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Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. Reports First Quarter 2015 Unaudited Financial Results

HONG KONG, May 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. (Nasdaq:SKYS) ("Sky Solar" or "the Company"), a global developer, owner and operator of solar parks, today announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2015.

Highlights:

  • Q1 2015 total revenue of $10.3 million, up 64.5% over Q1 2014
  • Q1 2015 Adjusted EBITDA of $7.0 million, compared to $0.9 million in Q1 2014
  • 92.7 MW of IPP assets in operation as of March 31, 2015, compared to 65.2 MW as of December 31, 2014
  • 28.4 MW of solar parks connected during Q1 2015
  • 1.3 GW of projects in pipeline as of March 31, 2015, including 19.5 MW under construction, 283.8 MW of shovel-ready projects and 1.0 GW of solar parks under development
  • $7.4 million project refinancing in Japan raised

Mr. Weili Su, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Sky Solar, commented, "We are pleased with our first quarter financial and operational results. We saw top line growth both year-over-year and sequentially, driven by strong electricity sales in Japan. We connected 26.4 MW in Japan during the quarter and it remains one of our most important markets. We also continue to make strides in the Latin American market. By the end of the first quarter, in Uruguay, Japan and Canada, we had 8.0 MW, 11.0 MW and 0.5 MW of projects under construction and on schedule, respectively. In China, we have successfully established our operating platform and continue to evaluate financing options and acquisition opportunities. We believe there are significant opportunities in China and are focused on identifying projects with attractive and reliable returns."

Mr. Su continued, "Meanwhile, we continue to seek strategic financing opportunities to fuel our pipeline growth. As we previously announced, Mr. Sanjay Shrestha joined our team as the President of Sky Capital Americas in April to enhance our financing capabilities in the Americas. We believe Sanjay will considerably accelerate our growth in Latin America and North America. This strengthened financing ability, along with our track record of successful execution on our project pipeline, gives us considerable confidence for this year and beyond."

First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Net revenue was $10.3 million, up 64.5% from $6.2 million in the same period in 2014. Revenue from electricity sales was $5.1 million, up 3.7% from $4.9 million in the same period in 2014, while revenue from solar energy system and other sales was $5.1 million, up 297.2% from $1.3 million in the same period in 2014. The growth in electricity sales was primarily due to the connection of additional solar parks in Japan and Canada, partially offset by reductions in Greek subsidies since April 2014. The growth in revenue from solar energy system and other sales was primarily due to increased permit sales in Japan to a joint venture where we are a minority shareholder.

The following table shows the Company's sequential and year-over-year growth in revenue for each segment, region and period indicated.





Q1 2015

Sequential

Change


Q4 2014
Year-Over-
Year

Change


Q1 2014
  (US$ in thousands, except percentages)
Asia 6,723 97.5% 3,404 401.0% 1,343
Electricity Sales 2,624 57.0% 1,671 108.8% 1,257
System Sales and Other 4,099 136.5% 1,733 4,666.3% 86
Europe 2,458 -17.0% 2,961 -43.4% 4,339
Electricity Sales 2,018 26.4% 1,596 -45.2% 3,685
System Sales and Other 440 -67.8% 1,365 -32.9% 654
North America 1,071 -40.5% 1,801 94.4% 551
Electricity 482 153.7% 190 -- --
System Sales and Other 589 -63.4% 1,611 6.9% 551
Electricity Sales 5,124 48.2% 3,457 3.7% 4,942
System Sales and Other 5,128 8.9% 4,709 297.2% 1,291

Cost of sales and services was $3.1 million, compared to $3.4 million in the same period in 2014. The decrease was primarily due to decreased euro- and yen-denominated costs. 

Gross profit was $7.2 million, up 156.8% from $2.8 million in the same period in 2014. Gross margin was 70.0%, compared to 44.9% in the same period in 2014. The increase was primarily due to permit sales to our joint venture in Japan. 

Selling and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $4.4 million, down 50.0% from $8.8 million in the same period in 2014. The decrease was primarily due to an impairment loss of $3.5 million incurred during the first quarter of 2014.  

Operating income was $2.8 million, compared to an operating loss of $4.6 million in the same period in 2014. 

Net income was $2.6 million, compared to a net loss of $5.7 million in the same period in 2014. 

Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.01, compared to basic and diluted loss per share of $0.02 in the same period in 2014. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS were $0.05, compared to basic and diluted loss per ADS of $0.13 in the same period in 2014.  

