Enphase Energy to Acquire SunPower's Microinverter Business
Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH), and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR), today announced a definitive agreement for Enphase to acquire SunPower's microinverter business for $25 million in cash and 7.5 million shares of Enphase common stock. Key highlights of the acquisition include:
- Advances AC Modules (ACM) as the future of residential solar
- Enhances SunPower's Equinox™ Home Solar System with a custom line of Enphase's IQ microinverters for use with SunPower AC Modules
- Enphase expects to add $60-$70 million annualized revenue in second half of 2019 at 33%-35% gross margin
- Adds over 140 patents to Enphase's strong IP portfolio
- Expects to close by end of the third quarter of 2018 with initial IQ shipments in the fourth quarter
- $25 million cash to be funded from Enphase's balance sheet in two installments
"We are pleased to become the microinverter supplier for SunPower's AC Modules," said Badri Kothandaraman, president and CEO of Enphase Energy. "The IQ 7XS 320W AC microinverter in an ACM strongly complements SunPower's high efficiency solar cells, communication and racking to create a high performance, high quality and easy-to-use Equinox™ Home Solar System, providing exceptional value to homeowners, dealers and architects."
IQ 7 is Enphase's seventh-generation microinverter platform leading the industry with its software-defined architecture, broad regulatory compliance, advanced "Smart Grid" features, and a high fire safety rating. The IQ 7XS microinverter offers 97.5% CEC efficiency and was designed specifically for the SunPower's X Series 96-cell PV modules with peak AC output power of 320W and a Maximum Power Point (MPP) tracking range of 53-64V.
"SunPower customers will continue to see the same quality, high performance that they see now as Enphase exclusively co-develops microinverters for our industry leading residential Equinox solar product," said SunPower CEO Tom Werner. "As a result of this strategic partnership, SunPower looks forward to benefitting from Enphase's expertise, allowing us to continue containing costs, leveraging R&D support and helping streamline our business priorities."
The transaction is expected to close at the end of the third quarter of 2018 subject to product qualification and other closing conditions under the definitive asset purchase agreement.
Conference Call Information
Enphase Energy will host a conference call today for analysts and investors to discuss this acquisition at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time). The call is open to the public by dialing (877) 644-1284; participant passcode 5949319. A live webcast of the conference call and presentation slides for download will also be accessible from the "Investor Relations" section under Events & Presentations of the Company's website at investor.enphase.com. Following the webcast, an archived version will be available on the website for 30 days. In addition, an audio replay of the conference call will be available by calling (855) 859-2056; participant passcode 5949319, beginning approximately one hour after the call.
The presentation to be discussed on the conference call will be filed with the SEC and made available on the Company's website.
About Enphase Energy, Inc.
Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company, delivers smart, easy-to-use solutions that connect solar generation, storage and management on one intelligent platform. The Company revolutionized solar with its microinverter technology and produces the world's only truly integrated solar plus storage solution. Enphase has shipped approximately 17 million microinverters, and more than 760,000 Enphase systems have been deployed in over 110 countries. For more information, visit www.enphase.com and follow the company on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Enphase Energy®, the Enphase logo and other trademarks or service names are the trademarks of Enphase Energy, Inc.
About SunPower Corporation
As one of the world's most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower's more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. For more information about how SunPower is changing the way our world is powered, visit www.sunpower.com.
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