Market Overview

SunPower Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results


SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ:SPWR) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended Sept. 29, 2019.

SunPower Logo. (PRNewsFoto/SunPower Corp.)

Third Quarter Company Highlights

  • Continued strength in U.S. and international distributed generation (DG) markets
  • Generated positive cash at the business unit level for the quarter

SunPower Energy Services (SPES)

  • Record residential and new homes bookings - strong traction in California ahead of 2020 new home solar mandate
  • Formally launched Equinox Storage solution for the residential market

SunPower Technologies (SPT)

  • Record shipments into international DG markets – more than 70 percent of volume
  • Tracking to a fourth quarter agreement on potential investment to expand Maxeon 5 production


($ Millions, except percentages and per-share data)

3rd Quarter 2019

2nd Quarter 2019

3rd Quarter 2018

GAAP revenue




GAAP gross margin




GAAP net income (loss)




GAAP net income (loss) per diluted share




Non-GAAP revenue1




Non-GAAP gross margin1




Non-GAAP net income (loss)1




Non-GAAP net income (loss) per diluted share1




Adjusted EBITDA1




MW Deployed




1Information about SunPower's use of non-GAAP financial information, including a reconciliation to U.S. GAAP, is provided under "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

Third Quarter 2019 Results
"Our third quarter results reflect continuing execution of our strategic plan," said Tom Werner, SunPower CEO and chairman of the board. "We met our financial outlook for the quarter and demonstrated ongoing progress against our key growth initiatives including the further ramp of our Maxeon 5 technology scale-up, adding to our storage and services offerings, and expanding our digital platforms.

SunPower Energy Services (SPES)
"We executed well in our North American residential business with revenue growth of more than 12 percent year-over-year and record bookings during the quarter as we benefitted from the strength of our channel model. Also, building on the success of our commercial Helix Storage solution, we officially launched our residential Equinox Storage product in the third quarter. Our Equinox platform is the industry's only fully integrated solar and storage solution designed, engineered and warranted by one company. In new homes, we continued to expand our commanding position in the market ahead of California's 2020 new home solar mandate as we posted another record bookings and shipments quarter with a backlog now exceeding 40,000 homes.

"In Commercial, we maintained our market share lead as year-over-year deployments rose. Our channel and origination teams are executing well as our backlog continues to grow. However, project deployment execution has been disappointing and we are undertaking a number of initiatives in our direct business that we believe will drive stronger financial performance starting in the fourth quarter. Finally, demand for our Helix Storage solution remains high as our pipeline exceeds 145 megawatts (MW) with attach rates of 35 percent.

SunPower Technologies (SPT)
"SPT posted another strong quarter driven primarily by ongoing growth in our global DG supply business, especially in Europe, Korea and Australia. We also continued to build solid power plant supply agreement backlog into 2020. The ramp of our industry leading Maxeon 5 cell and panel technology continues as we commenced production on our second production line this quarter. Also, we have made progress toward finalizing a potential investment to accelerate Maxeon 5 production and expect to be in a position to announce this agreement in the fourth quarter. Finally, we are pleased to see strong escalating demand for our Performance Series (P-Series) product as we expect to ship a combined volume of over 1.3 gigawatts (GW) of P-Series panels in 2019 from our joint venture and our Oregon manufacturing facility," Werner concluded.

Consolidated Financials
"We were pleased with our third quarter financial performance," said Manavendra Sial, SunPower chief financial officer. "In relation to the balance sheet, we increased our liquidity, generating positive cash at the business unit level while further reducing our legacy liabilities. Finally, we were pleased to announce our second partnership with Hannon Armstrong that enables a highly capital efficient and flexible structure to finance our 200 MW of safe harbor inventory."

Third quarter fiscal year 2019 non-GAAP results exclude net adjustments that, in the aggregate, increased non-GAAP earnings by $25.7 million, including $23.9 million related to the cost of above-market polysilicon, $7.0 million related to stock-based compensation expense, $6.1 million related to business reorganization costs, $5.1 million related to loss on sale and impairment of residential lease assets, $4.3 million restructuring expense, $2.2 million related to business process improvement costs, $1.8 million related to amortization of intangible assets, $1.2 million related to construction revenue on solar services contracts, $1.0 million transaction-related costs, and $0.9 million related to tax effect, partially offset by $27.6 million related to mark-to-market gain on equity investment and $0.2 million related to legacy sale-leaseback transactions.

Financial Outlook
The company's fourth quarter 2019 GAAP and non-GAAP guidance is as follows: on a GAAP basis, revenue of $520 million to $720 million, gross margin of 11 percent to 12 percent and net loss of $28 million to $8 million. On a non-GAAP basis, the company expects revenue of $520 million to $720 million, gross margin of 16 percent to 19 percent, Adjusted EBITDA of $74 million to $94 million and MW deployed in the range of 445 MW to 645 MW.

