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Vivint Solar Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results

Mar, 10 2020

LEHI, Utah, March 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE: VSLR), today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Operating Highlights 

Key operating and development highlights include:

  • MW Installed of approximately 66 MWs for the quarter, up 22% over fourth quarter 2018. Total cumulative MWs installed were approximately 1,294 MWs.
  • Installations were 9,558 for the quarter, up 24% over fourth quarter 2018. Cumulative installations were 188,291.
  • Revenue was $77 million, up 21% over fourth quarter 2018.
  • Estimated Gross Retained Value increased by approximately $98 million during the quarter to approximately $2.3 billion. Estimated Gross Retained Value per Watt at quarter end was $1.98.
  • Cost per Watt was $3.54.
  • On an adjusted basis, margin created was $62 million, up 10% over fourth quarter 2018. Unlevered NPV per Watt was $0.94.1

 




1   Note: Margin created and NPV per Watt have been adjusted to account for the material lag of revenue recognition compared to MW Installed for system sales in the quarter.

Financing Activity

As of December 31, 2019, Vivint Solar had approximately $224 million in undrawn capacity in various debt facilities and approximately 67 MWs of undeployed tax equity financing capacity. Subsequent to quarter end, Vivint Solar entered into a new tax equity partnership that is expected to provide another 28 MWs of tax equity capacity.

Summary Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results


$ amounts in millions, except per share data












Three Months Ended Dec. 31,


2019



2018



YoY

Revenue:










     Customer agreements and incentives

$

43.6



$

34.7



up 25%

     Solar energy system and product sales


33.5




28.7



up 17%

Total Revenue


77.1




63.5



up 21%

Cost of revenue:










     Customer agreements and incentives


54.1




42.7



up 27%

     Solar energy system and product sales


19.7




20.6



down 4%

Total cost of revenue


73.8




63.4



up 16%

Gross profit


3.3




0.1



up 3752%

Loss from operations


(66.5)




(40.0)



down 66%

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(33.5)



$

(12.9)



down 161%

Net loss attributable per share to common stockholders

$

(0.27)



$

(0.11)



down 145%

Non-GAAP net loss per share

$

(1.02)



$

(0.73)



down 40%


Note: Totals may not sum due to rounding.

 

Summary Full Year 2019 Financial Results


 $ amounts in millions, except per share data












Year Ended Dec. 31,


2019



2018



YoY

Revenue:











     Operating leases and incentives

$

217.3



$

174.1



up 25%

     Solar energy system and product sales


123.7




116.3



up 6%

Total Revenue


341.0




290.3



up 17%

Cost of revenue:











     Operating leases and incentives


186.3




164.9



up 13%

     Solar energy system and product sales


72.2




83.4



down 13%

Total cost of revenue


258.5




248.3



up 4%

Gross profit


82.5




42.0



up 96%

Loss from Operations


(188.6)




(112.5)



down 68%

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(102.2)



$

(15.6)



down 555%

Net loss attributable per share to common stockholders

$

(0.84)



$

(0.13)



down 546%

Non-GAAP net loss per share

$

(3.49)



$

(2.38)



down 47%


Note: Totals may not sum due to rounding.

Guidance for the First Quarter and Full Year 2020

The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. These statements supersede all prior statements regarding projected 2020 financial and operational results.

For the first quarter of 2020, Vivint Solar expects:

  • MW Installed: 57 - 60 MWs
  • Cost per Watt: $3.68 - $3.75

For the full year of 2020, Vivint Solar expects to grow MWs Installed at 15% to 20%.

Earnings Conference Call

Vivint Solar will host an investor conference call and live webcast today, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss these financial results. To access the conference call, dial 1.833.286.5799 or 1.647.689.4443 for international callers. The conference ID is 737 8666. A listen-only webcast will be accessible on the investor relations page of Vivint Solar's website at investors.vivintsolar.com/. Participants should follow the instructions provided on the website to download and install the necessary audio applications in advance of the call. In addition, the earnings presentation slides will be available on the investor relations page of the site by 5:00 p.m. ET along with this press release and the financial information discussed on today's conference call at investors.vivintsolar.com/.

