SunEdison Beats Own Forecast With Record Third Quarter, Stocks Plummet
Despite a record third quarter delivery, the world’s largest global renewable energy development company, SunEdison, saw its stocks plummet 22%.
SunEdison has been under intense pressure over the last six months to perform across all metrics, a task that shareholders do not believe the company is living up to. In its third quarter financial earnings announcement, SunEdison revealed that it had delivered 640 MW through the quarter, smashing its own previous guidance of delivery between 540 MW to 600 MW. This puts the company up 343 MW year-over-year, with another 2.9 GW of projects under construction, and a pipeline of 7.9 GW and backlog of 5.5 GW.
The company brought in revenue of $476 million for the quarter, including reported adjusted revenue of $153 million from their widely publicized yieldco, TerraForm Power, and reported revenue of $29 million from the company’s newest yieldco, TerraForm Global.
However, despite relatively decent performance across the board from the company — and only slight losses for its two yieldcos — SunEdison also reported a loss of $0.92 per share — originally forecast to be only $0.60 per share — which subsequently managed to scare investors enough to cause the stock price to plummet.
“During the third quarter, we continued our track record of execution within the development business by delivering over 600 MW, more than double versus the prior year,” said Ahmad Chatila, SunEdison chief executive officer. “In addition, we made the difficult, but necessary decision to optimize our organization in the face of the current market conditions within the yieldco space. These changes will not only set up the business for long-term success, but also should position the development business to generate positive cash flow in mid 2016.”
MarketWatch is reporting that Wall Street has not lost any of its confidence in the company, despite its performance on the stock market today, with some analysts describing investors reaction to SunEdison’s earnings report as “unwarranted.”
SunEdison’s shares have been on a months-long downward-trend, after second quarter earnings which reported a net loss of $263 million that sent investors scurrying for safety — despite the confusion of many analysts. Investor reaction has forced SunEdison to refocus their attentions from acquiring capacity and equity, and to begin building up revenue. SunEdison announced that it would form a new $1 billion warehouse investment vehicle that it hoped would be the first sign it was turning their ship around, followed last month by the decision to lay off 15% of its work-force.
The long-term gains of SunEdison’s original acquisition-phase would have been of long-term benefit to investors, but short-term gains seem to be the order of business. The most telling factor will be the reaction over the next several months, and in particular, following the company’s fourth quarter and full-year 2015 earnings report due early next year.