JinkoSolar Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results

Mar 23rd, 2022 6:57 EST

SHANGRAO, China, March 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”) (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Business Highlights

  • Despite supply chain challenges in the fourth quarter of 2021, we achieved significant growth in both shipments and revenues compared to the third quarter of 2021.
  • The proportion of shipments in the Chinese market increased to approximately 34% in the fourth quarter of 2021. We actively participated in the distribution market while enhancing our competitiveness in the utility sector.
  • The mass production efficiency of approximately 900MW N-type Topcon Cells in our Haining production facility has reached 24.5% in the fourth quarter of 2021, with the yield rate close to that of the passivated emitter rear cell (“PERC”).
  • The next-generation N-type Ultra-efficiency Tiger Neo Module with better power generation performance remains popular in the market since its launch in the fourth quarter of 2021, giving the Company a competitive advantage with premium pricing.
  • Jinko Solar Co., Ltd. (“Jiangxi Jinko”), the Company’s principal operating subsidiary, completed its initial public offering (“IPO”) process in the first quarter of 2022. Access to this new source of growth capital, combined with the Company’s competitiveness accumulated over the years, will further strengthen its leading position in the industry.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Operational and Financial Highlights

  • Quarterly shipments were 9,693 MW (9,024 MW for solar modules, 669 MW for cells and wafers), total shipments up 94.1% sequentially, and up 67.9% year over year.
  • Total revenues were RMB16.39 billion (US$2.57 billion), up 91.2% sequentially and up 73.9% year over year. The sequential increase was mainly attributable to an increase in the shipment of solar modules.
  • Gross profit was RMB2.64 billion (US$414.9 million), up 104.0% sequentially and up 75.5% year over year.
  • Gross margin was 16.1%, compared with 15.1% in Q3 2021 and 16.0% in Q4 2020.
  • Net income was RMB239.5 million (US$37.6 million), compared with RMB194.2 million sequentially and net loss RMB377.0 million year over year.
  • Non-GAAP net income was RMB218.6 million (US$34.3 million), up 12.8 times sequentially and up 5.5 times year over year.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share were RMB1.26 (US$0.20) and RMB1.04 (US$0.16), respectively. This translates into basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB5.02 (US$0.79) and RMB4.16 (US$0.65), respectively.
  • Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share were RMB1.15 (US$0.18) and RMB1.06 (US$0.17), respectively. Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB4.58 (US$0.72) and RMB4.25 (US$0.67), respectively.

Full Year 2021 Operational and Financial Highlights

  • Annual shipments were 25,242 MW (including 22,233 MW for solar modules), up 18.4% year over year for solar modules shipments.
  • Total revenues were RMB40.83 billion (US$6.41 billion), up 16.2% year over year.
  • Gross profit was RMB6.66 billion (US$1.04 billion), up 7.9% year over year (or RMB6.66 billion, up 10.7% year over year[1] if excluding the reversal benefit of the Countervailing Duty (“CVD”) and Anti-dumping Duty (“ADD”)).
  • Gross margin of 16.3%, compared with 17.6% in full year of 2020 (or 16.3% compared with 17.1% in full year 2020 if excluding the reversal benefit of CVD and ADD).
  • Income from operations of RMB1.10 billion (US$173.0 million), down 38.2% year over year (or RMB1.10 billion down 32.2% if excluding the reversal benefit of CVD and ADD).
  • Net income of RMB721.0 million (US$113.1 million), up 2.1 times year over year.
  • Non-GAAP net income of RMB558.4 million (US$87.6 million), down 41.7% year over year.

[1] The company recorded the reversal benefit of ADD and CVD of RMB0.2 million in cost of revenues in 2021, compared to RMB160.0 million (US$25.1 million) in2020, based on the final results of the administrative review of the CVD and ADD order published by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mr. Xiande Li, JinkoSolar’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We were very pleased to close a very challenging year of 2021 with excellent results. We were able to swiftly respond to supply chain volatility and logistic challenges thanks to our competitive advantages in supply chain management and global network. We continued to improve our in-house production capabilities and further strengthened our global supply chain to reduce costs, while increasing resilience to risks by leveraging our global network. As a result, our shipments, revenues, and profitability grew significantly in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to the previous quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2021,our gross profit doubled, operating profit quadrupled and non-GAAP net profit increased by approximately 13 times sequentially.”

“In the first quarter of 2022, our principal operating subsidiary, Jiangxi Jinko successfully listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange Science and Technology Innovation Board, raising RMB10 billion. We believe this historic milestone will create greater momentum for the advancement of our state-of-the-art technology and business expansion.

We are optimistic about the growth prospects in distributed generation markets and will continue to grow our brand influence in these markets. In China, as installation capacity reached 55 GW for the full year of 2021, distributed generation made up more than half of newly-added installations due to its higher returns.”

