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Gulf Resources Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

SHOUGUANG, China, Nov. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulf Resources, Inc. (Nasdaq:GURE) ("Gulf Resources" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of bromine, crude salt and specialty chemical products in China, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Third quarter and year-to-date highlights

Year to Date

  • Income from operations increased 12% to $39,953,640
  • Net Income increased 13% to $30,179,696
  • Fully Diluted Earnings per share increased 12% to $0.65 from $0.58.

Third Quarter

  • Income from operations increased slightly to $13,956,200.
  • Net Income was almost flat at $10,515,713
  • Earnings per share were flat at $0.23.
  • Income from operations in the bromine segment increased 83%
  • Cash at the end of the quarter was $141,083,587 ($3.02 per share*)
  • Net Net Cash equaled $2.59 per share*
  • Working capital equaled $4.30 per share*
  • Shareholders equity reached $7.65 per share*             

Mr. Xiaobin Liu, Gulf’s Chief Executive Officer stated, “Despite the continuing weakness in the Chinese economy, especially in industries related to our core business such as oil exploration in terms of money amount, we are pleased to report a quarter with improved income from operations and flat earnings per share. We are especially pleased with the strong performance of our bromine business. If the economy improves, as we believe it eventually will, we will have significant upside leverage in all of our core businesses.”

“Our cash balances continue to increase,” Mr. Liu continued. “We are now making good progress in building the infrastructure in Sichuan. We are very optimistic about the opportunities ahead of us.”
Three Months Ended September 30, 2016

Comparison of the Three-Month Period Ended September 30, 2016 and 2015

Period Ended
September 30, 2016
Period Ended
September 30, 2015
 Percent Change
Net revenue$38,811,622  $42,601,598   (9%) 
Cost of net revenue$(23,107,921) $(27,000,576)  (14%) 
Gross profit$15,703,701  $15,601,022   1% 
Sales, marketing and other operating expenses$(83,087) $(91,919)  (10%) 
Research and development costs$(68,115) $(69,403)  (2%) 
Write-off/Impairment on property, plant and equipment$(90,395) $(819,701)  (89%) 
General and administrative expenses$(1,613,933) $(831,955)  94% 
Other operating income$108,029  $115,114   (6%) 
Income from operations$13,956,200  $13,903,158   0.4% 
Other income, net$78,042  $66,636   17% 
Income before taxes$14,034,242  $13,969,794   0.5% 
Income taxes$(3,518,529) $(3,290,372)  7% 
Net income$10,515,713  $10,679,422   (2%) 

For the period ended September 30, 2016 compared to the period ended September 30, 2015, net revenues decreased 9% to $38,811,622 from $42,601,598. Cost of Goods Sold decreased 14% to $23,107,921 from $27,000,576. Gross profit increased 1% to $15,703,701 from $15,601,022. Gross margin increased 384 basis points to 40% from 37%. Sales and marketing expenses declined 10%. R&D costs declined 2%. Impairment of PP&E declined to $90,395 from $819,701. G&A expenses increased 94% to $1,613,933 from $831,955. However the increase was attributable to a decline in unrealized foreign exchange gains in 2016 compared to 2015. Excluding these gains, G&A actually declined by 5%.

Income from operations increase slightly to $13,956,200 from $13,903,158. Other income increased 17%. Pre-tax income increased slightly to $14,034,242 from $13,969,794. Taxes increased 7%. The tax rate increased to 25.1% from 23.6%. Net income declined 2% to $10,515,713 from $10,679,422.

Results by Segment

Sales of bromine increased 7% to $15,971,847 from $14,940,666. Volume decreased by 5% to 4,511 tonnes due to the slowdown in the Chinese economy. The average selling price increased 12% to $3,541 per tonne. Productivity declined 3% to 46%. Cost of production declined 22%. Despite the lower productivity, production cost per tonne declined 14% to $1,795. Gross profit increased 51% to $8,865,637. Gross margin increased to 56% from 39%.

