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Vivint Solar Announces Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Cost per Watt Improved to $2.85

$200 Million in Tax Equity Commitments

Revenue Increased 84% Year-over-Year

LEHI, Utah, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

In addition, yesterday the company announced future tax equity commitments of $200 million representing approximately 123 MWs in new solar energy systems installations.

Third Quarter 2016 Operating Highlights

Key operating and development highlights for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 include:

MW Booked of approximately 59 megawatts (MWs) for the quarter.

MW Installed of approximately 59 MWs. Total cumulative MWs installed were approximately 634 MWs.

Installations were 8,266 for the quarter. Cumulative installations were 93,138.

Estimated Nominal Contracted Payments Remaining increased by approximately $177 million during the quarter and was approximately $2.4 billion.

Estimated Retained Value increased by approximately $113 million during the quarter to approximately $1.2 billion.

Estimated Retained Value per Watt was $1.96.

Cost per Watt was $2.85, improved from $2.94 in the second quarter of 2016 and improved from $3.12 in the third quarter of 2015.

Third Quarter 2016 GAAP Financial Results

Summary GAAP financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 include:

Operating Leases and Incentives Revenue was $33.4 million, up from $21.8 million in the third quarter of the prior year. Total revenue for the quarter was $41.3 million, up from $22.5 million in the third quarter of the prior year.

Cost of Revenue – Operating Leases and Incentives was $39.3 million, up from $37.6 million in the same period of 2015.

Total Operating Expenses, including cost of revenue, were $74.6 million, compared to $76.9 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Loss from Operations was $33.3 million compared to $54.4 million in the same period of 2015.

GAAP Net Income Available (Loss Attributable) to Stockholders per Diluted Share was $0.15, up from $0.00 in the third quarter of 2015.

Non-GAAP Loss Before Non-Controlling Interests and Redeemable Non-Controlling Interests per Share was ($0.36), up from ($0.47) in the same period of 2015. See below for a further discussion of Non-GAAP Loss per Share.

Cash and Cash Equivalents as of September 30, 2016 were $113.0 million.

Financing Activity

As of September 30, 2016, the company had $226.5 million in undrawn capacity in the aggregation facility, $100 million in undrawn capacity in the Subordinated HoldCo credit facility, and approximately 10 MWs of installation capacity remaining in its investment funds. Subsequent to quarter end, the company received $200 million of tax equity commitments for three new tax equity partnerships. The company estimates that these tax equity commitments will support investments in solar energy systems with a total value of over $480 million and will enable the company to install approximately 123 megawatts of residential solar energy systems. These tax equity commitments are subject to customary conditions.


About Vivint Solar

Vivint Solar is a leading provider of distributed solar energy – 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, typically receive significant savings relative to utility generated electricity 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 for its customers. Vivint Solar also sells solar energy systems; customers can pay cash or finance the purchase through one of Vivint Solar's industry-leading finance partners. For more information, visit or follow @VivintSolar on Twitter.


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; 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 and the Investor Relations section of the company's website at

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Vice President of Investor Relations



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