Maxeon Solar shares crash 50% on weak results and worse-than-expected outlook

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Maxeon Solar shares crash 50% on weak results and worse-than-expected outlook
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Shares of Maxeon Solar Technologies ( NASDAQ :MAXN) plummeted 50% in early New York trading today after the company's second-quarter revenue forecast fell short of Wall Street expectations.

The solar panel manufacturer also reported first-quarter results that did not meet analyst estimates, further fueling the sell-off.

For the first quarter, Maxeon reported an adjusted loss per share of $1.59, which was significantly below the consensus estimate of -0.97. Revenue for the quarter was $187.5 million, also missing the consensus of $193.9 million.

The company's outlook for the second quarter exacerbated investor concerns. Maxeon forecasted revenue between $160 million and $200 million, which is below the average analyst estimate of $217.2 million.

The projected adjusted EBITDA loss is between $31 million and $51 million, far greater than the estimated loss of $15.6 million.

Maxeon's CEO cited a challenging market environment since the third quarter of the previous year, with difficult industry pricing conditions and demand disruptions in the Distributed Generation (DG) business.

Higher interest rates and policy changes, along with project delays from two large-scale customers in the U.S., were highlighted as contributing factors to the company's performance.

Despite the challenges, the company has secured financing commitments from its largest shareholder, TCL Zhonghuan, to provide necessary liquidity.

Maxeon believes these transactions are crucial for the company to return to profitability. The company's full-year revenue guidance is set between $640 million and $800 million, with capital expenditures expected to be in the range of $70 million to $100 million.

The CEO expressed cautious optimism about positive trade policy trends that could lead to stronger pricing power, improved demand, and incremental bookings.

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