Income from operations increased 83% to $7,898.302. As a percentage of revenues, income from operations increased to 49% from 29%.

The company is extremely pleased with the strong results from the bromine segment, especially considering the weakness in the Chinese economy. With the capital improvements and the reduction of competition, the company believes profits from Bromine could strengthen considerably in the future.

Crude Salt
Crude Salt revenues declined 24% to $2,310,799. Volume in tonnes declined 9%. The average selling price decreased 16% to $27.99 from $33.26. The decrease in volume and pricing was due to the slowdown in the Chinese economy that has impacted our customers’ industries. The cost of net revenue increased 10%, largely due to the increase in depreciation and amortization due to enhancement projects. Gross profit margins were -8%. The crude salt segment lost $382,917 compared to a profit of $351,251 in the previous year.

Chemical Products
Net revenues in our chemical products segment decreased to $20,528,975 from $24,628,731, a decrease of 17%. Revenues in our original chemical business declined by 27%, with Oil and gas additives declining 26%, Paper manufacturing additives declining 33%, and Pesticides additives declining 27%. Revenues in our SCRC segment declined by 5%, with Pharmaceutical intermediaries declining 2%, and By Products declining 10%. The company attributes most of the decline to the weakness of these industries in the Chinese economy.

Cost of net revenue for our chemical products segment for the three-month period ended September 30, 2016, was $13,502,894, representing a decrease of $2,140,628 or 14% over the same period in 2015. COGS were 66% of sales compared to 64% of sales in the previous period. Income from operations was $6,442,708, a decrease of 23%.

The company believes that the chemical business will slowly start to improve from its current levels. Some smaller competitors have recently gone out of business. The Chinese economy appears to be stabilizing, and there are significant opportunities in pharmaceuticals as healthcare spending increases.

In the third quarter, the company announced its intention to merge its two chemical subsidiaries (SYCI and SCRC). Because this integration has not been completed, the company is continuing to report these two businesses as separate entities. Once the merger is completed, the company expects to be able to reduce overhead costs and improve purchasing leverage. In addition, the combination should free up capital due to the capital reserve fund.

Natural Gas

On December 15, 2015, the Company registered a new subsidiary in the Sichuan Province of the PRC named Daying County Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited (“DCHC”) to develop natural gas and brine resources (including bromine and crude salt) in China. The Natural gas segment (DCHC) had no revenues in the quarter and incurred a loss of $2,476. During the quarter, the company spent $1.46 Million, primarily constructing roads and other facilities. At the end of the quarter, this segment had assets of $1,687,960. As noted in the recent press release, the company expects to complete the drilling of the first well by January 2017. The company remains highly optimistic about the opportunities for natural gas and brine resources in Sichuan province.

As we have noted, we expense all exploration costs. When the financial viability of a business is confirmed, we then capitalize expenditures. In the exploration stage, we spent $7,848,873 on our natural gas and brine project in Sichuan. These expenditures were expensed under the bromine segment.

Comparison of the Nine-Month Period Ended September 30, 2016 and 2015

Period Ended
September 30, 2016
Period Ended
September 30, 2015
 % Change
Net revenue$120,907,839  $126,862,497   (5%)
 $(76,184,822 $(84,761,554  (10%)
Gross profit$44,723,017  $42,100,943   6%
Sales, marketing and other operating expenses$(269,357 $(294,095)  (8%)
Research and development costs$(198,330 $(181,108  10%
Exploration cost$-   (325,840)  (100%)
Write-off/Impairment on property, plant and equipment$ (90,395) $ (819,701  (89%)
General and administrative expenses$(4,539,845 $(5,247,318)  (13%)
Other operating income$328,550  $342,317   (4%)
Income from operations$39,953,640  $35,575,198   12%
Other income, net$222,678  $199,913   11%
Income before taxes$40,176,318  $35,775,111   12%
Income taxes$(9,996,622 $(9,005,158  11%
Net income$30,179,696  $26,769,953   13%

For the 9 months ending September 30, 2016, revenues declined 5% to $120,907,839. Cost of revenues declined 10%. Gross profits increased 6% to $44,723,017.

