Annual Report (10-k)

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Annual Report (10-k)

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

(Mark One)

 

x  ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018

 

Or

 

o  TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from ________________ to ________________

 

Commission file number 001-34499

 

Gulf Resources, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Nevada   13-3637458
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
     
Level 11,Vegetable Building, Industrial Park of the East Shouguang City, Shandong, China   262700
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

+86 (536) 567-0008  

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.0005 par value NASDAQ Global Select Market

 

Securities registered pursuant to section 12(g) of the Act:

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes o   No x

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes o   No x

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes x   No o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes x   No o

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§ 229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference  in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer,” "smaller reporting company," and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer  o Accelerated filer o  
Non-accelerated filer o Smaller reporting company x
Emerging Growth Company o

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).

Yes o   No x

 

As of June 29, 2018, the aggregate market value of the common stock of the registrant held by non-affiliates (excluding shares held by directors, officers and others holding more than 5% of the outstanding shares of the class) was approximately $37 million based upon a closing sale price of $1.38.

 

APPLICABLE ONLY TO REGISTRANTS INVOLVED IN BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS DURING THE PRECEDING FIVE YEARS:

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed all documents and reports required to be filed by Section 12, 13 or 15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 subsequent to the distribution of securities under a plan confirmed by a court.

Yes o   No o

 

(APPLICABLE ONLY TO CORPORATE REGISTRANTS)

 As of March 14, 2019, the registrant had outstanding 46,920,760 shares of common stock. 

 

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the Registrant’s Proxy Statement relating to the Registrant’s 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

 

PART I      
Item 1.   Business   1
Item 1A.   Risk Factors 9
Item 1B   Unresolved Staff Comments 10
Item 2.   Properties 10
Item 3.   Legal Proceedings 17
Item 4.   Mine Safety Disclosures 17
PART II
Item 5.   Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities 18
Item 6.   Selected Financial Data 19
Item 7.   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 19
Item 7A.   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 33
Item 8.   Financial Statements and Supplementary Data 33
Item 9.   Changes In and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure 34
Item 9A.   Controls and Procedures 34
Item 9B.   Other Information 35
PART III
Item 10.   Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance 35
Item 11.   Executive Compensation 35
Item 12.   Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder  Matters 35
Item 13.   Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence 35
Item 14.   Principal Accounting Fees and Services 35
PART IV
Item 15.   Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules 36
Item 16.   Form 10-K Summary 36
Signatures 37

 

 

 

Special Note Regarding Forward Looking Information

 

This report contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current views and expectations with respect to our business, strategies, future results and events, and financial performance. All statements made in this report other than statements of historical fact, including statements that address operating performance, events or developments that management expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including statements related to future reserves, cash flows, revenues, profitability, adequacy of funds from operations, statements expressing general optimism about future operating results and non-historical information, are forward-looking statements. In particular, the words "believe", "expect", "intend", "anticipate", "estimate", "plan", "may", "will", variations of such words and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements and their absence does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements which are based on management's current expectations and projections about future events, are not guarantees of future performance, are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Our actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from the results expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include those discussed in this report.  Except as required under the federal securities laws, we do not undertake any obligation to update the forward-looking statements in this report.

 

PART I

 

Item 1. Business.

 

Introduction

 

We manufacture and trade bromine and crude salt, natural gas, manufacture and sell chemical products used in oil and gas field exploration, oil and gas distribution, oil field drilling, papermaking chemical agents, and manufacture and sell materials for human and animal antibiotics. To date, our products have been sold only within the People’s Republic of China. As used in this report, the terms "we," "our," "Company" and "Gulf Resources" refers to Gulf Resources, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, and the terms “ton” and “tons” refers to metric tons, in each case, unless otherwise stated or the context requires otherwise.  

 

The functional currency of the Company’s operating foreign subsidiaries is the Renminbi (“RMB”), which had an average exchange rate of $0.14811 and $0.15143 during fiscal years 2017 and 2018, respectively. The reporting currency of the Company is the United States dollar (“USD” or $”).

 

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Our Corporate History

 

We were originally incorporated in Delaware and subsequently re-incorporated in Nevada. From November 1993 through August 2006, we were engaged in the business of owning, leasing and operating coin and debit card pay-per copy photocopy machines, fax machines, microfilm reader-printers and accessory equipment under the name “Diversifax, Inc.”. Due to the increased use of internet services, demand for our services declined sharply, and in August 2006, our Board of Directors decided to discontinue our operations.

 

Upper Class Group Limited, incorporated in the British Virgin Islands in July 2006, acquired all the outstanding stock of Shouguang City Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited ("SCHC"), a company incorporated in Shouguang City, Shandong Province, the People's Republic of China (the “PRC”), in May 2005. At the time of the acquisition, members of the family of Mr. Ming Yang, our president and former chief executive officer, owned approximately 63.20% of the outstanding shares of Upper Class Group Limited. Since the ownership of Upper Class Group Limited and SCHC was then substantially the same, the acquisition was accounted for as a transaction between entities under common control, whereby Upper Class Group Limited recognized the assets and liabilities transferred at their carrying amounts.

 

 On December 12, 2006, our Company, then known as Diversifax, Inc., a public "shell" company, acquired Upper Class Group Limited and SCHC. Under the terms of the agreement, the stockholders of Upper Class Group Limited received 13,250,000 (restated for the 2-for-1 stock split in 2007 and the 1-for-4 stock split in 2009) shares of our voting common stock in exchange for all outstanding shares of Upper Class Group Limited. Members of the Yang family received approximately 62% of our common stock as a result of the acquisition. Under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, the share exchange is considered to be a capital transaction rather than a business combination. That is, the share exchange is equivalent to the issuance of stock by Upper Class Group Limited for the net assets of Gulf Resources, Inc., accompanied by a recapitalization, and is accounted for as a change in capital structure. Accordingly, the accounting for the share exchange is identical to that resulting from a reverse acquisition, except no goodwill is recorded. Under reverse takeover accounting, the post reverse acquisition comparative historical consolidated financial statements of the legal acquirer, Diversifax, Inc., are those of the legal acquiree, Upper Class Group Limited. Share and per share amounts stated have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the share exchange. On February 20, 2007, we changed our corporate name to Gulf Resources, Inc.

 

On February 5, 2007, we acquired Shouguang Yuxin Chemical Industry Co., Limited ("SYCI"), a company incorporated in the People's Republic of China. Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, the stockholders of SYCI received a total of 8,094,059 (restated for the 2-for-1 stock split in 2007 and the 1-for-4 stock split in 2009) shares of common stock of Gulf Resources, Inc. in exchange for all outstanding shares of SYCI's common stock. Simultaneously with the completion of the acquisition, a dividend of $2,550,000 was paid to the former stockholders of SYCI. At the time of the acquisition, approximately 49.1% of the outstanding shares of SYCI were owned by Ms. Yu, Mr. Yang’s wife, and the remaining 50.9% of the outstanding shares of SYCI were owned by SCHC, all of whose outstanding shares were owned by Mr. Yang and his wife. Since the ownership of Gulf Resources, Inc. and SYCI are substantially the same, the acquisition was accounted for as a transaction between entities under common control, whereby Gulf Resources, Inc. recognized the assets and liabilities of SYCI at their carrying amounts. Share and per share amounts have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the acquisition.

 

To satisfy certain ministerial requirements necessary to confirm certain government approvals required in connection with the acquisition of SCHC by Upper Class Group Limited, all of the equity interest of SCHC were transferred to a newly formed Hong Kong corporation named Hong Kong Jiaxing Industrial Limited (“Hong Kong Jiaxing”) all of the outstanding shares of which are owned by Upper Class Group Limited. The transfer of all of the equity interest of SCHC to Hong Kong Jiaxing received approval from the local State Administration of Industry and Commerce on December 10, 2007.

 

As a result of the transactions described above, our corporate structure is linear. That is Gulf Resources owns 100% of the outstanding shares of Upper Class Group Limited, which owns 100% of the outstanding shares of Hong Kong Jiaxing, which owns 100% of the outstanding shares of SCHC, which owns 100% of the outstanding shares of SYCI. Further, as a result of our acquisitions of SCHC and SYCI, our historical consolidated financial statements, as contained in our Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis, appearing elsewhere in the report, reflect the accounts of SCHC and SYCI.

 

On October 12, 2009, we completed a 1-for-4 reverse stock split of our common stock, such that for each four shares outstanding prior to the stock split there was one share outstanding after the reverse stock split. All shares of common stock referenced in this report have been adjusted to reflect the stock split figures. On October 27, 2009, our shares began trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “GFRE” and on June 30, 2011 we changed our ticker symbol to “GURE” to better reflect our corporate name.

 

On January 12, 2015, the Company and SCHC entered into an Equity Interest Transfer Agreement with Shouguang City Rongyuan Chemical Co., Ltd (“SCRC”) pursuant to which SCHC agreed to acquire SCRC and all rights, title and interest in and to all assets owned by SCRC, a leading manufacturer of materials for human and animal antibiotics in China and other parts of Asia.

 

On February 4, 2015 the Company closed the transactions contemplated by the agreement between the Company, SCHC and SCRC.

 

On the closing Date, the Company issued 7,268,011 shares of its common stock, par value $0.0005 per share (the “Shares”), at the closing market price of $1.84 per Share on the closing date to the four former equity owners of SCRC .The issuance of the Shares was exempt from registration pursuant to Regulation S of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. On the Closing Date, the Company entered into a lock-up agreement with the four former equity owners of SCRC. In accordance with the terms of the lock-up agreement, the shareholders agreed not to sell or transfer the Shares for five years from the date the stock certificates evidencing the Shares were issued.

 

The sellers of SCRC agreed as part of the purchase price to accept the Shares, based on a valuation of $2.00, which was a 73% premium to the price on the day the agreement was reached. For accounting purposes, the Shares were valued at $1.84, which was the closing price of our stock on the closing date of the agreement. The price difference between the original sale price of $2.00 and the $1.84 closing price of our stock on the closing date of the agreement is solely for accounting purposes. There has been no change in the number of shares issued.

 

On November 24, 2015, Gulf Resources, Inc., a Delaware corporation consummated a merger with and into its wholly-owned subsidiary, Gulf Resources, Inc., a Nevada corporation. As a result of the reincorporation, the Company is now a Nevada corporation.

 

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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”) with registered capital of RMB50,000,000, and there was RMB13,848,730 capital contributed by SCHC as of December 31, 2018. DCHC was established to further explore and develop natural gas and brine resources (including bromine and crude salt) in China.

 

On September 2, 2016, the Company announced the planned merger of two of its 100% owned subsidiaries, ShouguanYuxin Chemical Co., Limited (“SYCI”) and ShouguanRongyuan Chemical Co., Ltd (“SCRC”). On March 24, 2017, the legal process of the merger was completed and SCRC was officially deregistered on March 28, 2017. The results of these two subsidiaries were reported under SYCI in the fiscal year 2018.

 

Our current corporate structure chart is set forth in the following diagram:

 

 

 

Our executive offices are located at Level 11, Vegetable Building, Industrial Park of the East in Shouguang City, Shandong Province, P.R.C. Our telephone number is +86 (536) 5670008. Our website address is www.gulfresourcesinc.com. The information contained on or accessed through our website is not intended to constitute and shall not be deemed to constitute part of this Form 10-K.

