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Gulf Resources Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

SHOUGUANG, China, Aug. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulf Resources, Inc. (Nasdaq:GURE) ("Gulf Resources" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of bromine, crude salt, specialty chemical products, and natural gas in China, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

  • Reported Income from operations increased 7%.
  • Excluding Unrealized gain/(loss) on translation of intercompany balance (currency adjustments) income from operations increased 13.8% *.
  • Reported diluted EPS was $0.29 vs. $0.28, an increase of 3.6%*.
  • Diluted EPS excluding Unrealized gain/(loss) on translation of intercompany balance (currency adjustments) reported EPS $0.30 vs. $0.27, an increase of 11.9%*.
  • Comprehensive Net Income increased 512%* to $21,012,915 from $3,436,246.
  • Cash at the end of the quarter $176,303,274 ($3.77* per diluted share).
  • Shareholders’ Equity increased 8.9%* to $8.13* per diluted share since December 31, 2016..

Second Quarter Ending June 30, 2017

“Gulf Resources (GURE) reported a strong second quarter.” Mr. Xiaobin Liu, the CEO of the Company stated. “However, the results in the quarter and the six months were significantly complicated by the change in the value of the RMB versus the US$. For example, while reported net income increased 4% to $13,751,678 from $13,197,019, comprehensive net income, including the impact of the changes in currency, increased 512%* to $21,012,915 from $3,436,246. The significant difference between these two numbers reflects the impact of the change in the value of the RMB versus the US$. The change in the value of the currencies also impacted our shareholders equity, which increased 8.9%* to $380,601,205 ($8.13* per diluted share).

“In our press release of July 10, 2017, the company stated that it expected to report earnings and earnings per share increased by double digits excluding potential extraordinary items and currency exchange problems. In order to fully understand the financial results we are reporting today, it is important to understand the impact of these items on the earnings.”

In order to better understand our financial results and how they compared to our previous guidance,” Mr. Liu continued, “we believe it is important to provide investors with a view of our company’s operations that both includes and excludes the impact of the changes in currency. Let us start with the guidance of a double-digit increase in EPS excluding extraordinary items and currency exchange problems.

  • Reported income from operations was $18,482,472 versus $17,331,122 an increase of 7%.
  • However, we incurred a currency translation loss for the quarter of $466,655 as compared to a gain in the same quarter of the previous year of $679,196, which has been called as “Unrealized gain/(loss) on translation of intercompany balance” in the company 10-Q .
  • Excluding the impact of the currency transactions, income from operations would have been $18,949,127* versus $16,651,926*, an increase of 13.8%*.  
  • Reported net income was $13,751,678 vs. $13,197,019, an increase of 4%.
  • Net income excluding currency changes would have been $14,218,333* vs. $12,517,823*, an increase of 13.6*%. 
  • Reported fully diluted earnings per share were $0.29 vs. $0.28, an increase of 3.6%*.
  • However, after excluding the impact of currency changes, reported fully diluted earnings per share would have been $0.30 vs. $0.27, an increase of 13.6%.
     
  Q2 Reconciliation Table  
  2017 Q2 2016 Q2 % change
Reported Income from Operation $18,482,472   $17,331,122 7%
Unrealized Currency Gain or Loss  ($466,655)   $679,196  
Income from operation Excluding Currency adjustment $18,949,127   $16,651,926 13.8%
Tax  $4,821,450   $4,210,422  
Adjusted Net Income  $14,218,333   $12,517,823 13.6%
Adjusted Diluted EPS $0.3   $0.27 13.6%
         

“While we have no control over the changes in the value of the currency, we are pleased to have achieved a double digit increase in EPS excluding the changes in the currency and a 4% increase even with the currency impact.”

“On a segment basis,” Mr. Liu continued, “Our press release stated, “Gulf expects to report strong  results in bromine and improved results in chemicals for the second quarter of 2017.” As with the EPS numbers, it is important to consider the impact of the changes in currency on our results. Since we do all of our business in RMB, we believe this is a more relevant measure.

Sales in RMB increased for the company as a whole as well as for its major segments.

  • Total net revenue were $47,531,989 vs. $47,600,767.
  • Net Revenue  in RMB were RMB 325,762,379.5 vs. RMB 310,892,606.5, and increase of 4.8%.
  • Reported net revenue in Bromine and Crude Salt were $20,945,016 vs. $20,786,293, an increase of 0.8%.
  • In RMB, net revenue in Bromine and Crude Salt were RMB 143,547,500* vs. RMB 135,760,520*, an increase of 5.7%*.
  • Reported net revenue in Chemicals was $26,586,973 vs. $26,814,474, a decline of 1%.
  • In RMB, net revenue in Chemicals were RMB 182,214,879* vs. RMB175,132,087*, an increase of 4.0%*.

