China Asks China Development Bank To Help Yingli Pay Off Debt

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Originally published on Planetsave.

Almost one year ago in its annual report, troubled Chinese solar panel manufacturer Yingli Green Energy told its investors the company was facing troubled times:

“Facts and circumstances including recurring losses, negative working capital, net cash outflows, and uncertainties on the repayment of the debts raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.” 

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Matters have not improved this year as far as we can tell, but this blunt call for help has now been heard by the China Banking Regulatory Commission, the supervising entity for the country’s banking industry. It has asked China Development Bank Corp. to ensure a whopping $1.16 billion (7.5 billion yuan) in loans issued to Yingli to help pay off long-held debt and restructure, report PV-Tech and Bloomberg.

Once the world’s biggest solar manufacturer, Yingli reported a total debt of $1.9 billion at the end of the third quarter.

yingli solarOn its website, the company reports shipping more than 60 million solar panels representing 14 GW to more than 90 countries, including Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, South Korea, China, Japan, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, and the United States.

However, declining prices without adequate revenue have generated hard times, leading to cost-cutting measures and employee layoffs.

Bloomberg reports an oversupply of solar panels has seen prices tumble by almost 70% since 2010.

Trina Solar Ltd. has now surpassed Yingli as the industry’s leading manufacturer, as Yingli leadership negotiates with creditors and lending entities.

Will China Development Bank Corp pull Yingli out of the trenches?

Image via Yingli Solar

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2 thoughts on “China Asks China Development Bank To Help Yingli Pay Off Debt

  • “negative working capital, net cash outflows” “Once the world’s biggest solar manufacturer” so is the problem old out dated plants? They can’t make money on the panels they are selling, at today’s prices?

    • Yep. They borrowed money to build plants which are now outdated, to produce solar panels which are now outdated.

      As a manufacturer, you *can* survive producing obsolete, less-efficient solar panels with obsolete, less-efficient equipment…. *if you have no debt*. Yingli has loads of debt.

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