|Bid||5.08 x 1000|
|Ask||0.00 x 1400|
|Day's Range||5.78 - 6.11|
|52 Week Range||3.55 - 7.44|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.08|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Earnings Date||May 9, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||8.15|
For Vivint Solar (NASDAQ:VSLR), the bull case seems easy to make. VSLR stock isn't cheap on an earnings basis, but it's not supposed to be, at least not yet.Vivint Solar's residential installations will take time to bear fruit. However, management's estimate of future profits suggests that VSLR stock can rise meaningfully from its current share price of $5.45. Meanwhile, solar demand is only likely to rise going forward, suggesting VSLR should have substantive upside potential.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut the bear case on Vivint Solar stock seems reasonably easy to make as well. Historically, the solar industry has been a black hole for investors. Plus, the company's costs are rising, and profitability appears a long way off. * 8 Best Stocks to Buy for an April Rally VSLR stock doesn't look like it's worth the risk. But investors more optimistic on solar might see things differently. Reasons to Buy VSLR StockThere are several reasons to strongly consider Vivint Solar stock. Near-term earnings don't look all that impressive: adjusted net loss per share in 2018 was $2.38, notably worse than 2017's $1.58. But those figures include huge losses attributable to non-controlling interests i.e., the funds investing in Vivint Solar's investment credits.After backing out those losses, VSLR is close to profitable. And analysts, on average, are expecting the company to become profitable within the next two years.But the long-term nature of Vivint Solar's contracts means the company is trading near-term profits (and cash flow) for out-year benefits. The company's measure of "net retained value per share" estimates the total value of existing assets, less debt. That figure continues to rise, climbing from $6.61 at the end of 2016 to a current $9.20.Investors should be somewhat skeptical about that figure. Companies generally will have a more positive view toward their own futures, after all. But even a discount from the $9-plus figure still suggests that VSLR stock is reasonably priced, if not cheap, around $5. Meanwhile, the net-retained-value figure should grow over time as solar demand continues, spurred in part by regulations in California and elsewhere.While VSLR's demand should rise, competition may not do the same. Vivint Solar remains behind Sunrun (NASDAQ:RUN) in terms of total installations. But it does seem like Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) unit SolarCity is fading as a competitor. Per Tesla's 10-K filings, SolarCity deployed 523 megawatts of solar energy generation in 2017, and just 326 MW last year. In contrast, Vivint's installations rose, showing notable strength in the second half of the year. The Case for VSLRThere's a lot to like about VSLR stock. The industry is growing. Market share gains could be on the way. SolarCity is scuffling, and Vivint has partnered with Home Depot (NYSE:HD), after Tesla walked away from its deal with the home-improvement retailer last year.VSLR's earnings should improve in the near-term. Debt might be a concern, with the long-term total at $1.2 billion. But Vivint has proven able to refinance by securitizing existing installations. This includes the largest ever such deal, which closed in June.So Vivint should be able to grow its business. It should be able to finance that business. The numbers can be confusing, owing to the different financing deals. Plus, there's the fact that 20-year leases may not be profitable for some time to come. Still, the numbers seem to work and, if solar growth accelerates, so too should Vivint Solar stock. The Risks Facing VSLR StockAt the same time, Vivint Solar stock seems like anything but a slam dunk. The solar sector has been around for a century. Despite this, the number of solar companies that have made consistent profits for investors seems close to zero. VSLR itself trades well below its highs from earlier this decade. It originally planned to sell itself to SunEdison, but canceled the deal; SunEdison headed into bankruptcy not long after.RUN did hit an all-time high earlier this year. Solar cell manufacturer First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) traded sideways in recent years. But overall, this has been a difficult sector, with tariffs and subsidies leading to pricing volatility. This dynamic created problems for manufacturers and installers alike.In that context, there's an obvious question as to whether Vivint Solar's model is just too tough. Its business is, and will remain, labor-intensive. Financing depends on investors' willingness to buy into securitizations at low interest rates.Interest rates have stayed low this decade, but they may not do so forever. Change the discount rate