Segment Earnings

  • Reported income from operations in Bromine and Crude salt increased 31.8%* to $10,792,183* from $8,189,553*.
  • Income from operations in RMB in Bromine and Crude Salt increased 38.3%* to RMB 73,964,656* from RMB53,488,035*. 
  • Reported income from operations in Chemicals declined 2.5% to $8,318,480 from $8,531,677.
  • Income from operations in RMB in chemicals increased 2.3%* to RMB57,011,034* from RMB55,722,533*.

“As can be seen from the numbers above,” Mr. Liu continued, “we had sales and pre-tax earnings increases in bromine, crude salt, and chemicals in RMB in the second quarter.

Balance Sheet

“Our balance sheet continues to strengthen. At the end of the quarter

  • Cash at the end of the quarter $176,303,274 ($3.77* per diluted share).
  • Net net cash (cash minus all liabilities) was $151,639,636* ($3.24* per fully diluted share).
  • Shareholders’ Equity increased 8.9%* to $8.13* per fully diluted share since December 31,2016.
  • Working capital was $246,369,002* ($5.26* per fully diluted share).

Six Months Ending June 30, 2017

  • Net Revenue for the six months declined 2% to $80,320,482 from $82,096,217
  • Cost of Revenues declined by 11%.
  • Gross Profit increased by 14%
  • Income from operations increased by 13%.
  • The impact of Unrealized (loss)/gain on translation of intercompany balance (currency adjustment) represented a cost of $603,910. In the prior period, it represented a benefit of $548,734.
  • Excluding the impact of Unrealized (loss)/gain on translation of intercompany balance (currency adjustment), the income from operation before taxes were $29,899,379 *vs. $25,448,706, an increase of 17.5%*. 
  • Income before taxes increased 13% to $29,470,074.
  • Excluding the impact of currency transactions, income before taxes increased 17.5%* to $30,073,984*. 
  • Net Income increased 11% to $21,826,798.
  • Excluding the impact of Unrealized (loss)/gain on translation of intercompany balance (currency adjustment), net income increased 17.3%* to $22,430,708*. 
  • Earnings per diluted share increased 11.9%* to $0.47 from $0.42.
  • Excluding the impact of Unrealized (loss)/gain on translation of intercompany balance (currency adjustment), EPS increased 17.3%* to $0.48 *from $0.41*.  
  • Comprehensive net income increased 164% to $31,125,307 from $11,796,271.
     
  Six Month Reconciliation Table  
  Six Month Period
2017
Six Month Period
2016
% change
Reported Income from operation $29,295,469   $25,997,440   7%
Unrealized Currency Gain or Loss ($603,910)   $548,734    
Income from operation Excluding Currency adjustment $29,899,379   $25,448,706   17.5%
Tax ($7,643,276)   ($6,478,093)    
Adjusted Net Income    $22,430,708   $19,115,249   17.3%
Adjusted Diluted EPS $0.48   $0.41   17.3%
       

/EIN News/ -- Natural Gas Update
The company currently is consulting with Southwest Petroleum University in Sichuan Province to assess the issues related to water and other potential impurities in the natural gas. At the present time, the company does not yet have the final results. However, the company does believe that the issues can be solved. A solution is likely to entail the purchase of some additional equipment that will enable us to improve the quality of the natural gas. Until the report is completed, the company will postpone the drilling of additional wells.

Second Half and Future Projections
“As we enter the second half of 2017,” Mr. Liu stated, “We feel very positive about our business. Bromine prices have remained strong. Demand is starting to increase. Our chemicals business has stabilized and is also showing good signs of improvement.  Based on the current tone of our business, we believe we can show good increased in sales and earnings in RMB during the second half of the year.”

“There is one major issue, however, that could have an impact on our business in both the short and long-term,” Mr. Liu continued. “The government of China is taking a much more active role in enforcing environmental rules.”

“We consider this to be a substantial opportunity,” Mr. Liu stated. “In the bromine industry, for example, we have many small unlicensed competitors. We also have many smaller licensed competitors that do not have the capital to bring their mines and factories into compliance with new government regulations.”

