20 Jun '11, 7pm

Solar Power Booming, Solar Stocks Sucking — What is Going On?

Solar Power Booming, Solar Stocks Sucking — What is Going On?

“For whatever reason” indeed. Solar is hated in spite of being the fastest-growing energy sector in the U.S. (67% 2010 growth; 66% growth just in the first quarter of 2011) and in the world (70% 2010 growth), and also even though its shares trade at very low valuations already. Take, for example, Green Alpha Advisors holding and China-based solar company LDK Solar . The company’s shares have fallen from $14.49 per share in February to $6.94 as of this writing. I can find no good fundamental reason for the decline: LDK’s latest quarterly earnings came in at $0.95 per share where consensus analyst expectations were $0.86; the company has year-on-year sales growth of 202%, a price-to-earnings ratio of only 2.22, plenty of cash on the balance sheet, and a price-to-book ratio of just 0.91. That’s right: Even if the company were closed and its assets liquidated, the cash generat...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/06/20/solar-power-booming-s...

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