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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 8/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 5.92
FSLR's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
66% of the 835 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.78 vs. FSLR: 5.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.28  Med: 4.49 Max: N/A
Current: 5.92
Equity to Asset 0.74
FSLR's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
69% of the 809 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 0.62 vs. FSLR: 0.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.13  Med: 0.73 Max: 0.83
Current: 0.74
0.13
0.83
Interest Coverage 214.01
FSLR's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
54% of the 502 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1169.55 vs. FSLR: 214.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.75  Med: 204.81 Max: 9999.99
Current: 214.01
2.75
9999.99
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 3.13
M-Score: -1.99
WACC vs ROIC
24.93%
8.50%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 6/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 8.28
FSLR's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 826 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 4.52 vs. FSLR: 8.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -4517.14  Med: 6.61 Max: 35.17
Current: 8.28
-4517.14
35.17
Net-margin (%) 9.58
FSLR's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 826 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 4.08 vs. FSLR: 9.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -5351.84  Med: 2.94 Max: 31.42
Current: 9.58
-5351.84
31.42
ROE (%) 6.37
FSLR's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 814 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 5.46 vs. FSLR: 6.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
FSLR' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -148.15  Med: 8.33 Max: 30.73
Current: 6.37
-148.15
30.73
ROA (%) 4.70
FSLR's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 837 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 2.83 vs. FSLR: 4.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
FSLR' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -390.11  Med: 1.17 Max: 23.43
Current: 4.7
-390.11
23.43
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 13.36
FSLR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 835 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 9.42 vs. FSLR: 13.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
FSLR' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -448.4  Med: 12.45 Max: 71.92
Current: 13.36
-448.4
71.92
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 1.30
FSLR's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
57% of the 551 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: -1.50 vs. FSLR: 1.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0  Med: 28.40 Max: 195.4
Current: 1.3
0
195.4
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 46.90
FSLR's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 419 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: -1.30 vs. FSLR: 46.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
FSLR' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0  Med: -30.80 Max: 202.2
Current: 46.9
0
202.2
» FSLR's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q3 2014

FSLR Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Chris Davis 4,030 sh (unchged)
George Soros Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 26,623 sh (-14.76%)
John Hussman 150,000 sh (-40.00%)
Steven Cohen 46,200 sh (-63.01%)
Jim Simons 68,900 sh (-89.94%)
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Q4 2014

FSLR Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 8,700 sh (New)
Jim Simons 71,900 sh (+4.35%)
John Burbank 8,300 sh (unchged)
John Hussman 150,000 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Chris Davis Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
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Q1 2015

FSLR Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Joel Greenblatt 834,087 sh (New)
Chris Davis 4,030 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 61,755 sh (+609.83%)
John Hussman 150,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
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Q2 2015

FSLR Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Steven Cohen 250,400 sh (New)
Jim Simons 260,100 sh (New)
John Hussman 150,000 sh (unchged)
Chris Davis Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones 9,900 sh (-83.97%)
Joel Greenblatt 56,372 sh (-93.24%)
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 15.60
FSLR's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
53% of the 548 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 16.70 vs. FSLR: 15.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
FSLR' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 5.39  Med: 19.23 Max: 386.17
Current: 15.6
5.39
386.17
Forward P/E 13.32
FSLR's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
67% of the 279 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 16.50 vs. FSLR: 13.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 15.60
FSLR's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
52% of the 548 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 16.60 vs. FSLR: 15.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
FSLR' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 5.39  Med: 19.22 Max: 411.92
Current: 15.6
5.39
411.92
P/B 0.96
FSLR's P/B is ranked higher than
70% of the 801 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. FSLR: 0.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
FSLR' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.3  Med: 3.23 Max: 21.55
Current: 0.96
0.3
21.55
P/S 1.48
FSLR's P/S is ranked lower than
55% of the 826 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.28 vs. FSLR: 1.48 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
FSLR' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.33  Med: 4.36 Max: 51.11
Current: 1.48
0.33
51.11
PFCF 24.02
FSLR's PFCF is ranked lower than
66% of the 434 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 16.79 vs. FSLR: 24.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
FSLR' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.27  Med: 27.54 Max: 5418
Current: 24.02
4.27
5418
POCF 11.01
FSLR's POCF is ranked higher than
52% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 11.58 vs. FSLR: 11.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
FSLR' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 1.65  Med: 16.92 Max: 341.09
Current: 11.01
1.65
341.09
EV-to-EBIT 11.88
FSLR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
53% of the 561 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 12.47 vs. FSLR: 11.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
FSLR' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -67.3  Med: 15.20 Max: 348.6
Current: 11.88
-67.3
348.6
Shiller P/E 15.59
FSLR's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
72% of the 253 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 26.10 vs. FSLR: 15.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 3.78  Med: 15.22 Max: 62.36
Current: 15.59
3.78
62.36
Current Ratio 3.45
FSLR's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
72% of the 825 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 2.23 vs. FSLR: 3.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.78  Med: 3.20 Max: 7.46
Current: 3.45
0.78
7.46
Quick Ratio 2.93
FSLR's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
74% of the 825 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.72 vs. FSLR: 2.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.58  Med: 2.68 Max: 7.14
Current: 2.93
0.58
7.14
Days Inventory 65.95
FSLR's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
60% of the 802 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 79.04 vs. FSLR: 65.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 35.68  Med: 57.21 Max: 68.32
Current: 65.95
35.68
68.32
Days Sales Outstanding 38.84
FSLR's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
80% of the 767 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 62.19 vs. FSLR: 38.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 8.34  Med: 42.35 Max: 149.72
Current: 38.84
8.34
149.72