 

Closure and rectification process of our Bromine, Crude Salt and Chemical Products factories

 

On September 1, 2017, the Company received letters from the Yangkou County, Shouguang City government to each of its subsidiaries, Shouguang City Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited and Shouguang Yuxin Chemical Industry Co., Limited, which stated that in an effort to improve the safety and environmental protection management level of chemical enterprises, the plants are requested to immediately stop production and perform rectification and improvements in accordance with the country's new safety, environmental protection requirements. As a result, our facilities located were closed on September 1, 2017 to allow for rectification.

 

Subsequently, the Safety Supervision and Administration Department and the Environmental Protection Departments of the local government conducted inspections of every bromine production enterprise within its jurisdiction, in order to improve security, environmental protections, pollution, and safety.

 

The Company has been working closely with the county authorities to develop rectification plans for both its bromine and crude salt businesses and agreed on a rectification plan in October 2017. As part of the rectification plan, the Company has converted its bromine and crude salt factories from coal to electricity, installed computerized production monitoring and safety equipment, lined all of the salt ponds, paved roads, and performed some other upgrades. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, the Company incurred $16,243,677 in the rectification and improvements of plant and equipment of the bromine and crude salt factories resulting in a cumulative amount of $34,182,329 incurred as of December 31, 2018 since the beginning. The Company has entered into contracts related to building new extraction wells for bromine facilities in the aggregate amount of approximately $40 million in which approximately $12 million was paid in 2018.

 

On November 24, 2017, the Company received a letter from the Government of Yangkou County, Shouguang City notifying the Company to relocate its two chemical production plants located in the second living area of the Qinghe Oil Extraction Plant to the Bohai Marine Fine Chemical Industrial Park (“Bohai Park”). This is because the two plants are located in a residential area and their production activities will impact the living environment of the residents. This is as result of the country’s effort to improve the development of the chemical industry, manage safe production and curb environmental pollution accidents effectively, and ensure the quality of living environment for residents. All chemical enterprises which do not comply with the requirements of the safety and environmental protection regulations will be ordered to shut down.

 

On September 21, 2018, the Company received a closing notice from the People's Government of Yangkou Town, Shouguang City informing it that its three bromine factories (Number 3, Number 4, and Number 11.) and not allowed to resume production and hence the Company has to demolish these factories. The crude salt fields surrounding these factories have been reclaimed as cultivated or construction land and hence did not meet the requirement for bromine and crude salt co-production set by the relevant authority. In closing these factories, the Company wrote off net book value of these factories’ property, plant and equipment in the amount of $18,644,473 in the loss on demolition of the factory in the consolidated statements of loss for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, recorded an impairment loss on the related mineral rights of these three factories of $1,284,832 included in the impairment of property, plant and equipment in the consolidated statements of loss for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 and wrote off $52,926 of prepaid land lease recorded in other operating loss in the consolidated statements of loss for fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. The Company incurred dismantling fee in the amount of $273,757 recorded in other operating loss in the consolidated statements of loss for fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. The Company will negotiate with the local villages over compensation for the payment already made for these land leases and mineral rights in the past. However, the Company is uncertain of the amount that it could recover and when this could be accomplished.

 

The Company has completed all the rectification and improvements in accordance with the government requirements, and we are currently waiting for any further notices from the government. We will still need to fulfill project approval, planning approval, land use rights approval and environmental protection assessment approval, by working closely with the local government.

 

Because many smaller producers have not had the capital to conduct the rectification required by the government, management believes there could be some extremely attractive acquisition opportunities in bromine. However, at the present time, all of management’s attention is focused on getting its facilities approved and in full production. Management may consider acquisition opportunities in this segment in the future if the prices were sufficiently attractive.

 

To date, we have secured the land for the chemical factory. The Company also completed the designing of the factory, just waiting for the final approval regarding environmental protection assessment As soon as it get the final approval,, Gulf will move ahead as quickly as possible to start the factory construction. It will start its production as early as it can with all the efforts. There was an impairment loss on the property, plant and equipment related to the relocation of our chemical plants to Bohai Park in the amount of $16,636,322, since much of the equipment that was used in the chemical factories was relatively old. Further, even if it had been newer, we believe that it might not have passed new environmental tests.  The total cost of building the new factory is currently estimated to be approximately $60 million. The Company incurred relocation costs in the amount of $10,925,081 and $9,732,118 as of December 31, 2018 and 2017.

 

In January 2017, the Company completed the first brine water and natural gas well field construction in Sichuan Province and announced the commencement of trial production. The Company has been working with Xinan Shiyou Daxue (Southwest Petroleum University) and developed a solution to DHCH’s technical drilling problem. In resolving the problem, the Company purchased customized equipment for its natural gas project. The installation of such equipment, including providing piping and electricity, was completed in July 2018. The Company has completed the test production at its first natural gas well in Sichuan Province and commenced trial production in January 2019.

 

As of December 31, 2018, the Company performed the qualitative assessment and determined that it is more likely than not that the fair value of its chemical segment is less than its carrying amount due to the uncertainty in the timing of receipt of the final approval of the design of the new factory, the uncertainty in the forecast of demand for chemical products which may be affected by China’s environmental protection policies and the time that the segment may need to build up the customer base to a level similar to the past. Considering these factors, the Company determined the fair value of its chemical segment based on the discounted cash flow model is less than the carrying amount of its chemical segment to the extent of the entire goodwill and recorded an impairment charge of $27,966,050 in the year ended December 31, 2018. 

 

We will continue to control the land and buildings where the old chemical factories are located. At this time, we have not considered how or if we can monetize those assets.

 

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Our Business Segments

 

Our business operations are conducted in four segments, bromine, crude salt, chemical products, and natural gas.  We manufacture and trade bromine, crude salt and natural gas, and manufacture and sell chemical products used in oil and gas field exploration, oil and gas distribution, oil field drilling, papermaking chemical agents and manufacturer of materials for human and animal antibiotics.  We conduct all of our operations in China.

 

Bromine and Crude Salt

 

We manufacture and distribute bromine through our wholly-owned subsidiary, Shouguang City Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited, or SCHC.  Bromine (Br2) is a halogen element and it is a red volatile liquid at standard room temperature which has reactivity between chlorine and iodine. Elemental bromine is used to manufacture a wide variety of bromine compounds used in industry and agriculture. Bromine is also used to form intermediates in organic synthesis, which is somewhat preferable over iodine due to its lower cost.  Our bromine is commonly used in brominated flame retardants, fumigants, water purification compounds, dyes, medicines and disinfectants.

 

The extraction of bromine in the Shandong Province is limited by the Provincial Government to licensed operations.  We hold one such license.  As part of our business strategy, it is our plan to continue acquiring smaller scaled and unlicensed producers and to use our bromine to expand our downstream chemical operations.

 

Location of Production Sites

 

Our production sites are located in the Shandong Province in northeastern China. The productive formation (otherwise referred to as the “working region”), extends from latitude N 36°56’ to N 37°20’ and from longitude E 118°38’ to E 119°14’, in the north region of Shouguang city, from the Xiaoqing River of Shouguang city to the west of the Dan River, bordering on Hanting District in the east, from the main channel of “Leading the Yellow River to Supply Qingdao City Project” in the south to the coastline in the  north. The territory is classified as coastal alluvial – marine plain with an average height two to seven meters above the sea level. The terrain is relatively flat.

 

Geological background of this region

 

The Shandong Province working region is located to the east of Lubei Plain and on the south bank of Bohai Laizhou Bay. The geotectonic location bestrides on the North China Platte (I) and north three-level structure units, from west to east including individually the North China Depression, Luxi Plate, and Jiaobei Plate. Meanwhile, 4 V-level structure units including the Dongying Sag of Dongying Depression (IV) of North China Depression, the Buried Lifting Area of Guangrao, Niutou sag and Buried Lifting Area of Shuanghe and are all on two V-level structure units including Xiaying Buried Lifting Area of Weifang Depression (IV) of Luxi Plate and Chuangyi Sag, as well as on a V-level structure units of Jiaobei Buried Lifting Area of Jiaobei Plate.

 

Processing of Bromine

 

Natural brine is a complicated salt-water system, containing many ionic compositions in which different ions have close interdependent relationships and which can be reunited to form many dissolved soluble salts such as sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium sulfate, potassium sulfate and other similar soluble salts. The goal of natural brine processing is to separate and precipitate the soluble salts or ions away from the water.  Due to the differences in the physical and chemical characteristics of brine samples, the processing methods are varied, and can result in inconsistency of processing and varied technical performance for the different useful components from the natural brine.

 

Bromine is the first component extracted during the processing of natural brine. In natural brine, the bromine exists in the form of bromine sodium and bromine magnesium and other soluble salts.

 

The bromine production process is as follows:

 

  1. natural brine is pumped from underground through extraction wells by subaqueous pumps;
     
  2. the natural brine then passes through transmission pipelines to storage reservoirs;
     
  3. the natural brine is sent to the bromine refining plant where bromine is extracted from the natural brine.  In neutral or acidic water, the bromine ion is easily oxidized by adding the oxidative of chlorine, which generates the single bromine away from the brine. Thereafter the extracted single bromine is blown out by forced air, then absorbed by sulfur dioxide or soda by adding acid, chlorine and sulfur. Extracted bromine is stored in containers of different sizes; and
     
  4. the wastewater from this refining process is then transported by pipeline to brine pans.

 

Our production feeds include (i) natural brine; (ii) vitriol; (iii) chlorine; (iv) sulfur; and (v) coal.

 

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Crude Salt

 

We also produce crude salt, which is produced from the evaporation of the wastewater after our bromine production process. Once the brine is returned to the surface and the bromine is removed, the remaining brine is pumped to on-site containing pools and then exposed to natural sunshine. This causes the water to evaporate from the brine, resulting in salt being left over afterwards. Crude salt is the principal material in alkali production as well as chlorine alkali production and is widely used in the chemical, food and beverage, and other industries.

 

Chemical Products

 

We produce chemical products through our wholly-owned subsidiary, Shouguang Yuxin Chemical Industry Company Limited, or SYCI.  At the present time, SYCI is closed pursuant to the letter from government dated on November 24, 2017. It will be relocated to Bohai Marine Fine Chemical Industry Park, Shouguang City. SYCI paid $9,732,118 for a 50-year lease of a piece of land for its new factories at Bohai Marine Fine Chemical Industrial Park in December, 2017 and leased another piece of land from the third party for its new chemical factory.

 

Historically, SYCI concentrated its efforts on the production and sale of chemical products that are used in oil and gas field exploration, oil and gas distribution, oil field drilling, papermaking chemical agents, inorganic chemicals and materials that are used for human and animal antibiotics. SYCI also engages in depth study of existing products and new product research and development at the same time. The annual production capacity for SYCI old factories of oil and gas field exploration products and related chemicals was over 26,000 tons,  its annual production capacity of papermaking-related chemical products was over 5,000 tons, and the annual production capacity of materials that are used for human and animal antibiotics was over 6,800 tons.

 

Sales and Marketing

 

We have an in-house sales staff of 19 persons. Our customers send their orders to us first.  Our in-house sales staff then attempts to satisfy these orders based on our actual production schedules and inventories on hand. Many of our customers have a long term relationship with us. We expect this to continue due to stable demand for mineral products, however, these relationships cannot be guaranteed in the future.

