Enphase Energy, the California-headquartered microinverter specialist, has posted losses of $6.9 million for the third quarter (Q3) of the year, narrowing its losses after posting a net loss of $12.1 million in Q2, and a net loss of $18.8 million in Q3 last year.
Allied to this relatively positive direction was a 3% growth in revenue for Q3 against Q2 to $77 million, based on the shipment of 790,000 microinverters amounting to 231 MW (DC). This compares favorably to Q2, which saw 775,000 microinverters shipped.
Accompanying Q2’s earnings call was the shock decision by former CEO Paul Nahi to step down. There were no such surprises this time around as Enphase continued it steady recovery from the tough financial straits of 2015. Operating expenses fell 33% year-on-year to $2.4 million – further underlining the efficacy of its recent restructuring efforts – while GAAP gross margin was 21.4% for Q3.
The company’s cash balance at the end of Q3 stood at $28.9 million, prompting new CEO Badri Kothandaraman to praise the firm’s transitions and renewed focus on operation excellence. “This will help drive further gross margin improvement,” he said.
The third quarter was characterized by Enphase’s transition in North America to its new IQ6 microinverter, with the next iteration – the IQ7 – due for global roll-out in Q1 2018.
Looking ahead to Q4, Enphase expects revenues in the range of $72 million to $80 million.
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