In light of the industry transition from P-type to N-type, and growing demand for higher efficiency products, we have launched the next-generation of N-type ultra-efficiency Tiger Neo modules. These modules have received worldwide acclaim for better power generation performance. We will reinforce the leadership position of our N-Type modules in both domestic and overseas markets. We have roughly 16 GW of N-type cell capacity operational in the first quarter of 2022 and currently are steadily ramping up our production capacity. With integrated capacity structure constantly improving, our integrated cost is expected to further decrease.

“In Vietnam, our 7GW monocrystalline silicon wafer plant commenced production in the first quarter of 2022. This nearly 7 GW of integrated mono wafer-cell-module manufacturing capacity overseas is significantly improving our global supply chain advantage. At the same time, we have been strategically cooperating with our supply chain partners to combine our complementary resources and build integrated industrial ecosystems. All these advantages will allow us to mitigate raw material shortages and respond to production challenges in the long term, further strengthen the competitiveness of our core products, and bring greater value to our global customers with high-quality, reliable modules and premium services.”

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Total Revenues

Total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2021 were RMB16.39 billion (US$2.57 billion), an increase of 91.2% from RMB8.57 billion in the third quarter of 2021 and an increase of 73.9% from RMB9.42 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020. The sequential and year-over-year increases were mainly attributable to an increase in the shipment of solar modules, especially in the domestic market attributable to China’s favorable policies on renewable energy

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2021 was RMB2.64 billion (US$414.9 million), compared with RMB1.30 billion in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB1.51 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020 (or RMB1.35 billion if excluding the impact from the reversal benefit of CVD and ADD).

Gross margin was 16.1% in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with 15.1% in the third quarter of 2021 and 16.0% in the fourth quarter of 2020 (or 14.3% if excluding the impact from the reversal benefit of CVD and ADD). The sequential and year-over-year increases were mainly attributable to (i) a continued reduction of integrated production cost resulting from the Company’s industry-leading cost structure, and (ii) an increase in the average selling price of solar modules.

Income from Operations and Operating Margin

Income from operations in the fourth quarter of 2021 was RMB485.8 million (US$76.2 million), compared with RMB111.2 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB71.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 (or loss from operations of RMB88.4 million if excluding the impact from the reversal benefit of CVD and ADD).

Operating profit margin was 3.0% in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with 1.3% in the third quarter of 2021 and 0.8% (or operating loss margin of 0.9% if excluding the impact from the reversal benefit of CVD and ADD) in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2021 were RMB2.16 billion (US$338.7 million), an increase of 82.2% from RMB1.18 billion in the third quarter of 2021 and an increase of 50.4% from RMB1.44 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020. The sequential and year-over-year increases were mainly attributable to increases in shipping costs of solar modules in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Total operating expenses accounted for 13.2% of total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to 13.8% in the third quarter of 2021 and 15.2% in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Interest Expense, Net

Net interest expense in the fourth quarter of 2021 was RMB144.4 million (US$22.7 million), a decrease of 12.8% from RMB165.6 million in the third quarter of 2021 and an increase of 25.4% from RMB115.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The sequential decrease was mainly due to a decrease of bank acceptance notes discount expense. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to an increase in the Company’s interest-bearing debts. 

Subsidy Income

Subsidy income in the fourth quarter of 2021 was RMB109.6 million (US$17.2 million), compared with RMB63.5 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB109.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The sequential increase was mainly attributable to an increase in the cash receipt of subsidies from local governments in China which are non-recurring, not refundable and with no conditions.

Exchange Loss and Change in Fair Value of Foreign Exchange Derivatives

The Company recorded a net exchange loss (including change in fair value of foreign exchange derivatives) of RMB10.5 million (US$1.6 million) in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to a net exchange loss of RMB6.2 million in the third quarter of 2021 and a net exchange loss of RMB47.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The net exchange loss was mainly due to the exchange rate depreciation of the US dollars against the RMB in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Change in Fair Value of Convertible Senior Notes and Call Option

The Company issued US$85.0 million of 4.5% convertible senior notes due 2024 (the “Notes”) in May 2019 and has elected to measure the Notes at fair value derived by valuation model, i.e. Binomial Model. The Company recognized a gain  from a change in fair value of the Notes of RMB9.5 million (US$1.5 million) in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to a gain of RMB239.0 million in the third quarter of 2021 and a loss of RMB685.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The change was primarily due to an increase in the Company’s stock price in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Concurrent with the issuance of the Notes in May 2019, the Company entered into a call option transaction with an affiliate of Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC. The Company accounted for the call option transaction as freestanding derivative assets in its consolidated balance sheets, which is marked to market during each reporting period. The Company recorded nil in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to a loss of RMB38.2 million in the third quarter of 2021 and a gain of RMB257.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The change was primarily due to the Company exercised all the remaining call option using cash settlement in the third quarter of 2021.

