SMA Solar's gross margin plunges in Q4 2020 as sales flatline

Feb 9, 2021 08:40 AM ET
  • Significant inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has actually reported preliminary full-year 2020 economic outcomes which fulfilled the reduced end of guidance, yet also reported a mild decrease in fourth quarter sales paired to dropping gross margins.
SMA Solar's gross margin plunges in Q4 2020 as sales flatline

SMA Solar reported fourth quarter sale of EUR254 million, down somewhat from EUR259 million in the previous quarter. Very first quarter sales of EUR288 million showed to be its height for 2020, dropping to EUR226 million in the 2nd quarter mostly due to the influence of COVID-19 lockdown and also traveling limitations in essential markets such as the US as well as Europe.

Gross margins came to a head at 22% in the COVID-19 affected quarter, being up to 20% in the third quarter. Nevertheless, fourth quarter gross margins dropped to just 7%.

SMA Solar kept in mind some one-off unfavorable concerns had affected gross margins in the 4th quarter, which included stock provisions and also warranty accruals but were not particularly laid out in its Capital Markets Day discussion released alongside its initial full-year monetary results.

Preliminary full-year gross margins were 16%, down from 18% in 2019. SMA Solar had actually likewise kept in mind that pricing stress continued throughout the year, significantly in the utility-scale market, because of cost bidding.

Rates stress is anticipated to proceed in 2021, throughout the household, C&I and utility-scale markets.

The firm reported total PV inverter quantity sales of 14,416 MW, up 16% from the prior year volume sales of 11,409 MW, a brand-new record for the company. SMA Solar claimed it had actually gone beyond cumulative inverter sales of 100GW by the end of 2020.

Total earnings in 2020 was around EUR1,027 million, contrasted to EUR915.1 million in 2019. Assistance array had actually been in between EUR1,000 million and also EUR1,100 million.

Trick markets stayed utility-scale accounting for profits of EUR470 million, 24% more than the previous year. Sales in the US utility-scale market were said to have increased significantly, consisting of the shipment of 98 Warm main inverters to the globe's largest battery storage space project.

The firm also declared it had around 65% of the 6.5 GW central inverter capacity committed or already appointed in the Australian market.

The domestic market represented around EUR264 million of total earnings in 2020, raising 10% from the previous year period. However, the industrial as well as commercial segment revenue declined 1% in 2020 to EUR293 million.

Generally, sales enhanced by 12%, contrasted to the previous year.

SMA Solar reported an initial EBITDA of around EUR72 million, contrasted to EUR34.2 million in 2019. The EBITDA rise was stated to be because of simplifying its product profile, while boosting sales.


SMA Solar guided sales in 2021 to be in the series of EUR1,075 million to EUR1,175 million and EBITDA to be in the series of EUR75 million to EUR95 million.

The company anticipates sales development in all three essential PV organization sectors in 2021 with assumption of ongoing development of the PV market in Europe and also America in addition to the international storage market.

Nonetheless, SMA Solar's item order stockpile stood at EUR386 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, contrasted to EUR395 million in the previous year duration. Product order backlog had actually gotten to a record of 453.1 million in the 2nd quarter of 2019.

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