About Vivint Solar

Vivint Solar is a leading full-service residential solar provider in the United States. With the help of Vivint Solar, homeowners can power their homes with clean, renewable energy, typically achieving significant financial savings over time. Vivint Solar designs and installs solar energy systems for homeowners and offers monitoring and maintenance services. In addition to being able to purchase a solar energy system outright, homeowners may benefit from Vivint Solar's affordable, flexible financing options, including power purchase agreements, or lease agreements, where available. Vivint Solar also offers solar plus storage systems with LG Chem home batteries and electric vehicle chargers with ChargePoint Home. For more information, visit www.vivintsolar.com or follow @VivintSolar on Twitter.

Note on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding, but not limited to, Vivint Solar's guidance for Megawatts Installed and Cost per Watt, undeployed tax equity financing capacity, growth prospects, and operating and financial results, such as estimates of nominal contracted payments remaining, estimated retained value, estimated retained value per watt, margin created and unlevered NPV per Watt and the assumptions related to the calculation of the foregoing metrics.

Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and they will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the date of this press release, and they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: the availability of additional financing on acceptable terms; changes in the retail price of traditional utility generated electricity; changes in electric utility policies and regulations; the availability of rebates, tax credits and other incentives, including solar renewable energy certificates, or SRECs, and other federal and state incentives; regulations and policies related to net metering; changes in regulations, tariffs and other trade barriers and tax policy affecting us and our industry; our ability to manage our recent and future growth, product offering mix, and costs effectively, including attracting, training and retaining sales professionals and solar energy system installers; the availability and price of solar panels and other system components; the potential inaccuracy of the assumptions employed in calculating our operating metrics; the course and outcome of litigation, regulatory investigations and other disputes; macroeconomic conditions and impact of the COVID-19 virus outbreak; and such other risks identified in the registration statements and reports that Vivint Solar files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, from time to time. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in those statements will be achieved or will occur, and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, Vivint Solar does not undertake and expressly disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. You should read the documents Vivint Solar has filed with the SEC for more complete information about Vivint Solar. These documents are available on both the EDGAR section of the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and the Investors section of Vivint Solar's website at investors.vivintsolar.com/.

Vivint Solar, Inc.

Consolidated Unaudited Balance Sheets

(In thousands)









December   31,



December   31,


2019



2018

ASSETS







Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents

$

166,048



$

219,591

Accounts receivable, net


24,314




14,207

Inventories


20,576




13,257

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


41,137




31,201

Total current assets


252,075




278,256

Restricted cash and cash equivalents


89,892




71,305

Solar energy systems, net


1,759,861




1,938,874

Property and equipment, net


17,500




10,730

Other non-current assets, net


680,062




28,090

TOTAL ASSETS

$

2,799,390



$

2,327,255

LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NON-CONTROLLING INTERESTS AND EQUITY







Current liabilities:







Accounts payable

$

59,007



$

45,929

Distributions payable to non-controlling interests and redeemable non-controlling interests


10,253




7,846

Accrued compensation


34,149




25,520

Current portion of long-term debt


16,405




12,155

Current portion of deferred revenue


40,715




30,199

Current portion of finance lease obligation


2,274




1,921

Accrued and other current liabilities


78,539




42,860

Total current liabilities


241,342




166,430

Long-term debt, net of current portion


1,483,256




1,203,282

Deferred revenue, net of current portion


17,631




13,524

Finance lease obligation, net of current portion


6,443




505

Deferred tax liability, net


583,695




437,120

Other non-current liabilities


74,423




24,610

Total liabilities


2,406,790




1,845,471

Commitments and contingencies







Redeemable non-controlling interests


115,384




119,572

Stockholders' equity:







Common stock


1,231




1,201

Additional paid-in capital


591,639




574,248

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(20,436)




(7,223)

Accumulated deficit


(381,961)




(279,631)

Total stockholders' equity


190,473




288,595

Non-controlling interests


86,743




73,617

Total equity


277,216




362,212

TOTAL LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NON-CONTROLLING INTERESTS AND EQUITY

$

2,799,390



$

2,327,255

 

Vivint Solar, Inc.

