Canadian Solar’s Net Income Drops 71% As Module Prices Decline

Q3 2023 revenues declined 4% YoY to $1.8 billion


Solar module maker Canadian Solar‘s net income in the third quarter (Q3) of 2023 was recorded at $22 million, a year-over-year (YoY) decrease of 71% from $78 million.

The revenue for Q3 of 2023 was $1.8 billion, a 4% YoY decrease. This decline was attributed to lower project sales and a decrease in module average selling price, partially offset by increased solar module shipment volumes.

Total operating expenses for Q3 of 2023 amounted to $225 million, a 17% YoY decrease compared to $274 million in Q3 of 2022. The sequential increase was attributed to higher transportation costs, the TOPCon production ramp-up, and increased research and development expenses.

This increase was partially offset by a reduction in share-based compensation following the successful CSI Solar IPO in the second quarter of 2023.

Depreciation and amortization charges for Q3 of 2023 were $76 million, a 35.7% increase YoY up from $56 million. The sequential increase was primarily due to the company’s ongoing capacity expansion.

Total module shipments recognized as revenues during the quarter were 8.3 GW, indicating a 39% YoY increase. Of this total, 82 MW were shipped to the company’s utility-scale solar power projects.

As of September 30, 2023, Canadian Solar’s total debt stood at $3.3 billion, unchanged from the previous quarter. This total debt included $1.72 billion, $1.38 billion, and $227 million related to CSI Solar, Recurrent Energy, and convertible bonds.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO, said, “We delivered solid profitability in the third quarter of 2023 with continued progress on our capacity diversification, despite lower-than-expected market demand growth due to the higher interest rate environment driving higher inventories in certain markets. We significantly ramped up our capacity in the latest N-type TOPCon cell technology, which now accounts for half of our total cell capacity and is expected to reach 60% by the end of 2023.”

9M 2023

For the first nine months (9M) of the year, Canadian Solar recorded a net income of $366.83 million, a YoY increase of 83.6% compared to $199.73 million.

Revenue for 9M was posted at $5.91 billion, a marginal YoY increase of 7.5%.

Total operating expenses for the period came to $ 613.84 million, a YoY decrease of 11.5%

The company said it continued its strategic, long-term investments in crucial premium markets, evidenced by the recent announcement of a 5 GW solar cell facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and a 5 GW solar wafer facility in Thailand.

Both facilities are poised to cater to U.S. customers. These developments are set to complement the existing 5 GW solar module facility in Mesquite, Texas, scheduled to commence production in a few weeks.

In June this year, Canadian Solar announced the establishment of a 5 GW solar photovoltaic module manufacturing facility in Mesquite, Texas. This facility, representing an investment of over $250 million, will produce approximately 20,000 high-power modules daily.

The company recently revealed the pricing for the shares of CSI Solar, its majority-owned subsidiary, as part of its proposed initial public offering on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.