Enphase sees losses increase during Q1


U.S.-based microinverter maker Enphase saw its revenue and shipments decline slightly in the first quarter of this year. Lower than expected turnover for the period was $55 million, while shipments totaled 138 MW. In the same quarter of 2016, the company registered sales in the amount $64 million, with microinverter shipments reaching 143 MW.

“Our revenue for the first quarter was lower than expected due to the extraordinarily wet winter in California, where we have a significant presence,” said Enphase CEO Paul Nahi.

Meanwhile, the company’s operating loss increased from $19 million in the first quarter of last year to $22.0 million in the latest quarter. Net loss also grew year-on-year from $19 million to $23 million.

The company also said it exited the quarter with a total cash balance of $30.0 million, thus improving its cash position. At the end of the first quarter of 2016, Enphase had a total cash balance of just $13 million, while at the end of Q4 2016 the company had $18 million in cash.

The company claims that improvement of its cash position was due to the restructuring plan it implemented over the last three quarters. “We expect the full effect of our restructuring initiatives will bring our non-GAAP operating expense run-rate to approximately $18 million, starting in the second quarter, as we continue to focus on achieving sustainable profitability in the second half of 2017,” added Nahi.

Looking forward, the company expects revenue to reach between $72 million to $80 million in the second quarter of this year, with non-GAAP gross margin expected to be within a range of 17 to 20%.

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