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China Sunergy Announces Financial Results for the Fourth Qua

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Full Year Revenues of 大发快3全天在线计划US$234.9 Million, Up 57.1% from 2006; Annual Production of 80.3 MW of Solar Cells Represents a Year-over-Year Increase of 67.6%.

NANJING, China, March 26 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: CSUN), ("China Sunergy" or the "Company") a specialized solar cell manufacturer based in Nanjing, China, announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2007.

Fourth Quarter Financial Results

-- Revenues were US$71.5 million, representing a 1.1% increase compared

to the same period last year, and a 46.0% increase compared to the

previous quarter; core cell revenue increased 46.1% sequentially

from US$46.3 million to US$67.7 million.

-- Gross profit and gross margin were US$4.6 million and 6.4%,

respectively compared to US$1.0 million and 2.1% during the third

quarter of 2007.

-- Quarterly net loss was US$2.3 million, compared to a net loss of

US$4.4 million in the third quarter and a US$10.5 million net profit

for the fourth quarter of 2006.

-- GAAP basic and diluted net loss attributable to holders of ordinary

shares was US$0.06 per ADS in the fourth quarter compared to a net

loss per ADS of US$0.11 in the third quarter 2007.

-- Quarterly production of 22.3 megawatts ("MW") of solar cells

represented a 12.6% increase on a year-over-year basis and a 25.3%

increase sequentially.

-- Shipments amounted to approximately 23.2 MW, representing an 8.9%

increase year-over-year and a 39.8% increase sequentially.

Full Year Financial Results

-- Revenues were US$234.9 million, a 57.1% increase from US$149.5

million in 2006.

-- Gross profit of US$18.0 million, a decline from US$26.6 million in

2006, and gross margin of 7.7% compared to 17.8% in 2006.

-- Full year net loss was US$4.9 million, compared to net profit of

US$11.8 million in 2006, mainly due to lower gross margins in 2007.

-- GAAP basic and diluted net loss attributable to holders of ordinary

shares was $0.21 per ADS.

-- Full year production of 80.3 MW of solar cells represented a 67.6%

increase compared to 47.9 MW in 2006.

-- Shipments amounted to approximately 74.0 MW, representing a 59.5%

increase from 46.4MW in 2006.

Commenting on the quarter, Allen Wang, CEO of China Sunergy remarked:

"During the quarter we began commercial production of our selective emitter cells and increased production levels beyond what we had guided for in November. At the same time we expanded our presence in Europe by signing noteworthy sales agreements and opening an office in Munich. I have been pleased by the response many of our customers have shown towards our high efficiency cells and believe that these products will help drive revenue growth in Europe’s new solar markets."

Fourth Quarter and Recent Operational Highlights:

-- Commercial mass production of high-efficiency selective emitter

cells ("SE") commenced in mid-November. A total of 2.4 MW was

produced with 0.8MW shipped during the fourth quarter.

-- Average SE cell efficiency continued to improve from 16.5% in the

third quarter to an average efficiency of 17.3% in the fourth

quarter. A maximum conversion efficiency of 18.2% was achieved on

pilot runs of selective emitter cells during November 2007.

-- The signing of the following agreements for 2008; a 30MW solar cell

agreement with aleo solar, a 25MW sales agreement with Canadian

Solar and a 10.2MW agreement with asola.

-- Revenue from overseas grew from 20.3% for the full-year 2006 to

35.7% for the full-year 2007.

-- In the quarter we began developing HP cells, a more efficient

version of our current P-type cells. The limited pilot run of 0.3 MW

in the fourth quarter achieved an average conversion efficiency rate

of over 17%, higher than the 16.1% achieved with P-type cells during

the same period.

"During 2008 we will focus on improving margins and profitability by deriving a greater proportion of overall revenues from our high efficiency solar cell products," continued Mr. Wang. "We remain confident that as we expand production of our SE and HP products, margins can improve further during the coming year. Our confidence in achieving this objective is based on strong indications of customer preference for our high-efficiency cells."

Key Sales Agreements

During the quarter, the Company recently signed significant sales contracts with:

-- aleo solar AG ("aleo"), a leading German solar module manufacturer,

to supply at least 30 MW of high quality silicon solar cells in 2008.

-- Canadian Solar Inc., a leading China-based module manufacturer, for

a total volume of 25MW of solar cells for delivery in 2008.

