JinkoSolar Reports 3Q:21 Financial Results

(JinkoSolar, 30.Nov.2021) — JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Business Highlights

  • JinkoSolar’s high-efficiency N-Type monocrystalline silicon solar cell sets new world record with highest conversion efficiency of 25.4%.
  • Over 7GW of new cell capacity put into production in the second quarter reached full production in the third quarter, reducing cell production cost in the third quarter by more than 10% compared with the second quarter.
  • China has strong market demand, and JinkoSolar’s percentage of module shipments in the Chinese market in the third quarter doubled compared to the second quarter.
  • JinkoSolar’s competitive large-size module products accounted for nearly 50% of module shipments in the third quarter, compared with less than 20% in the first half of 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Operational and Financial Highlights

  • Quarterly shipments were 4,993 MW (4,671 MW for solar modules, 322 MW for cells and wafers), total shipments down 4.0% sequentially, and down 2.4% year over year.
  • Total revenues were RMB8.57bn ($1.33bn), up 8.1% sequentially and down 2.3% year over year. The sequential increase was mainly attributable to an increase in the shipment of solar modules with higher selling price compared with cells and wafers.
  • Gross profit was RMB1.30bn ($201.1mn), down 4.6% sequentially and down 13.3% year over year.
  • Gross margin was 15.1%, compared with 17.1% in Q2 2021 and 17.0% in Q3 2020.
  • Net income was RMB194.2 mn ($30.1mn), up 193.2% sequentially and up 27.3 times year over year.
  • Non-GAAP net income was RMB15.9mn ($2.5mn), down 94.2% sequentially and down 95.1% year over year.
  • Basic earnings per ordinary share and diluted loss per ordinary share were RMB1.02 (US$0.16) and RMB(0.12) (US$(0.02)), respectively. This translates into basic earnings per ADS and diluted loss per ADS of RMB4.07 (US$0.63) and RMB(0.49) (US$(0.08)), respectively.
  • Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share were RMB0.08 (US$0.01) and RMB0.08 (US$0.01), respectively. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB0.33 (US$0.05) and RMB0.31 (US$0.05), respectively.

Mr. Xiande Li, JinkoSolar’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “the release of more efficient new cell capacity significantly reduced our cell production costs in the third quarter, partially offsetting the impact of high prices of polysilicon and other materials on production costs. Total shipments were impacted by the delay in sales revenue recognition caused by logistical issues and blockages. Logistics costs have further increased compared with the second quarter, and module prices hit a new high in almost a year. However, due to the transition to renewable energy in most regions of the world, the increase in electricity prices, financing support and other favorable policies, clients are more willing to accept higher module prices. Currently in its most severe shortage, we expect polysilicon supply will gradually return to sufficient levels starting next year, and as a result, installation demand is expected to increase significantly. 

Our high-efficiency N-type monocrystalline silicon solar cell reached a maximum conversion efficiency of 25.4%, setting a world record yet again. Based on our continuous leading R&D capabilities and two years of mass production experience, we are quickly expanding N-type cell production capacity. We are preparing for approximately 16 GW of N-type cell production capacity to be operational in the first quarter of 2022, and are planning to increase our global market share by enhancing our sales and promotions of N-type products to achieve at least 50% growth in annual shipments in 2022.

Our 7GW monocrystalline silicon wafer plant in Vietnam will commence production in the first quarter of 2022. After that, we will have approximately 7 GW of integrated mono wafer-cell-module manufacturing capacity overseas. A sound and diversified global industrial chain infrastructure will enable us to be more flexible in terms of order production and customer delivery, as we continue to provide integrated services to our global customers.”

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Total Revenues

Total revenues in the third quarter of 2021 were RMB8.57 bn (US$1.33 bn), an increase of 8.1% from RMB7.93 bn in the second quarter of 2021 and a decrease of 2.3% from RMB8.77 bn in the third quarter of 2020. The sequential increase was mainly attributable to an increase in the shipment of solar modules, while the year-over-year decrease was mainly attributable to a decrease in the shipment of solar modules.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit in the third quarter of 2021 was RMB1.30bn ($201.1mn), compared with RMB1.36bn in the second quarter of 2021 and RMB1.49bn in the third quarter of 2020.