 

Principal Customers

 

We sell a substantial portion of our products to a limited number of PRC customers.  Our principal customers during 2018 were Shandong Morui Chemical Company Limited, Shandong Brother Technology Limited, and Shouguang Weidong Chemical Company Limited. We have ongoing policies in place to ensure that sales are made to customers who are credit-worthy. We have no accounts receivable for the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

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During the year ended December 31, 2018, the net revenue for the bromine segment was $0 due to the closure of all of our plant and factories in order to perform rectification and improvement since September 1, 2017. During the year ended December 31, 2017, sales to our three largest bromine customers, based on net revenue from such customers, aggregated $17,950,659, or approximately 43% of total net revenue from sale of bromine; and sales to our largest customer represented approximately 19%, respectively, of total net revenue from the sale of bromine.

 

During each of the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, sales to our three largest crude salt customers, based on net revenue from such customers, aggregated $1,981,573 and $8,947,283, respectively, or approximately 100% and 100% of total net revenue from sale of crude salt; and sales to our largest customer represented approximately 39% and 42%, respectively, of total net revenue from the sale of crude salt.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2017, sales to our three largest chemical products customers, based on net revenue from such customers, aggregated $8,269,199, or approximately 15% of total net revenue from sale of chemical products; and sales to our largest customer represented approximately 6% of total net revenue from the sale of chemical products.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2018, there were limited chemical products for sale due to the closure of our chemical factories since September 1, 2017, we only sold limited chemical products and raw materials to our customers in the aggregate amount of $613,368.

 

Principal Suppliers

 

Our principal external suppliers are Shandong Xinlong Biological Technology Company Limited, Shouguang City Rongguang Trading Company Limited, Shandong Xinlong Group Company Limited, Shouguang Hongye Trading Company Limited and Zibo City Zichuan Fuli Chemical Raw Material Factory.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2018, we did not purchase any raw materials for our bromine and crude production. During the year ended December 31, 2017, we purchased 66% of raw materials for our bromine and crude production from our top three suppliers.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2018, we did not purchase any raw materials for chemical products production. During the year ended December 31, 2017, we purchased 55% of raw materials for our chemical products production from our top three suppliers. We purchased a portion of the bromine produced by the Company internally as well, totaling $6,305,642 for the years ended December 31, 2017 for the production of chemical products.

 

This supplier concentration makes us vulnerable to a near-term adverse impact, should the relationships be terminated.

 

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Business Strategy

 

Expansion of Production Capacity to Meet Demand

 

▼ Bromine and Crude Salt

 

In view of keen competition and the trend of less bromine contraction of brine water being extracted in Shouguang City, Shandong Province, the Company had announced its intent to access more bromine and crude salt resources by finding new underground brine water resources in the Sichuan Province. The Company completed the drilling of its first exploratory well in December 2011 and announced in mid-January 2012 that the Company discovered underground brine water resources in Daying County. In September 2014, the Company started deeper drilling exploration under its existing well and did an exploration analysis on the resources from different levels. On January 30, 2015 we announced that we had found natural gas resources under our bromine well in the Sichuan area. On November 23, 2015 the company’s wholly owned subsidiary SCHC entered into an agreement with the People’s Government of Daying County in Sichuan Province for the exploration and development of natural gas and brine resources (including bromine and crude salt). In January 2017, the Company completed the first brine water and natural gas well field construction in Sichuan Province and announced the commencement of trial production. Then later on, the Company found some issues related to the water and other potential impurities in the natural gas during trial production. In resolving the problem, the Company purchased customized equipment for its natural gas project. The installation of such equipment, including providing piping and electricity, was completed in July 2018. The Company has completed the test production at its first natural gas well in Sichuan Province and has commenced trial production in January 2019.

 

On September 1, 2017, the Company received notification from the Government of Yangkou County, Shouguang City of PRC that production at all its factories be halted with immediate effect in order for the Company to perform rectification and improvement in accordance with the county’s new safety and environmental protection requirements.

 

The Company has been working closely with the County authorities to develop rectification plans for both its bromine and crude salt businesses and had agreed on a plan in October 2017. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, the Company incurred $16,243,677 in the rectification and improvements of plant and equipment of the bromine and crude salt factories resulting in a cumulative amount of $34,182,329 incurred as of December 31, 2018.The Company has completed all the rectification and improvements in accordance with the government requirements, and we are currently waiting for any further notices from the government. We will still need to fulfill project approval, planning approval, land use rights approval and environmental protection assessment approval, by working closely with the local government.

 

In the fiscal of 2018, the Company incurred enhancement works in our crude salt field for our bromine and crude salt factories for the rectification and improvements at a cost of approximately $15.8 million. The Company built new extraction wells for bromine facilities at costs of approximately $17.8 million. The Company expects to build new extraction wells in 2019, which expects to incur capital expenditure of approximately $28 million..

 

▼ Chemical Products

 

On November 24, 2017, the Company received a letter from the Government of Yangkou County, Shouguang City notifying the Company to relocate its two chemical production plants located in the second living area of the Qinghe Oil Extraction Plant to the Bohai Marine Fine Chemical Industrial Park. This is because the two plants are located in a residential area and their production activities will impact the quality of the living environment of the residents. This is as a result of the country’s effort to improve the development of the chemical industry, manage safe production and curb environmental pollution accidents effectively, and ensure the quality of living environment of residents. All chemical enterprises which do not comply with the requirements of the safety and environmental protection regulations were ordered to shut down. The Company believes this relocation process will cost approximately $60 million in total. The Company incurred relocation costs in the amount of $10,925,081 which was capitalized in construction work in progress as of December 31, 2018.

 

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Competition

 

To date, our sales have been limited to customers within the PRC and we expect that our sales will remain primarily domestic for the immediate future.  Our marketing strategy involves developing long term ongoing working relationships with customers based on large multi-year agreements which foster mutually advantageous relationships.

 

We compete with PRC domestic private companies and state-owned companies.  Certain state-owned and state backed competitors are more established and have more control of certain resources in terms of pricing than we do.  We compete in our business based on price, our reputation for quality and on-time delivery, our relationship with suppliers and our geographical proximity to natural brine deposits in the PRC for bromine, crude salt and chemical productions.  Management believes that our stable quality, manufacturing processes and plant capacity for the production of bromine, crude salt and chemical products are key considerations in awarding contracts in the PRC.

 

Our principal competitors in the bromine business are Shandong Yuyuan Group Company Limited, Shandong Haihua Group Company Limited, Shandong Dadi Salt Chemical Group Company Limited and Shandong Haiwang Chemical Company Limited, all of which produce bromine principally for use in their chemicals businesses and sell part of the bromine produced to customers. These companies may switch to selling bromine to the market if they no longer use bromine in their chemical businesses.

 

Our principal competitors in the crude salt business are Shandong Haiwang Chemical Company Limited, Shandong Haihua Group Company Limited, Shandong Weifang Longwei Industrial Company Limited, Shandong Yuyuan Group Company Limited and Shandong Caiyangzi Saltworks.

 

Our principal competitors in the chemical business are Beijing Shiji Zhongxing Energy Technology Co., Ltd, Yanan Chaozheng Nijiang Co., Ltd, Shandong Dacheng Pesticides Company Limited, Binhua Group Company Limited, Dongying City Dongchen (Group) Chemical Industry Company Limited, Beijing Peikangjiaye Technologies Limited, Shouguang Fukang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Shandong Xinhua Pharmaceutical Limited by Share Ltd, Hunan Erkang Pharmaceutical Limited by Share Ltd and Xinan Synthetic Pharmaceutical Limited by Share Ltd.

 

Government Regulation

 

China has begun to reinforce the environmental requirements for the entire chemical industry, demanding the closure or rectification of those factories that do not meet the emission requirements and are highly polluting. In early 2017, the government announced the closure or relocation of those chemical industry facilities that are close to residential areas and the new environmental law officially came into full effect in January 2018.

 

The following is a summary of the principal governmental laws and regulations that are or may be applicable to our operations in the PRC. The scope and enforcement of many of the laws and regulations described below are uncertain. We cannot predict the effect of further developments in the Chinese legal system, including the promulgation of new laws, changes to existing laws or the interpretation or enforcement of laws.

 

In the natural resources sector, the PRC and the various provinces have enacted a series of laws and regulations over the past 20 years, including laws and regulations designed to improve safety and decrease environmental degradation.  The "China Mineral Resources Law" declares state ownership of all mineral resources in the PRC.  However, mineral exploration rights can be purchased, sold and transferred to foreign owned companies. Mineral resource rights are granted by the Central Government permitting recipients to conduct mineral resource activities in a specific area during the license period. These rights entitle the licensee to undertake mineral resource activities and infrastructure and ancillary work, in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, within the specific area covered by the license during the license period. The licensee is required to submit a proposal and feasibility studies to the relevant authority and to pay the Central Government a natural resources tax in an amount equal to a percent of annual crude salt sales and tones of bromine sold. Shandong Province has determined that bromine is to be extracted only by licensed entities and we hold one of such licenses. Despite the province desire to limit extraction to licensed entities hundreds of smaller operations continue to extract bromine without licenses.

 

The Ministry of Land and Resources (“MLR”) is the principal regulator of mineral rights in China. The Ministry has authority to grant licenses for land-use and exploration rights, issue permits for mineral rights and leases, oversee the fees charged for them and their transfer, and review reserve evaluations. We are required to hold a bromine and salt production license in order to operate our bromine and salt production business in the PRC. Our bromine and salt production license is subject to a yearly audit. If we do not successfully pass the yearly approval by relevant government authorities, our bromine and salt production operations may be suspended until we are able to comply with the license requirements which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. 

 

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Employees

 

As of December 31, 2018 we employed approximately 699 full-time employees, of whom approximately 64% are with SCHC and DCHC, and 35% are with SYCI. Approximately 6% of our employees are management personnel and 4% are sales and procurement staff. None of our employees are represented by a union.

 

Our employees in China participate in a state pension arrangement organized by Chinese municipal and provincial governments. We are required to contribute to the arrangement at the rate of 21% of the average monthly salary. In addition, we are required by Chinese law to cover employees in China with other types of social insurance. Our total contribution amounts to 33% of the average monthly salary. We have purchased social insurance for almost all of our employees. Expense related to social insurance was approximately $1,216,096 for fiscal year 2018.

 

Available Information

 

We make available free of charge on or through our internet website, www.gulfresourcesinc.com, our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, including exhibits, and all amendments to those reports, if any, filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as soon as reasonably practicable after they are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC maintains an Internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers like our Company that file electronically with the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. The information contained on our website is not intended to be incorporated into this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

 

Pursuant to Item 301(c) of Regulation S-K (§ 229.301(c)), the Company is not required to provide the information required by this Item as it is a “smaller reporting company,” as defined by Rule 229.10(f)(1).

 

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Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.

 

None.

 

Item 2. Properties .