Consolidated Unaudited Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

















Three Months Ended



Year Ended


December   31,



December   31,


2019



2018



2019



2018

Revenue:















Customer agreements and incentives

$

43,554



$

34,717



$

217,331



$

174,066

Solar energy system and product sales


33,510




28,740




123,710




116,255

Total revenue


77,064




63,457




341,041




290,321

Cost of revenue:















Cost of revenue—customer agreements and incentives


54,067




42,732




186,325




164,920

Cost of revenue—solar energy system and product sales


19,723




20,640




72,221




83,375

Total cost of revenue


73,790




63,372




258,546




248,295

Gross profit


3,274




85




82,495




42,026

Operating expenses:















Sales and marketing


38,402




17,951




151,194




58,950

Research and development


540




395




2,043




1,867

General and administrative


30,808




21,762




117,822




93,703

Total operating expenses


69,750




40,108




271,059




154,520

Loss from operations


(66,476)




(40,023)




(188,564)




(112,494)

Interest expense, net


20,920




18,335




82,323




65,308

Other (income) expense, net


(5,223)




1,833




1,434




(4,538)

Loss before income taxes


(82,173)




(60,191)




(272,321)




(173,264)

Income tax expense


43,152




26,606




150,999




106,299

Net loss


(125,325)




(86,797)




(423,320)




(279,563)

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests and redeemable  non-controlling interests


(91,794)




(73,933)




(321,145)




(263,971)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(33,531)



$

(12,864)



$

(102,175)



$

(15,592)

Net loss attributable per share to common stockholders:















Basic and diluted

$

(0.27)



$

(0.11)



$

(0.84)



$

(0.13)

Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss attributable per share to common stockholders:















Basic and diluted


122,307




119,626




121,310




117,565

 

Vivint Solar, Inc.

Consolidated Unaudited Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

















Three Months Ended



Year Ended


December   31,



December   31,


2019



2018



2019



2018

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:















Net loss

$

(125,325)



$

(86,797)



$

(423,320)



$

(279,563)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:















Depreciation and amortization


20,687




18,387




81,930




69,634

Deferred income taxes


43,204




26,741




151,548




106,862

Stock-based compensation


4,433




3,279




16,418




13,163

Loss on solar energy systems and property and equipment


8,239




2,961




17,493




7,400

Noncash interest and other expense


1,553




1,689




8,841




17,006

Reduction in lease pass-through financing obligation


(992)




(884)




(4,654)




(4,433)

(Gains) losses on interest rate swaps


(5,223)




1,131




(4,377)




(148)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:















Accounts receivable, net


2,889




5,703




(10,107)




5,458

Inventories


(6,849)




2,523




(7,319)




9,340

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


(6,739)




(6,126)




(5,998)




2,805

Other non-current assets, net


(55,706)




214




(182,108)




(7,828)

Accounts payable


(2,033)




957




(1)




1,898

Accrued compensation


(6,060)




372




8,349




4,762

Deferred revenue


13,212




5,515




14,623




(926)

Accrued and other liabilities


6,465




1,738




15,515




8,915

Net cash used in operating activities


(108,245)




(22,597)




(323,167)




(45,655)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:















Payments for the cost of solar energy systems


(127,604)




(98,168)




(314,932)




(331,716)

Payments for property and equipment


(765)




(414)




(1,984)




(543)

Proceeds from disposals of solar energy systems and property and  equipment


1,428




1,044




3,453




3,379

Purchase of intangible assets


(1,284)







(2,373)




(223)

Net cash used in investing activities


(128,225)




(97,538)




(315,836)




(329,103)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:















Proceeds from investment by non-controlling interests and redeemable non-controlling interests


100,316




105,821




384,371




300,742

Distributions paid to non-controlling interests and redeemable non-controlling interests


(18,572)




(13,003)




(51,881)




(54,732)

