A PV equipment supply recovery of sorts may be underway, however it has not returned many European suppliers back into positive financial territory. Germanys Singulus has recorded a flat Q3, however this has been attributed largely to weak orders from its optical disk equipment sales.
Singulus reported its financial reports for the first nine months of 2015 yesterday, in which revenues of 57.7 million were reported, a year-on-year (Y/Y) increase of 4.9 million. Revenues for Q3 totaled 28,5 million, up 5.8 million. The modest increases would be pleasing for the firm, however it has continued to sustain losses of 13.9 million, although that is more than halved on the 38.7 million lost in the same period in 2014.
New bookings have substantially increased Y/Y in the first nine months of 2015, coming in at 84.4 million, almost a doubling Y/Y of 48.4 million.
Unfortunately for the firm, optical disk primarily Blu-ray equipment sales have not increased in Q3, as was anticipated by the firm, and bookings of only 11.3 million were achieved, an 11.9 million Y/Y decrease. The Blu-ray disk equipment supply business can be dependent on the vagaries of film studios release schedules.
Unlike compatriot equipment supplier Manz, Singulus solar segment has been a positive contributor to its revenues and bookings in 2015. While Manzs solar segment has continued to perform poorly, Singulus PV manufacturing equipment sales have been buoyed by orders for both its CIGS equipment, from Hanergy, and wet chemistry tooling, which is primarily targeted at heterojunction (HJT) cell production. The company reports it has received some bookings for PERC upgrade processes.
By contrast, Manz has not been able to sell on its CIGSfabs and informed pv magazine yesterday that it is either looking for a strategic investor or purchaser for its solar technology portfolio or, failing that, at winding up the segment.
Cash flow for Singulus for the first nine months of 2015 is negative, with the company seeing its available cash and cash equivalents decrease from 35.8 million in December 2014, to 16.6 million by the end of Q3 2015.