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LDK Solar Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2011

April 29, 2012

XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (“LDK Solar”; NYSE: LDK), a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic products, today reported its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011.

All financial results are reported in U.S. dollars on a U.S. GAAP basis.

Fourth Quarter Highlights:

  • Net sales of $420.2 million;
  • Shipped 197.1 megawatts (MW) of wafers, 255.5 MW of cells and modules in the fourth quarter;
  • Produced a total of approximately 2,317.8 MT of polysilicon during the fourth quarter; and
  • Produced a total of approximately 149.6 MW of cells during the fourth quarter.

Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 were $420.2 million, compared to $471.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, and $920.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

Gross loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was $275.2 million, compared to gross loss of $17.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, and gross profit of $251.4 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

Gross margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was negative 65.5%, compared to negative 3.6% in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, and positive 27.3% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

During the preparation of its fourth quarter 2011 financial results, LDK Solar’s management determined that an inventory write-down and provision for firm purchase commitment of $232.6 million was required as a result of the significant drop in market price for polysilicon, wafers and modules during the fourth quarter. As a result, gross margin and results from operations were negatively impacted in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.

Loss from operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was $531.4 million, compared to loss from operations of $77.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, and income from operations of $203.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. Apart from the inventory write-down and provision for firm purchase commitment, LDK Solar’s management determined that a provision for doubtful receivables and prepayments of $179.2 million was required in view of deteriorating solar market which negatively affected our customers and suppliers.

Operating margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was negative 126.5% compared to negative 16.3% in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, and positive 22.1% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

Income tax benefit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was $45.1 million, compared to income tax benefit of $1.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 and income tax expense of $40.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

Net loss attributable to LDK Solar’s shareholders for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was $588.7 million, or a loss of $4.63 per diluted ADS, compared to a net loss of $114.5 million, or a loss of $0.87 per diluted ADS for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 and net income of $145.2 million, or $1.09 per diluted ADS for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. The number of shares for calculating diluted ADS was approximately 127.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.

LDK Solar ended the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 with $244.1 million in cash and cash equivalents and $565.1 million in short-term pledged bank deposits.

“The solar industry experienced a tremendous supply and demand imbalance throughout the value chain during the fourth quarter. Our results reflected the negative effects of this dislocation in the PV market,” stated Xiaofeng Peng, Chairman and CEO of LDK Solar. “Weak market demand and rapidly declining average selling prices reduced our revenue and adversely impacted our margins in the quarter.

“In 2012, we expect that excess capacity and further policy uncertainties in Europe and the U.S. will result in continued intense competition within the solar industry. As such, we remain focused on improving our cost structure by driving down production costs and closely managing our operating expenses. PV applications are increasing globally with improved affordability for solar electricity. We continue to believe that the considerable opportunities to meet global energy needs with solar power will drive long-term market growth,” concluded Mr. Peng.

Business Outlook

The following statements are based upon management’s current expectations. These statements are forward-looking in nature, and the actual results may differ materially. You should read the “Safe Harbor Statement” below with respect to the risks and uncertainties relating to these forward-looking statements.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2012, LDK Solar estimates its revenue to be in the range of $190 million to $230 million, wafer shipments between 140 MW and 150 MW, cells and module shipments between 170 MW and 180 MW, in-house polysilicon production between 1,800 MT and 1,900 MT and in-house cell production between 40 MW and 50 MW.

For fiscal 2012, LDK Solar estimates its revenue to be in the range of $2.0 billion to $2.7 billion, polysilicon production between 12,000 MT and 15,000 MT, of which shipments to 3rd party customers are expected to be between 6,000 MT and 8,000 MT, wafer production between 2.7 gigawatts (GW) and 3.3 GW, of which shipments to 3rd party customers are expected to be between 1.5 GW and 2.0 GW, in-house cell production between 1.2 GW and 1.6 GW, and module production between 1.2 GW and 1.6 GW, with cell and module shipments to 3rd party customers between 1.0 GW and 1.3 GW and inverter shipments between 200 MW to 250 MW. LDK Solar expects PV system project construction to be in the range of 400 MW to 600 MW and to recognize between 270 MW and 360 MW through project sales and EPC services for 3rd party customers.

Conference Call Details

The LDK Solar Fourth Quarter 2011 teleconference and webcast is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET), on April 30, 2012. To listen to the live conference call, please dial 877-941-1427 (within U.S.) or 480-629-9664 (outside U.S.) at 8:00 a.m. ET on April 30, 2012. An audio replay of the call will be available through May 12, 2012, by dialing 800-406-7325 (within U.S.) or 303-590-3030 (outside U.S.) and entering the pass code 4524489#.

A live webcast of the call will be available on the company’s investor relations website at http://investor.ldksolar.com.