Proceeds from long-term debt


211,508




66,677




563,480




984,425

Payments on long-term debt


(139,974)




(6,361)




(279,054)




(700,143)

Payments for debt issuance and deferred offering costs


(6,671)







(16,053)




(21,209)

Proceeds from lease pass-through financing obligation


1,134




1,118




3,661




3,609

Principal payments on finance lease obligations


(526)




(660)




(1,480)




(3,323)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock


699




471




1,003




1,347

Net cash provided by financing activities


147,914




154,063




604,047




510,716

NET (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH  EQUIVALENTS, INCLUDING RESTRICTED AMOUNTS


(88,556)




33,928




(34,956)




135,958

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, INCLUDING RESTRICTED  AMOUNTS—Beginning of period


344,496




256,968




290,896




154,938

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, INCLUDING RESTRICTED   AMOUNTS—End of period

$

255,940



$

290,896



$

255,940



$

290,896

 

Vivint Solar, Inc.

Key Operating Metrics













Three Months Ended


December   31,



September   30,



December   31,


2019



2019



2018

 Installations


9,558




9,458




7,730

 Megawatts installed


66.4




65.1




54.3













As of


December   31,



September   30,



December   31,


2019



2019



2018

 Cumulative installations


188,291




178,733




154,598

 Cumulative megawatts installed


1,294.0




1,227.6




1,060.9

 Estimated nominal contracted payments remaining (in millions)

$

4,434.0



$

4,200.3



$

3,638.1

      Estimated gross retained value under energy contract (in millions)

$

1,690.0



$

1,626.3



$

1,517.0

      Estimated gross retained value of renewal (in millions)

$

600.7



$

566.5



$

479.7

 Estimated gross retained value (in millions)

$

2,290.7



$

2,192.8



$

1,996.7

 Estimated gross retained value per watt

$

1.98



$

1.98



$

2.06

Sensitivity Analysis for Retained Value

The following table provides quantitative sensitivity analysis of our estimate of retained value of solar energy systems under contracts as of December 31, 2019, including both the contracted and estimated renewal portion, at a range of discount rates (retained value amounts in millions):


4%



6%



8%


 Estimated gross retained value under energy contract

$

1,981.5



$

1,690.0



$

1,458.3


 Estimated gross retained value of renewal


920.9




600.7




396.3


 Total estimated gross retained value

$

2,902.4



$

2,290.7



$

1,854.6


Non-GAAP Earnings per Share (EPS) Before Non-controlling Interests

We report GAAP EPS, which is based upon net loss attributable to common stockholders. We also report non-GAAP EPS. The difference between GAAP EPS and non-GAAP EPS is that non-GAAP EPS is based on net loss, which excludes net loss attributable to non-controlling interests and redeemable non-controlling interests. As we are in a net loss position for all periods reported, potentially issuable shares are excluded from the diluted EPS calculation since the effect would be antidilutive. Therefore, basic and diluted non-GAAP EPS are the same in each period presented.

Under GAAP accounting, we report net loss attributable to non-controlling interests and redeemable non-controlling interests to reflect our joint venture fund investors' allocable share in the results of these joint venture investment funds. Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests and redeemable non-controlling interests is calculated based primarily on the hypothetical liquidation at book value, or HLBV, method, which assumes that the joint venture funds are liquidated at the reporting date, even though liquidation may or may not ever occur. Additionally, the returns that will be allocated to the investors over the expected terms of the investment funds may differ significantly from the amounts calculated under the HLBV method. Accordingly, we also report non-GAAP EPS based on our losses before net loss attributable to non-controlling interests and redeemable non-controlling interests per share, which we view as a better measure of our operating performance.  Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for our financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

According to this definition, the non-GAAP loss before the allocation of loss attributable to non-controlling interests and redeemable non-controlling interests per share was ($1.02) and ($3.49) for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019.

Vivint Solar, Inc.