-- asola, a reputable German module manufacturing company to supply a

total volume of 10.2MW of solar cells during 2008.

Technological Developments

During the quarter the Company continued to make significant progress with the production of its high efficiency cell technology.

Average selective emitter efficiency continued to improve from 16.5% in the third quarter to 17.3% in the fourth quarter of 2007. A maximum conversion efficiency of 18.2% was achieved on pilot production runs during November 2007.

The Company is now enhancing its current P-type cell production facilities by converting existing lines to high-efficiency P-type (or "HP") lines. HP cells are a more efficient version of our standard P-type cells and achieve a higher conversion efficiency ratio as a result of an enhanced production process. HP cells of mono-crystalline 125 millimeter achieved an average conversion efficiency rate of over 17% on a 0.3 MW limited pilot run during the fourth quarter, and maximum conversion efficiency of 17.5%.

The development of the Company’s patented N-type cells continues to move along smoothly. During 2008, China Sunergy intends to invest US$8 million in an R&D centre in Shanghai aimed at further developing N-type and other types of high efficiency cells. The center is expected to house 100 research employees. Construction of the center is scheduled to be completed by early 2009.

Fourth Quarter 2007 Financial and Business Review

Revenue, shipment and production

During the fourth quarter of 2007, revenues grew 1.1% on a year-over-year basis, and increased 46.0% compared to the previous quarter to US$71.5 million.

Sales from solar cells, polysilicon, and modules accounted for 94.7%, 1.0% and 4.3%, of total revenue respectively. Shipments, including 0.8MW for module sales, amounted to approximately 23.2 MW, compared to 21.3MW during the fourth quarter of 2006 and 16.6MW during the third quarter of 2007.

Revenue and Shipment Comparison between Q4 and Q3 2007

Q4 Q3

Value Value

Volume* (US$mm) Volume* (US$mm)

Core cell sales 22.4 67.7 16.2 46.3

Polysilicon sales 0.8 0.7 4.5 1.1

Module sales 0.8 3.1 0.4 1.5

* All volumes are expressed in MW except for Polysilicon sales expressed

in metric tons.

During the fourth quarter the Company increased its quarter-on-quarter sales of core cell products by 46.1% as compared to the previous quarter. The percentage of overall cell sales in overseas markets declined in percentage terms from 47.7% to 40.6% compared to the previous quarter, particularly in Europe where sales declined from 42.7% to 35.0% sequentially even though in absolute terms cell sales to Europe increased from 6.7 MW to 7.6 MW sequentially.

In terms of MW volumes, mono-crystalline 125-millimeter cells accounted for a proportion of overall production and cell sales at 57.1% and 57.5% (in terms of volume) respectively as we increased production and sale of multi-crystalline to cater for the increasing demands of European customers.

Gross profit, gross margin and Average Selling Price ("ASP")

Gross profit for the quarter was US$4.6 million, which led to a blended gross margin of 6.4%, up from 2.1% in the third quarter, as a result of the gross margin contribution from high efficiency cell products.

Margin Breakdown

Gross margin

Q4 Q3

Core cell sales 6.3% 1.5%

Polysilicon sales 12.2% 27.0%

Module sales 7.8% 0.8%

Blended 6.4% 2.1%

The sequential gross margin expansion on core cell sales from 1.5% to 6.3% was mainly attributed to higher ASP as a result of a greater proportion of sales coming from high-efficiency cells.

Blended ASP for the fourth quarter rose from US$2.85 per watt in the previous quarter to US$3.02 per watt due to strong product demand and the strengthening of the Renminbi.

Wafer costs continued to account for a large portion of overall manufacturing costs. In the fourth quarter, wafer costs rose to US$2.54 per watt compared to US$2.45 per watt in the third quarter. Wafer costs per watt as a percentage of total production costs per watt increased from 89.2% in the third quarter to 90.1% in the fourth quarter. Other production costs, which mainly consisted of other raw materials, labor, depreciation and utilities, were US$0.28 per watt and largely the same as the first three quarters of this year.

SG&A and net income

Our SG&A expenses increased from US$4.2 million to US$5.3 million sequentially mainly due to an increase in professional expenses.

Due primarily to higher gross margin, the Company reduced its sequential operating loss to US$1.2 million. This compares to an operating profit of US$11.4 million and an operating loss of US$3.6 million for the fourth quarter 2006 and third quarter of 2007, respectively.