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Net Cash 367.69
FSLR's Price/Net Cash is ranked lower than
97% of the 264 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 7.29 vs. FSLR: 367.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Net Cash only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Price/Net Cash Range
Min: 15.22  Med: 58.27 Max: 1446
Current: 367.69
15.22
1446
Price/Net Current Asset Value 3.46
FSLR's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked lower than
51% of the 562 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 3.34 vs. FSLR: 3.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Net Current Asset Value only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 2.99  Med: 13.45 Max: 52.77
Current: 3.46
2.99
52.77
Price/Tangible Book 1.00
FSLR's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
69% of the 778 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.56 vs. FSLR: 1.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.4  Med: 3.57 Max: 19.73
Current: 1
0.4
19.73
Price/Projected FCF 0.96
FSLR's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
72% of the 313 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.39 vs. FSLR: 0.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.57  Med: 1.47 Max: 6.58
Current: 0.96
0.57
6.58
Price/Median PS Value 0.34
FSLR's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
96% of the 778 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 0.91 vs. FSLR: 0.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.1  Med: 1.01 Max: 9.6
Current: 0.34
0.1
9.6
Price/Graham Number 0.82
FSLR's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
66% of the 519 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. FSLR: 0.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.41  Med: 1.92 Max: 10.78
Current: 0.82
0.41
10.78
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 8.40
FSLR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 828 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. FSLR: 8.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 0.3  Med: 6.10 Max: 26.4
Current: 8.4
0.3
26.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 54.33
FSLR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 346 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 4.47 vs. FSLR: 54.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
FSLR' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -7.2  Med: 0.70 Max: 130.4
Current: 54.33
-7.2
130.4

Analyst Estimate

Dec15 Dec16 Dec17
Revenue(Mil) 3,577 3,733 3,550
EPS($) 3.00 3.59 3.77
EPS without NRI($) 3.00 3.59 3.77

Business Description

Industry: Semiconductors » Solar
Compare:SPWR, SOL, CSSXF, TSL, LDK » details
Traded in other countries:F3A.Germany, 0R06.UK, FSLR.Argentina, FSLR.Mexico, FSLR.Switzerland,
First Solar Inc was incorporated as a Delaware corporation on February 22, 2006. First Solar Holdings, LLC was formed as a Delaware limited liability company in May 2003 to act as the holding company for First Solar, LLC, which was formed in 1999 and renamed First Solar US Manufacturing, LLC in the second quarter of 2006, and other subsidiaries formed during 2003 and later. On February 22, 2006, First Solar Holdings, LLC was incorporated in Delaware as First Solar Holdings, Inc. and, also during the first quarter of 2006, was renamed First Solar, Inc. The Company manufactures and sells solar modules with an advanced thin film semiconductor technology, and it designs, constructs and sells photovoltaic (PV) solar power systems. The Company operations constitute of two segments: systems and components. The components segment involves the design, manufacture, and sale of solar modules which convert sunlight into electricity. Through systems segment, the Company provides complete turn-key PV solar power systems, or solar solutions that draw upon the capabilities, which include (i) project development, (ii) EPC services, (iii) operating and maintenance ("O&M") services, and (iv) project finance expertise. It may provide full EPC service or any combination of individual products and services within the EPC capabilities depending upon the customer and market opportunity. Its systems business is dependent upon successful completion of project development activities including: site selection and acquisition, obtaining in a timely manner the requisite interconnection and transmission studies, environmental and land use permits, maintaining effective site control, and entering into a power purchase agreement with an off-taker of the power to be generated by the project. The renewable energy, solar energy and solar module sectors are highly competitive and continually evolving as participants strive to distinguish themselves within their markets and compete within the larger electric power industry. The Company also faces competition from other EPC companies and joint ventures between EPC companies and solar companies. The Company is subject to various federal, state, local and international laws and regulations.
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