIAN SOLAR INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate CANADIAN SOLAR INC (CSIQ) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed--some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- CSIQ's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 18.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 64.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- CANADIAN SOLAR INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, CANADIAN SOLAR INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.56 versus -$4.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.71 versus $0.56).
- The gross profit margin for CANADIAN SOLAR INC is rather low; currently it is at 18.95%. Regardless of CSIQ's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CSIQ's net profit margin of 8.94% is significantly lower than the industry average.
- The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.10 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, CSIQ has a quick ratio of 0.59, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: CSIQ Ratings Report