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First-Quarter 2014 and Recent Updates:
Settled Cathay Bank debt with repayment in full on May 15, 2014
Collected approximately $1 million in cash as partial settlement of a project that had previously been written off as uncollectable
Appointed two new seasoned executives: Roger Yu, former financial controller of LDK Solar, as interim chief financial officer, and H.K. Cheong, a solar industry operations veteran who returns to SPI Solar from Sunways AG, as chief operating officer
Executed additional progress on projects in New Jersey, Hawaii and on two California-based projects in North Palm Springs and Sacramento
Pursued new business strategies for SPI Solar to enter the China residential solar market via the introduction and distribution of its YES! brand of high-quality, low-cost solar kits for residential deployment.
"We are pleased with the significant progress we have made recently toward improving SPI Solar's balance sheet," said Min Xiahou, global chief executive officer of SPI. "Furthermore, we are encouraged by the commitment demonstrated by our investors in entering into a private placement, which should enhance our financial position once the transaction closes. These steps, coupled with the appointments of key executives Roger Yu and H.K. Cheong to lead SPI Solar financially and operationally, is expected to strengthen our strategy of uncovering solar business opportunities. One such opportunity is our Yes! solar initiative, which we believe should enable the company to harness emerging growth prospects in the residential solar sector in China," continued Xiahou.
First-Quarter 2014 Results:
Total net sales for the first quarter of 2014 were $3.6 million, compared with $1.8 million for the first quarter of 2013. For the fourth quarter of 2013, SPI Solar reported total net sales of $15.4 million.
Total cost of goods sold for the first quarter of 2014 was $3.4 million, compared with $1.3 million for the first quarter of 2013. Total cost of goods sold for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $18.7 million.
Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2014 were $1.3 million, compared with $3.4 million for the first quarter of 2013. Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $14.5 million.
Net loss for the first quarter of 2014, was $0.8 million, or ($0.00) per basic and diluted share. This compared with a net loss of $3.1 million, or ($0.02) per basic and diluted share, for the first quarter of 2013, and with a net loss of $18.7 million, or ($0.09) per basic and diluted share, including several one-time charges, for the fourth quarter of 2013.
Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2014 were $0.3 million, compared with $1.0 million at December 31, 2013.
About SPI Solar (SOPW:OTCBB):
SPI Solar ("SPI") (Solar Power, Inc.) is a vertically integrated photovoltaic solar developer offering its own brand of high-quality, low-cost distributed generation and utility-scale solar energy facility development services. From project development, to project financing and to post-construction asset management, SPI delivers turnkey world-class photovoltaic solar energy facilities to its business, government and utility customers. For additional information visit: www.spisolar.com.
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