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SUNPOWER CORPORATION Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 29, 2012 | About:
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SUNPOWER CORPORATION (SPWRB) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2012-01-01.

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Our UPP revenue for fiscal 2011, 2010, and 2009 was $1,064.1 million, $1,186.1 million, and $653.5 million, respectively, and our R&C revenue for fiscal 2011, 2010, and 2009 was $1,248.4 million, $1,033.2 million, and $870.8 million, respectively. For more information about the financial condition and results of operations of each segment, please see Part II - "Item 7: Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Item 8: Financial Statements and Supplementary Data."

Management believes that backlog at any particular date is not necessarily a meaningful indicator of future revenue for any particular period of time because our backlog excludes contracts signed and completed in the same quarter and contracts still conditioned upon obtaining financing. Backlog totaled approximately $1,688 million and $1,373 million as of January 1, 2012 and January 2, 2011, respectively, of which $1,028 million is expected to be recognized in fiscal 2012.

We believe that our current cash and cash equivalents, cash generated from operations, and funds available under our revolving credit facility with Credit Agricole will be sufficient to meet our working capital requirements and fund our committed capital expenditures over the next 12 months, including the development and construction of solar power plants over the next 12 months. In addition, we also have the Liquidity Support Facility (described below) with up to $600 million available from Total S.A. to us under certain specified circumstances. As of January 1, 2012, $250.0 million was outstanding under our revolving credit facility with Credit Agricole. This revolving credit facility requires that we maintain certain financial ratios, including a ratio of our debt at the end of each quarter to our EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) for the last twelve months as defined in the facility for that quarter not exceeding 4.5 to 1. The current market for our products is challenging, which makes projections of future revenue and EBITDA especially difficult. If we fail to meet one of these ratios in any future quarter, and if any such failure were not cured pursuant to the Liquidity Support Facility (described below), it would enable the syndicate of banks to declare us in default under the credit facility, which could lead to further defaults as described below.

We have significant goodwill and intangible assets on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. We conduct our annual review of the valuation of goodwill as of the Sunday closest to the end of the third fiscal quarter of each year, or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of such assets may not be recoverable. Triggering events for an impairment review may include indicators such as the availability, reduction, modification or elimination of government and economic incentives, adverse industry or economic trends, lower than projected operating results or cash flows, or a sustained decline in our stock price or market capitalization. During the three months ended October 2, 2011, we recorded a goodwill impairment loss of $309.5 million. The evaluation of the fair value of goodwill involves valuation techniques which require significant management judgment. Should conditions be different from management's last impairment assessment, write-downs of goodwill may be required, which would result in a non-cash charge to earnings and lower stockholders' equity.

We acquire Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) in the ordinary course of business in New Jersey, which are credits generated and then sold to local utilities to help them meet renewable energy portfolio requirements in New Jersey. In order to facilitate sales, we have agreed in certain cases to purchase all SRECs generated by a solar system we install for a specified period at specified pricing. We then sell such credits to utilities or other third parties at specified pricing or we will sell the SRECs on the spot market. The SREC spot market prices have decreased significantly in recent months as supply of SRECs have increased, and the decline has exposed us to economic losses for SRECs we expect to purchase in excess of our selling commitments. If SREC prices continue to fluctuate or remain lower than our purchase commitment prices, we may have to recognize losses, which will adversely impact our results of operations.

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