With higher gross margin, the Company reduced its sequential net loss for the quarter to US$2.3 million.

Balance sheet

As of December 31, 2007, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of US$60.5 million. Net operating cash outflow for the fourth quarter was US$5.3 million. In the fourth quarter of 2007 depreciation was US$1.2 million and capital expenditures were US$7.0 million. The capital expenditures were related to prepayments made for equipment relating to the phase III expansion of our SE lines.

Full Year 2007 Financial and Business Review

Revenue, shipment and production

Revenues in 2007 grew 57.1% to US$234.9 million, compared to US$149.5 million in 2006.

Sales from solar cells, polysilicon, modules and OEM business during the year accounted for 87.0%, 9.9%, 2.5% and 0.6% of total revenue respectively. Shipments, including 1.6MW for module sales, amounted to approximately 74.0 MW, compared to 46.4MW during 2006.

Revenue and Shipment Comparison between 2007 and 2006

Year 2007 Year 2006

Value Value

Volume* (US$mm) Volume* (US$mm)

Core cell sales 70.0 204.3 46.4 147.7

OEM 2.4 1.5 -- --

Polysilicon sales 97.9 23.3 10.9 1.8

Module sales 1.6 5.8 -- --

* All volumes are expressed in MW except for Polysilicon sales expressed

in metric tons.

During 2007 the Company increased its sales of core cell products by 38.3% to US$204.3 million. The percentage of overall cell sales in overseas markets, particularly Europe, increased from 14.5% in 2006 to 38.3% in 2007, primarily driven by an overall strengthening of our European presence during 2007. The overall percentage of sales in the China market for 2007 was 64.3% compared to 79.7% in 2006.

In terms of MW volume, mono-crystalline 125-millimeter cells accounted for 71% and 78% of overall production and sales respectively.

Gross profit, gross margin and ASP

Gross profit for the year was US$18.0 million, a decline from US$26.6 million in 2006, and gross margin of 7.7% compared to 17.8% in 2006.

Margin Breakdown

Gross margin

2007 2006

Core cell sales 7.1% 17.2%

OEM 48.6% --

Polysilicon sales 11.1% 74.2%

Module sales 4.7% --

Blended 7.7% 17.8%

Blended ASP was US$2.92 per watt during 2007 compared to US$3.22 per watt during 2006.

Wafer costs continued to account for a large portion of overall manufacturing costs. In 2007, wafer costs rose to US$2.43 per watt compared to US$2.42 per watt in 2006. Wafer costs per watt as a percentage of total production costs per watt declined from 91.8% in 2006 to 89.9% in 2007 due to improvements in operational efficiency. Other production costs, which mainly consisted of; other raw materials, labor, depreciation and utilities, were US$0.28 per watt in 2007.

SG&A and net income

Our SG&A expenses were US$15.3 million for 2007, compared to US$10.9 million in 2006 mainly due to the expansion of the business and additional expenses relating to our operation as a public company after our initial public offering in May 2007.

The Company incurred an operating income of US$0.16 million for 2007. This compares to an operating profit of US$15.2 million in 2006. Full year net loss was US$4.9 million, compared to net profit of US$11.8 million in 2006, mainly due to lower gross margins in 2007. GAAP basic and diluted net loss attributable to holders of ordinary shares was US$0.21 per ADS in 2007 compared to a GAAP basic and diluted net loss of US$2.16 per ADS in 2006.

Balance sheet

As of December 31, 2007, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of US$60.5 million. Net operating cash outflow for 2007 was US$62.8 million. In 2007 depreciation was US$4.3 million and capital expenditures were US$16.8 million.

Commenting of the financial results, Kenneth Luk, CFO of China Sunergy, said:

"We intend to ensure that margin improvements translate into profitability during the coming year. Based on the margins we are achieving on our SE and HP type cells I believe that we will be able to achieve a blended gross margin of at least 7.5% during the first quarter of 2008. In addition, a core focus is on implementing strict cost control measures and better cash management to ensure that we are able to maximize internal cashflow and liquidity during 2008 and that at an operational level we should be cashflow positive during the first quarter of 2008."

Outlook

Given the success of our pilot HP cell production run, the company has decided to convert all of its four existing P-type lines to HP. This conversion will be completed by the end of the first half of 2008. In addition, all four of our new SE lines are expected to be in mass production during the fourth quarter of 2008. In the current pricing environment, we expect to achieve an additional margin improvement over traditional P-type cells of 8-10% on HP cells, and 12% on SE cells.