 

FIGURE 2.1 - REGIONAL MAP OF MINING PROPERTIES

 

 

 

 

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FIGURE 2.2 - DETAILED MAP OF MINING PROPERTIES

 

 

 

We do not own any land, although we do own some of the buildings on land we lease. Our executive offices are located at Level 11, Vegetable Building, Industrial Park of the East in Shouguang City, Shandong Province, P.R.C, which also is the headquarters of SCHC and SYCI. These offices were purchased from Shandong Shouguang Vegetable Seed industry Group Co., Ltd, in which Mr. Ming Yang, the Chairman of the Company, had 99% equity interest.

 

SYCI concentrates its efforts on the production and sale of chemical products that are used in oil and gas field exploration, oil and gas distribution, oil field drilling, papermaking chemical agents, and manufacture and sell materials that are used for human and animal antibiotics in China. At the present time, SYCI is under shutdown state based on the letter from government dated On November 24, 2017. It will be relocated to Bohai Marine Fine Chemical Industry Park,Shouguang City, Shandong Province, China.

 

DCHC, is a registered company exploring and developing natural gas and brine resources (including bromine and crude salt) in China located in No.14 team, Liguanggou Village, Tianbao Township, Daying County, Suining City, Sichuan Province, China.

 

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The Company operates its bromine and crude salt production facilities through its wholly-owned subsidiary SCHC.  SCHC has land use rights to one property (10,790 square meters, or approximately 3 acre) as bromine production area for Factory No. 1 and land lease contracts to seven properties (approximately 17,816 acre), totaling nearly 17,819 acre, located on the south bank of Laizhou Bay on the Shandong Peninsula of the People’s Republic of China (“China”).  Each of the properties is accessible by road. The Yiyang railway line is within 50 kilometers and the Yangkou port is five kilometers away.

 

Each of the seven properties contains natural brine deposits which are extracted through wells and are used to extract bromine and produce crude salt. Bromine is a simple molecular element which is produced by extracting the bromine ion from natural brine. Crude salt is sodium chloride.  Bromine is an important chemical raw material in flame retardants, fire extinguishing agents, refrigerants, photographic materials, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and oil and other industries.  Crude salt, also known as industrial salt, is used in a wide range of chemical industries, is the major raw material in the soda and chlor-alkali industries and can be widely used in agricultural, animal husbandry, fisheries and food processing industries.  Crude salt is also the main raw material for edible salt.

 

As of December 31, 2018, the Company had invested approximately $97.4 million in its eleven production factories and facilities (including the demolition of Factory No.6 in 2016 and the closed factories No 3, No 4, and No 11 in 2018) and paid approximately $21.0 million in prepaid land lease payments and mineral rights. The Company incurred enhancement works in our protection shells to crude salt fields at costs of approximately $15.8 million and paid approximately $17.8 million for new extraction wells in the fiscal year 2018. In light of the increased labor and raw materials costs of construction projects in recent years, the cost to replace those eroded parts increased the overall cost of the enhancement project to its current level.

 

Nature of Ownership Interest in the Properties

 

All of the land in the PRC is owned by the State. Individuals and companies are permitted to acquire rights to use land or land use rights for specific purposes at no cost. In the case of land used for industrial purposes, the land use rights are granted for a period of 50 years. This period may be renewed at the expiration of the initial and any subsequent terms. Granted land use rights are transferable and may be used as security for borrowings and other obligations. The Company does not own any land but has entered into contracts with the local government and original owners of the land use rights to acquire their rights for a period of 50 years.  The contracts required us to pay a one-time fee plus an annual rent.

 

Mineral Rights

 

The Chinese and provincial governments have enacted a series of laws and regulations relating to the natural resources sector over the past 20 years, including laws and regulations designed to improve safety and decrease environmental degradation.  The “China Mineral Resources Law” declares state ownership of all mineral resources in China.  However, mineral exploration rights can be purchased, sold and transferred to both domestic and foreign owned companies. Mineral resource rights are granted by the central government permitting recipients to conduct mineral resource activities in a specific area during the license period.  These rights entitle the licensee to undertake mineral resource activities and infrastructure and ancillary work, in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, within the specific area covered by the license during the license period. The licensee is required to submit a proposal and feasibility studies to the relevant authority and to pay the central government a natural resources tax in an amount equal to RMB 1,050 per tonne of bromine sales volumes.  The Company was exempt from paying the fee prior to January 1, 2008. Shandong province has determined that bromine is to be extracted only by licensed entities.

 

Our mineral rights are issued by the local government and allow for a one year period of mining.  The rights provide us with the exclusive rights to explore and extract natural brine under the leased land and produce bromine and crude salt. The government performs an annual inspection of the company’s previous year’s state of production & operations at beginning of each year.  The annual inspection reviews: (1) whether the production is safe and if any accidents occurred during the previous year; (2) whether the natural resources tax and other taxes were timely paid; (3) whether employees’ salary and welfare benefits were timely paid; and (4) whether the Company meets environment protection meet standards. Only those companies who pass the inspection receive mineral rights for another one year term. For those companies who do not pass the inspection, additional mineral rights are not allocated until they can meet the requirements. If there is major safety accident, the government may revoke the mining permit.

 

The mining rights were renewed in July 2018 and we are working closely to discuss and assess with local government to decide if the rights need to be updated based on most recent government land use and planning requirements.

 

On September 21, 2018, we received a closing notice from the People's Government of Yangkou Town, Shouguang City informing us that we had to shut down our three bromine factories (Number 3, Number 4, and Number 11.).

 

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The following is a description of the land use and mineral rights related to each of the nine properties held by SCHC as of December 31, 2018.

 

All of the bromine factories are under rectification process without production.

 

Property Factory No. 1 – Haoyuan General  Factory
Area 6,442 acres
Date of Acquisition February 5, 2007
Land Use Rights Lease Term Fifty Years
Land Use Rights Expiration Date 2054 (for mining areas only)
The number of remaining years to expiration of the of the land lease as of December 31, 2018

35.25 Years

 

Prior fees paid for land use rights RMB8.6 million
Annual Rent RMB186,633
Mining Permit No.: C3707002009056220022340
Date of Permission: July 2018, subject to renewal per three years
Period of Permission: Three year

 

Property Factory No. 1 branch – State-owned Shouguang Qinshuibo Farm
Area 0.79 acres
Date of Factory lease January 1, 2011
Factory Lease Term Twenty Years
Factory lease Expiration Date 2030
The number of remaining years to expiration of the of the factory lease as of December 31, 2018

12.0 Years

 

Prior Fees Paid for Land Use Rights Not applicable
Annual Rent RMB5,000,000
Mining Permit No.: Under application

 

Property Factory No. 2 – Yuwenbo
Area 1,846 acres
Date of Acquisition April 7, 2007
Land Use Rights Lease Term Fifty Years
Land Use Rights Expiration Date 2052
The number of remaining years to expiration of the of the land lease as of December 31, 2018

34 Years

 

Prior Fees Paid For Land Use Rights RMB7.5 million
Annual Rent RMB162,560
Mining Permit No.: C3707002009056220022340
Date of Permission: July 2018, subject to renewal per three years
Period of Permission: Three year

 

Property Factory No. 2 – State Operated Shouguang Qingshuibo Farm
Area 568 acres
Date of Acquisition December 30, 2010
Land Use Rights Lease Term Thirty Years
Land Use Rights Expiration Date 2040
The number of remaining years to expiration of the of the land lease as of December 31, 2018

22.7 Years

 

Prior Fees Paid for Land Use Rights Not applicable
Annual Rent RMB172,500 (increase 5% per year)
Mining Permit No.: Under application

 

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Property Factory No. 5 – Wangjiancai
Area 2,165 acres
Date of Acquisition October 25, 2007
Land Use Rights Lease Term Fifty Years
Land Use Rights Expiration Date 2054
The number of remaining years to expiration of the of the land lease as of December 31, 2018

36 Years

 

Annual Rent RMB176,441
Prior Fees Paid for Land Use Rights RMB8.3 million
Mining Permit No.: Under application, written consent obtained from local land and resources departments

 

Property Factory No. 7 – Qiufen Yuan
Area 1,611 acres
Date of Acquisition January 7, 2009
Land Use Rights Lease Term Fifty Years
Land Use Rights Expiration Date 2059
The number of remaining years to expiration of the of the land lease as of December 31, 2018

40.17 Years

 

Prior Fees Paid for Land Use Rights Not applicable
Annual Rent RMB171,150 (increase 5% per two years)
Mining Permit No.: C3707002009056220022340
Date of Permission: July 2018, subject to renewal per three years
Period of Permission: Three year

 

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Property Factory No. 8 – Fengxia Yuan
Area 2,723 acres
Date of Acquisition September 7, 2009
Land Use Rights Lease Term Fifty Years
Land Use Rights Expiration Date 2059
The number of remaining years to expiration of the of the land lease as of December 31, 2018

40.66 Years

 

Prior Fees Paid for Land Use Rights Not applicable
Annual Rent RMB347,130 (increase 5% per two years)
Mining Permit No.: Under application, written consent obtained from local land and resources departments

 

Property Factory No. 9 – Jinjin Li
Area 759 acres
Date of Acquisition June 7, 2010
Land Use Rights Lease Term Fifty Years
Land Use Rights Expiration Date 2060
The number of remaining years to expiration of the of the land lease as of December 31, 2018

41.5 Years

 

Prior Fees Paid for Land Use Rights Not applicable
Annual Rent RMB184,000 (increase 5% per two years)
Mining Permit No.: Under application, written consent obtained from local land and resources departments

 

Property Factory No. 10 – Liangcai Zhang
Area 1,700 acres
Date of Acquisition December 22, 2011
Land Use Rights Lease Term Ten Years
Land Use Rights Expiration Date 2021
The number of remaining years to expiration of the of the land lease as of December 31, 2018

3.0 Years

 

Prior Fees Paid for Land Use Rights Not applicable
Annual Rent RMB688,000 (increase 5% per year)
Mining Permit No.: Under application

 

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Leased Facility

 

On November 5, 2010, SCHC entered into a Lease Contract with State-Operated Shouguang Qingshuibo Farm. Pursuant to the Lease Contract, SCHC shall lease certain property with an area of 3,192 square meters (or 0.8 acres) and buildings adjacent to the Company’s Factory No. 1.  There are currently non-operating bromine production facilities on the property which have not been in production for more than 12 months.  The annual lease payment for the property is RMB 5.0 million, approximately $794,550, per year and shall be paid by SCHC no later than June 30th of each year.  The term of the Lease Contract is for twenty years commencing January 1, 2011. The Lease Contract may be renewed by SCHC for an additional twenty year period on the same terms.  The Lessor has agreed to permit SCHC to reconstruct and renovate the existing bromine production facilities on the property.

 

The chart below represents the annual production capacity and annualized utilization ratios for our bromine producing properties currently leased by the Company, which are all located in Shouguang City, Shandong Province, China.  There are no proven and probable reserves located on our properties.

 

Bromine Property   Facility
Acquisition Date
  Acres  

Annual Production
Capacity #

(in tons) 

  2018
Utilization
Ratio
  2017
Utilization 
Ratio
Factory No. 1       6,442       6,681             44 %
Factory No. 2   April 7, 2007     1,846       4,844             40 %
Factory No. 3 **   June 8, 2007     2,318       4,701             39 %
Factory No. 4 **   October 26, 2007     2,310       3,801             43 %
Factory No. 5 and
Factory No. 7 *
  October 25, 2007/
January 7, 2009
    3,776       6,986             45 %
Factory No. 8   September 7, 2009     2,723       4,016             43 %
Factory No. 9   June 7, 2010     759       2,793             39 %
Subdivision of Factory No. 1   January 1, 2011     1       3,186             38 %
Factory No. 10   December 22, 2011     1,700       3,000             42 %
Factory No. 11 **   November 26, 2012     1,730       2,800             40 %

 

*

Bromine production for Factory No. 5 and Factory No. 7 were combined in early 2010 as both factories are located adjacent to each other.

