CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Canadian Solar profit rises on sale of power plants
(Corrects headline to remove incorrect reference to profit doubling. Corrects paragraph 1 and paragraph 11 to say profit rose nearly four-fold, not nearly doubled. Corrects paragraph 12 to say revenue rose 86 percent, not 47 percent)
Nov 12 (Reuters) - Canadian Solar Inc's quarterly profit rose more than four-fold as its shift in focus from panel sales to the more profitable business of building solar power plants pays off.
The company's share rose 8 percent in light trading before the bell.
The company said it sold five utility-scale solar power projects in Canada in the third quarter ended Sept. 30.
Despite the change in strategy, the Guelph, Ontario-based company, which has most of its manufacturing operations in China, raised its 2014 panel shipment forecast to 2.73-2.78 gigawatts (GW) from 2.5-2.7 GW.
Canadian Solar also raised its full-year revenue forecast to $2.93 billion-$2.98 billion from $2.7 billion-$2.9 billion and said it planned to add 500 megawatts (MW) of panel-making capacity in China to meet growing demand.
Canadian Solar is looking to expand in emerging solar markets to avoid anti-dumping duties in the United States and Europe.
The company, like its Chinese rivals, was slapped with fresh U.S. duties in July aimed at restricting the flow of cheap China- and Taiwan-made solar products into the United States.
Canadian Solar forecast fourth-quarter gross margins of 17-19 percent, lower than the 22.9 percent it reported in the third quarter, citing the impact of the anti-dumping duties and a rising U.S. dollar. Continued...