Shares of First Solar cooled Wednesday after the solar panel maker said it planned to sell 8.5 million shares in a secondary stock offering.
Secondary offerings are always good news-bad news situations.
First the good news. First Solar's stock has rallied nearly 70% this year, ahead of the offering. Demand for solar panels has been growing. The company swung to a profit in the first quarter.
That creates prime conditions for the company to raise capital through a secondary offering -- a healthy and prudent move.
Now the bad news. Well, it's not really bad news per se. You'll often see a company's stock fall after a secondary offering because it increases the number of shares outstanding and cuts back, or dilutes, the ownership stakes for existing investors.
Investors are a fickle bunch. While it's probably a good thing in the long run, no one likes to see their ownership watered down.
All of this offered plenty of fodder for StockTwits traders to chew on.
Eight is great! But there are more analysts than underwriters for First Solar.
Maxim Group kept its sell rating on the stock and a $42 price target. They say the offering doesn't "meaningfully alter" their view of First Solar.
Ha. Short interest is actually down about 15% in June. But looking at the ebbs and flows of bets on a stock decline, we'll probably see some shorts coming out of the woods soonish.
Maxim analysts were cautious about the stock offering. They say it will be "dilutive" to earnings, so that may attract some of those downside bettors.
That premarket move definitely wasn't looking pretty but the stock seems to be making a comeback. While it fell nearly 6% once trading opened, shares are now down only 2%.
You know what they say: Hindsight is always 20-20.
Maxim thinks the company needs to be booking more business. The capital inflow will help First Solar bring some undeveloped projects to fruition but it remains to be seen whether that will be enough to offset the dilutive impact on its earnings.
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