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First Solar Inc. (FSLR: Quote) reported that its fourth-quarter net loss was $413.11 million, compared to net income of $155.94 million in the same quarter last year. Fourth quarter net loss per share was $4.78, compared to a net income of $1.80 in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Excluding these items, the non-GAAP net income per share in the fourth quarter 2011 was $1.26.

Fourth quarter 2011 net sales were $660 million, a decrease of $345 million from the third quarter of 2011, primarily due to the timing of revenue recognition in our systems business and lower volume for module-only sales.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report earnings of $1.54 per share on revenues of $781.55 million for the quarter. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items.

The company lowered its fiscal 2012 net sales guidance to a range of $3.5 billion -$3.8 billion, from the prior outlook of $3.7 billion -$4.0 billion.

The company reiterated its fiscal 2012 earnings per share guidance in a range of $3.75 to $4.25, excluding any impairment and restructuring charges that the company may be taking in 2012. Analysts expect the company to report earnings of $4.14 per share on revenues of $3.77 billion for fiscal 2012.

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