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Yingli Green Energy Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

First Quarter Revenue Was $527.3 Million
First Quarter Non-GAAP Diluted EPS Was US$0.38
A More Than 30% Increase in Shipment Is Expected in the Second Quarter
Company Reaffirms Shipment Guidance for Full Year 2011

BAODING, China, May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company"), a leading solar energy company and one of the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers, which markets its products under the brand "Yingli Solar," today announced its unaudited consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

First Quarter 2011 Consolidated Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Total net revenues were RMB 3,453.0 million (US$527.3 million).
  • PV module shipment decreased by a low teen percentage from the fourth quarter of 2010.
  • Gross profit was RMB 943.7 million (US$144.1 million), representing a gross margin of 27.3%.
  • Operating income was RMB 568.2 million (US$86.8 million), representing an operating margin of 16.5%.
  • Net income(1) was RMB 368.3 million (US$56.2 million) and diluted earnings per ordinary share and per American depositary share ("ADS") were RMB 2.29(US$0.35).
  • On an adjusted non- GAAP(2) basis, net income was RMB 403.6 million (US$61.6 million) and diluted earnings per ordinary share and per ADS were RMB 2.51(US$ 0.38).
  • In May 2011, through one of its operating subsidiaries in China, the Company completed a successful issuance of RMB 1.4 billion medium-term notes on the PRC inter-bank debenture market.

"In the first quarter of 2011, we experienced a sudden demand slowdown in Europe, primarily due to the uncertainties relating to the feed-in-tariff policy change in Italy and the severe winter season conditions in Germany. However, despite a lower than expected shipment in the past quarter, we remain confident to accomplish our full year shipment guidance of 1.7 to 1.75 GW through continuously optimized global sales strategies." Commented Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy.

"Although solar policy changes in certain European countries have caused short term market fluctuations, in the long term, we continue to view Europe as one of our most important markets. We will continue to enhance our long-term strategies by cooperating with our existing customers, as we believe they have demonstrated experience to weather market downturns, proven capabilities to tackle challenges of low demand cycles, strong technical innovations at system level to offer competitive solar power solutions to end users, and successful penetration into new and emerging markets in and beyond Europe. As a result of policy changes, demand in Europe is shifting from the ground-mounted segment toward roof-tops. Our major customers continue to tune their business strategies and align their resources to benefit from this market transition. To ensure we are well positioned for new opportunities created, we also continue to select and build relationships with new customers with proven track records of technical and operational excellence in accessing the roof-top segment."

"In the emerging markets, we have been systematically consolidating our leadership throughout the past quarter." Mr. Miao continued. "In the US, we continued to win new customers and diversify our geographic mix. Our customer pool proved to be extensively diversified to drive demand for a record quarter with shipment of more than 50 MW, a five-fold increase from the first quarter of 2010. In China, we have established a solid market position through continuous involvement in a series of solar initiatives, such as the Golden Sun Program. The Chinese government has been considering raising the accumulative PV installation targets to 10 GW by 2015 and 50 GW by 2020. We strongly believe that China will quickly evolve into one of the largest and most important solar markets in the world."

"In addition, we are penetrating frontier markets through sustained efforts. We are progressively building seasoned sales forces, which are capable to cover established as well as emerging markets. We are establishing subsidiaries in markets with long term potential such as South East Asia, South America and the Middle East, and we are leveraging existing customers' proven expertise and strong channel building capabilities."

"On the research and development front, we have established our leadership position in the domain of n-type solar cell production through successfully commercializing Project PANDA. We will continue to innovate throughout our vertically integrated production lines to seek further cost reduction opportunities." Mr. Miao concluded.

First Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Total Net Revenues

Total net revenues were RMB 3,453.0 million (US$527.3 million) in the first quarter of 2011, compared to RMB 4,066.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase of 40.9% from RMB 2,449.9 million in the first quarter of 2010. The decrease in the total net revenue from the previous quarter was primarily due to decreased PV module shipment as a result of the policy change in Italy. In early March of 2011, the Italian government announced that it was planning to reduce feed-in tariffs for solar power systems in an effort to impede overheating of its solar market. As the Italian government did not announce the finalized new policy until early May, the uncertainties relating to the proposed policy change led to delays in solar power projects in Italy. In addition, the severe weather conditions in Germany this past winter also had a negative effect on the market demand for solar products in the first quarter of 2011.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit was RMB 943.7 million (US$144.1 million) in the first quarter of 2011, compared to RMB 1,337.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase of 15.7% from RMB 815.4 million in the first quarter of 2010.

Overall gross margin was 27.3% in the first quarter of 2011, compared to overall gross margin of 32.9% in the fourth quarter of 2010 and 33.3% in the first quarter of 2010. The decrease in gross margin quarter over quarter was primarily due to the increase of outsourced cell production and polysilicon spot price, as well as a slight decrease in average selling price.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were RMB 375.5 million (US$57.3 million) in the first quarter of 2011, compared to RMB 394.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and RMB 279.5 million in the first quarter of 2010. The decrease in operating expenses quarter over quarter was primarily due to the decline in selling expenses resulted from the Company's decreased shipment volume.

Operating expenses as a percentage of total net revenues were 10.9% in the first quarter of 2011, compared to 9.7% in the fourth quarter of 2010 and 11.4% in the first quarter of 2010.

Operating Income and Margin

As a result of the foregoing, operating income was RMB 568.2 million (US$86.8 million) in the first quarter of 2011, compared to RMB 943.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase of 6.0% from RMB 535.9 million in the first quarter of 2010.

Operating margin was 16.5% in the first quarter of 2011, compared to 23.2% in the fourth quarter of 2010 and 21.9% in the first quarter of 2010.

Interest Expense

Interest expense was RMB 130.5 million (US$19.9 million) in the first quarter of 2011, compared to RMB 130.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and RMB 91.2 million in the first quarter of 2010.

After excluding non-cash interest expense items, interest expense was RMB 121.8 million (US$18.6 million) in the first quarter of 2011, compared to RMB 114.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and RMB 63.4 million in the first quarter of 2010. The slight increase in the interest expense excluding non-cash items was consistent with the increase in indebtedness. As of March 31, 2011, the Company had an aggregate of RMB 10,245.4 million (US$1,564.6 million) borrowings, mid-term notes and convertible notes, an increase of 8.5% from RMB 9,446.8 million as of December 31, 2010. The weighted average interest rate for these borrowings was 5.72 % in the first quarter of 2011, a slight decrease from 5.87% in the four quarter of 2010.

Foreign Currency Exchange Gains (Losses)

Foreign currency exchange gain was RMB 61.2 million (US$9.3 million) in the first quarter of 2011, compared to a foreign currency exchange loss of RMB 62.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and a foreign currency exchange loss of RMB 169.1 million in the first quarter of 2010. The foreign currency exchange gain was primarily attributable to the appreciation of the Euro against the RMB.

Income Tax Expense

Income tax expense was RMB 76.8 million (US$11.7 million) in the first quarter of 2011, a decrease of 36.9% from RMB 121.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and compared to RMB 39.5 million in the first quarter of 2010.

Net Income

Net income was RMB 368.3 million (US$56.2 million) in the first quarter of 2011, compared to RMB 522.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase of 93.0% from RMB 190.9 million in the first quarter of 2010. Diluted earnings per ordinary share and per ADS were RMB 2.29(US$0.35), compared to RMB 3.25 in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase of 84.7% from RMB 1.24 in the first quarter of 2010.

On an adjusted non-GAAP basis, net income was RMB 403.6 million (US$61.6 million) in the first quarter of 2011, compared to RMB 565.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase of 63.5% from RMB 246.8 million in the first quarter of 2010. Adjusted non-GAAP diluted earnings per ordinary share and per ADS were RMB 2.51(US$0.38), compared to RMB 3.53 in the fourth quarter of 2010 and an increase of 56.9% from RMB 1.60 in the first quarter of 2010.

Balance Sheet Analysis

As of March 31, 2011, Yingli Green Energy had RMB 6,038.3 million (US$922.1 million) in cash and restricted cash, compared to RMB 6,501.1 million as of December 31, 2010.

As of March 31, 2011, working capital representing current assets less current liabilities was RMB 2,925.3 million (US$446.7 million), compared to RMB 3,124.1 million as of December 31, 2010.

Through one of its operating subsidiaries in China, the Company completed its issuance of the second tranche 1.4 billion (US$213.8 million) RMB-denominated unsecured five-year medium-term notes on May 12, 2011. The Second Tranche Issue bears a fixed annual interest of 6.15%.

As of the date of this press release, the Company had approximately RMB 6,670 million in unutilized short-term lines of credit, and RMB 2,716 million committed long term facility that can be drawn down in the near future.