** Bromine production for Factory No. 3, 4 and 11 was closed in September 2018.

  

 

The following table shows the annual bromine produced and sold for each of our production facilities and the weighted average price received for all products sold for the last two years.

 

    2018   2017
Bromine
Facility
  Produced 
(in tons)
  Sold
(in tons)
  Selling price (RMB/ton)   Produced 
(in tons)
  Sold
(in tons)
  Selling price (RMB/ton)
Factory No. 1                       1,948       2,050       26,897  
Factory No. 2                       1,283       1,297       26,863  
Factory No. 3 **                       1,215       1,257       27,101  
Factory No. 4 **                       1,083       1,130       26,954  
Factory No. 5 and
Factory No. 7 *
                      2,096       2,154       26,919  
Factory No. 8                       1,146       1,176       26,954  
Factory No. 9                       722       757       26,897  
Subdivision of
Factory No. 1
                      843       863       27,105  
Factory No. 10                       817       837       26,904  
Factory No. 11 **                       739       766       26,983  
Total(Note A)                         11,892       12,287          

 

*

Bromine production for Factory No. 5 and Factory No. 7 were combined in early 2010 as both factories are located adjacent to each other.

** Bromine production for Factory No. 3, 4 and 11 was closed in September 2018.

  

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The following table shows the annual crude salt produced and sold for each of our production facilities and the weighted average price received for all products sold for the last two years.

 

    2018   2017
Crude Salt
Facility
  Produced 
(in tons)
  Sold
(in tons)
  Selling price (RMB/ton)   Produced 
(in tons)
  Sold
(in tons)
  Selling price (RMB/ton)
Factory No. 1           2,790       264       4,950       7,721       211  
Factory No. 2           6,713       250       17,148       17,164       210  
Factory No. 5 and
Factory No. 7 *
          10,592       251       91,329       151,265       223  
Factory No. 8           20,371       252       58,420       68,064       214  
Factory No. 9           9,941       255       30,258       30,320       215  
Total           50,407               202,105       274,534          

 

* Bromine production for Factory No. 5 and Factory No. 7 were combined in early 2010 as both factories are located adjacent to each other.

 

The following table shows the chemical products produced and sold for our SYCI’s production facilities and the weighted average price received for all products sold for the last two years.

 

    2018   2017
Chemical
Products
  Produced
  (in tons)
  Sold
(in tons)
  Selling price (RMB/ton)   Produced
  (in tons)
  Sold
(in tons)
  Selling price (RMB/ton)
Oil and gas exploration additives                       6,547       6,751       12,994  
Paper manufacturing additives                       1,973       2,016       7,696  
Pesticides manufacturing additives           14       44,000       1,297       1,309       36,279  
Pharmaceutical intermediates                       2,689       1,075       155,251  
By products           96       10,222       7,627       7,638       8,324  
Total           110               20,133       18,789          

 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings.

 

None

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

 

Not applicable.

 

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PART II

 

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

 

Market for Our Common Stock

 

Our common stock is listed for trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, or NASDAQ, under the symbol “GURE”.

 

Dividends

 

We have never paid cash dividends on our common stock. Holders of our common stock are entitled to receive dividends, if any, declared and paid from time to time by the Board of Directors out of funds legally available. We intend to retain any earnings for the operation and expansion of our business and do not anticipate paying cash dividends in the foreseeable future. Any future determination as to the payment of cash dividends will depend upon future earnings, results of operations, future expansion of bromine and crude salt business and other, capital requirements, our financial condition and other factors that our Board of Directors may consider.

 

Our Equity Compensation Plans

 

The following table provides information as of December 31, 2018 about our equity compensation plans and arrangements.

 

Equity Compensation Plan Information - December 31, 2018

 

Plan category

Number of securities to

be issued upon exercise

of outstanding options,

warrants and rights 

 

Weighted-average

exercise price of

outstanding options, 

warrants and rights 

  Number of securities remaining available for future issuance under equity compensation plans (excluding securities reflected in column (a))
  (a)   (b)   (c)
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders 2,518,000   $0.97   5,005,489
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders -   -   -
Total 2,518,000   $0.97   5,005,489

 

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Purchases of Equity Securities by the Company and Affiliated Purchasers

 

None

 

Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities

 

None

 

Item 6. Selected Financial Data.

 

Pursuant to Item 301(c) of Regulation S-K (§ 229.301(c)), the Company is not required to provide the information required by this Item as it is a “smaller reporting company,” as defined by Rule 229.10(f)(1).

 

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

 

Overview

 

We are a holding company which conducts operations through our wholly-owned China-based subsidiaries.  Our business is conducted and reported in four segments, namely, bromine, crude salt, chemical products and natural gas.

 

Through our wholly-owned subsidiary, SCHC, we produce and trade bromine and crude salt.  We are one of the largest producers of bromine in China, as measured by production output. Elemental bromine is used to manufacture a wide variety of bromine compounds used in industry and agriculture. Bromine also is used to form intermediary chemical compounds such as Tetramethylbenzidine.  Bromine is commonly used in brominated flame retardants, fumigants, water purification compounds, dyes, medicines and disinfectants.  Crude salt is the principal material in alkali production as well as chlorine alkali production and is widely used in the chemical, food and beverage, and other industries.

 

Through our wholly-owned subsidiary, SYCI, we manufacture and sell chemical products used in oil and gas field exploration, oil and gas distribution, oil field drilling, papermaking chemical agents, inorganic chemicals and manufacture and sell materials that are used for human and animal antibiotics..

 

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Recent Development

 

On September 21, 2018, the Company received a closing notice from the People's Government of Yangkou Town, Shouguang City informing it that its three bromine factories (Number 3, Number 4, and Number 11.) are not allowed to resume production and hence the Company has to demolish these factories. The crude salt fields surrounding these factories have been reclaimed as cultivated or construction land and hence did not meet the requirement for bromine and crude salt co-production set by the relevant authority.

 

In January 2017, the Company completed the first brine water and natural gas well field construction in Sichuan Province and announced the commencement of trial production. The Company has been working with Xinan Shiyou Daxue (Southwest Petroleum University) and developed a solution to DHCH’s technical drilling problem. In resolving the problem, the Company purchased customized equipment for its natural gas project. The installation of such equipment, including providing piping and electricity, was completed in July 2018. The Company has completed the test production at its first natural gas well in Sichuan Province and has commenced trial production in January 2019.

 

As a result of our acquisitions of SCHC and SYCI, our historical consolidated financial statements and the information presented below reflects the accounts of SCHC, SYCI and DCHC, the consolidated financial statements and the information presented below as of and for the year ended December 31, 2018. The following discussion should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and notes thereto appearing elsewhere in this report.

 

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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Year ended December 31, 2018 as compared to year ended December 31, 2017

 

    Years ended    
    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   Percent Change 
Increase/ 
(Decrease)
Net Revenue   $ 2,594,941     $ 107,522,441       (98 %)
Cost of Net Revenue   $ (1,310,272 )   $ (63,157,090 )     (98 %)
Gross Profit   $ 1,284,669     $ 44,365,351       (97 %)
Sales, Marketing and Other Operating Expense   $ (66,111 )   $ (278,600 )     (76 %)
Research and Development Costs   $     $ (195,195 )     (100 %)
Write-off / Impairment on property, plant and equipment   $ (1,397,313 )   $ (17,581,244 )     (92 %)
Loss on demolition of factory   $ (18,644,473 )   $        
Direct labor and factory overheads incurred during plant shutdown   $ (21,081,692 )   $ (6,883,557 )     206 %
Write-off / Impairment on prepaid land lease   $ (4,004,788 )   $        
Goodwill Impairment Loss   $ (27,966,050 )            
General and Administrative Expenses   $ (11,268,800 )   $ (8,536,757 )     32 %
Other Operating Income (Loss)   $ (407,973 )   $ 281,613       (245 %)
Income (loss) from Operations   $ (83,552,531 )   $ 11,171,611       (848 %)
Other Income, Net   $ 500,690     $ 391,842       28 %
Income (loss) before Taxes   $ (83,051,841 )   $ 11,563,453       (818 %)
Income (Taxes) benefit   $ 13,087,855     $ (3,610,140 )     (463 %)
Net Income (loss)   $ (69,963,986 )   $ 7,953,313       (980 %)

 

Net Revenue  The table below shows the changes in net revenue in the respective segment of the Company for the fiscal year 2018 compared to the same period in 2017:

 

    Net Revenue by Segment    
    Year Ended   Year Ended   Percent Change
    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   Decrease
Segment       Percent of total       Percent of total    
Bromine   $           $ 42,224,901       39 %     (100 %)
Crude Salt   $ 1,981,573       76 %   $ 8,986,080       8 %     (78 %)
Chemical Products   $ 613,368       24 %   $ 56,311,460       53 %     (99 %)
Total sales   $ 2,594,941       100 %   $ 107,522,441       100 %     (98 %)

 

    Years Ended December 31   Percent Change
Bromine and crude salt segments product sold in tonnes   2018   2017   Decrease
Bromine (excluded volume sold to SYCI)           10,681       (100 %)
Crude Salt     50,407       274,534       (82 %)

 

    Years Ended December 31   Percent Change
Chemical products segment sold in tonnes   2018   2017   Decrease
Oil and gas exploration additives           6,751       (100 %)
Paper manufacturing additives           2,016       (100 %)
Pesticides manufacturing additives     14       1,309       (99 %)
Pharmaceutical intermediates           1,075       (100 %)
By products     96       7,638       (99 %)
Overall     110       18,789       (99 %)

 

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Bromine segment

 

For the fiscal year 2018, the net revenue for the bromine segment was $0 due to the closure of all of our plants and factories to perform rectification and improvement since September 1, 2017. All bromine goods in the inventory were sold as of December 31, 2017.

 

Crude salt segment

 

The decrease in net revenue from our crude salt segment was due to the decrease in the sales volume of crude salt. The sales volume of crude salt decreased by 82% from 274,534 tonnes for the fiscal 2017 to 50,407 tonnes for the same period in 2018. This decrease was attributable to the closure of all of our plant and factories to perform rectification and improvement since September 1, 2017. As a result, there was limited crude salt for sale for the fiscal year 2018.

 

The average selling price of crude salt increased by 20% from $32.73 per tonne for the fiscal year 2017 to $39.31 per tonne for the same period in 2018.

 

The table below shows the changes in the average selling price and changes in the sales volume of crude salt for the fiscal year 2018 from the same period in 2017.