SG&A costs declined by 8%. R&D increased by 10%. Other operating income declined by 4%, Exploration costs declined $325,840, as the company began to capitalize the investments in Sichuan. Write offs/Impairments declined from $819,701 to $90.395. G&A costs declined 13%. However there were a number of one-time charges.

Income from operations increased 12% to $39,953.640. Income before taxes increased 12% to $40,176,318. Net Income increased 13% to $30,179,696. Fully Diluted Earnings per share increased 12 % to $0.65 from $0.58.

9 Month Segment Results

Revenue in Bromine increased 16% to $47,621,980. While volumes decreased, the selling price increased by 21%. Cost of revenues declined 9.4%. The production cost of bromine per tonne was $2,251, a decrease of 1% (or $27) over the same period in 2015. Gross profits increased 72% to $22,030,498.The gross profit margin was 46% compared to 31% for the same period in 2015. Income from operations was $19,103,472, an increase of 113%.

Crude Salt
Revenue in crude salt declined 19%. Cost of goods declined by 7%. The average selling price declined 11%. Gross profit margins were 4% compared to 17% for the same period in 2015. The loss from operations was $165,403 compared to a profit of $534,760 in the previous year.

Revenue in chemicals declined 14% to $66,902,764. Revenues in our original chemical business declined 25%, with Oil & Gas additives declining 25%, papermaking additives declining 27%, and pesticide additives declining 25%. Revenues in our SCRC business declined 4%. Pharmaceutical intermediaries declined by 5%, while By Products increased marginally. The Cost of Goods sold decreased 11% to $44,473,675. Gross profit margin was 34% compared to 36% in the previous year. Operating income declined 21% to $20,698,116.

Cash Flow
During the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, the company had positive cash flow from operating activities approximately of $29.2 million and $34.9 million. The company spent $15.23 million on enhancement projects for its bromine and crude salt production and $1.46 million for the construction of roads and other infrastructure for its natural gas project. The biggest use of cash was the increase in accounts receivable. The company feels very confident about the composition of these receivables. Approximately 27% of the accounts receivable and 54% of the receivables more than 90 days old were collected in October 2016. The company is pleased to continue to generate free cash flow while it builds its business.

Balance Sheet

The company ended the quarter with cash of $141,083,587 ($3.02 per share based on 46,793,791 shares outstanding at the end of the quarter. Net net cash equaled $121,193,490 ($2.59 per share). Current assets equaled $218,695,315 ($4.67 per share). Working capital was approximately $201.2 million. ($4.30 per share.) Shareholders equity was $357,817,496 ($7.65 per share.)

The company remains optimistic about the opportunities ahead of us. Bromine prices have remained very strong. We are seeing stabilization in the Chinese economy, which should ultimately benefit some of our more economically sensitive sectors. Healthcare expenditures are increasing, which should benefit our pharmaceutical chemicals business. We are making excellent progress in Sichuan. We continue to believe that earnings and earnings per share in 2016 may exceed that in 2015.

“2017 could be a very exciting year for Gulf,” Mr. Xiaobin Liu, CEO stated. “With strong pricing in bromine, a stabilization of the Chinese economy, and the beginning of production of natural gas in Sichuan, we could see a good growth in sales and earnings.”

“We appreciate the long patience of our shareholders,” Mr. Liu concluded. “Like you, we would like to see a higher stock price. In 2017, we should start to be able to show the significant opportunities ahead of us that could enable us to dramatically increase our earnings and share price.”

(* All per share calculations have not been audited and have been calculated using the end of the quater share count of 46,793,791 as shown on the balance sheet in the 10-Q)

Conference Call
the Company will host a conference call on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 09:00 Eastern Time to discuss its financial results for the Third Quarter 2016 ended September 30, 2016.

Hosting the call will be Mr. Xiaobin Liu, CEO of Gulf Resources. The Company's management team will be available for investor questions following the prepared remarks. 

