Daqo New Energy: Navigating Polysilicon Price Turbulence

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Amy Swift 7 months

Daqo New Energy and its recent stock performance has been through a bit of a rollercoaster due to falling polysilicon prices. Investors got worried and began selling their stocks back in 2021 when they believed the cycle had peaked. But surprise surprise, polysilicon prices remained strong until early 2023.

Despite this price drop, the good news is that Daqo's Q2 earnings are still expected to be quite profitable. In fact, their balance sheet is looking solid, and their profit margins are pretty impressive. They're in a strong position to weather this storm and bounce back.

The reason behind the polysilicon price drop is the expansion of multiple manufacturers, leading to an oversupply situation. This, in turn, created an inventory glut, which further affected demand. But the silver lining is that prices are now stabilizing and could potentially pick up towards the end of the year.

As for Q2 earnings, there's a bit of a range to consider. Depending on the selling price of polysilicon and total production costs, the company's revenue and earnings can vary. But the experts think Daqo is still going to be highly profitable, no matter what.

Speaking of value, Daqo's stock is currently offering an unusually high free cash flow yield of 54%. Historically, the company's valuations are at all-time lows, which is interesting to see. Of course, profitability might take a hit in the coming quarters, but it's not as bad as some investors are fearing.

What's really impressive is Daqo's balance sheet. It's rock solid with a ton of cash and cash equivalents, more than what the stock is even currently trading at! They even started a buyback program, indicating confidence in the company's own potential.

Now, remember, the energy transition to renewables is going strong, and the demand for solar PV is only going to increase. This could lead to more positive momentum in polysilicon prices. And Daqo, being one of the strong players, is likely to benefit and invest in innovation and quality.

Overall, the experts still believe Daqo is a "Strong Buy." Though, there's one thing to keep in mind: the company is under the scrutiny of the SEC due to the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act. If they don't meet the necessary auditing requirements, they might face delisting by 2024.

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