Reconciliation from GAAP EPS to Non-GAAP EPS

(In thousands, except per share data)


















Three Months Ended


December   31, 2019


December   31, 2018


Net Loss



EPS




Net Loss



EPS

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(33,531)



$

(0.27)




$

(12,864)



$

(0.11)

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests and redeemable non-controlling interests


(91,794)




(0.75)





(73,933)




(0.62)

Non-GAAP net loss

$

(125,325)



$

(1.02)




$

(86,797)



$

(0.73)

Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share






122,307









119,626




Year Ended


December   31, 2019


December   31, 2018


Net Loss



EPS




Net Loss



EPS

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(102,175)



$

(0.84)




$

(15,592)



$

(0.13)

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests and  redeemable non-controlling interests


(321,145)




(2.65)





(263,971)




(2.25)

Non-GAAP net loss

$

(423,320)



$

(3.49)




$

(279,563)



$

(2.38)

Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share






121,310









117,565

Glossary of Definitions

"Cost per Watt"  represents the unit costs of installed solar energy systems on customers' premises. Please refer to Vivint Solar's Estimated Cost per Watt Methodology found on the investor relations page of Vivint Solar's website.

"Installations" represents the number of solar energy systems installed on customers' premises.

"MWs or megawatts" represents the DC nameplate megawatt production capacity.

"MW Installed" represents the aggregate megawatt nameplate capacity of solar energy systems for which panels, inverters, and mounting and racking hardware have been installed on customer premises in the period.

"EstimatedNominal Contracted Payments Remaining" equals the sum of the remaining cash payments that Vivint Solar's customers are expected to pay over the term of their agreements for systems installed as of the measurement date. For a power purchase agreement, or PPA, Vivint Solar multiplies the contract price per kilowatt-hour by the estimated annual energy output of the associated solar energy system to determine the estimated nominal contracted payments. For a customer lease, Vivint Solar includes the monthly fees and upfront fee, if any, as set forth in the lease.

"EstimatedGrossRetained Value" represents the net cash flows, discounted at 6%, that Vivint Solar expects to receive from customers pursuant to long-term customer contracts plus the value of contracted SRECs net of estimated cash distributions to fund investors, debt associated with our forward flow facilities, and estimated operating expenses for systems installed as of the measurement date. For purposes of the calculation, Vivint Solar aggregates the estimated retained value from the solar energy systems during the typical 20-year term of Vivint Solar's contracts plus the value of contracted SRECs, which Vivint Solar refers to as estimated retained value under energy contracts, and the estimated retained value associated with an assumed 10-year renewal term following the expiration of the initial contract term, which Vivint Solar refers to as estimated retained value of renewal. To calculate estimated retained value of renewal, Vivint Solar assumes all contracts are renewed at 90% of the contractual price in effect at the expiration of the initial term.

"EstimatedGrossRetained Value per Watt" is calculated by dividing the estimated retained value as of the measurement date by the aggregate nameplate capacity of solar energy systems under long-term customer contracts that have been installed as of such date, and is subject to the same assumptions and uncertainties as estimated retained value.

"Project Value" represents the net cash flows, discounted at 6% that Vivint Solar expects to receive from customers net of estimated distributions to fund investors and operating expenses, estimated utility and state incentives, and estimated finance proceeds from fund investors.

"NPV per watt" represents the estimated weighted average unit margin of Vivint Solar's PPA and customer lease business and its system sales business. It is calculated by dividing Margin Created during the period by the total MWs Installed during the period.

"Margin Created" represents the estimated margin created during the period. It is the estimated value of Vivint Solar's PPA and customer lease agreements and the value of the system sales less the costs required to create the value. Specifically, it is the sum of the project value per watt multiplied by "MWs Installed – PPA/Lease" and "Revenue – solar energy system and product sales" less total creation costs.

"Undeployed Tax Equity Financing Capacity" represents a forecast of the amount of megawatts that can be deployed based on committed available tax equity financing for energy contracts.

Investor Contact:

Rob Kain
Vice President of Investor Relations
855-842-1844
ir@vivintsolar.com

Press Contact:

Heather Hurst
Senior Director of Communications
385-202-6577
pr@vivintsolar.com

 

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