Gross margin was 15.1% in the third quarter of 2021, compared with 17.1% in the second quarter of 2021 and 17.0% in the third quarter of 2020. The sequential and year-over-year decreases were mainly attributable to cost increases due to the rise of material prices and a decline in the average selling price of solar modules in response to the intensified market competition globally.

Income from Operations and Operating Margin

Income from operations in the third quarter of 2021 was RMB111.2mn ($17.3mn), compared with RMB356.4mn in the second quarter of 2021 and RMB546.0mn in the third quarter of 2020.

Operating margin was 1.3% in the third quarter of 2021, compared with 4.5% in the second quarter of 2021 and 6.2% in the third quarter of 2020.

Total operating expenses in the third quarter of 2021 were RMB1.18bn ($183.9mn), an increase of 18.2% from RMB1.00bn in the second quarter of 2021 and an increase of 24.9% from RMB948.9mn in the third quarter of 2020. The sequential and year-over-year increases were mainly attributable to increases in shipping costs of solar modules in the third quarter of 2021.

Total operating expenses accounted for 13.8% of total revenues in the third quarter of 2021, compared to 12.6% in the second quarter of 2021 and 10.8% in the third quarter of 2020.

Interest Expense, Net

Net interest expense in the third quarter of 2021 was RMB165.6mn (US$25.7mn), an increase of 5.1% from RMB157.5mn in the second quarter of 2021 and an increase of 28.1% from RMB129.2 mn in the third quarter of 2020. The sequential and year-over-year increases were mainly due to an increase in interest expense, as the Company’s interest-bearing debts increased. 

Subsidy Income

Subsidy income in the third quarter of 2021 was RMB63.5mn ($9.9mn), compared with RMB162.2mn in the second quarter of 2021 and RMB62.8 mn in the third quarter of 2020. The sequential decrease was mainly attributable to a decrease in the cash receipt of subsidies from local governments in China which are non-recurring, not refundable and with no conditions.

Exchange Loss and Change in Fair Value of Foreign Exchange Derivatives

The company recorded a net exchange loss (including change in fair value of foreign exchange derivatives) of RMB6.2 mn (US$1.0 mn) in the third quarter of 2021, compared to a net exchange loss of RMB4.4 mn in the second quarter of 2021 and a net exchange loss of RMB63.9 mn in the third quarter of 2020. The net exchange loss was mainly due to the exchange rate fluctuation of the US dollars against the RMB in the third quarter of 2021.

Change in Fair Value of Convertible Senior Notes and Call Option

The company issued $85.0mn of 4.5% convertible senior notes due 2024 (the “Notes”) in May 2019 and has elected to measure the Notes at fair value derived by valuation model, i.e. Binomial Model. The company recognized a gain from a change in fair value of the Notes of RMB239.0 mn ($37.1mn) in the third quarter of 2021, compared to a loss of RMB335.7 mn in the second quarter of 2021 and a loss of RMB593.7mn in the third quarter of 2020. The change was primarily due to a decrease in the company’s stock price in the third quarter of 2021.

Concurrent with the issuance of the Notes in May 2019, the company entered into a call option transaction with an affiliate of Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC. The company accounted for the call option transaction as freestanding derivative assets in its consolidated balance sheets, which is marked to market during each reporting period. The company recorded a loss from a change in fair value of the call option of RMB38.2mn ($5.9mn) in the third quarter of 2021, compared to a gain of RMB137.9 mn in the second quarter of 2021 and a gain of RMB280.7mn in the third quarter of 2020. The change was primarily due to a decrease in the company’s stock price in the third quarter of 2021. The company exercised all the remaining call option using cash settlement in the third quarter of 2021.

Equity in Earnings/(loss)of Affiliated Companies

The Company indirectly holds a 20% equity interest in Sweihan PV Power Company P.J.S.C, a developer and operator of solar power projects in Dubai, and accounts for its investment using the equity method. The company also holds a 30% equity interest in Jiangsu Jinko-Tiansheng Co., Ltd, which processes and assembles PV modules as an OEM manufacturer, and accounts for its investments using the equity method. The company recorded equity in earnings of affiliated companies of RMB13.2mn ($2.0mn) in the third quarter of 2021, compared with a loss of RMB0.3mn in the second quarter of 2021 and a gain of RMB24.7mn in the third quarter of 2020. The gain primarily arose from interest rate swap recorded by the equity affiliate due to an increase in long-term interest rates in the third quarter of 2021. Hedge accounting was not applied for the derivative.

