Basic information about First Solar Inc.
The income statement (statement of earnings) reports on the performance of First Solar Inc., the result of its operating activities.
Comprehensive income is the change in equity (net assets) of First Solar Inc. during a period from transactions and other events and circumstances from non-owners sources. It includes all changes in equity during a period except those resulting from investments by owners and distributions to owners.
The assets reports major classes and amounts of resources owned or controlled by First Solar Inc..
The liabilities and stockholders’ equity reports major classes and amounts of external claims on assets and owners’ capital contributions, and other internally generated sources of capital.
The cash flow statement provides information about First Solar Inc. cash receipts and cash payments during an accounting period, showing how these cash flows link the ending cash balance to the beginning balance shown on First Solar Inc. balance sheet.
Common-Size Financial Statements
Income statement components (revenues and expenses) shown as percentage of total sales.
Assets components shown as percentage of total assets.
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity components shown as percentage of total liabilities and stockholders’ equity.
Analysis of Financial Ratios
Measures the income of First Solar Inc. relative to its revenues and invested capital.
Examines First Solar Inc. capital structure in terms of the mix of its financing sources and the ability of the firm to satisfy its longer-term debt and investment obligations.
Evaluates revenues and output generated by the First Solar Inc. assets. Operating performance ratios describe the relationship between the First Solar Inc. level of operations and the assets needed to sustain operating activities.
Measures how efficiently First Solar Inc. generates revenues from its investments in fixed or total assets.
An approach to decomposing First Solar Inc. return on equity, return on assets, and net profit margin ratio as the product of other financial ratios.
First Solar Inc. operates in 2 segments: Modules Business and Other.
Relative valuation technique determine the value of First Solar Inc. by comparing it to similar entities (like industry or sector) on the basis of several relative ratios that compare its stock price to relevant variables that affect the stock value, such as earnings, book value, and sales.
To calculate EBITDA analysts start with net earnings. To that earnings number, interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization are added. EBITDA as a pre-interest number is a flow to all providers of capital.
Free cash flow to the firm is the cash flow available to the First Solar Inc. suppliers of capital after all operating expenses have been paid and necessary investments in working and fixed capital have been made.
Free cash flow to equity is the cash flow available to First Solar Inc. equity holders after all operating expenses, interest, and principal payments have been paid and necessary investments in working and fixed capital have been made.
Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Valuation
CAPM is a theory concentrated with deriving the expected rates of return on risky assets based on the assets’ systematic risk levels. Systematic risk is the variability of returns that is due to macroeconomic factors that affect all risky assets. It cannot be eliminated by diversification.
Main items of First Solar Inc. financial statements.
First Solar Inc. indicator of profitability, calculated as net income divided by revenue.
First Solar Inc. profitability ratio calculated as operating income divided by revenue.
First Solar Inc. profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by shareholders’ equity.
First Solar Inc. profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by total assets.
First Solar Inc. liquidity ratio calculated as current assets divided by current liabilities.
First Solar Inc. solvency ratio calculated as total debt divided by total shareholders’ equity.
First Solar Inc. activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by total assets.
The P/E ratio tells analyst how much an investor in First Solar Inc. common stock pays per dollar of current earnings.
The P/BV ratio is interpreted as an indicator of market judgment about the relationship between a company required rate of return and its actual rate of return.
An rationale for the P/S ratio is that sales, as the top line in an income statement, are generally less subject to distortion or manipulation than other fundamentals such as EPS or book value. Sales are also more stable than earnings and never negative.
Analysis of Components of Financial Statements
Financial Reporting Quality
Financial reporting quality relates to the accuracy with which First Solar Inc. reported financial statements reflect its operating performance and to their usefulness for forecasting future cash flows.
Aggregate accruals deriving measures of the accrual component of First Solar Inc. earnings.