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Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Unaudited Financial Results

HONG KONG, March 30, 2016 (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 fourth quarter of 2015 and fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

Highlights:

  • Q4 2015 total revenue of $12.2 million, up 49% over Q4 2014
  • Q4 2015 electricity revenue of $7.9 million, up 127% over Q4 2014
  • Q4 2015 Adjusted EBITDA1 of $542 thousand, compared to negative $3.6 million in Q4 2014
  • 128.6 MW of IPP assets in operation as of December 31, 2015, compared to 117.5 MW as of September 30, 2015
  • As of December 31, 2015, 28.2 MW under construction, 238.3 MW of shovel-ready projects, and 1.0 GW of solar parks in pipeline

Mr. Weili Su, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Sky Solar, commented, “While we initiated a number of partnership initiatives in 2015, our operating results for the full year were below our expectations. Management and the Board has undertaken thorough review of global operation in order to unlock shareholders value. Our view on the attractiveness of the solar market remains unchanged and we continue to see profitable opportunities for growth in the US market and in Japan.”

Mr. Sanjay Shrestha, Chief Investment Officer of Sky Solar, and President of Sky Capital commented, “We are evaluating our overall strategy in Japan as we have one of the largest pipelines in the solar industry coupled with a sizable operating portfolio that carries very limited debt. In addition, while closing on transactions have taken longer than expected in the US market, we are very pleased with several ongoing initiatives in North America, which includes closing on operating assets, and acquiring a sizable pipeline from multiple parties."

“In light of the ongoing global strategic review to unlock shareholder value and our upcoming Board Meeting in April, we are removing our 2016 guidance at this point and look forward to updating you all in the coming months. Moving forward, we will continue to exercise a disciplined approach as we evaluate new development and acquisition opportunities, focusing on projects with strong returns at attractive costs of capital across all our geographic markets. We believe this discipline in finding quality projects and our proven execution ability in building out our pipeline will continue to deliver growth as we continue into 2016,” added Mr. Shrestha.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Revenue was $12.2 million, up 49.4% from $8.2 million in the same period of 2014.

Electricity sales was $ 7.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, up 128.4% from $3.4 million in the same period of 2014. The year-over-year growth in electricity sales was primarily due to the increase in the Company’s operational IPP assets globally. Electricity sales in the fourth quarter of 2015 was down 30.1% from $11.3 million in the third quarter of 2015, due to seasonally lower solar irradiation across all of the Company’s major geographic markets.

Systems and other sales was $4.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, down 8.5% from $4.7 million in the same period of 2014. The year-over-year decline in systems and other sales was due to the Company’s continued shift in business model towards IPP electricity sales. Systems and other sales in the fourth quarter of 2015 was up 455.7% from $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2015. The sequential increase in systems and other sales was due to increased system sales in Canada during the fourth quarter of 2015.

The following table shows the Company’s sequential and year-over-year change in revenue for each category, geographic region and period indicated.

  Q4 2015   Sequential
Change
  Q3 2015   Year-Over-Year
Change
  Q4 2014
  (US$ in thousands, except percentages)
Asia   5,186     -17.0 %       6,250       52.4 %     3,404
Electricity Sales   4,969     -18.1 %       6,065       197.4 %     1,671
System Sales and Other   217     17.3 %       185       -87.5 %     1,733
Europe   2,419     -44.0 %       4,318       -18.3 %     2,961
Electricity Sales   1,983     -46.8 %       3,728       24.2 %     1,596
System Sales and Other   436     -26.1 %       590       -68.1 %     1,365
South America 401     -       -       -       -
Electricity Sales 401     -       -       -       -
North America   4,196     178.1 %       1,509       133.0 %     1,801
Electricity Sales   542     -64.1 %       1,509       185.3 %     190
System Sales and Other   3,654     -         -        126.8 %     1,611
Electricity Sales   7,895     -30.1 %     11,302       128.4 %     3,457
System Sales and Other   4,307     455.7 %     775       -8.5 %     4,709

Cost of sales and services was $7.6 million, compared to $7.1 million in the same period in 2014. The increase was mainly a result of the increased capacity of IPP solar parks and increased EPC service cost as the Company increased system sales in Canada during the fourth quarter of 2015.

Gross profit was $4.6 million, up 318.2% from $1.1 million in the same period in 2014. Gross margin increased to 37.9% from 13.1% in the same period in 2014 due to increased IPP revenue with higher gross profit margin.

During the fourth quarter of 2015, an impairment loss of $1.1 million was recorded, compared to $269 thousand in the same period of 2014. The impairment loss was a result of discontinued licenses in Canada and Spain due to certain project timing and technical issues.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $7.4 million, down 85.3% from $50.4 million in the same period in 2014. The decrease was primarily due the equity incentive fee expense of $43.7 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2014, while no such expense was incurred in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Other operating income was $42 thousand, compared to $346 thousand in the same period of 2014. The decrease in other operating income was due to income from the disposal of permits in the fourth quarter of 2014, while no such income was recognized in the fourth quarter of 2015.

As a result of the above, operating losses decreased to $4.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, from $49.3 million in the same period in 2014.