Income Tax Expense/(Benefit)

The company recorded an income tax expense of RMB22.0 mn ($3.4mn) in the third quarter of 2021, compared with an income tax benefit of RMB6.9mn in the second quarter of 2021 and an income tax expense of RMB69.2mn in the third quarter of 2020. The sequential increase of tax expense was mainly due to additional 2020 income tax deduction for R&D costs approved by the local tax bureau in the second quarter of 2021.

Net Income and Earnings/(loss) per Share

Net income attributable to the company’s ordinary shareholders was RMB194.2mn ($30.1mn) in the third quarter of 2021, compared with net income attributable to the company’s ordinary shareholders of RMB66.2mn in the second quarter of 2021 and RMB6.9mn in the third quarter of 2020.

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests decreased in the third quarter of 2021 mainly attributable to lower profit generated from the company’s certain subsidiary of which non-controlling shareholders own equity interests.

Basic earnings per ordinary share and diluted loss per ordinary share were RMB1.02 (US$0.16) and RMB(0.12) (US$(0.02)), respectively, during the third quarter of 2021, compared to RMB0.35 and RMB0.35, respectively, in the second quarter of 2021, and RMB0.04 and RMB(1.55), respectively, in the third quarter of 2020. As each ADS represents four ordinary shares, this translates into basic earnings per ADS and diluted loss per ADS of RMB4.07 (US$0.63) and RMB(0.49) (US$(0.08)), respectively in the third quarter of 2021; RMB1.39 and RMB1.38, respectively, in the second quarter of 2021; and RMB0.16 and RMB(6.20), respectively, in the third quarter of 2020. The difference between basic earning and diluted loss per share in the third quarter of 2021 was mainly due to the dilutive impact of convertible senior notes.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders in the third quarter of 2021 was RMB15.9mn ($2.5mn), compared with RMB274.7mn in the second quarter of 2021 and RMB321.4mn in the third quarter of 2020.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share were both RMB0.08 (US$0.01) during the third quarter of 2021; both RMB1.44 in the second quarter of 2021 and both RMB1.81 in the third quarter of 2020. This translates into non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB0.33 (US$0.05) and RMB0.31 (US$0.05), respectively, in the third quarter of 2021; RMB5.76 and RMB5.75, respectively, in the second quarter of 2021, and both RMB7.22 in the third quarter of 2020.

Because of the dilutive impact of call option arrangement during the third quarter of 2020,   potential shares underlying the call option arrangement were removed from weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding since their issuance date, and changes in income of the assumed exercise of call option, including the change in fair value of the call option, foreign exchange gain/(loss) on the call option, and the issuance costs of the call option were also recorded as the adjustment to the company’s consolidated net income to arrive at the diluted net income available to the company’s ordinary shareholders. Under that situation, the company implemented the same denominator for both non-GAAP basic and dilutive earnings per ordinary share in the third quarter of 2020.

Financial Position

As of 30 September 2021, the company had RMB7.32 bn ($1.14bn) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared with RMB6.52 bn as of 30 June 2021.

As of 30 September 2021, the company’s accounts receivables due from third parties were RMB4.27 bn ($662.5 mn), compared with RMB3.91 bn as of 30 June 2021.

As of 30 September 2021, the company’s inventories were RMB13.47 bn ($2.09bn), compared with RMB9.88 bn as of 30 June 2021.

As of 30 September 2021, the company’s total interest-bearing debts were RMB23.76 bn ($3.69bn), of which RMB438.2 mn ($68.0mn) was related to the Company’s overseas downstream solar projects, compared with RMB20.15 bn, of which RMB436.5 mn was related to the company’s overseas downstream solar projects as of 30 June 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Operational Highlights

Solar Module, Cell and Wafer Shipments

Total shipments in the third quarter of 2021 were 4,993 MW, including 4,671 MW for solar module shipments and 322 MW for cell and wafer shipments.

Solar Products Production Capacity

As of September 30, 2021, the company’s in-house annual mono wafer, solar cell and solar module production capacity was 31 GW, 19 GW (940 MW for N type cells) and 36 GW, respectively.