Adjusted EBITDA was $7.0 million. 1 

Pipeline Analysis

As of March 31, 2015, the Company owned and operated 92.7 MW of IPP assets, compared to 65.2 MW at the end of 2014.  

The Company had 19.5 MW of projects under construction at the end of the quarter, compared to 47.5 MW under construction at the end of 2014. The majority of projects under construction were in Japan, where the Company is building 11.0 MW of capacity. The Company had another 8.0 MW of projects under construction in Uruguay and 0.5 MW of projects under construction in Canada. 

In total, the Company had 1.3 GW of projects in various stages of development, which include the projects under construction described above as well as 283.8 MW of shovel-ready projects and more than 1.0 GW of pipeline in earlier development stages. 

During the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company announced its intention to enter the China market. The Company is evaluating the acquisition of operating assets that could meaningfully increase its revenue and pipeline capacity.  

In addition, during the three months ended March 31, 2015, the Company entered into bank facility agreements to refinance $4.0 million of solar parks in Canada and obtained project refinancing of a total $7.4 million for solar parks in Japan from several local banks. In March 2015, Sky Solar's debt financing application for a portion of its projects in Japan was preliminarily approved by one local bank, subject to finalization of the loan agreement, for a total amount of $23.1 million

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of March 31, 2015, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $20.1 million, trade receivables of $21.0 million and solar park assets of $202.0 million. Total borrowing was $43.5 million, including $16.2 million of borrowing due within one year. 

Use of Non-IFRS Measures

To provide investors with additional information regarding the Company's financial results, the Company has disclosed Adjusted EBITDA, a non-IFRS financial measure, below. The Company presents this non-IFRS financial measure because it is used by the Company's management to evaluate its operating performance. The Company also believes that this non-IFRS financial measure provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating the Company's consolidated results of operations in the same manner as the Company's management and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of its peers.

Adjusted EBITDA, as the Company presents it, represents profit or loss for the period before taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted to eliminate the impact of share-based compensation expenses, interest expenses, impairment losses, IPO expenses and charges of fair value changes of financial liabilities.

The use of Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company's financial results as reported under IFRS. Some of these limitations are: (a) although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditure requirements; (b) Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company's working capital needs; (c) Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the potentially dilutive impact of equity-based compensation; (d) Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect tax payments that may represent a reduction in cash available to the Company; and (e) other companies, including companies in the Company's industry, may calculate Adjusted EBITDA or similarly titled measures differently, which reduces their usefulness as a comparative measure. Because of these and other limitations, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA alongside the Company's other IFRS-based financial performance measures, such as profit (loss) for the period and the Company's other IFRS financial results. 

The following table presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to profit (loss) for the period, the most directly comparable IFRS measure, for each of the periods indicated:

  Three months ended 
March 31,
  2015 2014
  (US$ in thousands)
Profit (loss) for the period  2,587  (5,681)
Adjustments:    
Income tax expense  (78)  774
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment  1,691  1,375
Share-based payment charged into profit or loss  180  170
Interest expenses  888  748
Impairment loss on IPP solar parks  42  1,285
Impairment loss on amounts due from other related parties  --   2,201
Fair value changes of financial liabilities-FVTPL  1,650   -- 
Adjusted EBITDA  6,960  872

The Company does not consider historical Adjusted EBITDA to be representative of future Adjusted EBITDA, as the Company's revenue model changed from primarily generating revenue from selling solar energy systems to primarily generating revenue from selling electricity in the fourth quarter of 2013. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is an important measure for evaluating the results of its IPP business. 

These measures are not intended to represent or substitute numbers as measured under IFRS. The submission of non-IFRS numbers is voluntary and should be reviewed together with IFRS results. 

Project Capacities

Unless specifically indicated or the context otherwise requires, megawatt capacity values in this earnings release refer to the attributable capacity of a solar park. We calculate the attributable capacity of a solar park by multiplying the percentage of our equity ownership in the solar park by the total capacity of the solar park. 

Conference Call

Sky Solar will hold a conference call on May 26, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 p.m. Hong Kong Time) to discuss the Company's first quarter 2015 results.  

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

International: +65-6823-2299
United States: +1-855-298-3404
Hong Kong:  +852-5808-3202
Passcode:  8876359

A simultaneous live webcast will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.skysolargroup.com

A telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes through June 1, 2015. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

International: +61-2-9641-7900
United States: +1-866-846-0868
Hong Kong:  800-966-697
Passcode:  8876359

About Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd.

