Sandvika, October 16, 2012: Reference is made to Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC) third quarter results to be reported on October 24, 2012. Subject to final review and quality assurance, preliminary consolidation of REC's third quarter results indicate a result below analyst estimates.
Very challenging market conditions led to quarterly sequential reduction in both sales volumes and selling prices for REC Solar and REC Silicon. Based on preliminary consolidation, REC expects to report, from continuing operations, revenues of NOK 1.5 billion and a negative EBITDA of about NOK 185 million for the third quarter 2012. REC Silicon is expected to report close to break-even EBITDA while REC Solar expects to report a negative EBITDA of about NOK 175 million.
Third quarter polysilicon sales amounted to about 4,800 MT, silane gas sales to about 360 MT and modules sales to 170 MW. Average selling prices were down ten percent for polysilicon, four percent for silane gas and ten percent for modules compared to the previous quarter. These effects, as well as inventory write downs negatively affected the results.
As announced in the second quarter report, REC took a planned annual outage of the silane gas and FBR plants in the third quarter, to perform maintenance and complete initiatives to improve power reliability and further enhance FBR quality yields. As a result of this outage, the third quarter polysilicon production volume was reduced and consequently the unit cost per kg increased compared to the previous quarter.
The REC net debt was reduced by NOK 2.2 billion to NOK 1.9 billion at the end of the third quarter. Net debt including the convertible bond at par value amounted to NOK 2.4 billion. The debt reduction mainly reflects issuance of gross NOK 1.7 billion of new equity and the positive effect of the insolvency of REC Wafer Norway AS. REC Group has preliminary estimated a net gain of NOK 0.8 billion as part of discontinued operations in the statement of income due to the insolvency, of which NOK 0.4 billion in net debt reduction.
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VP & IRO, REC ASA
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REC is a leading global provider of solar electricity solutions. With nearly two decades of expertise, we offer sustainable, high-performing products, services and investment opportunities for the solar and electronics industries. Together with our partners, we create value by providing solutions that better meet the world's growing electricity needs. Our 3,100 employees worldwide generated revenues of more than NOK 13 billion in 2011, approximately EUR 1.7 billion or USD 2.4 billion. To see more of what REC can offer, visit www.recgroup.com
This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl (Norwegian Securities Trading Act)