on future cash flows that VSLR uses to calculate net retained value per share from 6% to 8%. When you do that, the net retained value per share of VSLR stock drops to $6. That's a much lower margin of safety and suggests smaller potential gains from these shares.Low natural gas prices are an issue, as they affect energy rates and could potentially impact the pricing advantage of installed solar. Tesla's solar roof may not materialize any time soon, but other companies are looking to build similar models. Naturally, this could undercut the need for Vivint Solar's systems. Battery storage is another key potential growth catalyst for VSLR stock, but Vivint's partnership with Mercedes-Benz has fallen through, leaving the company potentially behind on that front. $5 Is Cheap, But VSLR's Road May Be Too ToughSince plunging after the SunEdison deal fell through, VSLR stock actually has been a reasonably good investment. It's possible that industry strength and continued retained-value growth will keep that trend intact.But there are an awful lot of obstacles in the company's path as well. VSLR can move quickly in either direction, based on external worries. New tariffs from China could spike the cost of solar panels, making the business model unprofitable, or close to it. Regulations can change. Subsidies can be added or withdrawn. There are myriad factors beyond Vivint Solar's control which can affect Vivint Solar stock.Investors who believe in solar and are willing to take on the risks of VSLR very well might see rewards. But the industry's track record and installation-space uncertainty make me believe that VSLR's road is a little too tough. At the end of the day, this is a low-margin and capital-intensive business. That's a difficult way to make money in any industry.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Best ETFs for 2019: A Close Race at the Front * 15 Stocks to Buy Leading the Financial Charge * 7 Stocks From Around the World That Beat U.S. Stocks Compare Brokers The post Vivint Solar Stock Is Cheap, But It Carries Real Risks appeared first on InvestorPlace.
LEHI, Utah, April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivint Solar, Inc. (VSLR) announced today that it plans to report financial results for the first quarter of 2019 after the U.S. financial markets close on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The company will host a conference call and simultaneous audio-only webcast at 5 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results for the quarter. To access the conference call, please dial 1-833-235-7641, or for international callers, 1-647-689-4162.
NEW YORK, March 28, 2019 -- In new independent research reports released early this morning, Market Source Research released its latest key findings for all current investors,.
LEHI, Utah, March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE: VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, announced today it was awarded with nine Stevie Awards at the 13th annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service. The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are the world's top honors for customer service, contact center, business development, and sales professionals. The awards were presented to honorees during a gala banquet on Friday, February 22nd at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
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LEHI, Utah , March 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR), today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018 . Fourth Quarter 2018 Operating Highlights ...
NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / March 5, 2019 / Vivint Solar Inc (NYSE: VSLR ) will be discussing their earnings results in their 2018 Fourth Quarter Earnings to be held on March 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM Eastern ...
On Tuesday, Mar. 5, Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR ) will release its latest earnings report. Decipher the announcement with Benzinga's help. Earnings and Revenue Wall Street analysts see Vivint Solar reporting ...
LEHI, Utah, Feb. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- For homeowners considering going solar, evaluating installer options can be a daunting task as the industry works to define quality benchmarks and regulations. To help advance consumer education and set the gold standard, Vivint Solar, Inc. (VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, today released a behind-the-scenes look at its rigorous 86-point installation process, giving would-be buyers a complete understanding of what to look for when selecting an installer and pitfalls to avoid. The information is available on Vivint Solar's website.
LEHI, Utah , Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivint Solar , Inc. (NYSE: VSLR) announced today that it plans to report financial results for the fourth quarter 2018 after the U.S. financial markets close ...