                                                                                  LDK Solar Co., Ltd.
                                                              Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Information
                                                                                     (In US$'000)

                                                                                                                             12/31/2011       9/30/2011
                                                                                                                         -------------- ---------------
    Assets
    Current assets
        Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                               244,072         262,550
        Pledged bank deposits                                                                                                   565,062         605,594
        Trade accounts and bills receivable, net                                                                                491,407         622,556
        Inventories                                                                                                             654,947         918,365
        Prepayments to suppliers, net                                                                                            28,178         185,945
        Other current assets                                                                                                    367,256         337,612
                                                                                                                                -------         -------
    Total current assets                                                                                                      2,350,922       2,932,622
    Property, plant and equipment, net                                                                                        3,872,361       3,692,354
    Deposits for purchases of property, plant and equipment and land use rights
                                                                                                                                151,701         163,665
    Land use rights                                                                                                             293,559         281,782
    Prepayments to suppliers expected to be utilized beyond one year, net
                                                                                                                                 11,153          13,021
    Pledged bank deposits - non-current                                                                                          31,637          32,929
    Investments in associates and a jointly-controlled entity                                                                    50,358          52,655
    Other non-current assets                                                                                                     92,170          88,651
                                                                                                                                 ------          ------
    Total assets                                                                                                              6,853,861       7,257,679
                                                                                                                              =========       =========

    Liabilities and equity
    Current liabilities
        Short-term borrowings and current installments of long-term borrowings                                                2,216,124       2,353,745
        Trade accounts and bills payable                                                                                      1,325,120         897,326
        Advance payments from customers, current installments                                                                   210,412         255,241
        Accrued expenses and other payables                                                                                     750,148         698,745
        Other financial liabilities                                                                                              69,131          70,766
                                                                                                                                 ------          ------
    Total current liabilities                                                                                                 4,570,935       4,275,823
    Long-term borrowings, excluding current installments                                                                        849,168         981,068
    Convertible senior notes and RMB-denominated US$-settled senior notes, less debt
     discount                                                                                                                   282,560         280,337
    Advance payments from customers - non-current                                                                               121,740         135,891
    Other liabilities                                                                                                           184,840         178,136
                                                                                                                                -------         -------
    Total liabilities                                                                                                         6,009,243       5,851,255

    Redeemable non-controlling interests                                                                                        219,694         196,814

    Equity
    Total LDK Solar Co., Ltd. shareholders' equity                                                                              609,916       1,195,550
    Non-controlling interests                                                                                                    15,008          14,060
                                                                                                                                 ------          ------
    Total equity                                                                                                                624,924       1,209,610
    Total liabilities and equity                                                                                              6,853,861       7,257,679
                                                                                                                              =========       =========

                            LDK Solar Co., Ltd.
    Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Information
                     (In US$'000, except per ADS data)

                                                           For the 3 Months
                                                         Ended
                                            12/31/2011                      9/30/2011

    Net sales                                  420,169                        471,870
    Cost of goods sold                        (695,417)                      (488,880)
                                              --------                       --------
    Gross loss                                (275,248)                       (17,010)
    Selling expenses                           (15,957)                        (9,700)
    General and
     administrative expenses                  (226,523)                       (38,112)
    Research and development
     expenses                                  (13,685)                       (12,275)
                                               -------                        -------
    Total operating expenses                  (256,165)                       (60,087)
                                              --------                        -------
    Loss from operations                      (531,413)                       (77,097)
    Other income (expenses):
       Interest income                           1,988                          2,226
       Interest expense and
        amortization of debt
        issuance costs and debt
        discount                               (69,257)                       (50,732)
       Foreign currency
        exchange loss, net                     (13,200)                        (4,131)
       Others, net                               2,278                         30,673
                                                 -----                         ------
    Loss before income tax                    (609,604)                       (99,061)
    Income tax benefit                          45,052                          1,656
                                                ------                          -----
    Net loss                                  (564,552)                       (97,405)
    (Earnings) loss
     attributable to non-
     controlling interests                      (1,247)                           732
    Earnings attributable to
     redeemable non-
     controlling interests                      (1,013)                        (7,735)
    Accretion to redemption
     value of redeemable
     non-controlling
     interests                                 (21,913)                       (10,056)
                                               -------                        -------
    Net loss attributable to
     LDK Solar Co., Ltd.
     shareholders                             (588,725)                      (114,464)
                                              --------                       --------
    Net lossper ADS, Diluted                    $(4.63)                        $(0.87)
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About LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK)

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LDK) is a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) products. LDK Solar manufactures polysilicon, mono and multicrystalline ingots, wafers, cells, modules, systems, power projects and solutions. LDK Solar’s headquarters and principal manufacturing facilities are located in Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province in the People’s Republic of China. LDK Solar’s office in the United States is located in Sunnyvale, California. For more information about LDK Solar and its products, please visit www.ldksolar.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this press release are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, LDK Solar’s ability to raise additional capital to finance its operating activities, the effectiveness, profitability and marketability of its products, the future trading of its securities, the ability of LDK Solar to operate as a public company, the period of time during which its current liquidity will enable LDK Solar to fund its operations, its ability to protect its proprietary information, the general economic and business environment and conditions, the volatility of LDK Solar’s operating results and financial condition, its ability to attract and retain qualified senior management personnel and research and development staff, its ability to timely and efficiently complete its ongoing projects, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in LDK Solar’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on information available to LDK Solar’s management as of the date hereof and on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about LDK Solar and the PV industry. Actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results because of such and other risks and uncertainties. LDK Solar undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections except as may be required by law.

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