Daqo New Energy Corp. DQ recently announced that its subsidiary Xinjiang Daqo had received energy consumption approval for its polysilicon projects in Baotou, China.
The projects consist of a 100,000 MT polysilicon project for the solar industry and a 1,000 MT polysilicon project for the semiconductor industry with a total investment of roughly RMB8.55 billion. The construction is projected to commence in the first quarter of this year and to be completed in the second quarter of 2023.
Daqo stated that the polysilicon expansion projects in Baotou would significantly boost its production capacity, leveraging the industry’s cutting-edge technologies and processes. It also takes this opportunity to broaden its business to the semiconductor industry, which is an important step to diversify business capitalizing on accumulated expertise and technology advantages.
The renewable energy revolution is providing a fast-growing market. It is confident that the new polysilicon projects in Baotou will enable it to continuously increase its market share and enhance leadership in the polysilicon industry, the company noted.
Shares of Daqo have declined 53.6% in the past year compared with a 2.2% fall of the industry.
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The company is expected to gain from higher production and sales volumes for polysilicon. Higher polysilicon average selling prices driven by strong downstream demand are also expected to boost its sales and margins.
Daqo’s facilities are running with increased efficiency, which is likely to drive production volumes. The company’s efforts to improve its cost structure are also likely to support its margins. Its energy efficiency efforts and enhanced manufacturing efficiencies are contributing to lower costs.
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Daqo currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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