Equity in Earnings/(loss)of Affiliated Companies

The Company indirectly holds a 20% equity interest in Sweihan PV Power Company P.J.S.C, a developer and operator of solar power projects in Dubai, and accounts for its investment using the equity method. The Company also holds a 30% equity interest in Jiangsu Jinko-Tiansheng Co., Ltd, which processes and assembles PV modules as an OEM manufacturer, and accounts for its investments using the equity method. The Company recorded equity in earnings of affiliated companies of RMB3.5 million (US$0.5 million) in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with earnings of RMB13.2 million in the third quarter of 2021 and earnings of RMB19.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The gain primarily arose from interest rate swap recorded by the equity affiliate due to an increase in long-term interest rates in the fourth quarter of 2021. Hedge accounting was not applied for the derivative.

Income Tax Expense/(Benefit)

The Company recorded an income tax expense of RMB126.9 million (US$19.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with an income tax expense of RMB22.0 million in the third quarter of 2021 and an income tax benefit of RMB23.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The sequential increase of tax expense was mainly due to higher profit generated compared to the third quarter of 2021.

Net Income/(loss) and Earnings/(loss) per Share

Net income attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders was RMB239.5 million (US$37.6 million) in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with net income attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders of RMB194.2 million in the third quarter of 2021 and net loss attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders of RMB377.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests increased in the fourth quarter of 2021 mainly attributable to higher profit generated from the Company’s certain subsidiary of which non-controlling shareholders own equity interests.

Basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per ordinary share were RMB1.26 (US$0.20) and RMB1.04 (US$0.16), respectively, during the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to RMB1.02 and RMB(0.12), respectively, in the third quarter of 2021, and RMB(2.08) and RMB(3.60), respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2020. As each ADS represents four ordinary shares, this translates into basic and diluted earning/(loss) per ADS of RMB5.02 (US$0.79) and RMB4.16 (US$0.65), respectively in the fourth quarter of 2021; RMB4.07 and RMB(0.49), respectively, in the third quarter of 2021; and RMB (8.32) and RMB(14.40), respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2020. The difference between basic earning and diluted loss per share in the fourth quarter of 2021 was mainly due to the dilutive impact of convertible senior notes.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders in the fourth quarter of 2021 was RMB218.6 million (US$34.3 million), compared with RMB15.9 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB33.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share were RMB1.15 (US$0.18) and RMB1.06 (US$0.17) during the fourth quarter of 2021; both RMB0.08 in the third quarter of 2021 and both RMB0.19 in the fourth quarter of 2020. This translates into non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB4.58 (US$0.72) and RMB4.25(US$0.67), respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2021; RMB0.33 and RMB0.31, respectively, in the third quarter of 2021, and both RMB0.74 in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Financial Position

As of December 31, 2021, the Company had RMB8.92 billion (US$1.40 billion) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared with RMB8.07 billion as of December 31, 2020.

As of December 31, 2021, the Company’s accounts receivables due from third parties were RMB7.47 billion (US$1.17 billion), compared with RMB 4.53 billion as of December 31, 2020.

As of December 31, 2021, the Company’s inventories were RMB13.25 billion (US$2.08 billion), compared with RMB8.38 billion as of December 31, 2020.

As of December 31, 2021, the Company’s total interest-bearing debts were RMB25.63 billion (US$4.02 billion), of which RMB419.0 million(US$65.8 million) was related to the Company’s overseas downstream solar projects, compared with RMB18.28 billion, of which RMB748.8 million was related to the Company’s overseas downstream solar projects as of December 31, 2020.

As of December 31, 2021, the Company’s Investments in equity securities were RMB 95.0 million (US$14.9 million), including minority equity investments in two equipment manufacturers of solar modules and N-Type cells.

Full Year 2021 Financial Results

Total Revenues

Total revenues for full year 2021 were RMB40.83 billion (US$6.41 billion), an increase of 16.2% from RMB35.13 billion for full year 2020. The increase in total revenues was mainly attributable to an increase in the shipment of solar modules which was mainly attributable to China’s favorable policies on renewable energy and the growth of global market demand.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit for full year 2021 was RMB6.66 billion (US$1.04 billion), an increase of 7.9% from RMB6.17 billion for full year 2020. The year-over-year increase in gross profit was mainly attributable to (i) an increase in the shipment of solar modules in 2021, and (ii) the continued reduction of integrated production costs resulting from the Company’s industry-leading integrated cost structure.

Gross margin was 16.3% for the full year 2021, compared with 17.6% for the full year 2020 (17.1% if excluding the impact from the reversal benefit of CVD and ADD). The year-over-year decrease was mainly attributable to the rising cost of raw materials.

Income from Operations and Operating Margin

Income from operations for full year 2021 was RMB1.10 billion (US$173.0 million), compared with RMB1.78 billion for full year 2020. Operating margin for full year 2021 was 2.7%, compared with 5.1% for full year 2020.