To participate in this live conference call, please dial +1 (877) 275-8968 five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time. International callers should dial +1 (706) 643-1666. The conference participant pass code is 17643437.

The webcasting is also available then, just simply click on the link below: 

A replay of the conference call will be available two hours after the call's completion during 11/14/2016 11:00 EST - 12/14/2016 23:59 EST. To access the replay, call +1 (855) 859-2056. International callers should call +1 (404) 537-3406. The conference ID is 17643437.

About Gulf Resources, Inc.
Gulf Resources, Inc. operates through four wholly-owned subsidiaries, Shouguang City Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited ("SCHC"), Shouguang Yuxin Chemical Industry Co., Limited ("SYCI"), Shouguang City Rongyuan Chemical Co, Limited (“ SCRC”) and Daying County Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited (“DCHC”). The company believes that it is one of the largest producers of bromine in China. Elemental Bromine is used to manufacture a wide variety of compounds utilized in industry and agriculture. Through SYCI, the company manufactures chemical products utilized in a variety of applications, including oil and gas field explorations and papermaking chemical agents. SCRC is a leading manufacturer of materials for human and animal antibiotics in China and other parts of Asia. DCHC was established to further explore and develop natural gas and brine resources (including bromine and crude salt) in China. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this news release contain forward-looking information about Gulf Resources and its subsidiaries business and products within the meaning of Rule 175 under the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are subject to the safe harbor created by those rules. The actual results may differ materially depending on a number of risk factors including, but not limited to, the general economic and business conditions in the PRC, future product development and production capabilities, shipments to end customers, market acceptance of new and existing products, additional competition from existing and new competitors for bromine and other oilfield and power production chemicals, changes in technology, the ability to make future bromine asset purchases, and various other factors beyond its control. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this Cautionary Statement and the risks factors detailed in the company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Gulf Resources undertakes no duty to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

(Expressed in U.S. dollars)
  September 30, 2016
  December 31, 2015
Current Assets        
Cash $141,083,587  $133,606,392 
Accounts receivable  71,396,808   49,980,358 
Inventories, net  5,772,072   7,180,800 
Prepayments and deposits  70,086   - 
Prepaid land leases  372,203   49,833 
Other receivable  559   599 
Deferred tax assets  -   3,173 
Total Current Assets  218,695,315   190,821,115 
Non-Current Assets        
Property, plant and equipment, net  122,424,766   127,871,323 
Property, plant and equipment under capital leases, net  657,249   927,218 
Prepaid land leases, net of current portion  4,881,908   5,197,216 
Deferred tax assets  2,304,937   2,367,180 
Goodwill  28,743,418   29,559,174 
Total non-current assets  159,012,278   165,922,111 
Total Assets $377,707,593  $356,743,226 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity        
Current Liabilities        
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $10,492,195  $9,929,700 
Retention payable  771,395   1,135,956 
Capital lease obligation, current portion  153,310   196,778 
Taxes payable  6,099,471   4,814,003 
Total Current Liabilities  17,516,371   16,076,437 
Non-Current Liabilities        
Capital lease obligation, net of current portion  2,373,726   2,555,914 
Total Liabilities $19,890,097  $18,632,351 
Stockholders’ Equity        
PREFERRED STOCK; $0.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none outstanding $-  $- 
COMMON STOCK; $0.0005 par value; 80,000,000 shares authorized; 47,052,940 and 46,276,269 shares issued; and 46,793,791 and 46,007,120 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively  23,525   23,139 
Treasury stock; 259,149 and 269,149 shares as of September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015 at cost  (577,141)  (599,441)
Additional paid-in capital  94,133,779   94,124,065 
Retained earnings unappropriated  243,172,187   215,286,395 
Retained earnings appropriated  22,634,340   20,340,436 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss/ income  (1,569,194)  8,936,281 
Total Stockholders’ Equity  357,817,496   338,110,875 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity $377,707,593  $356,743,226 