Business Outlook for Full Year 2011

Based on current market and operating conditions, estimated production capacity and forecasted customer demand, the Company reaffirms its PV module shipment target to be in the estimated range of 1,700 MW to 1,750 MW for fiscal year 2011, which represents an increase of 60.1% to 64.8% compared to fiscal year 2010.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, this press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures of adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per ordinary share and per ADS, each of which is adjusted to exclude items related to share-based compensation, non-cash interest expense, and the amortization of intangible assets arising from purchase price allocation in connection with a series of acquisitions of equity interests in Tianwei Yingli. The Company believes excluding these items from its non-GAAP financial measures is useful for its management and investors to assess and analyze the Company's core operating results as such items are not directly attributable to the underlying performance of the Company's business operations and do not impact its cash earnings. The Company also believes these non-GAAP financial measures are important to help investors understand the Company's current financial performance and future prospects and compare business trends among different reporting periods on a consistent basis. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP. For a reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, please see the financial information included elsewhere in this press release.

Currency Conversion

Solely for the convenience of readers, certain Renminbi amounts have been translated into U.S. dollar amounts at the rate of RMB 6.5483 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in New York for cable transfers of Renminbi per U.S. dollar as set forth in the H.10 weekly statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board as of March 31, 2011. No representation is intended to imply that the Renminbi amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized or settled into U.S. dollar amounts at such rate, or at any other rate. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on Renminbi.

Conference Call

Yingli Green Energy will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss the results at 8:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on May 20, 2011, which corresponds to 8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong time the same day.

The dial-in details for the live conference call are as follows:

U.S. Toll Free Number: +1-800-591-6942 -- International dial-in number: +1-617-614-4909 -- Passcode: 86980191

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investors section of Yingli Green Energy's website at http://www.yinglisolar.com . A replay will be available shortly after the call on Yingli Green Energy's website for 90 days.

A replay of the conference call will be available until May 27, 2011 by dialing:

U.S. Toll Free Number: +1-888-286-8010 -- International dial-in number: +1-617-801-6888 -- Passcode: 32347335

(1) For convenience purposes, all references to "net income" in this press release, unless otherwise specified, represent "net income attributable to Yingli Green Energy" for all periods presented. (2) All non-GAAP measures exclude share-based compensation, non-cash interest expenses, and the amortization of intangible assets arising from purchase price allocation in connection with a series of acquisitions of equity interests in Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd. ("Tianwei Yingli"), an operating subsidiary of the Company. For further details on non-GAAP measures, please refer to the reconciliation table and a detailed discussion of the Company's use of non-GAAP information set forth elsewhere in this press release.

About Yingli Green Energy

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE), which markets its products under the brand "Yingli Solar," is a leading solar energy company and one of the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers. Yingli Green Energy's manufacturing covers the entire photovoltaic value chain, from the production of polysilicon through ingot casting and wafering, to solar cell production and module assembly. Currently, Yingli Green Energy maintains a balanced vertically integrated production capacity of over 1 GW per year. Two capacity expansion projects of 600 MW and 100 MW are under construction in Baoding and Hainan, respectively, which are expected to start initial production in the middle of 2011 and will increase the Company's total nameplate capacity to 1.7 GW in late 2011. In addition, Yingli Green Energy's in-house polysilicon plant, Fine Silicon, which has a designed annual production capacity of 3,000 metric tons, has successfully started commercial operation in early August 2010. Yingli Green Energy distributes its photovoltaic modules to a wide range of markets, including Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, South Korea, China and the United States. Headquartered in Baoding, China, Yingli Green Energy has more than 11,000 employees and more than 10 subsidiaries and branch offices worldwide. Yingli Green Energy is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: YGE). For more information, please visit http://www.yinglisolar.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "target" and similar statements. Such statements are based upon management's current expectations and current market and operating conditions, and relate to events that involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond Yingli Green Energy's control, which may cause Yingli Green Energy's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward- looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in Yingli Green Energy's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Yingli Green Energy does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.

For further information, please contact:


Qing Miao

Director, Investor Relations

Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd.

Tel: +86 312 3100502

Email: ir@yinglisolar.com

YINGLI GREEN ENERGY HOLDING COMPANY LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)



December 31,2010


March 31,2011



RMB


RMB


US$








ASSETS







Current assets:







Cash and restricted cash


6,501,060


6,038,304


922,118

Accounts receivable, net


2,099,805


2,525,361


385,651

Inventories


2,524,956


3,018,917


461,023

Prepayments to suppliers


573,937


516,676


78,902

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


1,207,303


1,247,934


190,574

Total current assets


12,907,061


13,347,192


2,038,268








Long-term prepayments to suppliers


504,326


873,534


133,399

Property, plant and equipment, net


9,933,956


10,366,394


1,583,067

Land use rights


358,834


378,101


57,740

Goodwill and intangible assets, net


434,160


420,308


64,186

Other assets


50,157


105,433


16,102

Total assets


24,188,494


25,490,962


3,892,762








LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities:







