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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 : 7/10

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industry
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history
Cash-to-Debt 7.91
FSLR's Cash-to-Debt is ranked higher than
69% of the 855 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.62 vs. FSLR: 7.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash-to-Debt only.
FSLR' s Cash-to-Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.04  Med: 4.27 Max: 10.38
Current: 7.91
0.04
10.38
Equity-to-Asset 0.78
FSLR's Equity-to-Asset is ranked higher than
81% of the 852 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 0.60 vs. FSLR: 0.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity-to-Asset only.
FSLR' s Equity-to-Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.81  Med: 0.74 Max: 0.83
Current: 0.78
-1.81
0.83
Debt-to-Equity 0.06
FSLR's Debt-to-Equity is ranked higher than
88% of the 647 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 0.36 vs. FSLR: 0.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-Equity only.
FSLR' s Debt-to-Equity Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.35  Med: 0.08 Max: 3.71
Current: 0.06
-1.35
3.71
Debt-to-EBITDA -0.95
FSLR's Debt-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 546 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.78 vs. FSLR: -0.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-EBITDA only.
FSLR' s Debt-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.95  Med: 0.37 Max: 3.65
Current: -0.95
-0.95
3.65
Piotroski F-Score: 3
Altman Z-Score: 3.75
Beneish M-Score: -3.28
WACC vs ROIC
10.64%
-16.44%
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 : 4/10

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industry
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history
Operating Margin % -18.21
FSLR's Operating Margin % is ranked lower than
90% of the 853 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 5.72 vs. FSLR: -18.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating Margin % only.
FSLR' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -18.21  Med: 13.44 Max: 35.17
Current: -18.21
-18.21
35.17
Net Margin % -14.29
FSLR's Net Margin % is ranked lower than
85% of the 853 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 4.67 vs. FSLR: -14.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
FSLR' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -14.29  Med: 13.48 Max: 31.42
Current: -14.29
-14.29
31.42
ROE % -7.83
FSLR's ROE % is ranked lower than
79% of the 837 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 5.98 vs. FSLR: -7.83 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE % only.
FSLR' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -7.83  Med: 9.51 Max: 30.73
Current: -7.83
-7.83
30.73
ROA % -6.03
FSLR's ROA % is ranked lower than
81% of the 862 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 3.09 vs. FSLR: -6.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
FSLR' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -6.03  Med: 6.81 Max: 23.43
Current: -6.03
-6.03
23.43
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % -31.49
FSLR's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
89% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 10.68 vs. FSLR: -31.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % only.
FSLR' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -31.49  Med: 27.18 Max: 71.92
Current: -31.49
-31.49
71.92
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate -6.10
FSLR's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked lower than
73% of the 784 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. FSLR: -6.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
FSLR' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 16.9 Max: 196.4
Current: -6.1
0
196.4
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Guru Trades

Q4 2016

FSLR Guru Trades in Q4 2016

Jeremy Grantham 31,700 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 1,101,992 sh (+0.88%)
John Hussman Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones 9,700 sh (-21.77%)
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Q1 2017

FSLR Guru Trades in Q1 2017

Jeremy Grantham 32,800 sh (+3.47%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 1,101,184 sh (-0.07%)
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Q2 2017

FSLR Guru Trades in Q2 2017

Jim Simons 139,300 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 354,444 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 39,500 sh (+20.43%)
Pioneer Investments 1,072,916 sh (-2.57%)
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Q3 2017

FSLR Guru Trades in Q3 2017

Steven Cohen 58,000 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 51,400 sh (+30.13%)
Steven Cohen 40,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 933,238 sh (-13.02%)
Jim Simons 115,600 sh (-17.01%)
Joel Greenblatt 23,315 sh (-93.42%)
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Insider Trades

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Joel Greenblatt 2017-09-30 Reduce -93.42%0.19%$38.67 - $51.41 $ 67.8947%23,315
Joel Greenblatt 2017-06-30 New Buy0.2%$26.33 - $40.49 $ 67.89101%354,444
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Business Description

Industry: Semiconductors » Solar    NAICS: 334413    SIC: 3674
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Traded in other countries:FSLR.Argentina, F3A.Germany, FSLR.Mexico, FSLR.Switzerland, 0R06.UK,
Headquarter Location:USA
First Solar Inc is a provider of solar energy solutions. It designs, manufactures and sells PV solar modules with a thin-film semiconductor technology. It also manufactures crystalline silicon solar modules.

First Solar designs and manufactures photovoltaic solar modules; develops, designs, and constructs utility-scale solar systems using the company's modules; and provides operating services for the system owners. The company's solar modules use cadmium telluride to convert sunlight into electricity. This is commonly called thin-film technology. First Solar is the world's largest thin-film solar module manufacturer. It has production lines in Malaysia and Ohio.