Total operating expenses for full year 2021 were RMB5.56 billion (US$871.8 million), an increase of 26.6% from RMB4.39 billion for full year 2020. As a percentage of total revenues, operating expenses accounted for 13.6% for full year 2021, compared with 12.5% for full year 2020. The increase in total operating expenses was primarily due to (i) an increase in shipping cost, (ii) an increase in disposal loss on property, plant and equipment as a result of the Company’s upgrade of production equipment, and (iii) an increase in impairment loss on property, plant and equipment.

Interest Expense, Net

Net interest expense for full year 2021 was RMB624.0 million (US$97.9 million), an increase of 35.9% from RMB459.2 million for full year 2020. The increase was mainly due to an increase in the interest-bearing debts.

Subsidy Income

Subsidy income for full year 2021 was RMB465.7million (US$73.1 million), compared with RMB192.0 million for full year 2020. The year over year increase was mainly attributable to an increase in the cash receipt of subsidies from local governments in China which are non-recurring, not refundable and with no conditions.

Exchange Loss and Change in Fair Value of Foreign Exchange Derivatives

The Company recorded a net exchange loss (including change in fair value of foreign exchange derivatives) of RMB47.8 million (US$7.5 million) for full year 2021 due primarily to depreciation of US dollars against RMB(exchange rate of U.S. dollars against RMB dropped from 6.5249 to 6.3757). The Company recorded a net exchange loss of RMB148.9 million for full year 2020. With the rapid increase in overseas orders, the Company increased its foreign currency hedge ratio to hedge against anticipated cash flow denominated in U.S. dollars over the next six months.

Change in Fair Value of Interest Rate Swap

The Company entered into Interest Rate Swap agreements with several banks for the purpose of reducing interest rate risk exposure. The Company recorded nil in change in fair value of the Interest Rate Swap agreements for full year 2021, compared to a loss of RMB78.9 million for full year 2020. The company applied hedge accounting for certain of its interest swap arrangement and recorded related change in fair value in other comprehensive income in 2021.

Change in Fair Value of Convertible Senior Notes and Call Option

The Company issued the Notes in May 2019 and has elected to measure them at fair value derived by valuation model, i.e. Binomial Model. The Company recognized a gain from a change in fair value of the Notes of RMB327.8 million (US$51.4 million) for full year 2021, compared to a loss of RMB1.20 billion for full year 2020. The change in 2021 was primarily due to a significant decrease in the Company’s stock price in 2021.

Concurrent with the issuance of the Notes in May 2019, the Company entered into a call option transaction with an affiliate of Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC. The Company accounted for the call option transaction as freestanding derivative assets in its consolidated balance sheets, which is marked to market at each reporting period. The Company recorded a loss from a change in fair value of the call option of RMB 136.1 million (US$21.4 million) for full year 2021, compared to a gain of RMB476.3 million for full year 2020. The change in 2021 was primarily due to a significant decrease in the Company’s stock price in 2021.The Company exercised all the remaining call option using cash settlement in the third quarter of 2021. 

Equity in (Loss)/Income of Affiliated Companies

The Company indirectly holds a 20% equity interest of Sweihan PV Power Company P.J.S.C, a developer and operator of solar power projects in Dubai, and accounts for its investments using the equity method. The Company also holds a 30% equity interest in Jiangsu Jinko-Tiansheng Co., Ltd, which processes and assembles PV modules as an OEM manufacturer, and accounts for its investments using the equity method. The Company recorded equity in earing of affiliated companies of RMB59.8  million (US$9.4 million) for full year 2021, compared with a loss of RMB52.7 million in 2020. The gain primarily arose from interest rate swap recorded by the equity affiliate due to an increase in long-term interest rates in 2021. Hedge accounting was not applied for the derivative.

Income Tax Expense, Net

The Company recognized an income tax expense of RMB194.1 million (US$30.5 million) for full year 2021, compared with an income tax expense of RMB178.4 million in full year 2020.

Net Income and Earnings/(loss) per Share

Net income attributable to the Company’s ordinary shareholders for full year 2021 was RMB721.0 million (US$113.1 million), compared with a net income of RMB230.4 million in full year 2020.

Basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share for full year 2021 were RMB3.78 (US$0.59) and RMB2.01 (US$0.32), respectively, compared to RMB1.29 and RMB(1.36) for full year 2020. This translates into basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per ADS of RMB15.12 (US$2.37) and RMB8.02(US$1.26), respectively for full year 2021, compared to RMB5.15 and RMB(5.42) for full year 2020.

