Berlin, August 18th, 2010 - Berlin-based SOLON SE (ISIN DE0007471195) today published its interim report for the six months ended June 30, 2010, according to which Group revenue once again nearly doubled year on year. This favorable financial development is first and foremost a consequence of brisk business in Germany. The decision to adopt the mid-year reduction of the feed-in compensation for solar power sparked high demand among German customers, and this, in turn, had a very positive effect on the components business of SOLON, which as previously generated the largest portion of Group revenue (82%).
Conversely, due to the wait-and-see attitude of several banks in financing customer projects, the system technology business was still unsatis-factory in the second quarter. After the successful conclusion of its refinancing negotiations at the beginning of June, however, the Company observed a noticeable recovery in this area. The improvement was evidenced by a number of new orders, particularly in Italy and the USA, that will lead to revenue in the coming quarters.
The key financial indicators of the first half of 2010 are broken down as follows: Group revenue rose 104% to €243.6 million (H1 2009: €119.4 million). Compared to the first half of 2009, EBIT and EBITDA also improved significantly to an EBIT loss of €2.3 million and positive EBITDA of €6.7 million (H1 2009: EBIT loss of €52.6 million and EBITDA loss of €42.7 million). SOLON SE recorded a net loss after minority interests of €9.5 million in the first six months of 2010 (H1 2009: net loss of €110.1 million). No one-time effects on net income occurred in the period under review. Accordingly, the loss per share declined to €0.73 (H1 2009: loss per share of €8.79). Some 36% of Group revenue was generated outside of Germany in the first half of 2010. Production volume reached 117 MWp.
Due to high demand anticipated for the third quarter, the carrying amount of inventories increased to €123.3 million (December 31, 2009: €90.6 million). This resulted in a negative operating cash flow of €18.2 million in the first six months (H1 2009: negative operating cash flow of €10.3 million). Working capital was €172 million and hence slightly lower than on March 31, 2010. The ratio of working capital to revenue generated in the past twelve months declined to 36%. Net debt as of the reporting date amounted to €367 million.
In consideration of the favorable business trend in the first half of the year and the strong outlook for sales in the third and fourth quarters, the Company’s management projects that Group revenue for the year 2010 will be significantly higher than €500 million with a breakeven operating result.
Source: SOLON SE