Gulf Resources Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

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SHOUGUANG, China, April 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gulf Resources, Inc. (Nasdaq: GURE) ("Gulf Resources", “we,” or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of bromine, crude salt and specialty chemical products in China, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2020 ended December 31, 2020.

Highlights:

  • First profitable quarter in three years

  • Positive cash flow from operations

  • Strong balance sheet. Large cash reserves

  • Rising price of bromine and expected completion of the new Yuxin Chemical Factory in 2021 supports increasingly optimistic view of the future.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Despite the facts that our new chemical factory is still under construction, our trial production at our natural gas well in Sichuan has to be temporarily halted, only 4 of our 7 bromine and crude salt factories are open, the government forced the seasonal closing of all factories from December 25, 2020 to February 19, 2021, and winter is normally the slowest production season of the year because of the temperature, Gulf Resources was still able to record the first profitable quarter in the past three years since the initiation of the original shutdown for rectification and environmental improvement.

Full Year and 4THQuarter Results(Expressed in U.S. dollars)

2020
(A)

9 Months
(B)

Q4-2020
(C)

NET REVENUE

28,207,024

16,399,338

11,807,686

OPERATING EXPENSE

Cost of net revenue

19,415,034

12,694,271

6,720,763

Sales, marketing and other operating expenses

42,663

28,866

13,797

Direct labor and factory overheads incurred during plant shutdown

8,170,390

6,886,215

1,284,175

General and administrative expenses

10,239,943

7,297,010

2,942,933

Other operating expense

22,386

15,775

6,611

Total Expenses

37,890,416

26,922,137

10,968,279

Income (Loss) from Operations

(9,683,392

)

(10,522,799

)

839,407

Interest

154,877

114,089

40,788

Income (Loss) Before Taxes

(9,528,515

)

(10,408,710

)

880,195

(A) Information represents are audited by company auditor
(B) “The 9 months” represents the financial results for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 as filed in the 10-Q on November 16, 2020.
(C) C=A-B

These results also include $1,284,175 of direct labor and factory overheads incurred during the plant shutdowns in 4th quarter. If this total is added back to our income, our operating businesses would earned $2,164,370 during the fourth quarter.

During the 4th quarter, our bromine business, despite the early closure for Chinese New Year, recorded income from operations before corporate costs of almost $4 million. Our chemical business, which is under construction, recorded loss from operations before corporate costs of $706,359. Our natural gas business recorded loss from operations before corporate costs of $53,848, and our crude salt business recorded loss from operations before corporate costs of $980,162. As we have noted, the winter season is always a weak season for our crude salt business. It is difficult to process and mine crude salt when temperatures are too low.

Income (Loss) from Operations

Segment:

Fiscal Year 2020

9 Months

Q4

Bromine

1,616,542

(2,383,260

)

3,546,757

Crude Salt

(3,589,494

)

(2,609,332

)

(527,117

)

Chemical Products

(2,745,297

)

(2,038,938

)

(706,359

)

Natural Gas

(204,514

)

(150,666

)

(53,848

)

Loss from operations before corporate costs

(4,922,763

)

(7,182,196

)

2,259,433

We believe we reached good profitability in our bromine business during this quarter.

In the 4th Quarter, we generated cash from operations of $6,047,617 compared to cash used in operations of $2,988,472 in the previous year, an improvement of $9,036,089 over the results from the previous year.

As the Chinese economy continues to recover and production has resumed after the Chinese New Year, the price of bromine has continued to increase. Based on monthly prices from CEIC Data Group (ceicdata.com) and spot prices from Sunsirs Commodity Data Group (sunsirs.com), the price of bromine on April 5, 2021 was RMB 36,222 per ton. This is an increase of 23.5% from Q2 2020, 29.3% from Q3 2020, and 11.4% from Q4 2020.

Bromine Prices In China

Period

Price

Change to 4/5/21

Q2-2020

29,333

23.5%

Q3-2020

28,017

29.3%

Q4-2020

32,087

11.4%

Q1-2021

34,493

4.8%

4/5/21

36,222

With the current level of bromine prices, we are optimistic about the future in our bromine segment.

We are working with the local authorities in Shandong Province to finalize the issues related to our three remaining bromine and crude salt factories. While we may have to build additional aqueducts, wells and secure additional land for our salt ponds, we remain optimistic that we will receive approvals to reopen these facilities in 2021.

We are also making progress in the construction of our Yuxin Chemical factory. We expect to have construction completed around June 2021. We will install the machinery and test the equipment during the remainder of the year and expect to begin trial production by the start of 2022. While this new factory will be smaller than the combined two old factories, the Company expects it to make higher net profit margin as we plan to focus more on the higher margin pharmaceutical intermediate products. We are optimistic by the progress we are making on constructing our new factories. Management expects to continue to post photos on its website so investors can track the progress of the construction of the chemical factories.

We also remain optimistic about the opportunities for our natural gas and brine business in Sichuan Province. We are working with the governments of Tianbao Town, Daying County, and Sichuan Province in China closely, and plan to proceed with its applications for the natural gas and brine project approvals with related government departments after the government has finalized the land and resources planning for Sichuan Province.

