Once one of the world’s leading solar panel manufacturers, Yingli Green Energy is now facing delisting on the New York Stock Exchange because the company’s market capitalization has fallen below the prescribed standards.
The China-based solar PV manufacturer used to be the world’s leading supplier of solar PV modules back in 2013, but has since fallen on hard times, year after year seeing its market share and shipping numbers drop. The company faced delisting threats in November of 2015, when its shares began trading below the $1 threshold for 20 days consecutively. The company’s latest quarterly earnings report, for the third quarter 2016, revealed that the company had suffered an operating loss of $34 million and lackluster revenue and shipments, forcing it to reduce its guidance for full year shipping figures.
The problems keep rolling in, though, as the company was required to report this week that it had received a notification from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Regulation of being below the continued listing standards of the NYSE. Specifically, Yingli Green Energy’s average market capitalization has been below $50 million over a consecutive period 30 trading-day period, and its most recent reported shareholders’ equity was less than $50 million.
Yingli Green Energy now has 90 days to submit a plan to the NYSE “demonstrating how it intends to regain compliance with the NYSE’s continued listing standards within 18 months.” The plan will then be evaluated by the NYSE “to determine whether the Company has made a reasonable demonstration of an ability to come into conformity with the listing standard within 18 months.”
A number of investment firms have advised investors to sell stock in Yingli, and with no current idea yet when the company is intending to publish its Q4’16 and Full Year ’16 earnings, one wonders exactly whether Yingli Green Energy will remain on the NYSE for much longer.