As a result of the conversion of P-type production lines and a delay in the delivery of equipment required for SE production lines, as well as some impact from the bad weather we experienced during the first quarter, the Company is revising its 2008 production target to 125-145 MW with approximately 65 to 85 MW expected to come from high efficiency cell products (which we define as cells that yield a higher than 17% conversion efficiency rate). This is projected to comprise of approximately 25-35 MW of SE cells and 40-50 MW of HP cells.

The Company anticipates its gross margin for first quarter of 2008 to be between 7.5% and 8.5%.

Management Updates

During the quarter, China Sunergy announced that it appointed Mr. Kenneth Luk as its new Chief Financial Officer ("CFO") as of December 17th. Mr. Luk brings over 25 years experience in finance and accounting to China Sunergy, having previously worked at Motorola Semiconductors for 14 years and most recently for 3 years for Freescale Semiconductor. Mr. Luk began his career with HSBC, where he worked for 7 years as Resident Officer.

Additionally, as of March 24th, 2008 Mr. Guangyou Yin, a Director and Vice President of Operations has resigned to pursue other opportunities. There are no plans to fill the COO role at this time and a search for a new Board member is ongoing.

Quarterly Earnings Conference Call Details

China Sunergy’s management team will host a conference call to discuss results from 4Q 2007 on Wednesday 26th March at 5:00 am (US Pacific Time)/8:00 am (US Eastern Time)/8:00 pm (Beijing/Hong Kong Time). A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on China Sunergy’s website at http://www.chinasunergy.comwww.chinasunergy.com. To listen to the conference call, please use the dial in numbers below:

Dial-in numbers and pass code:

U.S. callers please dial: +1.866.831.6267

International callers please dial: +1.617.213.8857

Pass code: 73311295

A replay of the call will be available for one week following the call and can be accessed on the Company website or by dialing the numbers below:

U.S callers please dial: +1.888.286.8010

International callers please dial: +1.617.801.6888

Pass code: 80898447

About China Sunergy Co., Ltd.:

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: CSUN) ("China Sunergy") is a leading manufacturer of solar cell products in China as measured by production capacity. China Sunergy manufactures solar cells from silicon wafers utilizing crystalline silicon solar cell technology to convert sunlight directly into electricity through a process known as the photovoltaic effect. China Sunergy sells solar cell products to Chinese and overseas module manufacturers and system integrators, who assemble solar cells into solar modules and solar power systems for use in various markets. For more information please visit http://www.chinasunergy.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement 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 announcement are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, the company’s ability to raise additional capital to finance the company’s activities; the effectiveness, profitability, and the marketability of its products; the future trading of the common stock of the company; the ability of the company to operate as a public company; the period of time for which its current liquidity will enable the company to fund its operations; the company’s ability to protect its proprietary information; general economic and business conditions; the volatility of the company’s operating results and financial condition; the company’s ability to attract or retain qualified senior management personnel and research and development staff; future shortage or availability of the supply of raw materials and other risks detailed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the companies and the industry. The company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or to changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they cannot assure you that their expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results.

The following financial information is extracted from the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements for the respective periods.

China Sunergy Co., Ltd.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Income Statement Information

(In US$ ‘000, except share and per share data)

For the 3 Months Ended

Dec 31, Sep 30, Dec 31,

2007 2007 2006

Net sales 71,497 48,956 70,691

Cost of goods sold (66,888) (47,944) (56,255)

Gross profit 4,609 1,012 14,436

Operating expenses:

Selling expenses (571) (432) (552)

General and administrative expenses (4,771) (3,731) (2,107)

Research and development expenses (449) (446) (345)

Total operating expenses (5,791) (4,609) (3,004)

(Loss)/Income from operations (1,182) (3,597) 11,432

Interest expense (2,027) (2,047) (923)

Interest income 456 560 (27)

Other income/(expenses), net 32 524 (2)

(Loss)/Income before income tax (2,721) (4,560) 10,480

Income tax benefit 467 133 40

Net (loss)/income (2,254) (4,427) 10,520

Dividend on Series A redeemable

convertible preferred shares (13,206)

Dividend on Series B redeemable

convertible preferred shares (28,212)

Dividend on Series C redeemable

convertible preferred shares (7,091)