Non-GAAP net income for full year 2021 was RMB558.4 million (US$87.6 million), compared with non-GAAP net income of RMB958.4 million in full year 2020.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share for full year 2021 were RMB2.93 (US$0.46) and RMB2.72 (US$0.43), compared to both RMB5.36 for full year 2020, which translates into non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB11.72 (US$1.84) and RMB10.86 (US$1.70) for full year 2021, compared to both RMB21.42 for full year 2020.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Operational Highlights

Solar Module, Cell and Wafer Shipments

Total shipments in the fourth quarter of 2021 were 9,693 MW, including 9,024 MW for solar module shipments and 669 MW for cell and wafer shipments.

Total shipments in the full year 2021 were 25,242 MW, including 22,232 MW for solar module shipments and 3,010 MW for cell and wafer shipments.

Solar Products Production Capacity

As of December 31, 2021, the Company’s annual mono wafer, solar cell and solar module production capacity was 32.5 GW, 24.0 GW (940 MW for N-type cells) and 45.0 GW, respectively.

Operations and Business Outlook Highlights

We have roughly 16 GW of N-type cell capacity operational in the first quarter of 2022, and currently are steadily ramping up our production capacity. With integrated capacity structure constantly improving, our integrated cost is expected to further decrease. Leveraging on continuous investments in R&D and technological innovation, we hope to continuously improve the mass production efficiency of N-type cells, solidifying our leading position in the industry. In light of growing demand for higher efficiency N-type products, we are committed to providing customers with the best solutions leveraging our technological innovation and product competitiveness, as well as further enhancing our global market share and profitability.

First Quarter and Full Year 2022 Guidance

The Company’s business outlook is based on management’s current views and estimates with respect to market conditions, production capacity, the Company’s order book and the global economic environment. This outlook is subject to uncertainty on final customer demand and sale schedules. Management’s views and estimates are subject to change without notice.

For the first quarter of 2022, the Company expects its total shipments to be in the range of 7.5 GW to 8.0 GW.

For full year 2022, the Company estimates its total shipments (including solar modules, cells and wafers) to be in the range of 35.0 GW to 40.0 GW.

Solar Products Production Capacity

JinkoSolar expects its annual mono wafer, solar cell and solar module production capacity to reach 50.0 GW, 40.0 GW (including 16.9 GW N-type cells) and 60.0 GW, respectively, by the end of 2022.

Recent Business Developments

  • In December 2021, JinkoSolar announced that its principal operating subsidiary, Jiangxi Jinko and Aldo Solar, which stands out as the largest distributor of solar energy solutions in Brazil with 31% market share, reinforce their partnership for 2022 with the signing of the largest distribution agreement for Distributed Generation ever signed by Jiangxi Jinko outside China.
  • In December 2021, JinkoSolar announced that according to the information published by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”), Jiangxi Jinko has completed its IPO registration process with the CSRC and will soon enter the issuance process for its IPO on the Shanghai Stock Exchange’s Sci-Tech innovation board.
  • In January 2022, JinkoSolar announced that Jiangxi Jinko’s updated IPO prospectus and indicative IPO timetable was published by the Shanghai Stock Exchange on its website.
  • In January 2022, JinkoSolar announced that Jiangxi Jinko’s IPO pricing has been announced by the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
  • In January 2022, JinkoSolar announced that Jiangxi Jinko has completed its IPO process and started trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange’s Sci-Tech innovation board (SSE, code: 688223) on January 26, 2022.
  • In February 2022, JinkoSolar announced that its Tiger Neo Bifacial BDV 570 (144 cells) and Tiger Neo Bifacial BDV 610 (156 cells) modules, have been officially certified by CERTISOLIS for their very competitively low carbon footprint values.
  • In March 2022, JinkoSolar announced that it recently hosted a high-level dialogue with delegates from the UN Global Compact Liaison Office in Beijing, on the role of solar PV technology development in achieving global Sustainable Development Goals set up by the United Nations.
  • In March 2022, JinkoSolar announced that its principal operating subsidiary, Jiangxi Jinko, has entered into a project investment cooperation framework agreement with Qinghai Provincial Department of Industry and Information Technology, Xining Municipal Government and Xining Economic and Technological Development Zone Management Committee for a joint monocrystalline silicon pull rod project, and the total estimated investment is approximately RMB10.0 billion.
  • In March 2022, JinkoSolar announced that its principal operating subsidiary, Jiangxi Jinko, has entered into an investment framework agreement with the Shangrao Guangxin District Government for a high-efficiency solar module and PV module aluminum frame project, with a total estimated investment at approximately RMB10.8 billion.

Conference Call Information

JinkoSolar’s management will host an earnings conference call on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 p.m. Beijing / Hong Kong the same day).

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

Hong Kong / International:

+852 3027 6500

U.S. Toll Free:

+1 855-824-5644

Passcode:

83659628#

Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.

A telephone replay of the call will be available 2 hours after the conclusion of the conference call through 23:59 U.S. Eastern Time, March 30, 2022. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

International:

+61 2 8325 2405

U.S.:

+1 646 982 0473

Passcode:

520001038#

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of JinkoSolar’s website at www.jinkosolar.com.

