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From: Savant10/25/2010 11:21:29 AM
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LDK Solar Signs Polysilicon Agreement with BYD Co. Ltd.

XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct 25, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
LDK Solar Co., Ltd. ("LDK Solar") (LDK), a leading manufacturer of polysilicon,
multicrystalline solar wafers and PV products, today announced that it has signed
a two-year polysilicon sales agreement valued at approximately $300 million with
BYD Company Limited ("BYD"). BYD is a China-based enterprise specializing in IT,
automobiles and green energy that is 10% owned by Berkshire Hathaway. Under terms
of the agreement, LDK Solar will supply polysilicon with monthly shipments
expected to commence in January 2011 and extend through the end of 2012. A
deposit for this two-year contract has already been received.

"We are very excited to add BYD, a leading high-tech enterprise that has a strong
commitment to the green energy sector, as a key customer," stated Xiaofeng Peng,
Chairman and CEO of LDK Solar. "This agreement is a testament to the success of
LDK's polysilicon facilities and our ability to provide customers with quality PV
products that can help them achieve their business goals."

About LDK Solar (LDK)

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (LDK) is a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of
photovoltaic (PV) products and the world's largest producer of multicrystalline
wafers. LDK Solar manufactures polysilicon, mono and multicrystalline ingots,
wafers, modules and cells. The Company also engages in project development
activities in selected segments of the PV market. Through its broad product
offering, LDK Solar provides its customers with a full spectrum of PV solutions.
LDK Solar's headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Hi-Tech
Industrial Park, Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province in the People's Republic of China.
LDK Solar's office in the United States is located in Sunnyvale, California. For
more information about our company and products, please visit
ldksolar.com

About BYD Company Limited (sehk:1211)

Established in February 1995, BYD Company Limited is a Hong Kong listed company
with private enterprise background (sehk:1211). It is a key high-tech enterprise
in China specializing in IT, automobile and new energy, with integrated research,
development, manufacturing and sales. By the end of 2008, the company's total
assets approached RMB32.9 billion with its net assets surpassing RMB13.3 billion.

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And we don't hear about this..until OCT 13th????
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BYD Factories Confiscated After Land Ministry Fine

(Updates with comment from company in sixth paragraph.)

Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- BYD Co., the Chinese carmaker part- owned by billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., was fined and ordered to surrender seven factories after a dispute over land use in central China.

BYD received a 2.95 million yuan ($442,000) fine and will have the factories in Xi'an, Shaanxi confiscated, according to a statement posted today on the Ministry of Land and Resources website.

The decision adds to setbacks for the Shenzhen-based automaker that include declining domestic sales and scaled-back plans to sell electric cars in California. BYD, China's fastest- growing major carmaker last year, said separately today that its auto sales in September dropped 25 percent, even as deliveries rose at rivals including SAIC Motor Co. and General Motors Co.

"This will affect their capacity expansion in the medium to long term," said Yu Bing, an auto analyst with Pingan Securities Co. in Shanghai. "If you consider their production requirements in the next two to three years, they will need to bolster their capacity now."

The company slashed its 2010 sales outlook by 25 percent to 600,000 vehicles on Aug. 4. Buffett affirmed his support for BYD last month when he visited the automaker in Shenzhen, saying the Chinese automaker will be a leader in electric cars.

Paul Lin, a spokesman for BYD, said the company will follow the ministry's decision and that it won't have any impact on the carmaker's operations.

Xi'an Plants

The automaker's shares fell 2.1 percent to HK$55.70 as of 2:50 p.m. in Hong Kong trading, extending their decline this year to 19 percent. The benchmark Hang Seng Index has gained 6 percent so far in 2010.

BYD unlawfully built seven factories on 112 acres of farmland it agreed to buy from a local economic development agency in Xi'an, the land ministry said July 15.

The company, which makes China's best-selling F3 compact car, built the Xi'an plants even though 92 percent of the land they occupied was still zoned for agriculture, the ministry said. The ministry planned to decide by Sept. 30 whether to punish the company, it said at the time.

Berkshire Hathaway owns 10 percent of the automaker through MidAmerican Energy Holdings, based in Des Moines, Iowa.

Shenzhen Listing

BYD, headed by Chairman Wang Chuanfu, started expanding its production as China surpassed the U.S. last year to become the world's biggest auto market. BYD's existing Xi'an factory, built in 2005, can assemble 300,000 of its 3-series cars, including the F3 and G3 models, annually.

The carmaker planned to invest 5 billion yuan in a new factory in Xi'an with the same capacity, Wang said in August.

Even as domestic brands such as BYD have been expanding capacity "more aggressively" this year, additional capacity may not translate into higher sales, Credit Suisse Group AG auto analyst Hungbin Toh wrote in a report this month.

The automaker may miss its sales target for this year even after lowering it, Toh wrote.

Today's government decision may help bring BYD relief with regard to its plans for an A-share listing in China, Pingan Securities' Yu said.

A day before the ministry announcement in July, BYD said it may delay the share sale to wait for "better timing" after stock markets fell. BYD planned to raise 2.85 billion yuan for projects including the development of lithium- and solar-powered batteries.

"A resolution to the case will end the uncertainty surrounding the stock for investors," Yu said. "Investors like BYD for their new energy business, and it is still a very recognized company."

BYD's Wang said Aug. 23 the company is proceeding with the listing and hopes to sell the shares later this year.

--Liza Lin and Alfred Cang in Shanghai. Editors: Ian Rowley, Kae Inoue
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