Sky Solar is a global independent power producer ("IPP") that develops, owns and operates solar parks and generates revenue primarily by selling electricity. Since its inception, Sky Solar has focused on the downstream solar market and has developed projects in Asia, South America, Europe, North America and Africa. The Company's broad geographic reach and established presence across key solar markets are significant differentiators that provide global opportunities and mitigate country-specific risks. Sky Solar aims to establish operations in select geographies with highly attractive solar radiation, regulatory environments, power pricing, land availability, financial access and overall power market trends. As a result of its focus on the downstream photovoltaic segment, Sky Solar is technology agnostic and is able to customize its solar parks based on local environmental and regulatory requirements. As of March 31, 2015, the Company has developed 236 solar parks with an aggregate capacity of 214.5 MW and owned and operated 92.7 MW of solar parks. 

Safe-Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release and the Company's operations and business outlook contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Sky Solar's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its final prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(4). Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

1 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure used by the Company to better understand its results. The Company urges you to study the reconciliation between IFRS net income and adjusted EBITDA provided in this release. 

Sky Solar Holdings Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

USD In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts

(Unaudited)

     
       
    Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2015   2014  
Revenue:          
Electricity generation income   5,124   4,942  
Solar energy system and other sales   5,128   1,291  
Total revenue   10,252   6,233  
Cost of sales and services   (3,071)   (3,437)  
Gross profit   7,181   2,796  
Impairment loss on IPP solar parks   (42)   (1,285)  
Provision on receivables     (2,201)  
Selling expenses   (361)   (352)  
Administrative expenses   (3,996)   (4,923)  
Other operating income   42   1,338  
Profit (loss) from operations   2,824   (4,628)  
Investment gains   87   127  
Finance costs   (888)   (748)  
Other non-operating expenses   485   342  
Profit (loss) before taxation   2,508   (4,907)  
Income tax expense   78   (774)  
Profit (loss) for the period   2,586   (5,681)  
Other comprehensive (expense) income that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss:
Exchange differences on translation of financial statements of foreign operations   (11,969)   (308)  
Total comprehensive income (expense) for the year (9,383)   (5,989)  
Profit (loss) for the year attributable to owners of the Company 2,586   (5,681)  
Profit (loss) for the year attributable to non-controlling interests    
    2,586   (5,681)  
Total comprehensive income (expense) attributable to:  
Owners of the Company   (9,383)   (5,880)  
Non-controlling interests     (109)  
    (9,383)   (5,989)  
Profit (loss) per share — Basic    0.01   (0.02)  
Profit (loss) per share — Diluted    0.01   (0.02)  
Profit (loss) per ADS — Basic    0.05   (0.13)  
Profit (loss) per ADS — Diluted    0.05   (0.13)  
         
         
Sky Solar Holdings Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

USD In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts

(Unaudited)

       
    December 31, 2014 March 31, 2015  
Current assets:          
Bank balances and cash   52,993   20,052  
Restricted cash   5,438   1,889  
Amounts due from customers for contract work     68  
Amounts due from related parties   15,175   14,771  
Trade and other receivables   20,321   20,973  
Inventories   1,569   1,949  
    95,496   59,702  
Non-current assets:          
IPP solar parks   180,610   202,008  
Other non-current assets   13,480   16,164  
    194,090   218,172  
Total assets   289,586   277,874  
Current liabilities:          
Trade and other payables   60,297   60,416  
Amount due to related parties   2,148   5,421  
Amounts due to customers for contract work   1,194    
Tax payable   5,485   4,953  
Borrowings   31,735   16,184  
    100,859   86,974  
Non-current liabilities:          
Borrowings   17,946   27,337  
Other non-current liabilities   47,032   49,040  
    64,978   76,377  
Total liabilities   165,837   163,351  
Total assets less total liabilities   123,749   114,523  
Equity:          
Share capital   5   5  
Reserves   123,711   114,471  
Equity attributable to owners of the Company   123,716   114,476  
Non-controlling interests   33   47  
Total equity   123,749   114,523  
Total liabilities and equity   289,586   277,874  
CONTACT: Company:
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         Investor Relations:
         ICR, LLC
         Victor Kuo
         +86 (10) 6583-7526
         Victor.kuo@icrinc.com

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