Net (loss)/income attributable to

ordinary shareholders (2,254) (4,427) (37,989)

Net (loss)/income per ADS

Basic $ (0.06) $ (0.11) $ (2.18)

Diluted $ (0.06) $ (0.11) $ (2.18)

Weighted average ADS outstanding

Basic 39,555,463 39,555,463 17,423,333

Diluted 395,554,633 39,555,463 17,423,333

China Sunergy Co., Ltd.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Income Statement Information

(In US$ ‘000, except share and per share data)

For the Year Ended

December 31

2007 2006

Net sales 234,908 149,521

Cost of goods sold (216,881) (122,889)

Gross profit 18,027 26,632

Operating expenses:

Selling expenses (1,644) (1,014)

General and administrative expenses (13,664) (9,901)

Research and development expenses (2,555) (546)

Total operating expenses (17,863) (11,461)

Income from operations 164 15,171

Interest expense (7,394) (3,002)

Interest income 1,577 420

Other income/(expenses), net 93 (845)

(Loss)/Income before income tax (5,560) 11,744

Income tax benefit 705 70

Net (loss)/income (4,855) 11,814

Dividend on Series A redeemable

convertible preferred shares (155) (13,377)

Dividend on Series B redeemable

convertible preferred shares (330) (28,552)

Dividend on Series C redeemable

convertible preferred shares (233) (7,097)

Net (loss)/income attributable to

ordinary shareholders (5,573) (37,212)

Net (loss)/income per ADS

Basic $ (0.21) $ (2.16)

Diluted $ (0.21) $ (2.16)

Weighted average ADS outstanding

Basic 30,860,960 17,263,863

Diluted 30,860,960 17,263,863

China Sunergy Co., Ltd.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Information

(In US$ ‘000, except share and per share data)

Dec 31, Sep 30, Dec 31,

2007 2007 2006

Assets

Current Assets

Cash and cash equivalents 60,458 76,369 14,750

Restricted cash 23,473 26,837 4,952

Accounts Receivable (net) 26,817 25,961 43,048

Other receivable (net) 16,316 11,453 1,082

Inventories 56,092 58,435 44,331

Advance to suppliers 79,912 79,711 26,281

Amount due from related companies 2,112 2,275 1,977

Total current assets 265,180 281,041 136,421

Property, plant and equipment, net 52,929 45,517 38,730

Land use rights 2,179 2,191 1,026

Deferred tax assets 856 390 150

Total assets 321,144 329,139 176,327

Liabilities and shareholders’ equity

Current liabilities

Short-term bank borrowings 121,841 122,291 69,263

Current portion of long-term

borrowings -- 8,674 8,674

Accounts payable 7,157 10,591 11,845

Advance from customers 4,893 1,965 950

Amount due to related companies 8 1,088 4

Deferred other income 815

Accrued expenses and other payables 2,582 2,072 1,526

Total liabilities 137,296 146,681 92,262

Series A redeemable convertible

preferred shares:

US$0.0001 par value; nil, nil and

128,473 shares authorized, issued and

outstanding as of December 31, 2007,

September 30, 2007 and December 31,

2006, respectively. 13,228

Series B redeemable convertible

preferred shares:

US$0.0001 par value; nil, nil and

239,051 shares authorized, issued and

outstanding as of December 31, 2007,

September 30, 2007 and December 31,

2006, respectively. 28,502

Series C redeemable convertible

preferred shares:

US$0.0001 par value; nil, nil and

69,010 shares authorized, issued and

outstanding as of December 31, 2007,

September 30, 2007 and December 31,

2006, respectively. 20,056

Shareholders’ equity

Ordinary shares: US$0.0001 par value;

237,332,777 and 237,332,777

shares issued outstanding as of

September 30, 2007 and June 30,

2007, respectively 24 24 10

Additional paid-in capital 178,361 178,218 20,145

Retained earnings (4,854) (2,601) --

Accumulated other comprehensive income 10,317 6,817 2,124

Total shareholders’ equity 183,848 182,458 84,065

Total liabilities and shareholders’

equity 321,144 329,139 176,327

For further information contact:

Financial Dynamics

Julian Wilson:

Email: julian.wilson@fd.com

Tel: +86-10-8591-1951

Peter Schmidt:

Email: peter.schmidt@fd.com

Tel: +86-10-8591-1953

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