8-K 1 d506886d8k.htm FORM 8-K Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549



Form 8-K



Current Report

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 21, 2018



SunPower Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




(Commission File Number)


Delaware   94-3008969

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

77 Rio Robles, San Jose, California 95134

(Address of principal executive offices, with zip code)

(408) 240-5500

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



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Item 2.05. Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.

On February 21, 2018, SunPower Corporation (the “Company”) adopted and began implementing initiatives to reduce operating expenses and cost of goods sold overhead and focus on improving profitability in light of the known shorter-term impact of tariffs imposed on photovoltaic cells and modules pursuant to Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974. In connection with the plan, which is expected to be completed by mid-2019, the Company expects between 150 and 250 non-manufacturing employees to be affected, representing approximately 3% of the Company’s global workforce, with a portion of those employees expected to exit the company as part of a voluntary departure program. The changes to the Company’s workforce will vary by country, based on local legal requirements and consultations with employee works councils and other employee representatives, as appropriate. The Company expects to incur restructuring charges totaling approximately $20 million to $30 million, consisting primarily of severance benefits (between $11 million and $16 million) and real estate lease termination and other associated costs (between $9 million and $14 million). A substantial portion of such charges are expected to be incurred in the first and second quarters of fiscal 2018, and the Company expects between $17 million and $25 million of the charges to be cash. The actual timing and costs of the plan may differ from the Company’s current expectations and estimates.

Forward-Looking Statements

The above information contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s forecasts or projections of the extent or timing of cost savings, restructuring charges, and related actions. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current assumptions, expectations, and beliefs and involve substantial risks and uncertainties that may cause results, performance or achievement to materially differ from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) the timing and execution of cost reduction programs, restructuring plans, and employee departure programs; (2) employee management issues and negotiations with works councils and employee representatives; and (3) estimates and assumptions related to the cost of exiting employees, modifying or terminating lease and other real estate obligations, and other associated costs. A detailed discussion of these factors and other risks that affect the Company’s business is included in filings the Company makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) from time to time, including the Company’s most recent reports on Form 10-K, particularly under the heading “Risk Factors.” Copies of these filings are available online from the SEC or on the SEC Filings section of the Company’s Investor Relations website at investors.sunpower.com. All forward-looking statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K are based on information currently available to the Company, and the Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in light of new information or future events.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


February 22, 2018     By:  


    Name:   Charles D. Boynton

Executive Vice President and

Chief Financial Officer