 

    Fiscal Year
Decrease in net revenue of crude salt as a result of:   2018 vs. 2017
Increase in average selling price   $ 1,068,908  
Decrease in sales volume   $ (8,073,415 )
Total effect on net revenue of crude salt   $ (7,004,507 )

 

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Chemical products segment

 

    Product Mix of Chemical Product Segment    
    Year Ended   Year Ended   Percent Change
    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   Decrease
Chemical Products       Percent of total       Percent of total    
Oil and gas exploration additives   $           $ 12,852,210       23 %     (100 %)
Paper manufacturing additives   $           $ 2,275,236       4 %     (100 %)
Pesticides manufacturing additives   $ 98,200       16 %   $ 6,953,930       12 %     (99 %)
Pharmaceutical intermediates   $           $ 24,922,328       44 %     (100 %)
By products   $ 154,666       25 %   $ 9,307,756       17 %     (98 %)
Raw materials   $ 360,502       59 %   $              
Total sales   $ 613,368       100 %   $ 56,311,460       100 %     (99 %)

 

Net revenue from our chemical products segment decreased from $56,311,460 for the fiscal year 2017 to $613,368 for the same period in 2018, a decrease of approximately 99%. This decrease was attributable to the closure of our chemical factories since September 1, 2017. We are setting up a new factory in the Bohai Park. As a result there were limited chemical products for sale for the fiscal year 2018 and no chemical product in inventory at the end of December 31, 2018. Net revenue from our pesticides manufacturing additives decreased from $6,953,930 for the fiscal year 2017 to $98,200 for the same period in 2018, a decrease of approximately 99%. Net revenue from our byproducts decreased from $9,307,756 for the fiscal year 2017 to $154,666 for the same period in 2018, a decrease of approximately 98%. Since we are not allowed to engage in any production activities until the new factory is built, we sold our raw materials in the amount of $360,502 for the fiscal year 2018.

 

Cost of Net Revenue

 

    Cost of Net Revenue by Segment    
    Year Ended   Year Ended   Percent Change
    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   Decrease
Segment       Percent of total       Percent of total    
Bromine   $           $ 20,991,198       33 %     (100 %)
Crude Salt   $ 765,944       58 %   $ 4,329,663       7 %     (82 %)
Chemical Products   $ 544,328       42 %   $ 37,836,229       60 %     (99 %)
Total Cost of Net Revenue   $ 1,310,272       100 %   $ 63,157,090       100 %     (98 %)

 

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 Cost   of net revenue reflects mainly the raw materials consumed and the direct salaries and benefits of staff engaged in the production process, electricity, depreciation and amortization of manufacturing plant and machinery and other manufacturing costs. Our cost of net revenue was $1,310,272 for the fiscal year 2018, a decrease of $61,846,818 (or 98%) as compared to the same period in 2017.

 

Bromine production capacity and utilization of our factories

 

The table below represents the annual capacity and utilization ratios for all of our bromine producing properties:

 

    Annual Production Capacity (in tonnes)  

Utilization

Ratio (i)

Fiscal year 2017     42,808       42%  
Fiscal year 2018     31,506        
Variance of the fiscal year 2018 and 2017     (11,302     (42%

 

(i) Utilization ratio is calculated based on the actual production volume in tonnes for the year divided by the annual production capacity in tonnes.

 

Our annual production capacity decreased 11,302 in tonnes for the fiscal year 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017 due to the permanent closure of Factory No.3, 4 and 11. See Note 1 (b) in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statement.

 

Our utilization ratio was 0% for the fiscal year 2018 was due to the closure of all of our plant and factories to perform rectification and improvement since September 1, 2017.

 

The Company expects to carry out enhancement projects for the extraction wells in 2019, which will cost approximately $35 million.

 

Bromine segment

 

For the fiscal year 2018, the cost of net revenue for the bromine segment was $0 due to the closure of all of our plant and factories to perform rectification and improvement since September 1, 2017. All bromine goods in the inventory were sold as of December 31, 2017. As a result, there was no bromine for sale for the fiscal year 2018.

 

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Crude salt segment

 

The cost of net revenue for our crude salt segment for fiscal year 2018 was $765,944, representing a decrease of $3,563,719, or 82%, compared to $4,329,663 for the same period in 2017. This decrease was attributable to the closure of all of our plant and factories to perform rectification and improvement since September 1, 2017. As a result, there was limited crude salt for sale for the fiscal year 2018.

 

Chemical products segment

 

Cost of net revenue for our chemical products segment for the fiscal year 2018 was $544,328, representing a decrease of $37,291,901 or 99% over the same period in 2017. This decrease was attributable to the sale of lower margin raw material items as the chemical factories were closed in September 2017 for relocation and is not expected to resume operations until early 2020.

 

Gross Profit. Gross profit was $1,284,669, or 50%, of net revenue for fiscal year 2018 as compared to $44,365,351, or 41%, of net revenue for fiscal year 2017.

 

    Gross Profit by Segment   % Point
    Year Ended   Year Ended   Change of
    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   Gross Profit
Segment       Percent of Net Revenue       Percent of Net Revenue    
Bromine   $           $ 21,233,703       50 %     (50 %)
Crude Salt   $ 1,215,629       61 %   $ 4,656,417       52 %     9 %
Chemical Products   $ 69,040       11 %   $ 18,475,231       33 %     (22 %)
Total Gross Profit   $ 1,284,669       50 %   $ 44,365,351       41 %     9 %

 

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Bromine segment

 

For the fiscal year 2018, the gross profit margin for our bromine segment was 0% due to the closure of all of our plant and factories to perform rectification and improvements since September 1, 2017. All bromine goods in the inventory were sold as of December 31, 2017. As a result, there was no bromine for sale for the fiscal year 2018.

 

Crude salt segment

 

For the fiscal year 2018, the gross profit margin for our crude salt segment was 61%, as compared to of 52% for the same period in 2017. This 9% increase is mainly due to the increased average selling price.

 

Chemical products segment

 

For the fiscal year 2018, the gross profit margin for our chemical segment was 11% because of the sale of lower margin raw materials as the chemical factories were closed in September 2017 for relocation.

 

Research and Development Costs The total research and development costs incurred for the fiscal years 2018 and 2017 were $0 and $195,195, respectively, a decrease of 100%. Due to the closure of our chemical factories since September 1, 2017, there were no research and development costs incurred for the fiscal year 2018. Research and development costs for the fiscal year 2017 represented raw materials used by SYCI for testing the manufacturing routine.

 

Direct labor and factory overheads incurred during plant shutdown On September 1, 2017, the Company received notification from the government of Yangkou County, Shouguang City of PRC stated that production at all its bromine and crude salt and chemical factories should be halted with immediate effect in order for the Company to perform rectification and improvement in accordance with the county’s new safety and environmental protection requirements. On November 24, 2017, the Company received a letter from the Government of Yangkou County, Shouguang City notifying the Company to relocate its two chemical production plants located in the second living area of the Qinghe Oil Extraction Plant to Bohai Park. As such, direct labor and factory overhead costs (including depreciation of plant and machinery) of a total amount of $21,081,692 and $6,883,557 incurred for the fiscal year 2018 and 2017 which would have been presented in the cost of net revenue were presented as part of the operating expense. The Company retains all the employees during this period.

 

Write-off/Impairment on property, plant and equipment. Write-off and impairment losses on property, plant and equipment for the fiscal years 2018 and 2017 were $1,397,313 and $17,581,244, respectively, a decrease of 92%. Write-offs on property, plant and equipment of $1,397,313 for fiscal year 2018 represented the impairment for the mineral rights for the factories that have to be permanently closed due to closure notice from the People's Government of Yangkou Town, Shouguang City (See Note 1 (b) in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statement), and write-offs of certain wells and equipments damaged by flood from a typhoon during the third quarter 2018. Write-off and impairment loss on property, plant and equipment of $17,581,244 for the fiscal year 2017 represented (i) the impairment loss on property, plant and equipment related to the transmission channels and ducts in fiscal year 2017 in the amount of $216,182; (ii) the impairment loss on property, plant and equipment related to our chemical production plants that had to be relocated to Bohai Marine Fine Chemical Industry Park in the amount of $16,636,322; and (iii) write-off certain protective shells to crude salt fields of $619,112 during the enhancement project that started in November 2017 and was completed in December 2017.

 

Write-off of prepaid land lease. Write-off of prepaid land leases for the fiscal year 2018 were $4,004,788, which represented the impairment for the land lease for factory of SYCI that have to be relocated to Bohai Marine Fine Chemical Industry Park.

 

Loss on demolition of factory On September 21, 2018, the Company received a closing notice from the People's Government of Yangkou Town, Shouguang City informing it to close its three bromine factories (Number 3, Number 4, and Number 11.). The crude salt fields surrounding these factories have been reclaimed as cultivated or construction land and hence did not meet the requirement for bromine and crude salt co-production set by the relevant authority. In closing these factories, the Company wrote off net book value of these factories’ property, plant and equipment in the amount of $18,644,473 recorded in the loss on demolition of factory in the consolidated statements of loss for the fiscal year 2018.

 

Goodwill impairment loss As of December 31, 2018, the Company performed the qualitative assessment and determined that it is more likely than not that the fair value of its chemical segment is less than its carrying amount due to the uncertainty in the timing of receipt of the final approval of the design of the new factory, the uncertainty in the forecast of demand for chemical products which may be affected by China’s environmental protection policies and the time that the segment may need to build up the customer base to a level similar to the past. Considering these factors, the Company determined the fair value of its chemical segment based on the discounted cash flow model is less than the carrying amount of its chemical segment to the extent of the entire goodwill and recorded an impairment charge of $27,966,050 in the year ended December 31, 2018. 

 

General and Administrative Expenses. General and administrative expenses were $11,268,800 for the fiscal year 2018, an increase of $2,732,043 (or 32%) as compared to $8,536,757 for the same period in 2017. The increase was primarily due to (i) the increased property tax and land use right tax in the amount of $2,973,257 due to the increased tax rate by the government (ii) incurred repair and maintenance expenses in the amount of $2,590,003 for the damage by flood from a typhoon during the fiscal year 2018.This was offset by the unrealized exchange gain in relation to the translation difference of inter-company balances in USD and RMB for the fiscal year 2018 in the amount of $1,315,454, as compared to the unrealized exchange loss for the same period in 2017 in the amount of $1,557,759.

 

Other Operating Income (loss).  Other operating loss was $407,973 for the fiscal year 2018 for the write-off of some of prepaid land leases for the closed factories and raw material lost as a result of the damage from the flooding and the cost of demolition of the factory during fiscal year 2018, compared to other operating income of $281,613 for the fiscal year 2017 for sales of wastewater.

 

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Income (Loss) from Operations. Loss from operations was $83,552,531 for the fiscal year 2018, compared to an income of $11,171,611 in the same period in 2017.

 

    Income (loss) from Operations by Segment
    Year ended December 31, 2018   Year ended December 31, 2017
Segment:       % of total       % of total
Bromine   $ (40,504,752     48 %   $ 12,460,230       90 %
Crude Salt   $ (8,336,305     10 %   $ 2,426,137       18 %
Chemical Products   $ (34,757,750 )     42 %   $ (1,024,569     (7 %)
Natural Gas   $ (204,517 )         $ (116,465 )     (1 %)
Income (loss) from operations before corporate costs   $ (83,803,324     100 %   $ 13,745,333       100 %
Corporate costs   $ (1,064,661 )           $ (1,015,963 )        
Unrealized gain/(loss) on translation of intercompany balance   $ 1,315,454             $ (1,557,759        
Income (loss) from operations   $ (83,552,531           $ 11,171,611          

 

Bromine segment

 

Loss from operations from our bromine segment was $40,504,752 for the fiscal year 2018, compared to an income of $12,460,230 in the same period in 2017. This decrease is due to the closure of all of our plants and factories to perform rectification and improvements since September 1, 2017.