Full Year 2020 Financial Results

In 2020, net revenues increased 166% to $28,207,024. Gross profits increased 70% to $8,791,990. This loss included $8,170,390 of direct labor and factory overheads incurred during the plant shutdown. G&A expenses declined 23% to $10,239,943. Our loss from operations declined 58% to $9,683,392. Our net loss declined 67% to $8,420,044. We lost $0.87 per share compared to $2.73 per share in 2019.

Cash Flow
Our cash flow showed significant improvement. We generated net cash from operations of $9,305,627 compared to net cash used in operations of $15,309,112 in 2019.

During 2020, we purchased $21,719,369 of property, plant, and equipment. Of this total, $17,914,948 was for our new Yuxin Chemical factory, $3,157,669 was for our bromine business, and $646,752 was for our crude salt business.

Capital Expenditures
In 2020, we spent $21,719,369 compared to $60,611,949 in 2019 on property, plant and equipment. This includes major investments in our new Yuxin Chemical Factory, new bromine and crude salt factories, and newly drilled wells.

Balance Sheet

Our balance sheet remains strong. At Dec. 31, 2020,

  • Cash equaled $94,222,538

  • Cash per share equaled $9.43*

  • Net cash (cash minus all liabilities) equaled $77,208,993

  • Net cash per share equaled $7.72*

  • Current assets equaled $107,310,965

  • Current liabilities equaled $7,102,300

  • Working capital equaled $100,208,665

  • [Working capital per share equaled $10.02*

  • Shareholders’ equity equaled $277,024,273

  • Shareholders’ equity per share equaled $27.71*

With our strong balance sheet, the Company expects to be able to complete construction of its Yuxin chemical factory, open its remaining bromine and crude salt facilities, drill new wells, restore operations in Sichuan province, and acquire more bromine and downstream chemical facilities.

Commentary

Mr. Xiaobin Liu, the CEO of Gulf Resources stated. “We are very pleased to have delivered a profitable quarter to our shareholders. The last three years have been very long and painful. The process of improving the environment and protecting the people of China is extremely complex. At the time our factories were first closed, we also did not expect the destruction we saw from TyhoonLekima, the most destructive typhoon to hit China.”

“Now,” Mr. Liu further stated, “most of the problems are behind us. We have 4 bromine and crude salt factories in operation. The price of bromine is nearing historic highs. We expect the price of bromine to remain high because demand is increasing, especially with COVID, and there are lesser competitors. As we have noted, many of the smaller companies did not have the capital to complete rectification. We also expect to receive the approvals for these bromine and salt factories in the second half of 2021. However, there is no assurance that we will be able to obtain the approvals necessary to operate those factories from the government.”

“Construction on our new chemical factory is on schedule,” Mr. Liu added. “We expect this factory will make higher net profit margin as we plan to focus more on the higher margin pharmaceutical intermediate products. As with Yuxin Chemical Factory, many chemical factories have been permanently closed, with less competition, more demand, and new equipment, we are very excited about the opportunities in chemicals. We are also committed to our natural gas and brine project in Sichuan, Petro-China has made one of the largest natural gas discoveries in Chinese history in the same town as our well. The Company plans to proceed with its applications for the natural gas and brine project approvals with related government departments after the governmental planning has been finalized.”

“I would like to thank our management, our employees, and our shareholders for their patience during this extremely trying period,” Mr. Liu continued. “In September 2017, I could not have understood how many different problems we would have to address. Now, however, we have excellent visibility towards the future, and what we see is very exciting. We believe we are in a position to produce earnings for our company once all our facilities are back in operation.”

“Finally,” Mr. Liu concluded. “We are working hard to respond to the requests of our shareholders. We have updated our website and will continue to make improvements. We appreciate you support and hope to have continuing positive news.

(*These calculations are based on the number of shares outstanding of 9,997,477 shares as of December 31, 2020)

Conference Call

Gulf Resources management will host a conference call on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 08:00 AM EDT to discuss financial results for fourth quarter and full year 2020.

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

To participate in this live conference call, please dial +1 (877) 407-8031 five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time. International callers should dial +1 (201)689-8031, and please reference to “Gulf Resources” while dial in.

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 04/09/202111:00 ET - 04/16/202111:00 ET. To access the replay, call +1 (877) 481-4010. International callers should call +1 (919) 882-2331. The Replay Passcode is 40701.

About Gulf Resources, Inc.

Gulf Resources, Inc. operates through three wholly-owned subsidiaries, Shouguang City Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited ("SCHC"), ShouguangYuxin 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, and materials for human and animal antibiotics. 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, the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, 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.

CONTACT: Gulf Resources, Inc.

Web:

http://www.gulfresourcesinc.com

Director of Investor Relations

Helen Xu (Haiyan Xu)

beishengrong@vip.163.com


GULF RESOURCES, INC.

AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Expressed in U.S. dollars)


December 31, 2020

December 31, 2019

Current Assets

Cash

$

94,222,538

$

100,301,986

Accounts receivable

6,521,798

4,877,106

Inventories, net

419,609

690,087

Prepayments and deposits

6,146,461

1,332,970

Prepaid land leases

Other receivables

559

559

Total Current Assets

107,310,965

107,202,708

Non-Current Assets

Property, plant and equipment, net

148,947,689

137,994,949

Finance lease right-of use assets

186,272

179,526

Operating lease right-of –use assets

8,868,661

8,817,884

Prepaid land leases, net of current portion

10,134,004

9,115,276

Deferred tax assets

18,590,227

15,940,642

Total non-current assets

186,726,853

172,048,277

Total Assets

$

294,037,818

$

279,250,985

Commitment and Contingencies

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Current Liabilities

Payable and accrued expenses

$

5,081,701

$

1,106,048

Retention payable

-

3,805,483

Taxes payable-current

1,326,179

779,623

Finance lease liability, current portion

217,070

198,506

Operating lease liabilities, current portion

477,350

416,604

Total Current Liabilities

7,102,300

6,306,264

Non-Current Liabilities

Finance lease liability, net of current portion

1,888,903

1,905,772

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

8,022,342

7,931,849

Total Non-Current Liabilities

9,911,245

9,837,621

Total Liabilities

17,013,545

16,143,885

Commitment and Contingencies

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; 10,043,307and 9,563,257 shares issued; and 9,997,477 and 9,517,427 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019

24,139

23,904

Treasury stock; 45,830 and 45,830 shares as of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 at cost

(510,329

)

(510,329

)

Additional paid-in capital

97,435,316

95,043,388

Retained earnings unappropriated

151,388,356

159,808,400

Retained earnings appropriated

24,233,544

24,233,544

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

4,453,247

(15,491,807

)

Total Stockholders’ Equity

277,024,273

263,107,100

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

294,037,818

$

279,250,985

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

GULF RESOURCES, INC.

AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(Expressed in U.S. dollars)

Years Ended December 31,

2020

2019

NET REVENUE

$

28,207,024

$

10,596,521

OPERATING EXPENSE

Cost of net revenue

(19,415,034

)

(5,430,269

)

Sales, marketing and other operating expenses

(42,663

)

(12,434

)

Direct labor and factory overheads incurred during plant shutdown

(8,170,390

)

(15,175,280

)

General and administrative expenses

(10,239,943

)

(13,272,921

)

Other operating expense

(22,386

)

(37,890,416

)

(33,890,904

)

LOSS FROM OPERATIONS

(9,683,392

)

(23,294,383

)

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)

Interest expense

(136,430

)

(145,445

)

Interest income

291,307

446,770

LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

(9,528,515

)

(22,993,058

)

INCOME TAX (EXPENSE) BENEFIT

1,108,471

(2,806,987

)

NET LOSS

$

(8,420,044

)

$

(25,800,045

)

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS):

NET LOSS

$

(8,420,044

)

$

(25,800,045

)

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

- Foreign currency translation adjustments

19,945,054

(5,013,759

)

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

$

11,525,010

$

(30,813,804

)

BASIC AND DILUTED LOSS PER SHARE

$

(0.87

)

$

(2.73

)

BASIC AND DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES:

9,650,619

9,465,432

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

GULF RESOURCES, INC.

AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Expressed in U.S. dollars)

Years Ended December 31,

2020

2019

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Net loss

$

(8,420,044

)

$

(25,800,045

)

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

Interest on capital lease obligation

135,936

144,881

Depreciation and amortization

15,987,860

14,060,927

Unrealized translation difference

1,832,026

(421,657

)

Deferred tax asset

(1,108,471

)

2,746,770

Stock-based compensation expense

2,392,163

45,900

Shares issued from treasury stock for services

21,600

Changes in assets and liabilities

Accounts receivable

(1,161,704

)

(5,070,180

)

Other receivables

11,794

Inventories

292,101

(700,476

)

Prepayment and deposits

(6,925

)

14,166

Accounts and Other payable and accrued expenses

342,790

(102,963

)

Taxes payable

(449,915

)

(374,575

)

Prepaid land leases

(372,259

)

Operating lease

(157,931

)

114,746

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

9,305,627

(15,309,112

)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(21,719,369

)

(60,611,949

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(21,719,369

)

(60,611,949

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Repayment of finance lease obligation

(264,976

)

(275,509

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(264,976

)

(275,509

)

EFFECTS OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

6,599,270

(2,500,379

)

NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

(6,079,448

)

(78,696,949

)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - BEGINNING OF YEAR

100,301,986

178,998,935

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF YEAR

$

94,222,538

$

100,301,986


GULF RESOURCES, INC.

AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (CONTINUED)

(Expressed in U.S. dollars)

Years Ended December 31,

2020

2019

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION

Cash paid during the year for:

Income taxes

$

$

Interest on finance lease obligation

$

136,774

$

149,286

Operating right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for lease obligations

$

$

8,241,818

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Purchase of Property, plant and equipment included in Payable and
accrued expenses

$

3,537,644

$

3,515,132

Par value of common stock issued upon cashless exercise of options

$

$

379

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.