There's no question 2018 wasn't a great year for solar stocks. In fact, the Invesco Solar ETF (NYSEARCA:TAN) declined 26.2% last year. However, Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Lee recently said that the sun will come out again for solar stocks in 2019. After a cyclical downturn in 2018, Lee said solar demand is improving and prices are stabilizing. He also said China will turn from an albatross to a positive catalyst assuming a trade deal with the U.S. is completed at some point this year. * 7 S&P 500 Stocks to Buy That Tore Up Earnings The good news for solar stocks that endured a rough year is that Goldman expects some of the biggest 2018 laggards to be the best leaders in 2019. Here's a look at Goldman's top three solar stocks for 2019. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Source: U.S. Department of the Interior via Flickr ### Best Solar Stocks: First Solar First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) stock dropped 37.1% in 2018, enough to make the stock an attractive risk-reward play for investors this year. FSLR stock has major exposure to utility-scale solar demand, which Goldman is projecting will hit a positive inflection point in the next 12 months. Goldman projects U.S. utility-scale demand will double the growth rate of residential demand in the next two years. Consensus 2019 EPS estimates have also fallen from around $3.25 a year ago to only $2.59 today, which has set a low bar for the company to clear. Even if First Solar doesn't beat low EPS expectations, $2.59 in EPS means FSLR stock is trading at a reasonable 19.3x forward P/E. Given its massive cash balance, FSLR stock has limited additional downside from here. By the end of the year, Goldman projects FSLR stock will have about 40% of its current market cap in cash alone. That cash balance makes FSLR stock a relatively safe bet for long-term investors. Source: Shutterstock ### Best Solar Stocks: Canadian Solar Goldman is projecting about 10% EPS upside to consensus estimates for Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ) stock this year. About 55% of Canadian Solar's 2019 revenue will come from module manufacturing. That exposure allows Canadian Solar to take advantage of the same boom in U.S. utility-scale solar demand as First Solar. Goldman is projecting utility-scale solar demand will grow by 41% annually through 2020. As recently as 2017, 26% of CSIQ's revenue came from China. Therefore, an improving Chinese policy environment would also provide a big boost. While investors wait for market improvements, Lee said the company has one of the best cost structures in the group. He projects cost-per-watt will continue to drop by a double-digit percentage in 2019. * 3 Stocks to Buy as They Bottom From a valuation perspective, CSIQ stock looks like the best opportunity to me. According to Yahoo, CSIQ's P/E and forward P/E ratios are both in the single digits. ### Best Solar Stocks: Vivint Solar Unlike the other two energy stocks on this list, Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) stock is a play on the residential solar market. Goldman is expecting double-digit revenue growth from Vivint in 2019. Lee says the company could gain residential market share from its competitors. Although the residential market is not expected to be as strong as the utility market this year, Vivint could get a boost from a new California law passed in 2018 mandating that most new homes built in the state starting in 2020 be solar powered. If other states in the Southwest follow California's lead, it could create even more momentum for U.S. residential demand. Goldman is projecting 14% volume growth for Vivint this year. That growth rate is lower than the 40% growth it is projecting for FSLR and the 17% growth projected for CSIQ. Given the unpredictability of the U.S. residential solar business and Vivint's extremely high long-term debt-to-equity ratio of 3.79, VSLR stock looks like the biggest gamble of the three. VSLR stock has more than 60% upside based on Goldman's $6.50 price target. It also could be a major risk if market conditions deteriorate. As of this writing, Wayne Duggan held no positions in the aforementioned securities. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 of the Best Stocks to Buy for a Dovish Federal Reserve * 5 Best Fidelity ETFs for Retirement Savers * 7 Blue-Chip Stocks That Could Lead the Market Higher Compare Brokers The post 3 Best Solar Stocks To Buy -- According to Goldman Sachs appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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LEHI, Utah, Dec. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivint Solar, Inc. (VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, today released new findings from its 2018 Environmental Consumer Survey exploring the environmentally conscious — or "green" — behaviors and mindsets of California residents. "Californians care deeply about doing their part to protect the environment," said Vivint Solar CEO David Bywater. "Look no further than their commitment to clean, renewable energy — California leads the country in solar adoption and was the first state to mandate solar panels on new homes.
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