First Solar, Inc. (FSLR) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

 Published On: Mar, 2016 |    No of Pages: 54 |  Published By: GlobalData | Format: PDF
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First Solar, Inc. (FSLR) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review provides you an in-depth strategic SWOT analysis of the company’s businesses and operations. The profile has been compiled by GlobalData to bring to you a clear and an unbiased view of the company’s key strengths and weaknesses and the potential opportunities and threats. The profile helps you formulate strategies that augment your business by enabling you to understand your partners, customers and competitors better.

The profile contains critical company information including:

- Business description – A detailed description of the company’s operations and business divisions.
- Corporate strategy – Analyst’s summarization of the company’s business strategy.
- SWOT Analysis – A detailed analysis of the company’s strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.
- Company history – Progression of key events associated with the company.
- Major products and services – A list of major products, services and brands of the company.
- Key competitors – A list of key competitors to the company.
- Key employees – A list of the key executives of the company.
- Executive biographies – A brief summary of the executives’ employment history.
- Key operational heads – A list of personnel heading key departments/functions.
- Important locations and subsidiaries – A list and contact details of key locations and subsidiaries of the company.
- Detailed financial ratios for the past five years – The latest financial ratios derived from the annual financial statements published by the company with 5 years history.
- Interim ratios for the last five interim periods – The latest financial ratios derived from the quarterly/semi-annual financial statements published by the company for 5 interims history.

Highlights

First Solar, Inc. (First Solar) is a provider of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions. It designs, manufactures, and sells PV solar modules with an advanced thin-film semiconductor technology; and also develops, designs, constructs, and sells PV solar power systems. The company uses its CdTe thin-film technology for manufacturing its solar modules and develops crystalline silicon modules from high-efficiency N-Type Mono cells. The company offers its solar modules to solar project developers and system integrators and operators of renewable energy projects. The company offers solar PV power system solutions, including project development, EPC services, and O&M services. The company has manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany, Malaysia and Vietnam. First Solar is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, the US.

First Solar, Inc.  Key Recent Developments

Mar 10, 2016: First Solar Reaches 5GW of O&M Assets
Mar 10, 2016: First Solar Publishes 2015 Sustainability Report
Feb 29, 2016: First Solar, Thien Tan Group sign MOU targeting utility scale projects in Vietnam
Feb 29, 2016: HopSol Selects First Solar
Feb 23, 2016: First Solar EPC Surpasses 6GW of Global Installed Capacity

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Table of Contents
Table of Contents  2
List of Tables  4
List of Figures  5
Section 1 - About the Company  6
First Solar, Inc. - Key Facts  6
First Solar, Inc. - Key Employees  7
First Solar, Inc. - Key Employee Biographies  8
First Solar, Inc. - Key Operational Employees  9
First Solar, Inc. - Major Products and Services  10
First Solar, Inc. - History  11
First Solar, Inc. - Locations And Subsidiaries  20
Head Office  20
Other Locations & Subsidiaries  20
First Solar, Inc. - Key Manufacturing Facilities  23
Joint Venture  23
Section 2 – Company Analysis  24
First Solar, Inc. - Business Description  24
Business Description - Components  24
Components  - Overview  24
Components - Production  24
Components - Financials  24
Business Description - Systems  24
Systems - Overview  24
Systems - Financials  25
First Solar, Inc. - SWOT Analysis  26
SWOT Analysis - Overview  26
First Solar, Inc. - Strengths  26
Strength - Operational Performance  26
Strength - Vertically Integrated Capability  26
Strength - Module Manufacturing Costs  26
First Solar, Inc. - Weaknesses  27
Weakness - Business Performance: Systems  27
First Solar, Inc. - Opportunities  28
Opportunity - Positive Outlook for Solar PV: the US  28
Opportunity - Business Agreements  28
Opportunity - Positive Outlook for Solar PV: India  28
First Solar, Inc. - Threats  29
Threat - Volatility in Prices of Silicon Raw Materials: Global  29
Threat - Growing Market for Other Energy Alternatives  29
Threat - Competition  29
First Solar, Inc. - Key Competitors  30
Section 3 – Company Financial Ratios  31
Financial Ratios - Capital Market Ratios  31
Financial Ratios - Annual Ratios  32
Performance Chart  34
Financial Performance  34
Financial Ratios - Interim Ratios  35
Financial Ratios - Ratio Charts  36
Section 4 – Company’s Power Financial Deals and Alliances  37
First Solar, Inc., Power, Deals By Year, 2010 to YTD 2016  37
First Solar, Inc., Power, Deals By Type, 2010 to YTD 2016  38
First Solar, Inc., Recent Deals Summary  39
Section 5 – Company’s Recent Developments  40
Mar 10, 2016: First Solar Reaches 5GW of O&M Assets  40
Mar 10, 2016: First Solar Publishes 2015 Sustainability Report  41
Feb 29, 2016: First Solar, Thien Tan Group sign MOU targeting utility scale projects in Vietnam  42
Feb 29, 2016: HopSol Selects First Solar  43
Feb 23, 2016: First Solar EPC Surpasses 6GW of Global Installed Capacity  44
Feb 23, 2016: First Solar Achieves Yet Another Cell Conversion Efficiency World Record  45
Feb 23, 2016: First Solar, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2015 Financial Results  46
Jan 26, 2016: First Solar, Al Watania Agricultural Co. Pilot Solar-Powered Irrigation Project in Saudi Arabia  47
Jan 20, 2016: SOLV and First Solar to Team on O&M Services  48
Jan 19, 2016: First Solar, California Utility Sign Agreements for 500MW  49
Section 6 – Appendix  50
Methodology  50
Ratio Definitions  50
About GlobalData  54
Contact Us  54
Disclaimer  54

List of Tables
First Solar, Inc., Key Facts  6
First Solar, Inc., Key Employees  7
First Solar, Inc., Key Employee Biographies  8
First Solar, Inc., Key Operational Employees  9
First Solar, Inc., Major Products and Services  10
First Solar, Inc., History  11
First Solar, Inc., Other Locations  20
First Solar, Inc., Subsidiaries  21
First Solar, Inc., Key Manufacturing Facilities  23
First Solar, Inc., Joint Venture  23
First Solar, Inc., Key Competitors  30
First Solar, Inc., Ratios based on current share price  31
First Solar, Inc., Annual Ratios  32
First Solar, Inc., Interim Ratios  35
First Solar, Inc., Power, Deals By Year, 2010 to YTD 2016  37
First Solar, Inc., Power, Deals By Type, 2010 to YTD 2016  38
First Solar, Inc., Recent Deals Summary  39
Currency Codes  50
Capital Market Ratios  50
Equity Ratios  51
Profitability Ratios  51
Cost Ratios  52
Liquidity Ratios  52
Leverage Ratios  53
Efficiency Ratios  53

List of Figures
First Solar, Inc., Performance Chart (2011 - 2015)  34
First Solar, Inc., Ratio Charts  36
First Solar, Inc., Power, Deals By Year, 2010 to YTD 2016  37
First Solar, Inc., Power, Deals by Type, 2010 to YTD 2016  38


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