Gulf Resources Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results
SHOUGUANG, China, May 9, 2014 (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 first quarter ended March 31, 2014.
First Quarter 2014 Highlights
*Net revenue was $25.6 million, a year-over-year increase of 14%
*Gross profit was $6.9 million, a year-over-year increase of 52%
*Gross margin increased to 27%, as compared to 20% in the first quarter of
*Income from operations was $5.6 million, as compared to $2.6 million in
the first quarter of 2014, a year-over-year increase of 115%
*Operating margin was 22%, as compared to 12% for the first quarter of 2013
*Net income was $4.3 million or $0.11 per basic and diluted share, versus
$1.9 million, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share a year ago,
representing a year-over-year increase of 128%.
*Cash totaled $119.3 million as of March 31, 2014
"We are pleased to report that the revenue from chemical segments products had
impressive performance increasing by 36.9% even with the average performance
from bromine and crude salt segments in the First Quarter of 2014 as compared
with the same period of 2013. The Company's income from operations still
increased by 115%, and net income increased by 128% as compared with the same
quarter of 2013," said Mr. Xiaobin Liu, CEO of the Company.
First Quarter 2014 Financial Results
Gulf Resources' Net revenue was $25,592,176 for three-month period ended March
31, 2014, an increase of approximately $3.1 million (or 14%) as compared to
the same period in 2013. This increase was primarily attributable to the
increase of our chemical segment products, which increase from $8,317,427 for
the three-month period ended March 31, 2013 to $11,388,365 for the same period
in 2014, an increase of approximately 36.9%.
Gross profit was $6,857,772, or 27%, of net revenue for three-month period
ended March 31, 2014 compared to $4,517,108, or 20%, of net revenue for the
same period in 2013. The increase in gross profit percentage was primarily
attributable to an increase in the margin percentage in all of our three
The total research and development costs incurred for the three-month periods
ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 were $30,780 and $17,702, respectively, an
increase of 74%. Research and development costs for the three-month period
ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 represented raw materials used by SYCI for
testing the manufacturing routine.
General and administrative expenses were $1,320,518 for the three-month period
ended March 31, 2014, a decrease of $648,699 (or 33%) as compared to
$1,969,217 for the same period in 2013. The decrease of $648,699 was primarily
due to (i) the legal costs and expenses incurred in connection with the class
action lawsuit as described in our 2013 Form 10-k, which was $93,200 for the
three-month period ended March 31, 2013 and $0 for the same period in 2014
since the lawsuit was settled in early 2014.; and (ii) the unrealized exchange
gain in relation to the translation difference of inter-company balances in
USD and RMB for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014 was in the amount
of $235,424, as compared to the unrealized exchange loss for the same period
in 2013 in the amount of $65,119; and (iii) depreciation of $171,404 for
January and February 2013 related to Factory No.11, acquired in November 2012,
which is recorded in general and administrative expenses instead of cost of
goods sold because the factory commenced operations formally in March 2013.
Other operating income, which represented the sales of wastewater to some of
our customers, was $117,684 for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014,
representing an increase of $22,122(or 23%) from $95,562 for the same period
in 2013. Wastewater is generated from the production of bromine and eventually
becomes crude salt when it evaporates. Not all of our bromine production
plants have sufficient area on the property to allow for evaporation of
wastewater to produce crude salt. Certain of our customers who have facilities
located adjacent to our bromine production plants have agreed to channel our
wastewater into brine pans on their properties for evaporation. These
customers then are able to sell the resulting crude salt themselves. We signed
agreements with four of our customers to sell them our wastewater at market
Income from operations was $5,601,644 for the three-month period ended March
31, 2014 (or 22% of net revenue), an increase of $2,996,196, or approximately
115%, over income from operations for the same period in 2013. The increase
resulted primarily from the increase in the demand for our chemical product
Other income, net of $53,763 represented bank interest income, net of capital
lease interest expense for the three -month period ended March 31, 2014, an
increase of $33,926 (or approximately 171%) as compared to the same period in
2013, mainly due to higher average bank balance held during the three months
period ended March 31, 2014 compared to the same period ended March 31, 2013.
Net income was $4,286,338 for the three-month period ended March 31, 2011, an
increase of $2,403,373 (or approximately 128%) compared to the same period in
2013. This significant increase was primarily attributable to the overall
increase in demand for our chemical products.
Income taxes were $1.4 million for the first quarter of 2014, an increase of
84% from $0.7 million for the first quarter of 2013. The Company's effective
tax rate was 24% and 28% for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2014 and
As of March 31, 2014, Gulf Resources had cash of $119.3 million, total
liabilities of $13.2 million, and stockholders' equity of $296.4 million.
Ended March 31, 2014, the Company had working capital of $156.4 million. As of
March 31, 2014, the Company generated $12.8 million in cash flow from
operations, and used approximately $0.3 million cash for the prepayment of
land leases, $0.04 million to acquire property, plant and equipment in the
first quarter of 2014.
"Although we expect bromine prices to stay at current relatively low level in
fiscal year 2014 due to the continued slowdown of the economy in China
especially from real estate industry, we believe the strategy to take this
great opportunity to expand the business segments, by exploring more brine
water resources and obtaining bromine assets through acquisitions, the
development of new projects and continually looking for attractive horizontal
and vertical acquisition targets would enable us to achieve long term growth
in the future while considering the sufficient cash flow from our operating
activities, "said Mr. Xiaobin Liu, CEO of Gulf Resources." In the meantime,
the Company will try to improve its internal control, expand sales markets,
increase its production utilization rate and decrease management and
administration expenses." Given anticipated bromine price trend, the Company
forecasts total revenue approximately $124.3 million, and net income to range
between $22.02 million and $23.1 million in fiscal year 2014.
Gulf Resources' management will host a conference call on Monday, May 12, 2014
at 8:00 AM Eastern Time to discuss its financial results for the first quarter
ended March 31, 2014.
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
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
A replay of the conference call will be available for 14 days starting
starting from 11:00 AM ET on Monday, May 12, 2014. To access the replay, dial
+1 (855) 859-2056. International callers should dial +1 (404) 537-3406. The
pass code is 43967621.
This conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be
accessed by all interested parties by clicking
onhttp://www.gulfresourcesinc.com/events.html. Please access the link at
least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download,
and install any necessary audio software. For those unable to participate
during the live broadcast, a 90-day replay will be available shortly after the
call by accessing the same link.
About GulfResources, Inc.
Gulf Resources, Inc. operates through two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Shouguang
City Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited ("SCHC") and Shouguang Yuxin Chemical
Industry Co., Limited ("SYCI"). 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 & gas field explorations and as papermaking
chemical agents. For more information, visitwww.gulfresourcesinc.com.
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.
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