About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 32.5 GW for mono wafers, 24 GW for solar cells, and 45 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2021.

JinkoSolar has 12 productions facilities globally, 22 overseas subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia, Portugal, Canada, Malaysia, UAE, and Denmark, and global sales teams in China, the United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Australia, Korea, India, Turkey, Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Hong Kong, as of December 31, 2021.

To find out more, please see: www.jinkosolar.com

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), JinkoSolar uses certain non-GAAP financial measures including, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per Share, and non-GAAP earnings per ADS, which are adjusted from the comparable GAAP results to exclude certain expenses or incremental ordinary shares relating to share-based compensation, convertible senior notes and call option:

  • Non-GAAP net income is adjusted to exclude the expenses relating to issuance cost of convertible senior notes, change in fair value of convertible senior notes and call option, interest expenses of convertible senior notes and call option, exchange (gain)/loss on the convertible senior notes and call option, and stock-based compensation (benefit)/expense; given these Non-GAAP net income adjustments above are either related to the Company or its subsidiaries incorporated in Cayman Islands, which are not subject to tax exposures, or related to those subsidiaries with tax loss positions which result in no tax impacts, therefore no tax adjustment is needed in conjunction with these Non-GAAP net income adjustments; and
  • Non-GAAP earnings per share and non-GAAP earnings per ADS are adjusted to exclude the expenses relating to issuance cost of convertible senior notes, change in fair value of convertible senior notes and call option, interest expenses of convertible senior notes and call option, exchange gain on the convertible senior notes and call option, and stock-based compensation. As the Non-GAAP net income is adjusted to exclude the change in fair value of call option, the dilutive impact of call option, if any, is also excluded from the denominator for the calculation of Non-GAAP earnings per share and non-GAAP earnings per ADS.

The Company believes that the use of non-GAAP information is useful for analysts and investors to evaluate JinkoSolar’s current and future performances based on a more meaningful comparison of net income and diluted net income per ADS when compared with its peers and historical results from prior periods. These measures are not intended to represent or substitute numbers as measured under GAAP. The submission of non-GAAP numbers is voluntary and should be reviewed together with GAAP results.

Currency Convenience Translation

The conversion of Renminbi into U.S. dollars in this release, made solely for the convenience of the readers, is based on the noon buying rate in the city of New York for cable transfers of Renminbi as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as of December 30, 2021, which was RMB6.3726 to US$1.00. No representation is intended to imply that the Renminbi amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized, or settled into U.S. dollars at that rate or any other rate. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on Renminbi.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and 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” and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release and the Company’s operations and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in JinkoSolar’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:Ms. Stella WangJinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.Tel: +86 21-5180-8777 ext.7806Email: [email protected]

Mr. Rene VanguestaineChristensenTel: +86 178 1749 0483Email: [email protected]

In the U.S.:Ms. Linda BergkampChristensen, Scottsdale, ArizonaTel: +1-480-614-3004Email: [email protected]

JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO., LTD. 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except ADS and Share data)

For the quarter ended

For the year ended     

Dec 31, 2020

Sep 30, 2021

Dec 31, 2021

Dec 31, 2020

Dec 31, 2021

RMB’000

RMB’000

RMB’000

USD’000

RMB’000

RMB’000

USD’000

 Revenues from third parties 

9,418,979

8,568,057

16,361,236

2,567,435

35,067,287

40,794,759

6,401,588

 Revenues from related parties 

5,599

1,948

26,472

4,154

62,172

31,763

4,984

 Total revenues 

9,424,578

8,570,005

16,387,708

2,571,589

35,129,459

40,826,522

6,406,572

 Cost of revenues 

(7,917,667)

(7,273,962)

(13,743,415)

(2,156,642)

(28,957,798)

(34,168,686)

(5,361,812)

 Gross profit 

1,506,911

1,296,043

2,644,293

414,947

6,171,661

6,657,836

1,044,760

 Operating expenses: 

   Selling and marketing 

(652,751)

(614,694)

(1,117,473)

(175,356)

(2,473,980)

(2,856,464)

(448,242)

   General and administrative 

(531,097)

(445,050)

(776,137)

(121,793)

(1,409,371)

(1,963,562)

(308,126)

   Research and development 

(137,320)

(125,091)

(114,549)

(17,975)

(389,192)

(461,590)

(72,434)

   Impairment of long-lived assets 

(114,168)

(150,308)

(23,587)

(114,168)

(273,713)

(42,952)

 Total operating expenses 

(1,435,336)

(1,184,835)

(2,158,467)

(338,711)

(4,386,711)

(5,555,329)

(871,754)

 Income from operations 

71,575

111,208

485,826

76,236

1,784,950

1,102,507

173,006

 Interest expenses, net 

(115,161)

(165,553)

(144,420)

(22,663)

(459,234)

