SolarCity Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results

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SolarCity Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results

Customer base increased 243% in 2012, company surpassed $1 billion in solar energy systems deployed

SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SolarCity (NAS: SCTY) , a leading provider of clean energy, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.


"SolarCity grew its customer base more than 243% in 2012 and surpassed $1 billion in solar energy systems deployed. Customers consistently choose SolarCity over alternatives, whether they are solar providers or utility companies. We sign up a new customer every five minutes," said Lyndon Rive, CEO.

"SolarCity's growth is proof that the company's vertically-integrated model—to provide cleaner energy directly to customers at a discount to utility rates—is the key to attracting homeowners and businesses to solar," continued Rive. "Furthermore, despite our triple-digit growth rate, we've scarcely begun to tap the potential of the distributed solar market. Less than half of one percent of energy consumers in the U.S. have adopted solar, and a massive growth opportunity remains."

Operating Activities

SolarCity's operating activities include collecting energy contract payments, acquiring new customers, operating and maintaining solar energy systems, technology development and additional activities that enable selling energy to customers.

Q4 2012 Operating Activity Highlights

  • 48 MW Deployed, an increase of 129% from the prior year period
  • 8,557 Total Customers, an increase of 192% from the prior year period
  • 6,810 Energy Contracts, an increase of 190% from the prior year period
  • 4,992 Transactions from other energy products and services, an increase of 350% from the prior year period

Full Year 2012 Operating Activity Highlights

  • 157 MW Deployed, an increase of 118% from the prior year
  • 30,950 Total Customers, an increase of 243% from the prior year
  • 26,327 Energy Contracts, an increase of 269% from the prior year
  • 15,425 Transactions from other energy products and services, an increase of 315% from the prior year
  • $1,091 Million Nominal Contracted Payments Remaining, an increase of 124% from the prior year

Investing Activities

SolarCity's investing activities are primarily comprised of the Company's investments in distributed generation solar energy systems under energy contracts.

Q4 2012 Investing Activity Highlights

  • Investments in Solar Energy Systems of $151.3 million

Full Year 2012 Investing Activity Highlights

  • Investments in Solar Energy Systems of $449.1 million

Financing Activities

SolarCity's financing activities are primarily comprised of the financing funds we raise with partners to finance our investments in solar energy systems.

Financing Activity Highlights

  • Recently completed first restructuring of three financing funds, which lowered the cost of financing the contracted payments from more than 8% to 3.45%
  • Available financing funds for 115 MW as of February 28, 2013

GAAP Cash Flow Statement

With each new Energy Contract, we create a recurring, predictable cash flow stream. Our financial strategy is to maximize retained value for shareholders by covering Investing activities with cash generated from Financing and Operating activities. By this definition, the Company achieved positive net cash flow in Q4 2012.

For the year ended December 31, 2012, net cash provided by Operating activities was $60.3 million, net cash used in Investing activities was $449.1 million and net cash provided by Financing activities was $498.3 million. Net cash provided by Financing activities before equity issuances was $323.1 million and the net cash provided by the equity issuances was $175.2 million. The net increase in cash and cash equivalents for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $109.6 million.

 

Condensed GAAP Statements of Cash Flows

(in Thousands)

      

Three months
ended
December 31,

Three months
ended
December 31,

Year Ended December 31,
2011201220112012
 
Net cash provided by (used in):
Operating activities$82,263$64,723$18,082$60,333
Investing activities($95,270)($151,288)($304,252)($449,059)
Financing activities($13,231)$104,548$256,284$323,129
Total net cash provided (used) prior to equity issuance($26,238)$17,983($29,886)($65,597)
 
Net cash provided by equity issuance$112$92,779$22,087$175,206
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents($26,126)$110,762($7,799)$109,609
 

2012 Fourth Quarter GAAP Results

Recurring Operating Leases Revenue grew 100%, to $14.0 million from $7.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, and total revenues grew to $25.3 million from $20.7 million over the same period. Gross Profit grew to $14.0 million from $8.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Gross profit margin increased to 56% compared to 40% in the fourth quarter of 2011. Total Operating Expenses were $37.9 million compared to $22.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Loss from Operations was $23.8 million compared to $14.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

2012 Full Year GAAP Results

Recurring Operating Leases Revenue grew 106% to $47.6 million from $23.1 million in 2011, and total revenue grew to $128.7 million from $59.6 million over the same period. Gross Profit grew to $50.9 million from $12.4 million in 2011. Gross profit margin increased to 40% from 21% in 2011. Total Operating Expenses were $119.7 million compared to $73.7 million in 2011. Loss from Operations was $68.9 million compared to $61.3 million in 2011.

Earnings Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call today to discuss its fourth quarter and full year results and its outlook for 2013 at 5:00 pm Eastern. A live webcast of the call may be accessed over the Internet from the Company's Investor Relations website at http://investors.solarcity.com.

