REC Silicon ASA - First quarter 2016 results

Fornebu, Norway - May 3, 2016: REC Silicon ASA (REC Silicon) reported first quarter revenues of USD 68.8 million, compared to USD 74.9 million in the previous quarter. The corresponding EBITDA during the first quarter was negative USD 13.4 million compared to negative USD 29.6 million in the previous quarter.

First quarter polysilicon production was 1,937 MT. The company realized an FBR cash cost of $24.8/kg for the quarter. The high cash cost can be attributed to reduced efficiencies due to lower production on account of the curtailment in Moses Lake. REC Silicon's average solar grade polysilicon sales price during the first quarter increased 6% from the previous quarter.

Finished goods inventory decreased by 1,925 MT during the first quarter, compared to a 131 MT inventory reduction in the previous quarter. Further inventory reduction is expected in the second quarter as well.

Pricing for average silicon gas sales volumes in the first quarter slightly decreased by 1% over the previous quarter. Silicon gas sales were 531 MT compared to guidance of 600 MT.

REC Silicon also announced today that it will restart its Silane III unit and half rate FBR production later this month. The Silane IV unit and full rate FBR production will restart in June. Tore Torvund, REC Silicon's CEO, said, "We have reduced our inventories and market conditions have improved to the point to enable us to restart production in Moses Lake, with FBR cash costs near $10/kg. Further, the maintenance work that has been completed during the curtailment period should allow us to run the FBR unit as well as Silane III and IV for two years without an extended outage."

REC Silicon thanks Washington Governor Jay Inslee and U.S. Senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, for their continued efforts seeking a resolution of the solar trade war between the U.S. and China. REC Silicon remains hopeful that a resolution of the solar trade war will be achieved, and therefore that the risk of further detrimental impacts on the U.S. solar industry will be avoided.

For more information, please see the attached first quarter 2016 report.

Morning Program:
The company will give a presentation at 8:00 am CET today at H´┐Żyres Hus Konferansesenter, Stortingsgaten 20, Oslo, Norway. The presentation will be in English.

A live webcast from the presentation can be accessed at or the following link:

It will also be possible to listen to the presentation through a conference call. Please make sure to dial in 5-10 minutes prior to scheduled start time on one of the following numbers:

Norway: +47 2100 2610
Norway (Toll Free): 800 51084
UK: +44 (0)203 043 2002
USA:  +1 800 263 0877
Other international: +44 (0)203 043 2002
Please provide confirmation code 9177434 and state your name, company and country of residence.

Afternoon Program:
REC Silicon will host an analyst conference call later the same day at 3:00 p.m. CET. Please make sure to dial in at least 5-10 minutes ahead of time to complete your registration.

Norway: +47 2100 2610
Norway (Toll Free): 800 51084
UK: +44 (0)203 043 2002
USA:  +1 800 274 0251
Other international: +44 (0)203 043 2002
Please provide confirmation code 9054656 and state your name, company and country of residence.

For further information, please contact:
Chris Bowes, Investor Relations
REC Silicon ASA
Phone: +1 509 793 8127

Nils O. Kjerstad
IR Contact Europe
Phone: +47 9135 6659

About REC Silicon
REC Silicon is a leading producer of advanced silicon materials, delivering high-purity polysilicon and silicon gas to the solar and electronics industries worldwide. We combine 30 years of experience and proprietary technology with the needs of our customers, with annual production capacity of more than 20,000 MT of polysilicon from our two US-based manufacturing plants. Listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker: REC), the company is headquartered in Fornebu, Norway.

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This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

REC Silicon Q1 2016 reportREC Silicon Q1 2016 presentation
REC Silicon Q1 2016 report
REC Silicon Q1 2016 presentation