Advanced Energy Narrows 2Q View on Weak Renewables Sales

Advanced Energy Industries (NASDASQ:AEIS) lowered its second-quarter profit outlook and predicted earnings would fall to the low end of its estimated range due to weaker-than-expected performance in its renewables business.

The Fort Collins, Colo.-based maker of power and control technologies for thin-film manufacturing and high-growth solar-power generation now expects revenues in the range of $137 million to $140 million, below its earlier view in May between $148 million and $160 million.

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Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters are currently anticipating sales of $157 million.

Earnings are projected to come in at the low end of, or slightly lower than, the range it projected on May 2 of 36 cents to 44 cents a share. Wall Street is expecting earnings of about 42 cents.

The guidance reflects weaker performance in its renewables business that could not be offset by modest results in its thin-film unit.

Our results were primarily impacted by changing solar market conditions driven by panel price declines, short lead-times for components, and permitting and financing delays, Advanced Energy CEO Dr. Hans Betz said in a statement.

The trends, he said, have been causing some customers to postpone purchases until panel prices stabilize.

The company also blamed changing incentive programs in certain regions and increasing competition.