Finance costs were $1.2 million, compared to $2.1 million in the same period of 2014. The decrease in finance costs was primarily because the due to the lower interest rate of bank loans denominated in Japanese YEN in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to that of loans denominated in USD in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Other non-operating expenses of $1.4 million mainly represented foreign exchange losses resulting from the depreciation of the Euro against the US dollar, compared to other non-operating expenses of $10.9 million in the same period of 2014. The decrease in other non-operating expenses was primarily due to a decrease of fair value changes as compared with the same period in 2014.

As a result of the above, net loss was $7.4 million, compared to a net loss of $62.0 million in the same period in 2014.

Basic and diluted loss per share was $0.02 compared to $0.16 in the same period in 2014. Basic and diluted loss per ADS were $0.15 compared to $1.31 in the same period in 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA was $542 thousand, compared to negative $3.6 million in the same period in 2014.

Full Year 2015 Financial Results

Revenue was $47.2 million, up 43.5% from $32.9 million in 2014. The increase reflects the Company’s strategic shift from solar energy system sales to IPP electricity sales during the year as the revenue from electricity sales increased 59.8% to $35.5 million in 2015 from $22.2 million in 2014, driven by the increased capacity of IPP solar parks. The increase was also contributed to the 9.4% increase in revenue from solar energy system to $11.7 million from $10.7 million in 2014. 

The following table shows the Company’s growth in revenue for each category, geographic region and period indicated.

  2015   2014   Growth
  (US$ in thousands)
Europe 13,659   17,699     -22.80 %
Electricity Sales 11,523   14,268     -19.24 %
System Sales and Other 2,136   3,431     -37.74 %
Asia 24,728   10,056     145.90 %
Electricity Sales 19,453   7,603     155.86 %
System Sales and Other 5,275   2,453     115.04 %
South America 401   -     -  
Electricity 401   -     -  
North America 8,367   5,130     63.10 %
Electricity 4,102   334     1128.14 %
System Sales and Other 4,265   4,796     -11.07 %
Electricity Sales 35,479   22,205     59.78 %
System Sales and Other 11,676   10,680     9.33 %

Cost of sales and services was $18.5 million, compared to $20.7 million in 2014. The reduction was primarily due to increased IPP revenue with higher gross margin. 

As a result of the above, gross profit was $28.6 million, up 136.4% from $12.1 million in 2014. Gross margin was 60.6%, compared to 36.9% in 2014.

Selling and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $23.7 million, compared to $64.9 million in 2014. The decrease in SG&A expenses was due to the equity incentive fee expense of $43.7 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2014, while no such expense was incurred in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Operating profit was $8.2 million, compared to an operating loss of $50.2 million in 2014.

As a result of the above, net loss was $1.6 million, compared to a net loss of $73.7 million in 2014. 

Basic and diluted loss per share were $0.004, compared to basic and diluted loss per share of $0.21 in 2014. Basic and diluted loss per ADS were $0.03, compared to basic and diluted loss per ADS of $1.66 in 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA was $15.7 million compared to negative $1.2 million in 2014.

Pipeline Analysis

As of December 31, 2015, the Company owned and operated 128.6 MW of IPP assets, compared to 117.5 MW as of September 30, 2015. This reflects all the incremental project addition in Japan. 

The Company had 28.2 MW of projects under construction as of December 31, 2015, compared to 36.0 MW under construction as of September 30, 2015. All of the 28.2 MW of projects under construction are located in Japan.

In total, the Company had 1.3 GW of projects in various stages of development as of December 31, 2015, which included the projects under construction described above as well as 238.3 MW of shovel-ready projects and more than 1.0 GW of projects in pipeline. This does not include any LEEDs in the US or incremental opportunities in LatAm.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2015, the Company had bank balances and cash of $26.3 million, trade receivables of $33.8 million and IPP solar park assets of $259.4 million. Total borrowing was $98.1 million, including $13.4 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 charges of fair value changes of financial liabilities and reversal of tax provision.

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 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  
December 31,
Year ended
December 31,
    2015     2014     2015     2014  
  (US$ in thousands)
Loss for the period/year   (7,389 )   (61,956 )   (1,554 )   (73,743 )
Adjustments:   -        
Income tax expense   105     (112 )   (684 )   910  
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment   2,621     2,130     9,509     6,708  
Amortization   -     85     -     214  
Share-based payment charged into profit or loss   888     43,666     1,388     43,941  
Interest expenses   1,160     2,089     3,897     3,817  
Impairment loss on IPP solar parks   1,061     269     1,835     1,549  
Fair value changes of financial liabilities-FVTPL   440     8,460     5,686     9,646  
Loss from hedge ineffectiveness on cash flow hedges   585     -     585     -  
IPO expenses    -     1,770     -     3,526  
Reversal of tax provision   -     -     (6,025 )   -  
Impairment on the receivable provision   1,071     -     1,071     2,200  
Adjusted EBITDA   542     (3,599 )   15,708     (1,232 )

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 and the Company continues to shift its business towards IPP business. 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 March 31, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (8:30 p.m. Hong Kong Time) to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter and full year 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:               7978798

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 April 7, 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:               7978798

1 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure used by the Company to better understand its results.  Adjusted EBITDA included adjustments related Mr. Su’s equity incentive award, the silent partner financing call option valuation, as well as other items.  The Company urges you to study the reconciliation between IFRS net income and adjusted EBITDA provided in this release.

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 December 31, 2015, the Company had developed 273 solar parks with an aggregate capacity of 252.8  MW and owned and operated 128.6 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. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the following: the reduction, modification or elimination of government subsidies and economic incentives; global and local risks related to economic, regulatory, social and political uncertainties; global liquidity and the availability of additional funding options; the delay between making significant upfront investments in the Company's solar parks and receiving revenue; expansion of the Company's business into China; risk associated with the Company's limited operating history, especially with large-scale IPP solar parks; risk associated with development or acquisition of additional attractive IPP solar parks to grow the Company's project portfolio; and competition. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Sky Solar's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. 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.


Sky Solar Holdings Ltd.                  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations              
USD In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts              
(Unaudited)                  
                   
    Three Months
Ended December 31
  Year
Ended December 31
 
       
      2015       2014       2015       2014    
Revenue:                              
Electricity generation income      7,895       3,457        35,479        22,205    
Solar energy system and other sales      4,307       4,709        11,676        10,680    
Total revenue      12,202       8,166       47,155        32,885    
Cost of sales and services     (7,572 )     (7,098 )     (18,533 )     (20,747 )  
Gross profit      4,630       1,068       28,622        12,138    
Impairment loss on IPP solar parks      (1,061 )     (269 )     (1,835 )      (1,549 )  
Provision on receivables      (1,071 )       (1,071 )      (2,200 )  
Selling expenses      (312 )     (234 )     (1,171 )      (1,160 )  
Administrative expenses      (7,116 )     (50,177 )     (22,556 )      (63,770 )  
Other operating income      42       346       197        6,293    
Reversal of tax provision         6,025      
(Loss) profit from operations      (4,888 )     (49,266 )     8,211       (50,248 )  
Investment gains      200       161       349        405    
Finance costs      (1,160 )     (2,089 )     (3,897 )      (3,817 )  
Other non-operating expenses     (1,436 )     (10,874 )     (6,901 )     (19,173 )  
Loss before taxation      (7,284 )     (62,068 )      (2,238 )      (72,833 )  
Income tax expense     (105 )     112       684       (910 )  
Loss for the period/year      (7,389 )     (61,956 )      (1,554 )      (73,743 )  
Other comprehensive (expense) income that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss:                  
Exchange differences on translation of financial statements of foreign operations      (4,195 )     (8,946 )     (11,123 )      (11,114 )  
Total comprehensive income (expense) for the year     (11,584 )     (70,902 )     (12,677 )     (84,857 )  
(Loss) profit  for the year attributable to owners of the Company     (7,232 )     (61,956 )     (1,397 )     (73,844 )  
(Loss) profit for the year attributable to non-controlling interests      (157 )        (157 )     101    
      (7,389 )     (61,956 )     (1,554 )     (73,743 )  
Total comprehensive (expense) income attributable to:                  
Owners of the Company     (11,389 )     (70,863 )     (12,512 )     (84,890 )  
Non-controlling interests      (195 )      (39 )      (165 )     33    
      (11,584 )     (70,902 )     (12,677 )     (84,857 )  
Loss per share — Basic      (0.02 )     (0.16 )     (0.004 )      (0.21 )  
Loss per share — Diluted      (0.02 )     (0.16 )     (0.004 )      (0.21 )  
Loss per ADS — Basic      (0.15 )     (1.31 )      (0.03 )      (1.66 )  
Loss per ADS — Diluted      (0.15 )     (1.31 )      (0.03 )      (1.66 )  


Sky Solar Holdings Ltd.            
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets            
USD In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts            
(Unaudited)            
             
    December 31, 2015   December 31, 2014    
 
Current assets:            
Bank balances and cash     26,272     52,993    
Restricted cash     5,560     5,438    
Amounts due from customers for contract work        
Amounts due from related parties     14,794     15,175    
Trade and other receivables     33,829     20,321    
Inventories     518     1,569    
      80,973     95,496    
Non-current assets:            
IPP solar parks     259,423     180,610    
Amounts due from related parties     2,984        
Other non-current assets     17,700     13,480    
      280,107     194,090    
Total assets     361,080     289,586    
Current liabilities:            
Trade and other payables     50,958     60,297    
Amount due to related parties     7,606     2,148    
Amounts due to customers for contract work     1,194    
Tax payable     2,197     5,485    
Borrowings     13,449     31,735    
      74,210     100,859    
Non-current liabilities:            
Borrowings     84,671     17,946    
Amounts due to other related parties        
Other non-current liabilities     89,480     47,032    
      174,151     64,978    
Total liablilities     248,361     165,837    
Total assets less total liabilities     112,719     123,749    
Equity:            
Share capital     5     5    
Reserves     112,846     123,711    
Equity attributable to owners of the Company     112,851     123,716    
Non-controlling interests     (132 )   33    
Total equity     112,719     123,749    
Total liabilities and equity     361,080     289,586    


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