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Earnings Highlights and Summary

For the three months ended December 31, 2017, First Solar reported net sales of $339.18 million, which came in above the $330.80 million recorded at the end of Q4 FY16. However, the Company's net sales numbers for the reported quarter missed market forecasts of $433.8 million.

The comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems maker reported a net loss of $432.45 million, or $4.14 loss per diluted share, in Q4 FY17 compared to a net loss of $750.79 million, or $7.22 loss per diluted share, in Q4 FY16. Meanwhile, the Company posted a non-GAAP net loss of $26.1 million, or $0.25 loss per diluted share, in Q4 FY17, which came in lower than Wall Street's expectations for a non-GAAP net loss of $0.32 per diluted share.

For the full year FY17, First Solar's net sales came in at $2.94 billion, rising from $2.90 billion in FY16. The Company's net loss stood at $165.62 million, or $1.59 loss per diluted share, in FY17 versus a net loss of $416.11 million, or $4.05 loss per diluted share, in FY16. Moreover, the Company reported a non-GAAP net loss of $272.6 million, or $2.59 loss per share, in FY17.

Operating Metrics

For the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company reported the cost of sales of $277.11 million compared to $322.95 million in Q4 FY16. The Company's gross profit improved to $62.07 million in Q4 FY17 from $7.85 million in the prior year's same quarter.

During the reported quarter, the Company's research and development (R&D) expenses came in at $23.58 million versus $29.47 million in the last year's comparable quarter. The Company's selling, general, and administrative costs (SG&A) were $55.00 million in Q4 FY17 versus $70.37 million in Q4 FY16. The Company's total operating expenses came in at $97.14 million in the reported quarter compared to $829.00 million in Q4 FY16. The Company reported an operating loss of $35.07 million in Q4 FY17 compared to $821.15 million in Q4 FY16.

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet

During the full fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, the Tempe, Arizona-based Company generated $1.34 billion in cash from operations versus $206.75 million in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2016. The Company had cash and cash equivalents of $2.27 billion as on December 31, 2017, compared to $1.35 billion as on December 31, 2016. Furthermore, the Company's long-term debts stood at $380.47 million as on December 31, 2017, compared to $160.42 million as on December 31, 2016.

Outlook

In its guidance for FY18, First Solar raised its net sales outlook to a range of $2.45 billion to $2.65 billion from its previous outlook range of $2.3 billion to $2.5 billion. The Company's operating income is forecasted to be between $130 million and $180 million, and earnings per share to be in the band of $1.50 to $1.90 for FY18.

Stock Performance Snapshot

April 05, 2018 - At Thursday's closing bell, First Solar's stock climbed 2.07%, ending the trading session at $71.64.

Volume traded for the day: 900.60 thousand shares.

Stock performance in the last month – up 6.21%; previous three-month period – up 2.64%; past twelve-month period – up 167.11%; and year-to-date – up 6.10%

After yesterday's close, First Solar's market cap was at $7.31 billion.

Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio was at 31.17.

The stock is part of the Technology sector, categorized under the Semiconductor - Specialized industry. This sector was up 0.3% at the end of the session.

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