 

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Crude salt segment

 

Loss from operations from our crude salt segment was $8,336,305 for the fiscal year 2018, compared to income of $2,426,137 in the same period in 2017. This decrease is due to the closure of all of our plant and factories to perform rectification and improvement since September 1, 2017.

 

Chemical products segment

 

Loss from operations from our chemical products segment was $34,757,750 for the fiscal year 2018, compared to a loss of $1,024,569 in the same period in 2017. This decrease was attributable to the closure of our chemical factories since September 1, 2017. We are setting up a new factory in the Bohai Park. As a result, there were limited chemical products and limited raw materials for sale for the fiscal year 2018.

 

Other Income, Net . Other income, net, which represent bank interest income, net of capital lease interest expense was $500,690 for the fiscal year 2018, an increase of $108,848 (or approximately 28%) as compared to the same period in 2017.

 

Net Income (loss). Net loss was $69,963,986 for the fiscal year 2018, compared to net income of $7,953,313 in the same period in 2017. This decrease was attributable to the closure of all of our plants and factories to perform rectification and improvement since September 1, 2017, there are no bromine and limited crude salt and limited chemical products in inventory, and limited raw materials for selling for the fiscal year 2018.

 

Effective Tax Rate. Our effective tax rates for the fiscal years 2018 and 2017 were 16% and 31%, respectively. The effective tax rate for the fiscal year 2018 was 9% lower than the PRC statutory income tax rate of 25%, mainly due to non-deductible expense. The effective tax rate of 31% for the fiscal year 2017 differs from the PRC statutory income tax rate of 25% mainly due to non-deductible item in connection with the unrealized exchange loss.

 

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

 

As of December 31, 2018, cash and cash equivalents were $178,998,935 as compared to $208,906,759 as of December 31, 2017.  The components of this decrease of $29,907,824 are reflected below.

 

Statement of Cash Flows
    Years Ended December 31
    2018   2017
Net cash provided by operating activities   $ 17,340,671     $ 62,751,616  
Net cash used in investing activities   $ (35,954,282 )   $ (28,419,975 )
Net cash used in financing activities   $ (294,295 )   $ (273,873 )
Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   $ (10,999,918 )   $ 10,964,417  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   $ (29,907,824 )   $ 45,022,185  

 

For the fiscal years 2018 and 2017, we met our working capital and capital investment requirements mainly by using cash flows from operations and cash on hand.

 

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

 

During the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, we had positive cash flow from operating activities of approximately $17.3 million and $62.8 million respectively.

 

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During the year ended December 31, 2018, cash flow from operating activities of approximately $17.3 million was more than our net loss of approximately $70.0 million mainly due to (i) cash used in working capital of approximately $30.8 million, which mainly consisted of the decrease in accounts receivable and decrease in inventories, which offset by decrease in retention payable; and (ii) substantial non-cash charges of approximately $56.5 million, mainly in the form of depreciation and amortization of property, plant and equipment and goodwill impairment loss and loss on demolition of factory, which was offset by increased deferred tax assets.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2017, cash flow from operating activities of approximately $62.8 million exceeded our net income of approximately $2.6 million due to non-cash charges in the amount of approximately $36.7 million, mainly in the form of depreciation and amortization of property, plant and equipment, property, plant and equipment impairment and exchange loss on intercompany balances; and cash used in working capital of approximately $23.5 million, which mainly consisted of a decrease in accounts receivable and inventories and increase in taxes payable and partially offset by the increase in prepayment and deposit and decrease in accounts payable and accrued expenses.

 

Accounts receivable

 

Cash collections on our accounts receivable had a major impact on our overall liquidity. The following table presents the aging analysis of our accounts receivable as of December 31, 2018 and 2017.

 

    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
        % of total       % of total
Aged 1-30 days   $           $ 1,955,296       7 %
Aged 31-60 days   $           $ 1,284,013       4 %
Aged 61-90 days   $           $ 692,781       2 %
Aged 91-120 days   $           $ 2,675,960       9 %
Aged 121-150 days   $           $ 8,783,405       30 %
Aged 151-180 days   $           $ 5,079,545       17 %
Aged 181-210days   $           $ 5,983,997       20 %
Aged 211-240 days   $           $ 3,310,887       11 %
Total   $           $ 29,765,884       100 %

 

There were no accounts receivable as of December 31, 2018.

 

Inventory

 

Our inventory consists of the following:

 

    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
        Percent of total       Percent of total
Raw materials   $           $ 396,482       33 %
Finished goods   $ 65,169       100 %   $ 844,224       71 %
      65,169       100 %     1,240,706       104 %
Allowance for obsolete and slowing-moving inventory   $ (65,169 )         $ (43,921 )     (4 %)
Total   $       100 %   $ 1,196,785       100 %

 

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The net inventory levels as of December 31, 2018 decreased by $1,196,785 (or 100%), as compared to the net inventory levels as of December 31, 2017.

 

There were no production in the year ended December 31, 2018 and all inventories carried forward from December 31, 2017 were sold in the year except for $0.07 million of crude salt in which an allowance for obsolescence was recorded.

 

Net Cash Used In Investing Activities

 

In the fiscal year 2018, we used approximately $0.7 million cash for the prepayment of land leases. We also used approximately $35.3 million to perform the rectification and improvements of our bromine and crude salt factories, built new extraction wells and the relocation of our chemical factories for the fiscal year 2018.

 

In the fiscal year 2017, we used approximately $10.5 million cash for the prepayment of land leases. In the same period, we also used approximately $17.9 million cash to carry out enhancement projects to our crude salt fields and enhancement for meet the government's safety and environmental standards.

 

The above investing activities were financed by the opening cash balances as of December 31, 2017.

 

Net Cash Used In Financing Activities

 

We repaid approximately $0.3 million cash for our capital lease obligation for the fiscal year 2018 and 2017.

 

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We had available cash of approximately $179.0 million at December 31, 2018, most of which is in highly liquid current deposits which earn no or little interest. We intend to retain the cash for the relocation of our chemical factories (See note 1(b) in the notes to the consolidated financial statements), which we expect to incur additional capital expenditure of approximately $50 million, future expansion of our bromine and crude salt businesses through acquisition, build new extraction wells to our existing bromine and crude salt business, which we expect to incur capital expenditure of approximately $28 million, and further development of the new resources in Sichuan Province. We do not anticipate paying cash dividends in the foreseeable future. We believe that there is enough funds to cover the rectification and improvement, the setting up of the new chemical factory and the operating expense of the Company during the rectification and relocation period.

 

We believe that we have sufficient cash to meet our obligations and anticipated ongoing operating needs as they fall due in the next twelve months.

 

In the future we intend to focus our efforts on the activities of SCHC, SYCI and DCHC as these segments continue to expand within the Chinese market.

 

We may not be able to identify, successfully integrate or profitably manage any businesses or business segment we may acquire, or any expansion of our business. An expansion may involve a number of risks, including possible adverse effects on our operating results, diversion of management’s attention, inability to retain key personnel, risks associated with unanticipated events and the consolidated financial statement effect of potential impairment of acquired intangible assets, any of which could have a materially adverse effect on our condition and results of operations. In addition, if competition for acquisition candidates or operations were to increase, the cost of acquiring businesses could increase materially. We may effect an acquisition with a target business which may be financially unstable, under-managed, or in its early stages of development or growth. Our inability to implement and manage our expansion strategy successfully may have a material adverse effect on our business and future prospects.

 

Contractual Obligations and Commitments

 

We have no significant contractual obligations not fully recorded on our consolidated balance sheets or fully disclosed in the notes to our consolidated financial statements. Additional information regarding our contractual obligations and commitments at December 31, 2018 is provided in the notes to our consolidated financial statements. See “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, Note 18 - Capital Commitment and Operating Lease Commitments.”

 

Material Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements  

 

We do not currently have any off-balance sheet arrangements falling within the definition of Item 303(a) of Regulation S-K.

 

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

 

Our Consolidated Financial Statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (U.S. GAAP), which requires us to make judgments, estimates and assumptions. See “Note 1 – Nature of Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies,” in Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, which is included in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” which describes our significant accounting policies and methods used in the preparation of our Consolidated Financial Statements. The methods, estimates and judgments that we use in applying our accounting policies require us to make difficult and subjective judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates regarding matters that are inherently uncertain.

 

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Our most critical estimates include:

 

• allowance for doubtful accounts, which impacts revenue;

• the valuation of inventory, which impacts gross margins;

• impairment of long-lived assets (including goodwill);

• the valuation and recognition of share-based compensation, which impacts operating expenses; and

• the recognition and measurement of deferred income taxes, which impact our provision for taxes.

 

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

 

We makes estimates of the uncollectibility of accounts receivable, especially analyzing accounts receivable and historical bad debts, customer concentrations, customer credit-worthiness, current economic trends and changes in customer payment terms, when evaluating the adequacy of the allowance for doubtful accounts. Credit evaluations are undertaken for all major sale transactions before shipment is authorized. On a quarterly basis, we evaluate aged items in the accounts receivable aging report and provide an allowance in an amount we deem adequate for doubtful accounts. If management were to make different judgments or utilize different estimates, material differences in the amount of our reported operating expenses could result.

 

Inventory Valuation

 

Inventory is stated at the lower of cost or market, with cost determined on a first-in first-out basis. The carrying value of inventory is reduced for estimated obsolescence by the difference between its cost and the estimated market value based upon assumptions about future demand. We evaluate the inventory carrying value for potential excess and obsolete inventory exposures by analyzing historical and anticipated demand. If actual future demand or market conditions are less favorable than those projected by management, additional inventory write-downs may be required in the future, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

 

Depreciation of Property, Plant and Equipment

 

Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and any impairment losses. Expenditures for new facilities or equipment, and major expenditures for betterment of existing facilities or equipment are capitalized and depreciated using the straight-line method at rates sufficient to depreciate such costs over the estimated productive lives. All other ordinary repair and maintenance costs are expensed as incurred. Mineral rights are recorded at cost less accumulated depreciation and any impairment losses. Mineral rights are amortized ratably over the term of the lease, or the equivalent term under the units of production method, whichever is shorter. In some situations, the life of the asset may be extended or shortened if circumstances arise that would lead us to believe that the estimated life of the asset has changed. The life of leasehold improvements may change based on the extension of lease contracts with our landlords. Changes in the estimated lives of assets will result in an increase or decrease in the amount of depreciation recognized in future periods.

 

Impairment of Long Lived Assets

 

We periodically evaluate whether events or circumstances have occurred that indicate long-lived assets may not be recoverable or that the remaining useful life may warrant revision. When such events or circumstances are present, we assess the recoverability of long-lived assets by determining whether the carrying value will be recovered through the expected undiscounted future cash flows resulting from the use of the asset. In the event the sum of the expected undiscounted future cash flows is less than the carrying value of the asset, an impairment loss equal to the excess of the asset’s carrying value over its fair value is recorded. 