(624,029)

(97,924)

 Subsidy income 

109,702

63,518

109,636

17,204

191,981

465,685

73,076

 Exchange loss 

(223,439)

(46,217)

(127,483)

(20,005)

(336,523)

(355,499)

(55,786)

 Change in fair value of interest rate swap 

(78,878)

 Change in fair value of foreign exchange derivatives 

175,521

39,979

116,993

18,359

187,578

307,689

48,283

 Change in fair value of convertible senior notes and call option 

(427,624)

200,730

9,540

1,497

(725,792)

191,641

30,073

 Other income/(expense), net 

3,762

172

(2,865)

(450)

2,292

1,911

300

 Income/(loss) before income taxes

(405,664)

203,837

447,227

70,178

566,374

1,089,905

171,028

 Income tax (expenses)/benefit 

23,089

(21,958)

(126,872)

(19,909)

(178,411)

(194,140)

(30,465)

 Equity in earnings/(loss) of affiliated companies 

19,906

13,158

3,471

545

(52,706)

59,809

9,385

 Net income/(loss) 

(362,669)

195,037

323,826

50,814

335,257

955,574

149,948

 Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling           interests 

14,282

813

84,359

13,238

104,871

234,554

36,807

 Net income/(loss) attributable to JinkoSolar  Holding Co., Ltd.’s ordinary shareholders 

(376,951)

194,224

239,467

37,576

230,386

721,020

113,141

 Net income/(loss) attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.’s  ordinary shareholders per share: 

   Basic 

(2.08)

1.02

1.26

0.20

1.29

3.78

0.59

   Diluted 

(3.60)

(0.12)

1.04

0.16

(1.36)

2.01

0.32

 Net income/(loss) attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.’s   ordinary shareholders per ADS: 

   Basic 

(8.32)

4.07

5.02

0.79

5.15

15.12

2.37

   Diluted 

(14.40)

(0.49)

4.16

0.65

(5.42)

8.02

1.26

 Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding: 

   Basic 

181,285,886

190,768,148

190,775,385

190,775,385

178,938,853

190,672,869

190,672,869

   Diluted 

173,785,886

205,195,236

205,838,968

205,838,968

171,438,853

205,719,772

205,719,772

 Weighted average ADS outstanding: 

   Basic 

45,321,472

47,692,037

47,693,846

47,693,846

44,734,713

47,668,217

47,668,217

   Diluted 

43,446,472

51,298,809

51,459,742

51,459,742

42,859,713

51,429,943

51,429,943

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 Net income 

(362,669)

195,037

323,826

50,814

335,257

955,574

149,948

 Other comprehensive income/(loss): 

   -Foreign currency translation adjustments 

(187,456)

15,258

(107,654)

(16,893)

(251,894)

(67,732)

(10,629)

   -Change in the instrument-specific credit risk 

71,330

12,510

(15,948)

(2,503)

60,326

41,972

6,586

 Comprehensive income/(loss) 

(478,795)

222,805

200,224

31,418

143,689

929,814

145,905

 Less: Comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interests 

14,282

813

84,359

13,238

104,871

234,553

36,807

 Comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.’s ordinary shareholders 

(493,077)

221,992

115,865

18,180

38,818

695,261

109,098

 Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Results 

 1. Non-GAAP earnings per share and non-GAAP earnings per ADS 

 GAAP net income/(loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders 

(376,951)

194,224

239,467

37,576

230,386

721,020

113,141

 Change in fair value of convertible senior notes and call option 

427,624

(200,730)

(9,540)

(1,497)

725,792

(191,641)

(30,073)

 Net interest expenses of convertible senior notes and call option 

6,535

5,431

5,096

800

26,614

21,664

3,400

 Exchange loss/(gain) on convertible senior notes and call option 

(23,816)

11,883

(21,065)

(3,306)

(25,347)

(2,492)

(391)

 Stock-based compensation expense 

56

5,046

4,671

733

923

9,884

1,551

 Non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders 

33,448

15,854

218,629

34,306

958,368

558,435

87,628

 Non-GAAP earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders – 

   Basic 

0.19

0.08

1.15

0.18

5.36

2.93

0.46

   Diluted 

0.19

0.08

1.06

0.17

5.36

2.72

0.43

 Non-GAAP earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary shareholders – 

   Basic 

0.74

0.33

4.58

0.72

21.42

11.72

1.84

   Diluted 

0.74

0.31

4.25

0.67

21.42

10.86

1.70

 Non-GAAP weighted average ordinary shares outstanding  

   Basic 

181,285,886

190,768,148

190,775,385

190,775,385

178,938,853

190,672,869

190,672,869

   Diluted 

181,285,886

205,195,236

205,838,968

205,838,968

178,938,853

205,719,772

205,719,772

 Non-GAAP weighted average ADS outstanding  

   Basic 

45,321,472

47,692,037

47,693,846

47,693,846

44,734,713

47,668,217

47,668,217

   Diluted 

45,321,472

51,298,809

51,459,742

51,459,742

44,734,713

51,429,943

51,429,943

JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO., LTD. 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

