aleo solar AG boosts international revenue in the first nine months of 2011 and reduces revenue forecast
"The strong drop in module prices has depressed both revenue and earnings," said York zu Putlitz, CEO and CFO of aleo solar AG. "Demand in Germany was considerably weaker than in 2010, which was a record year. But we managed to generate growth in our international markets: Revenue increased more than fourfold in Belgium, nearly doubled in Greece and rose substantially in Italy and France." Overall, international revenue rose from EUR 118.6 million in the first three quarters of 2010 to EUR 183.5 million in the same period in 2011. This substantial 54.7% increase underlines the success of aleo solar's internationalisation strategy. The share of revenue generated abroad was 53.3 percent.
Demand in the third quarter in particular was far weaker than expected. To avoid building up excessive inventories, aleo solar AG has scaled down production and discontinued employing temporary workers in early November. Because demand in the third quarter remained restrained and prices continue to drop massively as a result of global excess capacities in the PV sector, aleo solar AG is revising its revenue forecast for 2011: Instead of annual revenue of EUR 515 million as forecast in the half-yearly report, the company now expects annual revenue to come in at EUR 440 million and earnings for the full 2011 year to be negative.
aleo solar AG
aleo solar AG produces and distributes premium solar modules and systems for the international photovoltaic market. Since 2009, the Bosch Group has owned a majority of aleo solar AG (DE000A0JM634), which was originally founded in 2001 and has been listed on the stock exchange since 2006. As a premium manufacturer with 1005 employees, aleo solar maintains a strong global presence with subsidiaries active in all important photovoltaic markets. Its main plant in Prenzlau, Germany and two additional plants in Spain and China provide the aleo solar group with an annual production capacity of 390 megawatts by the end of 2011. In 2010, the company's turnover amounted to € 553,5 million.