Leading manufacturer of bromine, crude salt and specialty chemical products, Gulf Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ:GURE), announces Q3, 2016 financials.
SHOUGUANG, China, Nov. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gulf Resources, Inc. (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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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)
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: http://www.gulfresourcesinc.com/events.html
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 www.gulfresourcesinc.com.
Gulf Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ:GURE) shares have moved +12.44% on the news thus far today and have traded in the range of $2.23 – 2.55 during the current session. In order to take a look at where the stock might be headed longer term, investors often look to research firms that cover the stock. Sell-side research firms currently have a consensus one-year price target of $14.50 on the stock. This is according to brokerage analysts polled by Thomson Reuters First Call. The sell-side analysts are projecting earnings per share of $0.00 for the next fiscal quarter. For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $1.85 per share according to First Call.
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