May 2 First Solar Inc, the largest U.S.
solar equipment manufacturer, reported 1.8 percent rise in
quarterly revenue as the sale of the Moapa project partially
offset lower third-party module sales.
The company's net profit slumped to $9.1 million, or 9 cents
per share, in the first quarter ended March 31 from $195.6
million, or $1.90 per share, a year earlier.
The latest quarter was hurt by pre-tax restructuring and
asset impairment charges of $20 million.
The company said net sales rose to $891.8 million from
First Solar is bringing forward production of its Series 6
modules by a year to 2018 and abandoning plans for the Series 5
product. The company had initially expected the Series 5 and 6
products to be on the market at the same time.
(Reporting by Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj