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First Solar (NAS:FSLR) Degree of Financial Leverage

: 2.41 (As of Sep. 2023)
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Degree of Financial Leverage (DFL) measures the percentage change in EPS for a unit change in Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT). First Solar's Degree of Financial Leverage for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2023 was 2.41. The higher Degree of Financial Leverage, the more volatile earnings will be.

The industry rank for First Solar's Degree of Financial Leverage or its related term are showing as below:

FSLR's Degree of Financial Leverage is ranked worse than
93.66% of 931 companies
in the Semiconductors industry
Industry Median: 0.99 vs FSLR: 2.41

First Solar Degree of Financial Leverage Historical Data

The historical data trend for First Solar's Degree of Financial Leverage can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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First Solar Annual Data
Trend Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20 Dec21 Dec22
Degree of Financial Leverage
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 4.73 1.08 1.00 0.21 1.14

First Solar Quarterly Data
Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21 Sep21 Dec21 Mar22 Jun22 Sep22 Dec22 Mar23 Jun23 Sep23
Degree of Financial Leverage Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 1.35 1.14 1.44 0.37 2.41

Competitive Comparison

For the Solar subindustry, First Solar's Degree of Financial Leverage, along with its competitors' market caps and Degree of Financial Leverage data, can be viewed below:

* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap. Note that "N/A" values will not show up in the chart.


First Solar Degree of Financial Leverage Distribution

For the Semiconductors industry and Technology sector, First Solar's Degree of Financial Leverage distribution charts can be found below:

* The bar in red indicates where First Solar's Degree of Financial Leverage falls into.



First Solar Degree of Financial Leverage Calculation

First Solar's Degree of Financial Leverage for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2023 is calculated as:

Degree of Financial Leverage=% Change in Earnings per Share (Diluted)**/% Change in EBIT
=( 4.42 (Sep. 2023) / 0.88 (Sep. 2022) - 1 )/( 517.067 (Sep. 2023) / 193.958 (Sep. 2022) - 1 )
=4.0227/1.6659
=2.41***

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

** TTM data of EPS and EBIT was used to calculate Degree of Financial Leverage.
*** Please be aware that the Degree of Financial Leverage calculations are based on company-level data using the primary share class. The calculated data provided is for demonstration purposes and may slightly differ from the results displayed in the title due to potential variations caused by currency exchange rate differences throughout the year.


First Solar  (NAS:FSLR) Degree of Financial Leverage Explanation

Degree of Financial Leverage (DFL) is a leverage ratio that measures the sensitivity of a company’s Earnings per Share (EPS) to fluctuations in its operating income, also referred to as Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT), resulting from adjustments in its capital structure. DFL is an essential tool for companies to assess the appropriate level of debt or financial leverage in their capital structure. When EBIT remains relatively stable, it results in stable earnings and earnings per share. In such cases, the company may consider taking on substantial debt. However, for companies operating in industries with significant fluctuations in EBIT, it is advisable to keep debt at a manageable level.

The higher Degree of Financial Leverage, the more volatile earnings will be. Because interest is a fixed expense, leverage can amplify earnings and EPS. This is beneficial when EBIT is growing, but it can become problematic in tough economic conditions when EBIT is under pressure.

Be Aware

The use of financial leverage varies across different industries and business sectors, and the application of Degree of Financial Leverage (DFL) should be adjusted accordingly.


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First Solar (NAS:FSLR) Business Description

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Address
350 West Washington Street, Suite 600, Tempe, AZ, USA, 85281
First Solar designs and manufactures solar photovoltaic panels, modules, and systems for use in utility-scale development projects. 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 Vietnam, Malaysia, the United States, and India.
Executives
Norman L. Wright director 26335 N. 104TH WAY, SCOTTSDALE AZ 85255
Lisa A Kro director 3700 WELLS FARGO CENTER, 90 SOUTH 7TH STREET, MINNEAPOLIS MN 55402
Anita M. George director 4/5 SHANTINIKETAN, NEW DELHI K7 110 021
Kathryn A Hollister director 331 OREGON STREET, CINCINNATI OH 45202
Michael Koralewski officer: Chief Mfg. Operations Officer 28101 CEDAR PARK BLVD., PERRYSBURG OH 43551
Kuntal Kumar Verma officer: Chief Mfg. Engineering Officer 28101 CEDAR PARK BLVD., PERRYSBURG OH 43551
Patrick James Buehler officer: Chief Quality and Rel. Officer 28101 CEDAR PARK BLVD., PERRYSBURG OH 43551
Markus Gloeckler officer: Co-Chief Technology Officer 28101 CEDAR PARK BLVD., PERRYSBURG OH 43551
Jason E. Dymbort officer: General Counsel, Interim 77 RIO ROBLES, SAN JOSE CA 95134
Caroline Stockdale officer: EVP, HR & Communications C/O WARNER MUSIC GROUP, 75 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA, NEW YORK NY 10019
Byron Michael Jeffers officer: CAO, Interim 350 WEST WASHINGTON ST., TEMPE AZ 85281
Molly Joseph director 9209 GRAND SUMMIT BLVD, DRIPPING SPRINGS TX 78620
Jtw Trust No. 1 Uad 9/19/02 other: Member of Group(1) P.O. BOX 1860, BENTONVILLE AR 72712
Jcl Holdings Llc 10 percent owner PO BOX 1860, BENTONVILLE AR 72712
Lukas T Walton 10 percent owner C/O CRAVATH, SWAINE & MOORE LLP, 825 EIGHTH AVENUE, NEW YORK NY 10019