SMA lifted by greater margins as sales slip in Q1 2021

May 12, 2021 06:35 PM ET
  • Inverter vendor SMA Solar reported a fall in sales throughout Q1 2021, yet cited the political landscape in the United States and Europe as being "incredibly encouraging" in the long term.
SMA lifted by greater margins as sales slip in Q1 2021
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Very first quarter sales stood at EUR240.4 million, down 16.5% year-on-year from the EUR287.9 million reported in Q1 2020. Sales were likewise down EUR14 million contrasted to the 4th quarter of last year, when SMA's gross margins dropped to just 7%.

Nevertheless the group's EBITDA margin rose, nearly increasing to 8.4% from the 4.3% tape-recorded in the equivalent quarter, assisting improve quarterly revenues to EUR20 million, up from the EUR12.3 million tape-recorded last year.

The company offered inverters with a mixed 3.4 GW ability, down 23% on the 4.3 GW shipped in Q1 2020.

SMA claimed in its first quarter results statement that delayed orders due to COVID-19 disruption, paired with an increased cost of PV modules, brought about the downturn in sales. Europe, the Middle East and Africa comprised the bulk (51.6%) of sales, adhered to by the Americas (35.9%), while the business's huge scale as well as project solutions drove sales in the initial quarter, composing 43% of revenues.

SMA's dispersed residential service' sales climbed by 6% in the reporting duration compared to the very same period last year, standing at EUR75.6 million. The section's EBIT likewise improved year-on-year, getting to EUR14.2 million compared to simply EUR5.2 million in Q1 2020. However, the overall decrease in sales was driven by a decline in SMA's business solutions unit, where sales dropped from EUR78.6 million in the very first three months of 2020 to EUR61.6 million this year.

In spite of this, the solar technology firm still saw its gross margin peak at 22.2% in the initial quarter this year, compared to 16.7% during Q1 2020. SMA claimed in its results declaration that this was the outcome of a "beneficial item mix as well as price optimisation", as well as falling sales and the resulting decreased expense of sales.


Jürgen Reinert, the business's chief executive, said that SMA will certainly remain to optimise its item portfolio as well as minimize expenses over the next couple of months to guarantee earnings this year.

The production manager added that the existing political environment in the United States and the COVID-19 injection's steady rollout considering that completion of last year implies that SMA expects an increase in inverter need in its core European and United States markets.

The "most recent political signals" he stated, such as the EU devoting to minimizing discharges by 55% by 2030, and also United States Head of state Joe Biden's numerous dedications to investing in renewable energy as well as infrastructure this year, are "very motivating for tool to lasting market growths."

The exec board validated its financial guidance for 2021, which forecasts that sales will rise to between EUR1.075 billion and also EUR1.175 billion.

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