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Ratios

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industry
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history
Forward PE Ratio 47.62
FSLR's Forward PE Ratio is ranked lower than
94% of the 121 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 17.73 vs. FSLR: 47.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward PE Ratio only.
N/A
Price-to-Owner-Earnings 31.12
FSLR's Price-to-Owner-Earnings is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 377 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 22.39 vs. FSLR: 31.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Owner-Earnings only.
FSLR' s Price-to-Owner-Earnings Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.25  Med: 35.73 Max: 1525.2
Current: 31.12
5.25
1525.2
PB Ratio 1.32
FSLR's PB Ratio is ranked higher than
84% of the 835 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 2.02 vs. FSLR: 1.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
FSLR' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.3  Med: 1.29 Max: 21.54
Current: 1.32
0.3
21.54
PS Ratio 2.41
FSLR's PS Ratio is ranked higher than
50% of the 838 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.79 vs. FSLR: 2.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
FSLR' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.33  Med: 1.95 Max: 51.02
Current: 2.41
0.33
51.02
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 8.84
FSLR's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
58% of the 380 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 21.04 vs. FSLR: 8.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
FSLR' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.27  Med: 22.31 Max: 4277.37
Current: 8.84
4.27
4277.37
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 6.01
FSLR's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
69% of the 486 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 13.78 vs. FSLR: 6.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
FSLR' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.65  Med: 16.5 Max: 344.12
Current: 6.01
1.65
344.12
EV-to-EBIT -9.24
FSLR's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 597 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 17.61 vs. FSLR: -9.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
FSLR' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -97.5  Med: 12.7 Max: 243.4
Current: -9.24
-97.5
243.4
EV-to-EBITDA -13.09
FSLR's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 661 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 12.96 vs. FSLR: -13.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
FSLR' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -14.07  Med: 9.2 Max: 171.6
Current: -13.09
-14.07
171.6
EV-to-Revenue 1.61
FSLR's EV-to-Revenue is ranked higher than
70% of the 843 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. FSLR: 1.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-Revenue only.
FSLR' s EV-to-Revenue Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.2  Med: 1.5 Max: 51.1
Current: 1.61
0.2
51.1
Shiller PE Ratio 20.04
FSLR's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked higher than
84% of the 148 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 44.35 vs. FSLR: 20.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
FSLR' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.55  Med: 16.42 Max: 28.11
Current: 20.04
7.55
28.11
Current Ratio 6.85
FSLR's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
90% of the 855 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 2.23 vs. FSLR: 6.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
FSLR' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.78  Med: 3.23 Max: 7.46
Current: 6.85
0.78
7.46
Quick Ratio 6.47
FSLR's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
91% of the 855 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. FSLR: 6.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
FSLR' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.58  Med: 2.81 Max: 7.14
Current: 6.47
0.58
7.14
Days Inventory 52.11
FSLR's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
64% of the 827 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 79.77 vs. FSLR: 52.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
FSLR' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 40.98  Med: 60.58 Max: 68.32
Current: 52.11
40.98
68.32
Days Sales Outstanding 42.22
FSLR's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
83% of the 779 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 64.24 vs. FSLR: 42.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
FSLR' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 13.16  Med: 40.53 Max: 103.43
Current: 42.22
13.16
103.43
Days Payable 19.72
FSLR's Days Payable is ranked lower than
87% of the 758 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 53.42 vs. FSLR: 19.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
FSLR' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 19.72  Med: 33.21 Max: 50.81
Current: 19.72
19.72
50.81

Buy Back

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industry
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history
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -1.50
FSLR's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
62% of the 616 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: -3.70 vs. FSLR: -1.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
FSLR' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -26.2  Med: -5 Max: 0
Current: -1.5
-26.2
0

Valuation & Return

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history
Price-to-Net-Cash 6.03
FSLR's Price-to-Net-Cash is ranked higher than
67% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 9.59 vs. FSLR: 6.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Net-Cash only.
FSLR' s Price-to-Net-Cash Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.64  Med: 54.99 Max: 1446
Current: 6.03
2.64
1446
Price-to-Net-Current-Asset-Value 2.93
FSLR's Price-to-Net-Current-Asset-Value is ranked higher than
77% of the 579 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 4.71 vs. FSLR: 2.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Net-Current-Asset-Value only.
FSLR' s Price-to-Net-Current-Asset-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.45  Med: 6.96 Max: 52.77
Current: 2.93
1.45
52.77
Price-to-Tangible-Book 1.31
FSLR's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked higher than
86% of the 802 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 2.16 vs. FSLR: 1.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Tangible-Book only.
FSLR' s Price-to-Tangible-Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.4  Med: 1.49 Max: 19.73
Current: 1.31
0.4
19.73
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 1.08
FSLR's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked higher than
80% of the 465 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.62 vs. FSLR: 1.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
FSLR' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.53  Med: 1.25 Max: 8.58
Current: 1.08
0.53
8.58
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 1.23
FSLR's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked higher than
72% of the 763 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. FSLR: 1.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
FSLR' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.22  Med: 1.04 Max: 21.46
Current: 1.23
0.22
21.46
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % -10.84
FSLR's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked lower than
94% of the 860 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 3.46 vs. FSLR: -10.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
FSLR' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -102.4  Med: 5.7 Max: 31.7
Current: -10.84
-102.4
31.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % 68.08
FSLR's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked higher than
98% of the 384 Companies
in the Global Solar industry.

( Industry Median: 8.32 vs. FSLR: 68.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % only.
FSLR' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1.7  Med: 1.1 Max: 130.4
Current: 68.08
-1.7
130.4

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $2,979.70
EPS (TTM) $ -4.21
Beta1.38
Short Percentage of Float7.51%
52-Week Range $25.56 - 63.10
Shares Outstanding (Mil)104.43

Analyst Estimate

Dec17 Dec18 Dec19
Revenue (Mil $) 3,036 2,447 2,828
EPS ($) 2.07 1.41 2.99
EPS without NRI ($) 2.07 1.41 2.99
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
-1.34%
Dividends per Share ($)

Piotroski F-Score Details

Piotroski F-Score: 33
Positive ROAN
Positive CFROAY
Higher ROA yoyN
CFROA > ROAY
Lower Leverage yoyN
Higher Current Ratio yoyY
Less Shares Outstanding yoyN
Higher Gross Margin yoyN
Higher Asset Turnover yoyN

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