Participants should follow the instructions provided on the website to download and install the necessary audio applications. In addition, an earnings related presentation will be available on the Company's Investor Relations site at 5:00 pm Eastern. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 1-877-407-4018, or for international callers, 1-201-689-8471. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176, or for international callers, 1-858-384-5517. The passcode for the live call and the replay is 408735. The replay will be available until March 13, 2013.

About SolarCity

SolarCity® (NAS: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company offers solar power, energy efficiency and electric vehicle services, and makes clean energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. SolarCity currently serves 14 states and signs a new customer every five minutes. Visit the company online at www.solarcity.com and follow the company on Facebook & Twitter.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding SolarCity's customer and market growth opportunities, financial strategies for cash generation and increasing shareholder value, the deployment of megawatts currently included in backlog, the amount of megawatts that can be deployed based on committed available financing, additional financial and operational forecasts to be discussed during the conference call referenced in this release, and assumptions relating to the foregoing.

Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements, including the effect of electric utility industry regulations, net metering and related policies, the availability and amount of rebates, tax credits and other financial incentives, the availability and amount of financing from fund investors, the retail price of utility-generated electricity or the availability of alternative energy sources, risks associated with SolarCity's rapid growth, risks that consumers who have executed energy contracts included in reported nominal contracted payments remaining and backlog may seek to cancel those contracts, SolarCity's limited operating history, particularly as a new public company, changes in strategic planning decisions by management or reallocation of internal resources, and general market, political, economic and business conditions. You should read the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our registration statement on Form S-1, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and identifies certain of these and additional risks and uncertainties. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

 
SolarCity Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In Thousands)
  
December 31,December 31,
 2012 2011 
 
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$160,080$50,471
Restricted cash7,5161,796
Accounts receivable - net25,14510,651
Rebates receivable17,50113,684
Inventories87,903142,742
Deferred income tax asset5,7704,306
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 11,502 17,872 
Total current assets315,417241,522
 
Restricted cash2,8103,764
Solar energy systems, leased and to be leased - net1,002,184535,609
Property and equipment - net18,63514,421
Other assets 22,796 17,857 
Total assets$1,361,842$813,173 
 
Liabilities and equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$62,986$162,586
Distributions payable to noncontrolling interests12,0286,216
Current portion of deferred U.S. Treasury grants income11,3765,430
Accrued and other current liabilities52,33430,574
Customer deposits8,75313,933
Current portion of deferred revenue31,51613,504
Borrowings under bank line of credit-5,582
Current portion of long-term debt20,6132,640
Current portion of lease pass-through financing obligation13,6226,060
Current portion of sale leaseback financing obligation 389 361 
Total current liabilities213,617246,886
 
Deferred revenue, net of current portion204,396101,359
Long-term debt, net of current portion83,53314,581
Long-term deferred tax liability5,7904,313
Lease passthrough financing obligation, net of current portion125,88446,541
Sale leaseback financing obligation, net of current portion14,75515,144
Deferred U.S. Treasury grants income, net of current portion286,884132,004
Convertible redeemable preferred stock warrant liabilities-5,325
Other liabilities 112,056 36,314 
Total liabilities1,046,915602,467
 
Convertible redeemable preferred stock-125,722
Total stockholders' equity (deficit)214,320(37,662)
Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries 100,607 122,646 
Total equity 314,927 210,706 
Total liabilities, convertible redeemable preferred stock and equity$1,361,842$813,173 
 
SolarCity Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)
  
Three Months Ended

December 31,

 2012   2011 
 
Revenue:
Operating leases$14,032$7,042
Solar energy systems sales 11,241   13,700 
Total revenues25,27320,742
 
Cost of revenue:
Operating leases4,7312,429
Solar energy systems 6,505   10,003 
Total cost of revenues 11,236   12,432 
 
Gross profit14,0378,310
 
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing19,41614,758
General and administrative 18,451   7,538 
Total operating expenses 37,867   22,296 
 
Loss from operations(23,830)(13,986)
 
Interest expense5,2201,756
 
Other expense (income), net(15,376)1,213
   
Loss before income taxes(13,674)(16,955)
Income tax provision 53   (30)
Net loss(13,621)(16,985)
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests (10,578)  (31,058)
Net income (loss) attributable to stockholders$(3,043) $14,073 
 
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders
Basic$(13,134)$2,710
Diluted$(27,950)$3,673
Net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders
Basic$(0.54)$0.26
Diluted$(1.10)$0.24
Weighted average shares used to compute net income (loss) per
share attributable to common stockholders
Basic24,283,73110,374,820
Diluted25,310,65115,413,884
 
SolarCity Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)
   
Year Ended December 31,
 2012  2011  2010 
 
Revenue:
Operating leases$47,616$23,145$9,684
Solar energy systems sales 81,046  36,406  22,744 
Total revenues128,66259,55132,428
 
Cost of revenue:
Operating leases13,3465,7183,191
Solar energy systems 64,429  41,418  26,953 
Total cost of revenues 77,775  47,136  30,144 
 
Gross profit
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