Gulf Resources Announces Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

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SHOUGUANG, China, Aug. 10, 2018 (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 the unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

For the three months ended June 30, 2018

For the six months ended June 30, 2018

“We are going through the most complex of times,” Mr. Liu Xiaobin, the CEO stated. “The situation in which we find ourselves is completely unprecedented. Six of the bromine factories completed their rectification process within factory areas (i.e. excluding crude salt field area) , and awaiting for the further measures from the government. We are awaiting approval on the design for our new chemical factory. We believe we have solved the problems at our natural gas well and are getting ready to begin trial production. Fortunately, we believe that we have sufficient working capital that will enable us to satisfy the government requirements, build new facilities, and grow organically . Our focus is the future of the Company. We understand that bromine and chemical capacity in China may be reduced, and we believe that as one of the leading players in the market, we have the ability to make our products more profitable.”

On September 1, 2017, the company received notification from the government of Yankou County, Shouguang City that production for its factories should be halted to perform rectification and improvement. In October 2017, the company and the county authorities agreed on a plan that would cost $35 million for rectifications. As of June 30, 2018, the company had spent $27,048,794 on these rectification and improvement projects. And the Company expects to spend an additional $40 million in 2018 to carry out enhancement projects for its extraction wells.

Originally, six bromine factories completed their rectification process within factory areas (i.e. excluding crude salt field area) and were approved and scheduled for production commencement by April 2018 as verbally indicated by the local government

Subsequently, the Shandong Provincial government required the local government to conduct “four rating and one comprehensive evaluation” for all of the chemical companies within its jurisdiction. This has delayed the production commencement schedule of the six bromine and crude salt factories. As of current date, the Company has not received any official approval from the government.

The remaining four bromine and crude salt factories have a slightly more complex issue that needs to be resolved. All bromine factories now require paired crude salt pans to prevent the halogen water resulting from the production process from flowing into the sea. Four of these bromine factories do not have a designated crude salt pan where the wastewater could be channeled. The Company has four alternatives for these four factories which do not have paired crude salt pans: 1. It can form partnerships with adjacent bromine facilities that do have crude salt pans. The nature of these partnerships could take many forms. At present, the Company is communicating with a third party about the waste water discharge of the Factory No 10. If an agreement is reached, the Company will invest RMB7 million to build a new aqueduct and discharge the waste water to the designated place for treatment by the designated party. 2. The Company could petition the government for a zoning change so that additional land for salt pans could be obtained. The Company believes this might be difficult but is worth pursuing; 3. The Company could negotiate a different method of dealing with this issue; or, 4. These factories could conceivably be forced to close. At the present time, the Company is also working with the government on these issues and has not reached any final solution yet.  

Subsequently on June 29 2018, the Company received a formal notice (dated June 25, 2018) jointly issued by various provincial government agencies in Shandong Province (the “Notice”) forwarded by the Weifang City Special Operations Leading Group Office of Safe Production, Transformation and Upgrading of Chemical Industry. In the Notice, the provincial government agencies set forth further requirements and procedures covering the following four aspects for the chemical industrial enterprises: project approval, planning approval, land use rights approval and environmental protection assessment approval. Those standards and procedures apply to all chemical industrial enterprises in Shandong Province including the Company’s bromine plants that have not completed project approval procedures, planning approval procedures, land use rights approval procedures and environmental protection assessment procedures.  The Company believes that the government will not grant approval to the Company to allow its bromine and crude salt plants to resume operations until the Company has fully complied with the aforesaid rules set forth in the Notice.

The Shouguang City Bromine Association, on behalf of all the bromine plants in Shouguang, has started discussions with the local government agencies. The local governmental agencies confirmed the facts that their initial requirements for the bromine industry did not include the project approval, the planning approval and the land use rights approval and that those three additional approvals were new requirements of the provincial government.  We understood from the local government that it has been coordinating with several government agencies to solve these three outstanding approval issues in a timely manner and that all the affected bromine plants are not allowed to commence production prior to obtaining those approvals.

The Company is not certain how long the temporary delay will be due to the issuance and implement of the Notice. The Company believes that this is another step by the government to improve the environment. It further believes the goal of the government is not to close all plants, but rather to codify the regulations related to project approval, land use, planning approval and environmental protection assessment approval so that illegal plants are not able to open in the future and so that plants close to population centers do not cause serious environmental damage. In addition, the Company believes that the Shandong provincial government wants to assure that each of its regional and county governments has applied the Notice in a consistent manner.

In addition, to the Company’s knowledge, some of the bromine factories in China are expected to be closed permanently due to stricter government policy. With the trend of the depreciation of RMB and the trade war between US and China, we believe imported bromine are becoming more expensive. As a result, the Company anticipates that locally supplied bromine could become more popular and its price could trend up. The company is optimistic about the long-term earnings potential in the Company’s bromine and crude salt.

Gulf Resources has secured from the government, the land use rights for its chemical plants located at the Bohai Marine Fine Chemical Industrial Park. It has purchased the land for $9.7 million and presented completed construction design draft and other related documents to the local authorities for approval. The Company expected to receive feedback from the local authorities. However, the Company does believe there could be a delay for the approval process given the ongoing rectification and approvals process for the Company’s other plants.

At the present time, the company plans to begin construction of the chemical factories in the first quarter of 2019 and complete the construction during 2019, and begin production at the beginning of 2020. The Company estimates that the factory will cost approximately $60 million. Most of budgeted fund is expected to be used for the building and the equipment in 2019. To the Company’s knowledge, some of the chemical factories in China could be permanently closed. With the weaker RMB, potential tariffs, and less competition, we believe that the Company’s new factories, with state-of-the-art equipment, should be able to generate more profits.

The Company and Xinan Shiyou Daxue (Southwest Petroleum University) have developed a solution to our technical drilling problem. The equipment was delivered and installed in July 2018. We are now actively testing the equipment to make sure that it works and that there are no issues with water or impurities. We expect to begin trial production in September 2018. We expect to be at full production around September of 2019.

Pending the results of the trial production, we plan to start drilling our next well in the second half of 2019.  Our current plans are to drill two wells in 2019. At the present time, we expect a new well to cost approximately between $3.7 and $4.5 million.

Despite the problems we have encountered, the Company continues to be very optimistic about the opportunities in natural gas. The government mandatory policies of replacing coal by natural gas and electricity as utility source have created energy shortages in China. Last winter, some factories in northern China were closed because of shortage of natural gas. The demand for natural gas as a clean fuel is increasing sharply. We believe we can be a part of the solution.

“We appreciate the support of our shareholders,” Mr. Liu Xiaobin, the CEO of Gulf Resources stated. “I do not think anyone can imagine what a complex and difficult time this has been for our management team. Every member of our team has been working diligently and made every effort to meet the new government requirements. Our focus is to get our bromine factories operational, build our new chemical factory, and begin producing natural gas at our first well..”

“We recognize,” Mr. Liu continued, “that our shareholders have been very patient. We know this is a difficult time for you as well. We only ask that you understand this is an even more difficult time for us. We are committed to improving our communication with our shareholders, so they can follow every step in our progress of re-opening our facilities. We are also committed to finding ways of enhancing shareholder value once we have our businesses back in operation.”

Gulf Resources' management will host a conference call on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

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 .

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 08/13/2018 11:30 EDT - 08/28/2018 23:59 EDT. To access the replay, call +1 (855) 859-2056. International callers should call +1 (404) 537-3406. The conference ID is 

Gulf Resources, Inc. operates through three 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, 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 

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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