Dec 31, 2020

Dec 31, 2021

RMB’000

RMB’000

USD’000

ASSETS

Current assets:

  Cash and cash equivalents

7,481,678

8,321,415

1,305,812

  Restricted cash 

593,094

598,068

93,850

  Restricted short-term investments

6,400,637

9,241,276

1,450,158

  Short-term investments

570,000

150,000

23,538

  Accounts receivable, net – related parties

410,358

29,417

4,616

  Accounts receivable, net – third parties

4,534,758

7,471,103

1,172,379

  Notes receivable, net – related parties

33,001

  Notes receivable, net – third parties

1,051,561

1,689,102

265,057

  Advances to suppliers, net – third parties

1,002,613

1,536,155

241,056

  Inventories, net

8,376,936

13,252,352

2,079,583

  Forward contract receivables

183,146

73,532

11,539

  Prepayments and other current assets, net – related parties

23,756

17,348

2,722

  Prepayments and other current assets, net

3,020,592

2,435,056

382,113

  Held-for-sale assets

684,631

107,434

Total current assets

33,682,130

45,499,455

7,139,857

Non-current assets:

  Restricted cash

1,389,194

1,229,315

192,906

  Accounts receivable, net – third parties

26,405

27,624

4,335

  Project Assets

645,355

  Long-term investments

194,258

538,866

84,560

  Property, plant and equipment, net

12,455,444

19,969,894

3,133,712

  Land use rights, net

760,962

1,090,057

171,054

  Intangible assets, net

35,838

55,484

8,707

  Financing lease right-of-use assets, net

829,122

628,592

98,640

  Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

316,512

438,270

68,774

  Deferred tax assets 

255,107

371,767

58,338

  Call Option – concurrent with issuance of convertible   senior notes

756,929

  Advances to suppliers to be utilised beyond one year

296,709

46,560

  Other assets, net – related parties

107,319

3,292

517

  Other assets, net – third parties

1,777,799

2,739,159

429,833

  Investments in equity securities

95,000

14,908

Total non-current assets

19,550,244

27,484,029

4,312,844

Total assets

53,232,374

72,983,484

11,452,701

LIABILITIES

Current liabilities:

  Accounts payable – related parties

14,114

15,863

2,489

  Accounts payable – third parties

4,436,495

6,799,854

1,067,045

  Notes payable – third parties

9,334,876

12,072,223

1,894,395

  Accrued payroll and welfare expenses

995,054

1,240,791

194,707

  Advances from  third parties

2,451,495

5,914,354

928,091

  Income tax payable

73,720

214,856

33,716

  Other payables and accruals

3,408,391

4,844,077

760,142

  Other payables due to related parties

71,515

2,230

350

  Forward contract payables

17,895

2,659

417

  Convertible senior notes – current

1,831,612

  Financing lease liabilities – current

272,330

194,939

30,590

  Operating lease liabilities – current

48,244

62,515

9,810

  Short-term borrowings from third parties,     including current portion of long-term bank     borrowings

8,238,531

13,339,367

2,093,238

  Guarantee liabilities to related parties

22,519

2,500

392

  Held-for-sale liabilities

553,234

86,814

  Deferred revenue 

200,000

31,384

Total current liabilities

31,216,791

45,459,462

7,133,580

Non-current liabilities:

  Long-term borrowings

7,301,536

9,896,455

1,552,970

  Convertible senior notes

1,098,736

172,416

  Accrued warranty costs – non current

769,332

858,641

134,740

  Financing lease liabilities

313,088

236,373

37,092

  Operating lease liabilities

277,239

385,420

60,481

  Deferred tax liability

328,713

183,003

28,717

  Long-term Payables

97

568,495

89,209

  Guarantee liabilities to related parties     – non current

34,812

9,642

1,513

Total non-current liabilities

9,024,817

13,236,765

2,077,138

Total liabilities

40,241,608

58,696,227

9,210,718

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Ordinary shares (US$0.00002 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 190,380,309 and 193,770,753 shares issued as of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021, respectively)

26

26

4

Additional paid-in capital

5,251,245

5,617,923

881,575

Statutory reserves

692,009

700,244

109,884

Accumulated other comprehensive income

(128,615)

(154,375)

(24,225)

Treasury stock, at cost; 2,945,840 ordinary shares as of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021

(43,170)

(43,170)

(6,774)

Accumulated retained earnings

4,216,353

4,929,138

773,489

Total JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. shareholders’ equity

9,987,848

11,049,786

1,733,953

Non-controlling interests

3,002,918

3,237,471

508,030

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

53,232,374

72,983,484

11,452,701

SOURCE JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

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