Maxim Group Maintains a 'Sell' on Suntech Power (STP); Despite Strong Shipment Outlook, Losses and Debt Continue Growing

May 24, 2012 9:31 AM EDT
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Maxim Group maintains a 'Sell' on Suntech Power (NYSE: STP) price target cut from $1.50 to $0.50.

Analyst, Aaron Chew, said, "Following steep 1Q downside punctuated by $45m in provisions, STP foresees a 20% Q/Q rebound in shipments but gross margins stuck at ~5% in 2Q. With no end in sight for EPS and free cash flow losses, we foresee material risk to equity deflation and/or dilution and lower our price target."

"Though making tremendous strides at lowering its production costs, STP faces a huge challenge keeping up with its low-cost peers and steady ASP pressures. While it targets module costs of <$0.75/W by 2012YE ($0.60/W processing and ~$27/kg poly), this is 10% higher than the $0.60/W forecast of Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL)(Hold) and essentially in line with our 4Q12 module ASP forecast of $0.78/W, suggesting no end in sight for steep net losses and cash burn."

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Shares of Suntech Power closed at $2.02 yesterday.

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