“Over the intermediate to long-term,” Mr. Liu continued, “we believe many smaller mines and factories will be forced to close. While the costs of producing bromine are likely to increase with the stronger regulations, the closing of smaller competitors should lead to higher prices, increased capacity utilization, and significantly higher profits. The same conditions should apply in the chemical industry.”

“The closing of these facilities,” Mr. Liu stated, “could also give us the opportunity to acquire new facilities at lower prices. This would be very beneficial for our company.”

“The only issue we face is how our facilities will fare in the new government inspections,” Mr. Liu continued. “We believe we have invested more than any other Chinese company in the bromine industry. We also believe that our facilities are fully compliant. Further, we have a large number of bromine mines and factories, which lessens our risk at any one facility.”

“What we can not control,” Mr. Liu stated, “is the timing of the government inspections and the impact on individual facilities. We believe we will have to spend some additional money to satisfy the regulators. And we cannot predict how these expenditures may impact the earnings in the second half of the year. However, we are not yet certain that this may occur. Neither are we certain of the timing of the inspections.”

“On balance,” Mr. Liu continued, “we consider the new government environmental regulations to be a great opportunity. We believe we are one of the largest bromine producers in China, and one of the large producers of chemicals as well. We believe we have the strongest balance sheet of anyone in the industry. We believe there will be many competitors that will be forced to close or to sell for lower prices. We feel very strongly that competition will be significantly reduced. While costs should increase as companies satisfy the new regulations, we believe profits will increase faster.”

“As I indicated,” Mr. Liu continued, “the only uncertainty is the timing and the potential cost. We expect to have a full understanding of the implications within the next two months. As soon as we have more certainty concerning the impact of the new government regulations on our company and our industries, we will update investors and provide detailed earnings guidance. “

(*all numbers has not been audited, and diluted shares calculations based on 46,796,848 shares outstanding)

Conference Call

Gulf Resources' management will host a conference call on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to discuss its financial results for the Second quarter Year 2017 ended June 30, 2017.

Mr. Xiaobin Liu, CEO of Gulf Resources, will be hosting the call. 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 68218047.

The webcasting is also available then, just simply click on the link below: http://www.gulfresourcesinc.com/events.html 

A replay of the conference call will be available two hours after the call's completion during 08/14/2017 11:30 EDT - 08/28/2017 23:59 EDT. To access the replay, call +1 (855) 859-2056. International callers should call +1 (404) 537-3406. The conference ID is 68218047.

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"), 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 www.gulfresourcesinc.com.

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.

   
GULF RESOURCES, INC.  
AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(Expressed in U.S. dollars)  
   
    June 30, 2017
Unaudited
    December 31, 2016
Audited
 
Current Assets                
Cash   $ 176,303,274     $ 163,884,574  
Accounts receivable     86,858,779       51,835,218  
Inventories, net     4,842,564       5,881,681  
Prepayments and deposits     20,000       117,338  
Prepaid land leases     783,741       47,255  
Other receivable     2,035       1,424  
Total Current Assets     268,810,393       221,767,490  
Non-Current Assets                
Property, plant and equipment, net     100,712,418       108,731,126  
Property, plant and equipment under capital leases, net     414,977       554,257  
Prepaid land leases, net of current portion     4,725,437       4,754,169  
Deferred tax assets     2,268,957       2,215,772  
Goodwill     28,332,661       27,668,539  
Total non-current assets     136,454,450       143,923,863  
Total Assets   $ 405,264,843     $ 365,691,353  
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity                
Current Liabilities                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 14,540,121     $ 8,682,318  
Retention payable     -       733,869  
Capital lease obligation, current portion     117,558       187,678  
Taxes payable     7,783,712       4,341,331  
Total Current Liabilities     22,441,391       13,945,196  
Non-Current Liabilities                
Capital lease obligation, net of current portion     2,222,247       2,284,959  
Total Liabilities   $ 24,663,638     $ 16,230,155  
                 
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 as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016; 47,052,940 and 47,052,940 shares issued; and 46,793,791 and 46,793,791 shares outstanding as of June 30,2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively     23,525       23,525  
Treasury stock; 259,149 and 259,149 shares as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 at cost     (577,141 )     (577,141 )
Additional paid-in capital     94,171,379       94,156,679  
Retained earnings unappropriated     268,444,917       248,941,696  
Retained earnings appropriated     25,234,543       22,910,966  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (6,696,018 )     (15,994,527 )
Total Stockholders’ Equity     380,601,205       349,461,198  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   $ 405,264,843     $ 365,691,353  
                 


