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Vivint Solar Announces Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Megawatts Installed Increased 24% Year-over-Year

Retained Value Increased 99% Year-over-Year

Revenue Increased 170% Year-over-Year

LEHI, Utah, Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR), today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

 

Third Quarter 2015 Operating Highlights

 

Key operating and development highlights for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 include:

 

MW Booked of approximately 71 MWs for the quarter, up 15% year-over-year.

MW Installed of approximately 61 MWs, up 24% year-over-year. Total cumulative MWs installed were approximately 400 MWs.

Installations were 8,658 for the quarter, up 25% year-over-year. Cumulative installations were 60,116.

Estimated Nominal Contracted Payments Remaining increased by approximately $214 million during the quarter and was approximately $1.7 billion, up 97% year-over-year.

Estimated Retained Value increased by approximately $113 million during the quarter to approximately $793 million, up 99% year-over-year.

Estimated Retained Value per Watt was $1.98.

Cost per Watt was $3.12, up from $3.00 in the second quarter of 2015 and flat compared to the third quarter of 2014.

Third Quarter 2015 GAAP Financial Results

 

Summary GAAP financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 include:

 

Operating Leases and Incentives Revenue was $21.8 million, up 205% from $7.1 million in the third quarter of the prior year. Total revenue for the quarter was $22.5 million, up 170% from $8.3 million in the third quarter of the prior year.

Cost of Revenue – Operating Leases and Incentives was $37.6 million, up from $19.5 million in the same period of 2014.

Total Operating Expenses, including cost of revenue, were $76.9 million, compared to $66.7 million in the third quarter of 2014. Operating expenses included non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $2.6 million and amortization of intangibles of $3.7 million.

Loss from Operations was $54.4 million compared to $58.4 million in the same period of 2014.

GAAP Net Income Available to Stockholders per Diluted Share was $0.00, up from ($0.45) in the third quarter of 2014.

Non-GAAP Loss Before Non-Controlling Interests and Redeemable Non-Controlling Interests per Share was ($0.47), up from ($0.66) in the same period of 2014. See below for a further discussion of Non-GAAP Loss per Share.

Cash and Cash Equivalents as of September 30, 2015 were $81.8 million.

Financing Activity

 

As of September 30, 2015, the Company had $77 million in undrawn capacity in the working capital facility, $192 million in undrawn capacity in the aggregation facility, and 167 MWs of installation capacity remaining in our tax equity funds.

 

About Vivint Solar

 

Vivint Solar is a leading provider of distributed solar energy systems – electricity generated by a solar energy system installed at a customer's location – to residential customers in the United States. Vivint Solar's customers pay little to no money upfront, receive significant savings relative to utility generated electricity rates and continue to benefit from guaranteed energy prices over the 20-year term of their contracts.  Vivint Solar finances, designs, installs, monitors and services the solar energy systems to make things easy for its customers. For more information, visit www.vivintsolar.com or follow @VivintSolar.

 

Note on Forward Looking Statements

 

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding Vivint Solar's growth prospects, and operating and financial results such as estimates of nominal contracted payments remaining, estimated retained value, estimated retained value per watt, estimated shares outstanding, the capacity of solar energy systems expected to be installed, estimated total revenue, and estimated total operating expenses and the assumptions related to the calculation of the foregoing metrics.

 

Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and they will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the date of this press release, and they 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 but not limited to: the availability of additional financing on acceptable terms; changes in the retail price of traditional utility generated electricity; changes in electric utility policies and regulations; the availability of rebates, tax credits and other incentives, including solar renewable energy certificates, or SRECs and state incentives, that affect the pricing of our offering; regulations and policies related to net metering; changes in regulations, tariffs and other trade barriers and tax policy affecting us and our industry; our ability to manage our recent and future growth effectively, including attracting, training and retaining sales personnel and solar energy system installers; the availability and price of solar panels and other system components, the assumptions employed in calculating our operating metrics may be inaccurate; Vivint Solar's limited operating history, particularly as a new public company; and such other risks identified in the registration statements and reports that Vivint Solar files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, from time to time. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in those statements will be achieved or will occur, and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, Vivint Solar does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. You should read the documents Vivint Solar has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the company. These documents are available on both the EDGAR section of the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and the Investor Relations section of the company's website at www.vivintsolar.com

Glossary of Definitions

 

"Installations" represents the number of solar energy systems installed on customers' premises.

 

"MWs or megawatts" represents the DC nameplate megawatt production capacity.

 

"MW Booked" represents the aggregate megawatt nameplate capacity of solar energy systems that were permitted during the period net of cancellations in the period.

 

"MW Installed" represents the aggregate megawatt nameplate capacity of solar energy systems for which panels, inverters, and mounting and racking hardware have been installed on customer premises in the period.

 

"Nominal Contracted Payments Remaining" equals the sum of the remaining cash payments that Vivint Solar's customers are expected to pay over the term of their agreements for systems installed as of the measurement date. For a power purchase agreement, Vivint Solar multiplies the contract price per kilowatt-hour by the estimated annual energy output of the associated solar energy system to determine the estimated nominal contracted payments. For a customer lease, Vivint Solar includes the monthly fees and upfront fee, if any, as set forth in the lease.

 

"Retained Value" represents the net cash flows, discounted at 6%, that Vivint Solar expects to receive from customers pursuant to long-term customer contracts net of estimated cash distributions to fund investors and estimated operating expenses for systems installed as of the measurement date. For purposes of the calculation, Vivint Solar aggregates the estimated retained value from the solar energy systems during the typical 20-year term of Vivint Solar's contracts, which Vivint Solar refers to as estimated retained value under energy contracts, and the estimated retained value associated with an assumed 10-year renewal term following the expiration of the initial contract term, which Vivint Solar refers to as estimated retained value of renewal. To calculate estimated retained value of renewal, Vivint Solar assumes all contracts are renewed at 90% of the contractual price in effect at the expiration of the initial term.

 

"Retained Value per Watt" is calculated by dividing the estimated retained value as of the measurement date by the aggregate nameplate capacity of solar energy systems under long-term customer contracts that have been installed as of such date, and is subject to the same assumptions and uncertainties as estimated retained value.

 

"Undeployed Tax Equity Financing Capacity" represents a forecast of the amount of megawatts that can be deployed based on committed available tax equity financing for Energy Contracts.

 

Investor Contact:

 

Vivint Solar

Rob Kain 

Vice President of Investor Relations

801-234-7066

ir@vivintsolar.com

 

Media Contact:

 

Vivint Solar

Casey Briggs

Public Relations

801-229-6443

pr@vivintsolar.com