Sinovoltaics Ranking Report, Edition 4 – 2018: which PV manufacturers face bankruptcy?
Sinovoltaics Ranking Report, Edition 4 – 2018: which PV manufacturers face bankruptcy?
15 November 2018 

Sinovoltaics Ranking Report, Edition 4 – 2018: which PV manufacturers face bankruptcy?

In Edition 4-2018 of the Sinovoltaics Ranking Report for PV Manufacturers we rank over 75+ leading PV module manufacturers according to their financial strength. The Ranking Scores of this Edition 4 are based on publicly available financial data, which has been collected in October 2018.

This Free Edition shows you the ranking of 10 out of 77 solar module manufacturers.

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Why does Sinovoltaics Group publish this report?

The financial strength of PV module manufacturers directly relates to their capability of fulfilling warranty obligations in the long term. Sinovoltaics Group uses the Ranking Report Scores to advise its clients which PV manufacturers to pick and which to avoid.

What happens when a PV manufacturer goes bankrupt?

Solar module product and performance warranties are typically valid as long as the manufacturer is around. When a PV manufacturer goes bankrupt, its product- and performance warranties will unfortunately no longer be valid. Valid warranties are important for PV plant developers and PV project owners who want to safeguard their project ROIs.

A product warranty is important to cover defects related to the solar module’s workmanship. A performance warranty is important to have in place in case solar module’s degrade faster than anticipated and its output is lower than expected.

Are many PV manufacturers at risk of going bankrupt?

In the October 2018 Sinovoltaics Ranking Report there are 27 PV manufacturers that are ranked in the ‘Distress Zone’. The probability of these 27 companies going bankrupt within 2 years is over 80% (Source).

The past years we’ve seen multiple manufacturers going bankrupt, leaving project owners with an increased warranty risk, including LDK, Solyndra, Suntech Wuxi, Bosch etc. and the most recent bankruptcies of Suniva and Solarworld in 2017 shows that picking a financially healthy manufacturer is more relevant than ever.

In October 2018 there are 27 PV manufacturers that are ranked in the ‘Distress Zone’. The probability of these 27 companies going bankrupt within 2 years is over 80%

Edition 4, 2018: how do PV module manufacturers rate on the Altman Z-score?

The following table is a selection of Ranking Scores of the major, publicly listed Asian, European and American manufacturers in Q4 – 2018:

Sinovoltaics Ranking-Report 4-2018 – Free Edition

 

Sinovoltaics Ranking-Report 4-2018 - Free Edition

Sinovoltaics Ranking-Report 4-2018 – Free Edition

 

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How does the Altman Z-Score work?

Any questions about the Altman Z-Score? Read this background article first.

A couple of extracts from the full Sinovoltaics PV Manufacturer Ranking Report:

How are the Sinovoltaics Altman Z-Scores interpreted?

How are Sinovoltaics Ranking Scores calculated?

 

How to interpret companies that have been consistently in the Grey Zone?

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About the author
Dricus is Managing Director at Sinovoltaics Group “, a solar technology company specialized in the Supply Chain Management and De-Risking of utility scale solar farms. Dricus is based in Hong Kong and has been working in the PV industry in China for 10+ years. Connect with Dricus on LinkedIn
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