(Expressed in U.S. dollars)
  Three-Month Period Ended
September 30,
  Nine-Month Period Ended
September 30,
  2016  2015  2016  2015 
NET REVENUE            
Net revenue $38,811,622  $42,601,598  $120,907,839  $126,862,497 
Cost of net revenue  (23,107,921)  (27,000,576)  (76,184,822)  (84,761,554)
Sales, marketing and other operating expenses  (83,087)  (91,919)  (269,357)  (294,095)
Research and development cost  (68,115)  (69,403)  (198,330)  (181,108)
Exploration cost  -   -   -   (325,840)
Write-off/Impairment on property, plant and equipment  (90,395)  (819,701)  (90,395)  (819,701)
General and administrative expenses  (1,613,933)  (831,955)  (4,539,845)  (5,247,318)
Other operating income  108,029   115,114   328,550   342,317 
   (24,855,422)  (28,698,440)  (80,954,199)  (91,287,299)
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS  13,956,200   13,903,158   39,953,640   35,575,198 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)                
Interest expense  (42,012)  (46,675)  (134,150)  (148,541)
Interest income  120,054   113,311   356,828   348,454 
INCOME BEFORE TAXES  14,034,242   13,969,794   40,176,318   35,775,111 
INCOME TAXES  (3,518,529)  (3,290,372)  (9,996,622)  (9,005,158)
NET INCOME $10,515,713  $10,679,422  $30,179,696  $26,769,953 
NET INCOME $10,515,713  $10,679,422  $30,179,696  $26,769,953 
- Foreign currency translation adjustments  (2,637,763)  (14,565,025)  (10,505,475)  (14,199,993)
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS) $7,877,950  $(3,885,603) $19,674,221  $12,569,960 
EARNINGS PER SHARE:                
BASIC $0.23  $0.23  $0.65  $0.60 
DILUTED $0.23  $0.23  $0.65  $0.58 
BASIC  46,301,217   46,007,120   46,106,194   44,884,268 
DILUTED  46,309,250   46,905,362   46,560,937   45,854,130 

(Expressed in U.S. dollars)
  Nine-Month Period Ended September 30, 
  2016  2015 
Net income $30,179,696  $26,769,953 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:       
Interest on capital lease obligation  133,504   147,808 
Amortization of prepaid land leases  514,454   510,506 
Depreciation and amortization  19,031,650   21,954,512 
Write-off/Impairment loss on property, plant and equipment  90,395   819,701 
Unrealized translation difference  (729,764)  (1,037,429)
Stock-based compensation expense-options  17,400   353,300 
Shares issued from treasury stock for services  15,000   - 
Deferred tax asset  -   (81,460)
Changes in assets and liabilities:       
Accounts receivable  (23,296,361)  (15,762,057)
Inventories  1,219,588   (623,454)
Prepayments and deposits  (20,850)  80,711 
Other receivable  -   37,713 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  941,315   (56,477)
Retention payable  (356,348)  248,266 
Taxes payable  1,474,602   1,554,226 
Net cash provided by operating activities  29,214,281   34,915,819 
Additions of prepaid land leases  (673,934)  (683,129)
Purchase of property, plant and equipment  (16,749,192)  (2,792,700)
Consideration paid for business acquisition  -   (66,305,606)
Cash acquired from acquisition  -   14,074,720 
Net cash used in investing activities  (17,423,126)  (55,706,715)
Repayment of capital lease obligation  (287,387)  (306,683)
Repurchase of common stock  -   (37,713)
Net cash used in financing activities  (287,387)  (344,396)
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF PERIOD $141,083,587  $120,892,138 
Cash paid during the period for:        
Income taxes $8,740,519  $7,527,690 
Issuance of common stock upon cashless exercise of options $386  $49 
Issuance of common stock for acquisition of business $-   13,373,140 


Gulf Resources, Inc.

Director of Investor Relations
Helen Xu (Haiyan Xu)
[email protected]

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