Short-term bank borrowings, including current portion of long-term debt


5,857,878


6,369,629


972,715

Accounts payable


2,475,415


2,735,687


417,771

Other current liabilities and accrued expenses


1,449,685


1,316,575


201,056

Total current liabilities


9,782,978


10,421,891


1,591,542








Senior secured convertible notes


83,213


94,783


14,474

Convertible senior notes


8,121


9,279


1,417

Long-term debt, excluding current portion


2,496,482


2,769,264


422,898

Medium-term notes


1,001,128


1,002,430


153,083

Other liabilities


542,956


467,744


71,430

Total liabilities


13,914,878


14,765,391


2,254,844








Shareholders' equity:







Ordinary shares


11,881


11,915


1,820

Additional paid-in capital


6,412,995


6,427,487


981,550

Accumulated other comprehensive income


59,183


75,030


11,458

Retained earnings


1,866,813


2,226,544


340,019

Total equity attributable to Yingli Green Energy


8,350,872


8,740,976


1,334,847

Noncontrolling interests


1,922,744


1,984,595


303,071

Total shareholders' equity


10,273,616


10,725,571


1,637,918

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


24,188,494


25,490,962


3,892,762


YINGLI GREEN ENERGY HOLDING COMPANY LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Condensed Statements of Income

(In thousands, except for share, ADS, per share and per ADS data)


Three months ended


March 31, 2010

December 31, 2010

March 31, 2011


RMB

RMB

RMB

US$

Net revenues:





Sales of PV modules

2,411,894

4,003,996

3,402,289

519,568

Sales of PV systems

20,709

19,333

3,497

534

Other revenues

17,324

42,873

47,210

7,210

Total net revenues

2,449,927

4,066,202

3,452,996

527,312

Cost of revenues:





Cost of PV modules sales

(1,598,405)

(2,665,839)

(2,459,977)

(375,667)

Cost of PV systems sales

(18,436)

(13,572)

(2,009)

(307)

Cost of other revenues

(17,643)

(49,045)

(47,309)

(7,224)

Total cost of revenues

(1,634,484)

(2,728,456)

(2,509,295)

(383,198)

Gross profit

815,443

1,337,746

943,701

144,114

Selling expenses

(156,366)

(226,036)

(194,107)

(29,642)

General and administrative expenses

(106,934)

(123,311)

(132,972)

(20,306)

Research and development expenses

(16,216)

(44,947)

(48,379)

(7,390)

Total operating expenses

(279,516)

(394,294)

(375,458)

(57,338)

Incomefrom operations

535,927

943,452

568,243

86,776

Other income(expense):





Interest expense

(91,174)

(130,595)

(130,492)

(19,928)

Interest income

3,295

4,122

4,534

692

Foreign currency exchange gains (losses)

(169,062)

(62,882)

61,218

9,349

Other income

3,543

1,930

1,991

304

Earnings before income taxes

282,529

756,027

505,494

77,193

Income tax expense

(39,467)

(121,732)

(76,761)

(11,722)

Net income

243,062

634,295

428,733

65,471

Less: Earnings attributable to the noncontrolling interests


(52,184)


(112,341)


(60,430)


(9,227)

NetincomeattributabletoYingliGreen Energy


190,878


521,954


368,303


56,244

Weighted average shares and ADSs outstanding





Basic

148,992,178

155,987,778

156,615,524

156,615,524

Diluted

154,060,104

160,441,684

160,575,421

160,575,421






Earnings per share and per ADS





Basic

1.28

3.35

2.35

0.36

Diluted

1.24

3.25

2.29

0.35






Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measures to GAAP measures






Three months ended


March 31, 2010

December 31, 2010

March 31, 2010


RMB

RMB

RMB

US$

Non-GAAP income attributable to Yingli Green Energy

246,792

565,929

403,557

61,628

Share-based compensation attributable to Yingli Green Energy

(16,052)

(15,819)

(14,618)

(2,233)

Amortization of intangible assets attributable to Yingli Green Energy

(12,111)

(12,111)

(11,967)

(1,827)

Non-cash interest expenses attributable to Yingli Green Energy

(27,751)

(16,045)

(8,669)

(1,324)

Net income attributable to Yingli Green Energy

190,878

521,954

368,303

56,244

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and per ADS

1.60

3.53

2.51

0.38

Diluted earnings per share and per ADS

1.24

3.25

2.29

0.35


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