The company's fiscal year 2019 GAAP and non-GAAP guidance is as follows: on a GAAP basis, revenue of $1.8 billion to $2.0 billion and a net loss of $20 million to $0 million. On a non-GAAP basis, revenue of $1.9 billion to $2.1 billion and operational expenses of less than $270 million. Gigawatts deployed is expected to be in the range of 2.1 GW to 2.3 GW in addition to the company's safe harbor program and capital expenditures of approximately $65 million. The company's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 guidance includes approximately $20 million in gross margin attributable to certain legacy power plant projects. 

The company is maintaining its fiscal year 2019 Adjusted EBITDA guidance to the range of $100 million to $120 million.

The company will host a conference call for investors this afternoon to discuss its third quarter 2019 performance at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The call will be webcast and can be accessed from SunPower's website at

This press release contains both GAAP and non-GAAP financial information. Non-GAAP figures are reconciled to the closest GAAP equivalent categories in the financial attachment of this press release. Please note that the company has posted supplemental information and slides related to its third quarter 2019 performance on the Events and Presentations section of SunPower's Investor Relations page at

About SunPower
As one of the world's most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower's more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. For more information about how SunPower is changing the way our world is powered, visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding: (a) our plans and expectations regarding potential investment to expand Maxeon 5 production, including timing, certainty and impact; (b) our expectations and plans regarding market traction, growth, demand, and volume; (c) our plans and expectations for our products and planned products, including anticipated markets and demand, cost impacts, and impacts on our financial performance and our ability to meet our targets and goals; (d) our plans and expectations for initiatives to improve execution and performance in our commercial business, including timing and anticipated impact on financial performance; (e) our plans and expectations regarding manufacturing expansion, and production goals and ramps, including the timing of our ramp of Maxeon 5 and P-Series production expansion; (f) our plans and expectations for our safe harbor program and our joint venture with Hannon Armstrong; (g) the expected sale of certain legacy power plant projects, including timing and impact on financial statements; (h) our positioning for future success and profitability and long-term competitiveness, and our ability to achieve our financial and strategic goals; (i) our fourth quarter fiscal 2019 guidance, including GAAP revenue, gross margin, and net loss, as well as non-GAAP revenue, gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA, and MW deployed, and related assumptions; and (j) fiscal year 2019 guidance, including, GAAP and non-GAAP revenue, net loss, non-GAAP operational expenses, non-GAAP GW deployed, non- GAAP capital expenditures, and Adjusted EBITDA, and related assumptions.

These forward-looking statements are based on our current assumptions, expectations and beliefs and involve substantial risks and uncertainties that may cause results, performance or achievement to materially differ from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) challenges in executing transactions key to our strategic plans, including regulatory and other challenges that may arise; (2) the success of our ongoing research and development efforts and our ability to commercialize new products and services, including products and services developed through strategic partnerships; (3) competition in the solar and general energy industry and downward pressure on selling prices and wholesale energy pricing; (4) our liquidity, substantial indebtedness, and ability to obtain additional financing for our projects and customers; (5) changes in public policy, including the imposition and applicability of tariffs; (6) regulatory changes and the availability of economic incentives promoting use of solar energy; (7) fluctuations in our operating results; (8) appropriately sizing our manufacturing capacity and containing manufacturing and logistics difficulties that could arise; and (9) challenges managing our acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships, including our ability to successfully manage acquired assets and supplier relationships.  A detailed discussion of these factors and other risks that affect our business is included in filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from time to time, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, particularly under the heading "Risk Factors."  Copies of these filings are available online from the SEC or on the SEC Filings section of our Investor Relations website at All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information currently available to us, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in light of new information or future events.

©2019 SunPower Corporation. All rights reserved. SUNPOWER, the SUNPOWER logo, EQUINOX and HELIX are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunPower Corporation in the U.S. and other countries as well.



 (In thousands) 


Sep. 29,

Dec. 30,



View Comments and Join the Discussion!
Don't Miss Any Updates!
News Directly in Your Inbox
Subscribe to:
Benzinga Premarket Activity
Get pre-market outlook, mid-day update and after-market roundup emails in your inbox.
Market in 5 Minutes
Everything you need to know about the market - quick & easy.
Daily Analyst Rating
A summary of each day’s top rating changes from sell-side analysts on the street.
Fintech Focus
A daily collection of all things fintech, interesting developments and market updates.
Thank You

Thank you for subscribing! If you have any questions feel free to call us at 1-877-440-ZING or email us at