First Solar, Inc. provides photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions in the United States and internationally. More Details
Excellent balance sheet with acceptable track record.
Share Price & News
How has First Solar's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: FSLR's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.
7 Day Return
1 Year Return
Return vs Industry: FSLR underperformed the US Semiconductor industry which returned 44.9% over the past year.
Return vs Market: FSLR exceeded the US Market which returned 15.8% over the past year.
Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is First Solar's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
1 week ago | Simply Wall StHave Insiders Sold First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) Shares Recently?
1 week ago | Simply Wall StHere's Why I Think First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) Might Deserve Your Attention Today
3 weeks ago | Simply Wall StWe Think First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) Can Stay On Top Of Its Debt
Is First Solar undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Price to Earnings (PE) ratio
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: FSLR ($65.76) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($31.67)
Significantly Below Fair Value: FSLR is trading above our estimate of fair value.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: FSLR is poor value based on its PE Ratio (70.3x) compared to the US Semiconductor industry average (35x).
PE vs Market: FSLR is poor value based on its PE Ratio (70.3x) compared to the US market (18x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: FSLR is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (9.1x)
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: FSLR is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.3x) compared to the US Semiconductor industry average (3.2x).
How is First Solar forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 13 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: FSLR's forecast earnings growth (7.7% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).
Earnings vs Market: FSLR's earnings (7.7% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (22.8% per year).
High Growth Earnings: FSLR's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.
Revenue vs Market: FSLR's revenue (3.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9.9% per year).
High Growth Revenue: FSLR's revenue (3.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: FSLR's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (5.9%).
How has First Solar performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: FSLR has a large one-off loss of $328.1M impacting its June 30 2020 financial results.
Growing Profit Margin: FSLR's current net profit margins (3.2%) are higher than last year (0.9%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: FSLR's earnings have declined by 33.5% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: FSLR's earnings growth over the past year (321.9%) exceeds its 5-year average (-33.5% per year).
Earnings vs Industry: FSLR earnings growth over the past year (321.9%) exceeded the Semiconductor industry 7.5%.
Return on Equity
High ROE: FSLR's Return on Equity (1.9%) is considered low.
How is First Solar's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: FSLR's short term assets ($2.7B) exceed its short term liabilities ($747.0M).
Long Term Liabilities: FSLR's short term assets ($2.7B) exceed its long term liabilities ($1.1B).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: FSLR's debt to equity ratio (9.1%) is considered satisfactory.
Reducing Debt: FSLR's debt to equity ratio has increased from 6.3% to 9.1% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: FSLR's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (22.6%).
Interest Coverage: FSLR earns more interest than it pays, so coverage of interest payments is not a concern.
What is First Solar current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate FSLR's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.
High Dividend: Unable to evaluate FSLR's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if FSLR's dividends per share have been stable in the past.
Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if FSLR's dividend payments have been increasing.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to calculate payout ratio to determine if its dividend payments are covered by earnings.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of FSLR's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Mark Widmar (54 yo)
Mr. Mark R. Widmar has been the Chief Executive Officer and Director of First Solar, Inc. since July 1, 2016. Mr. Widmar served as the Chief Financial Officer of 8Point3 General Partner, LLC, a General Par ...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Mark's total compensation ($USD8.52M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD7.43M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Mark's compensation has increased by more than 20% in the past year.
|CEO & Director||4.17yrs||US$8.52m||0.089% |
|Chief Financial Officer||4.17yrs||US$2.76m||0.017% |
|Chief Operating Officer||5.17yrs||US$3.11m||0.016% |
|Co-Chief Technology Officer||0.17yr||US$3.28m||0.00018% |
|Chief Commercial Officer||4.17yrs||US$3.13m||0.034% |
|Global Controller & Chief Accounting Officer||0.83yr||no data||0% |
|Manager of Investor Relations||no data||no data||no data|
|General Counsel & Secretary||0.50yr||no data||0.0037% |
|Chief People & Communications Officer||0.92yr||no data||no data|
|Chief Manufacturing Operations Officer||5yrs||no data||no data|
|Senior Vice President of Technology||4.33yrs||no data||no data|
|Co-Chief Technology Officer||0.17yr||no data||0.011% |
Experienced Management: FSLR's management team is considered experienced (4.2 years average tenure).
|CEO & Director||4.17yrs||US$8.52m||0.089% |
|Independent Director||17.17yrs||US$285.16k||0.034% |
|Independent Director||13.75yrs||US$275.16k||0.030% |
|Independent Director||10.25yrs||US$260.16k||0.028% |
|Independent Director||13yrs||US$260.16k||0.026% |
|Chairman of the Board||17.67yrs||US$385.06k||0.13% |
|Independent Director||8.33yrs||US$275.16k||0.029% |
|Independent Director||7.17yrs||US$295.16k||0.020% |
|Independent Director||8.33yrs||US$260.16k||0.026% |
|Independent Director||3.25yrs||US$260.16k||0.0087% |
Experienced Board: FSLR's board of directors are considered experienced (9.3 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: FSLR insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
First Solar, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: First Solar, Inc.
- Ticker: FSLR
- Exchange: NasdaqGS
- Founded: 1999
- Industry: Semiconductors
- Sector: Semiconductors
- Market Cap: US$6.968b
- Shares outstanding: 105.97m
- Website: https://www.firstsolar.com
Number of Employees
- First Solar, Inc.
- 350 West Washington Street
- Suite 600
- United States
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|FSLR||NasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)||Yes||Common Stock||US||USD||Nov 2006|
|F3A||DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)||Yes||Common Stock||DE||EUR||Nov 2006|
|F3A||XTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)||Yes||Common Stock||DE||EUR||Nov 2006|
|FSLR *||BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)||Yes||Common Stock||MX||MXN||Nov 2006|
|FSLR||SWX (SIX Swiss Exchange)||Yes||Common Stock||CH||CHF||Nov 2006|
|0R06||LSE (London Stock Exchange)||Yes||Common Stock||GB||USD||Nov 2006|
|FSLR||WBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)||Yes||Common Stock||AT||EUR||Nov 2006|
|FSLR||BASE (Buenos Aires Stock Exchange)||CEDEAR EACH REPR 1/3 ADR||AR||ARS||Mar 2014|
|FSLR34||BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)||BDR EACH 2 REPR 1 COM||BR||BRL||Aug 2016|
First Solar, Inc. provides photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Modules and Systems. The Modules segment designs, manufactures, an ...
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2020/09/30 00:26|
|End of Day Share Price||2020/09/29 00:00|
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