- Recorded $350 million GAAP revenue, including record-high $336 million non-GAAP residential revenue, 41% year-over-year residential growth
- Added 16,500 customers, 40% year-over-year growth
- Entered second quarter with a record 13,800 backlog, up 169% year-over-year
- Advancing industry leadership with late-stage discussions to develop world's most innovative residential panel with First Solar
SunPower Corp., a leading solar technology and energy services provider, announced financial results for the first quarter, ending April 3, 2022.
"SunPower delivered strong first quarter results, driven by a record $336 million non-GAAP residential revenue, representing 41% growth year-over-year. Demand is accelerating as consumers look to solar as a more stable, secure and sustainable energy source, and this is evident as we enter the second quarter with a record backlog and pipeline for new homes," said Peter Faricy, SunPower CEO. "We are executing across our key growth pillars and making strategic investments to ensure SunPower can capture this demand. This includes securing nationwide coverage through our direct business and dealer network, creating a world-class customer experience, building out our installation capacity, and developing industry leading financial products, hardware and software solutions."
SunPower reported first quarter net loss of $2M and Adjusted EBITDA of $11 million.
Capturing Demand by Executing Across Strategic Pillars
Energy share-of-wallet is increasing faster than other spending categories, according to a 2021 Deloitte Insights Consumer Spending Forecast, which predicts customers will increase spending on energy products and services by more than 20% from 2021 to 2026 compared to a total 7% increase in projected disposable personal income during that time. Demand for cleaner, more reliable energy is higher than ever, yet less than 5% of the 100 million home addressable market have adopted solar, presenting a land-grab opportunity for solar providers.
SunPower made significant strides towards capturing this demand in the first quarter, adding 16,500 customers in the period, up 40% from the previous year, with a record customer backlog of 13,800 bookings and a 70,000-customer new homes pipeline, setting the company up for high growth in 2022. SunPower is executing across the strategic pillars described at its recent Analyst Day to ensure it can capture this unprecedented demand through the rest of 2022 and beyond. First quarter updates include:
SunPower is in late-stage discussions with First Solar to co-develop the world's most advanced residential solar panel, exclusively for SunPower. This initiative is expected to support SunPower's strategy to expand its catalog of suppliers while remaining the leader in superior products and tech innovation.
SunPower launched its Dealer Accelerator Program, through which it is making investments in local solar dealers to advance their growth and expand into new territory. As part of the program, participating dealers agree to sell SunPower® solar systems, SunVault™ battery storage and SunPower Financial™ solutions, with the goal of accelerating adoption of solar through SunPower's ecosystem of products. To date, the company has made minority investments in Freedom Solar, which serves Texas, the Front Range of Colorado and central Florida; and Sea Bright Solar, which serves New Jersey, New York and Southern California. SunPower also added 83 new dealers to its network in the last quarter.
New Homes continues to be a key pillar of SunPower's business, providing meaningful growth in the first quarter and a record-high pipeline of more than 70,000 single and multifamily homes. SunPower currently holds a 41% market share among the top 60 builders in California and has five national agreements with the top 20 U.S. homebuilders. SunPower is actively expanding its new homes leadership across the country; in March, the company announced a multi-year exclusive agreement with builder Landsea Homes covering California, Texas, Arizona and Florida.
SunPower Financial closed the Dorado 1 lease/PPA fund, adding approximately $350 million of capacity to support customer demand and growth, reducing the combined cost of capital for lease and loan to less than 5.25%.
SunPower's Net Promoter Score improved from 35 to 49, a 32% improvement year-over-year. Phone and Chat Service Levels also improved, reducing customer wait times 48% to less than one minute. The company's digital efforts also resulted in improved App Store ratings for the mySunPower mobile app and web page, with the App Store rating up from 4.2 to 4.4.
"Closing out a strong first quarter we continue to perform well, with GAAP gross margin of 20.6% and non-GAAP residential gross margins above 20% for six quarters in a row. Additionally, our direct business is growing rapidly and outperforming the market," said Manavendra Sial, chief financial officer at SunPower. "In the first half of the year, you'll see us investing heavily in our platform to sustain strong customer demand and ensure our ability to capture the nation's growing interest in home solar. We expect to reap the rewards of that investment as we look towards the second half of the year and beyond, and we are on track to meet our 2022 guidance."
Financial highlights include:
- Added 16,500 customers in this quarter, bringing total install base to 443,800
- Recorded GAAP gross margin of 20.6% and non-GAAP residential gross margin of 23.0%
- Achieved SunPower Financial attachment rate greater than 40%
SunPower affirmed prior 2022 guidance of $2,000-$2,400 Adjusted EBITDA per customer and 73,000-80,000 incremental customers, resulting in $90-$110 million Adjusted EBITDA for the year.