GULF RESOURCES, INC.  
AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME  
(Expressed in U.S. dollars)  
(UNAUDITED)  
   
    Three-Month Period Ended June
30,
    Six-Month Period Ended June
30,
 
    2017     2016     2017     2016  
                         
NET REVENUE                        
Net revenue   $ 47,531,989     $ 47,600,767     $ 80,320,482     $ 82,096,217  
                                 
OPERATING INCOME (EXPENSE)                                
Cost of net revenue     (26,931,742 )     (29,195,255 )     (47,145,605 )     (53,076,901 )
Sales, marketing and other operating expenses     (100,613 )     (104,369 )     (176,446 )     (186,270 )
Research and development cost     (65,274 )     (70,378 )     (127,172 )     (130,215 )
General and administrative expenses     (2,056,943 )     (1,009,882 )     (3,785,403 )     (2,925,912 )
Other operating income     105,055       110,239       209,613       220,521  
      (29,049,517 )     (30,269,645 )     (51,025,013 )     (56,098,777 )
                                 
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS     18,482,472       17,331,122       29,295,469       25,997,440  
                                 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)                                
Interest expense     (42,065 )     (46,009 )     (83,976 )     (92,138 )
Interest income     132,721       122,328       258,581       236,774  
INCOME BEFORE TAXES     18,573,128       17,407,441       29,470,074       26,142,076  
                                 
INCOME TAXES     (4,821,450 )     (4,210,422 )     (7,643,276 )     (6,478,093 )
NET INCOME   $ 13,751,678     $ 13,197,019     $ 21,826,798     $ 19,663,983  
                                 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME(LOSS):                                
NET INCOME   $ 13,751,678     $ 13,197,019     $ 21,826,798     $ 19,663,983  
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)                                
- Foreign currency translation adjustments     7,261,237       (9,760,773 )     9,298,509       (7,867,712 )
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME   $ 21,012,915     $ 3,436,246     $ 31,125,307     $ 11,796,271  
                                 
EARNINGS PER SHARE:                                
BASIC   $ 0.29     $ 0.29     $ 0.47     $ 0.43  
DILUTED   $ 0.29     $ 0.28     $ 0.47     $ 0.42  
                                 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES:                                
                                 
BASIC     46,793,791       46,008,102       46,793,791       46,007,611  
DILUTED     46,796,848       46,631,091       46,800,545       46,685,709  
                                 


GULF RESOURCES, INC.  
AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
(Expressed in U.S. dollars)  
(UNAUDITED)  
    Six-Month Period Ended June 30,  
    2017     2016  
             
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES            
Net income   $ 21,826,798     $ 19,663,983  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:              
Interest on capital lease obligation     83,128       91,764  
Amortization of prepaid land leases     234,307       255,261  
Depreciation and amortization     10,809,289       13,514,292  
Exchange (gain) loss on inter-company balances     603,910       (548,734 )
Stock-based compensation expense     14,700       12,800  
Changes in assets and liabilities:              
Accounts receivable     (33,349,844 )     (22,737,450 )
Inventories     1,165,420       328,685  
Prepayments and deposits     (19,129 )     (14,094 )
Other receivables     (580 )     -  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     5,582,026       5,353,742  
Retention payable     (739,329 )     (1,112,087 )
Taxes payable     3,292,636       2,662,606  
Net cash provided by operating activities     9,503,332       17,470,768  
               
CASH FLOWS USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES              
Additions of prepaid land leases     (818,957 )     (616,512 )
Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (59,975 )     (870,875 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (878,932 )     (1,487,387 )
               
CASH FLOWS USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES              
Repayment of capital lease obligation     (273,873 )     (287,387 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (273,873 )     (287,387 )
               
EFFECTS OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     4,068,173       (3,029,146 )
NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     12,418,700       12,666,848  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - BEGINNING OF PERIOD     163,884,574       133,606,392  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF PERIOD   $ 176,303,274     $ 146,273,240  
                 
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION                
Cash paid during the periods for:                
Income taxes   $ 4,634,040     $ 4,586,259  
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH INVESTING
AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES
               
Par value of common stock issued upon cashless exercise of options   $ -     $ 4  
                 

 

CONTACT: Gulf Resources, Inc.
                    Web: http://www.gulfresourcesinc.com
                    
                    Director of Investor Relations
                    Helen Xu (Haiyan Xu)
                    beishengrong@vip.163.com

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