Operations and Business Outlook Highlights

With JinkoSolar’s industry-leading N-type cell R&D capabilities and over two year’s mass production experience, it is investing in N-type cells, with an expected output of about 10GW in 2022. On the one hand, it helps alleviate challenges related to the company’s insufficient cell production capacity, and on the other hand, the N-type technology greatly improves module performance. The company recently released a brand new Tiger Neo N-type product with mass production output of up to 620W. The company’s monocrystalline silicon wafer factory in Vietnam has started construction recently and will commence production in the first quarter of 2022, after which it will have approximately 7GW of overseas integrated production capacity, from mono silicon wafers to high-efficiency cells and modules. JinkoSolar is committed to improving the supply chain worldwide and producing high-quality and efficient products to serve global customers.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Guidance

The company’s business outlook is based on management’s current views and estimates with respect to market conditions, production capacity, the company’s order book and the global economic environment. This outlook is subject to uncertainty on final customer demand and sale schedules. Management’s views and estimates are subject to change without notice.

For the fourth quarter of 2021, the company expects total shipments to be in the range of 7.3 GW to 8.8 GW (solar module shipments to be in the range of 7 GW to 8.5 GW). Total revenue for the fourth quarter is expected to be in the range of $1.8bn to $2.2bn. Gross margin for the fourth quarter is expected to be between 13% and 16%.

For full year 2021, the company estimates total shipments (including solar modules, cells and wafers) to be in the range of 22.8 GW to 24.3 GW.

Solar Products Production Capacity

JinkoSolar expects its annual mono wafer, solar cell and solar module production capacity to reach 32.5 GW, 24 GW (including 940 MW N-type cells) and 45 GW, respectively, by the end of 2021.

Recent Business Developments

  • In August 2021, JinkoSolar’s principal operating subsidiary, Jinko Solar Co., Ltd. signed a long-term polysilicon supply agreement with Wacker Chemie AG.
  • In September 2021, JinkoSolar’s principal operating subsidiary, Jinko Solar Co., Ltd. signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd.
  • In September 2021, JinkoSolar announced that it is investing $500 mn to build a monocrystalline ingot and wafer manufacturing facility in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam.
  • In September 2021, JinkoSolar was awarded the ‘Top Brand PV USA’ seal by EUPD Research.
  • In September 2021, the stock listing committee of Shanghai Stock Exchange’s Sci-Tech innovation board reviewed application of Jinko Solar Co., Ltd., the principal operating subsidiary of JinkoSolar, and considered that it had met the offering, listing and disclosure requirements related to its proposed IPO.
  • In October 2021, JinkoSolar achieved a major technical breakthrough on its N-type monocrystalline silicon solar cell, setting a new world record for the fourth time in a year with the maximum solar conversion efficiency of 25.4% for its large-size passivating contact solar cell.
  • In October 2021, JinkoSolar won the prestigious Green World Awards for Environmental Best Practice named by the Green Organization in the global campaign to find the world’s greenest countries, companies, and communities.
  • In October 2021, JinkoSolar’s Tiger and Tiger Pro module series met the carbon footprint verification standards of TÜV Rheinland Group, a leading global services provider in the testing of PV modules and components.
  • In October 2021, JinkoSolar worked with Catholic Charities Jacksonville to provide refugees living in Jacksonville access to devices and internet in order to facilitate their English classes and better acclimate to life in America.
  • In November 2021, JinkoSolar launched a new series of ultra-efficient 2021 Flagship Tiger Neo modules.
  • In November 2021, JinkoSolar announced that its principal operating subsidiary, Jinko Solar Co., Ltd. plans to invest RMB450 mn for equity in Sichuan Yongxiang Energy Technology Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Tongwei Co., Ltd. (Shanghai Stock Exchange: 600438).

Conference Call Information

JinkoSolar’s management will host an earnings conference call on Tuesday, 30 November 2021 at 7:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:30 p.m. Beijing / Hong Kong the same day).

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

Hong Kong / International:+852 3027 6500
U.S. Toll Free:+1 855-824-5644
Passcode:71417350#

Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.

A telephone replay of the call will be available 2 hours after the conclusion of the conference call through 23:59 U.S. Eastern Time, 7 December 2021. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

International:+61 2 8325 2405
U.S.:+1 646 982 0473
Passcode:520000271#

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of JinkoSolar’s website at www.jinkosolar.com.

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