JA Solar Holdings, Co., Ltd. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

JA Solar Holdings, Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:JASO) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, August 18, 2011. JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. designs, manufactures and markets high-performance solar cells, which are made from specially processed silicon wafers.

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JA Solar Holdings, Co., Ltd. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net loss of 3 cents per share, a swing from net income of 18 cents in the year earlier quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 22 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down and dropped from 17 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of 68 cents per share, a decline of 57.2% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company’s quarterly results have come in above estimates for the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company booked net income of 37 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 33 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $418.6 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 19.2% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.94 billion for the year, a rise of 9% from last year’s revenue of $1.78 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about JA Solar Holdings with 11 of 16 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

Key Stats:

Revenue has now gone up for three straight quarters. In fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, revenue rose more than twofold to $603 million while the figure rose more than twofold in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier and more than threefold in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Trina Solar Limited (NYSE:TSL), Suntech Power Hldgs. Co., Ltd. (NYSE:STP), LDK Solar Co., Ltd (NYSE:LDK), ReneSola Ltd. (NYSE:SOL), JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE:JKS), SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWRA), Yingli Green Energy Hold. Co. Ltd. (NYSE:YGE), China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:CSUN), and First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR).

Stock Price Performance: During May 18, 2011 to August 12, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.92 (-32.9%) from $5.83 to $3.91. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 8, 2011 and February 16, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 15.2% (+$1.10) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 5, 2010 and November 18, 2010 when shares fell for 10-straight days, falling 23.8% (-$2.24) over that span. Shares are down $3.01 (-43.5%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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