 

Goodwill Impairment

 

We test goodwill for impairment at the reporting unit level annually or when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the fair value of the reporting unit more likely than not is below the carrying amount. Goodwill impairment is assessed based on qualitative factors. Additional quantitative testing is carried out if qualitative assessment indicates that more likely than not the fair value of the reporting unit is below the carrying amount.

 

Valuation Allowance on Deferred Tax Assets

 

We evaluate our deferred income tax assets to determine if valuation allowances are required or should be adjusted. A valuation allowance is established against our deferred tax assets based on consideration of all available evidence, both positive and negative, using a “more likely than not” standard. This assessment considers, among other matters, the nature, frequency and severity of recent losses, forecasts of future profitability, the duration of statutory carry forward periods, our experience with expiring unused tax attributes and tax planning alternatives. In making such judgments, significant weight is given to evidence that can be objectively verified. 

 

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Stock-based compensation

 

We account for stock-based compensation in accordance with the fair value recognition provisions of U.S. GAAP. We use the Black-Scholes model which requires the input of highly subjective assumptions. These assumptions include estimating the length of time employees will retain their vested stock options before exercising them, the estimated volatility of our common stock price over the expected term and the number of options that will ultimately not complete their vesting requirements. The assumptions for expected volatility and expected term are the two assumptions that significantly affect the grant date fair value. Changes in expected risk-free rate of return do not significantly impact the calculation of fair value, and determining this input is not highly subjective.

 

We use annualized historical stock price volatility which is deemed to be appropriate to serve as the expected volatility of our stock price and is assumed to be constant and prevailing. The expected term represents the weighted-average period that our stock options are expected to be outstanding. The expected life is based on historical option exercise pattern.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

See “Note 1 – Nature of Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data for a full description of recent accounting pronouncements including the respective expected dates of adoption and effects on Consolidated Balance Sheets and Consolidated Statements of Income.

 

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.

 

Pursuant to Item 305(e) of Regulation S-K (§ 229.305(e)), the Company is not required to provide the information required by this Item as it is a “smaller reporting company,” as defined by Rule 229.10(f)(1).

 

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

 

The financial statements and supplementary data required by this item are included in a separate section of this Report. See “Index to Consolidated Financial Statements” on Page F-1.

 

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GULF RESOURCES, INC.

AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

DECEMBER 31, 2018 and 2017

 

C O N T E N T S

 

  PAGE
   
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRMS F-2
   
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS F-3
   
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS) AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) F-4
   
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY F-5
   
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS F-6 – F-7
   
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS F-8 – F-26
   
FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULE:  
   
SCHEDULE I – PARENT ONLY FINANCIAL INFORMATION S-1 – S-2

 

 F- 1

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Board of Directors and
Stockholders of Gulf Resources, Inc. and Subsidiaries

 

Opinion on the Financial Statements

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Gulf Resources, Inc. and Subsidiaries (the Company) as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, and the related consolidated statements of income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss), changes in stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended December 31, 2018, and the related notes and schedules (collectively referred to as the consolidated financial statements). In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended December 31, 2018, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

Basis for Opinion

 

These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s consolidated financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits, we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

 

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

/s/ Morison Cogen LLP

 

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2011.

 

Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

March 15, 2019

 

 F- 2

 

GULF RESOURCES, INC.  
 AND SUBSIDIARIES  
 CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(Expressed in U.S. dollars)  

 

    As of December 31,
    2018   2017
Current Assets                
Cash   $ 178,998,935     $ 208,906,759  
Accounts receivable           29,765,884  
Inventories, net           1,196,785  
Prepayments and deposits     8,096,636       1,395,289  
Prepaid land leases     235,459       246,640  
Other receivables     12,506       2,089  
Total Current Assets     187,343,536       241,513,446  
Non-Current Assets                
Property, plant and equipment, net     82,282,630       95,114,504  
Property, plant and equipment under capital leases, net     250,757       492,238  
Prepaid land leases, net of current portion     9,639,009       14,477,771  
Deferred tax assets     19,030,858       6,526,555  
Goodwill           29,374,909  
Total non-current assets     111,203,254       145,985,977  
Total Assets   $ 298,546,790     $ 387,499,423  
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity                
Current Liabilities                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 905,258     $ 1,032,083  
Retention payable     332,416       956,351  
Capital lease obligation, current portion     197,480       203,206  
Taxes payable-current     1,188,687       1,041,592  
Total Current Liabilities     2,623,841       3,233,232  
Non-Current Liabilities                
Capital lease obligation, net of current portion     2,069,545       2,303,995  
Total non-Current Liabilities     2,069,545       2,303,995  
Total Liabilities   $ 4,693,386       5,537,227  
                 
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; 46,803,791 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively     23,525       23,525  
Treasury stock; 249,149 shares, at cost,  as of December 31, 2018 and 2017     (554,870 )     (554,870 )
Additional paid-in capital     95,020,808       94,524,608  
Retained earnings unappropriated     185,608,445       255,572,431  
Retained earnings appropriated     24,233,544       24,233,544  
Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)     (10,478,048 )     8,162,958  
Total Stockholders’ Equity     293,853,404       381,962,196  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   $ 298,546,790     $ 387,499,423  

 

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

 

 F- 3

 

GULF RESOURCES, INC.
 AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS) AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(Expressed in U.S. dollars)

 

    Years Ended December 31,
    2018   2017
NET REVENUE                
Net revenue   $ 2,594,941     $ 107,522,441  
                 
OPERATING INCOME/(EXPENSE)                
Cost of net revenue     (1,310,272 )     (63,157,090 )
Sales, marketing and other operating expenses     (66,111 )     (278,600 )
Research and development cost           (195,195 )
Write-off / Impairment on property, plant and equipment     (1,397,313 )     (17,581,244 )
Loss on demolition of factories     (18,644,473 )      
Direct labor and factory overheads incurred during plant shutdown     (21,081,692 )     (6,883,557 )
Write-off of prepaid land lease     (4,004,788 )      
Goodwill impairment loss     (27,966,050 )      
General and administrative expenses     (11,268,800 )     (8,536,757 )
Other operating income (loss)     (407,973 )     281,613  
      (86,147,472 )     (96,350,830 )
                 
INCOME/(LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS     (83,552,531 )     11,171,611  
                 
OTHER INCOME/(EXPENSE)                
Interest expense     (160,422 )     (164,321 )
Interest income     661,112       556,163  
      500,690       391,842  
                 
INCOME/(LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES     (83,051,841 )     11,563,453  
                 
INCOME/(TAXES) BENEFIT     13,087,855       (3,610,140 )
                 
NET INCOME/(LOSS)   $ (69,963,986 )   $ 7,953,313  
                 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)                
NET INCOME/(LOSS)     (69,963,986 )     7,953,313  
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)                
  - Foreign currency translation adjustments     (18,641,006 )     24,157,485  
                 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)   $ (88,604,992 )   $ 32,110,798  
                 
EARNINGS/(LOSS) PER SHARE                
BASIC   $ (1.49 )   $ 0.17  
DILUTED   $ (1.49 )   $ 0.17  
                 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES                
BASIC     46,803,791       46,796,476  
DILUTED     46,803,791       46,835,830  

 

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

 

 F- 4

 

 

GULF RESOURCES, INC.

AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2018 AND 2017

(Expressed in U.S. dollars)

 

    Common stock                   Accumulated    
    Number   Number   Number           Additional   Retained   Retained   other    
    of shares   of shares   of treasury       Treasury   paid-in   earnings   earnings   comprehensive    
    issued   outstanding   stock   Amount   stock   capital   unappropriated   appropriated   Income(loss)   Total
                                         
                                         

BALANCE AT

JANUARY 1, 2017

    47,052,940       46,793,791       259,149     $ 23,525     $ (577,141 )   $ 94,156,679     $ 248,941,696     $ 22,910,966     $ (15,994,527 )   $ 349,461,198  
Translation adjustment     -                    -              -        -        -        24,157,485       24,157,485  
Common stock issued             10,000       (10,000 )           22,271       (4,471 )                       17,800  
Issuance of stock options to employees and director                                   372,400                         372,400  

Net income for year ended

December 31, 2017 

    -                    -              -        7,953,313              -        7,953,313  
Transfer to statutory common reserve fund     -                    -              -        (1,322,578 )     1,322,578       -         

BALANCE AT

DECEMBER 31, 2017

    47,052,940       46,803,791       249,149     $ 23,525     $ (554,870 )   $ 94,524,608     $ 255,572,431     $ 24,233,544     $ 8,162,958     $ 381,962,196  

BALANCE AT

JANUARY 1, 2018

    47,052,940       46,803,791       249,149     $ 23,525     $ (554,870 )   $ 94,524,608     $ 255,572,431     $ 24,233,544     $ 8,162,958     $ 381,962,196  
Translation adjustment     -                    -                -        -        -        (18,641,006     (18,641,006

Issuance of stock options to employees and directors

                                  496,200                         496,200  

Net loss for year ended

December 31, 2018

    -                    -              —        (69,963,986            -        (69,963,986
Transfer to statutory common reserve fund     -                    -              —                    -         

BALANCE AT

DECEMBER 31, 2018

    47,052,940       46,803,791       249,149     $ 23,525     $ (554,870 )   $ 95,020,808     $ 185,608,445     $ 24,233,544     $ (10,478,048   $ 293,853,404  

 

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

 

 F- 5

 

GULF RESOURCES, INC.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Expressed in U.S. dollars)

 

    Years Ended December 31,
    2018   2017
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES                
Net income/(loss)   $ (69,963,986 )   $ 7,953,313  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Interest on capital lease obligation     159,839       163,184  
Amortization of prepaid land leases     761,713       982,108  
Depreciation and amortization     17,443,318       20,197,313  
Allowance for obsolete and slow-moving inventories     21,248       43,921  
Write-off / Impairment loss on property, plant and equipment     1,397,313       17,581,244  
Write-off of Prepaid land lease     4,004,788        
Loss on demolition of factories     18,644,473        
Goodwill impairment loss     27,966,050        
Unrealized translation difference     (1,315,454 )     1,557,759  
Deferred tax asset     (13,087,855 )     (4,126,947 )
Stock-based compensation expense-options     496,200       372,400  
Treasury stock issued for services           17,800  
Changes in assets and liabilities                
Accounts receivable     30,241,680       26,110,087  
Other receivables     (11,289 )     (580 )
Inventories     1,192,262       4,883,850  
Prepayment and deposits     (81,469 )     (1,389,367 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     (106,163 )     (8,203,290 )
Retention payable     (597,991 )     206,211  
Taxes payable     175,994       (3,597,390 )
Net cash provided by operating activities     17,340,671       62,751,616  
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES                
Additions of prepaid land leases     (680,975 )     (10,481,323 )
Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (35,273,307 )     (17,938,652 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (35,954,282 )     (28,419,975 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES                
Repayment of capital lease obligation     (294,295 )     (273,873 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (294,295 )     (273,873 )
                 
EFFECTS OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     (10,999,918 )     10,964,417  
NET INCREASE/(DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     (29,907,824 )     45,022,185  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - BEGINNING OF YEAR     208,906,759       163,884,574  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF YEAR   $ 178,998,935     $ 208,906,759  

 

 F- 6

 

GULF RESOURCES, INC.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (CONTINUED)
(Expressed in U.S. dollars)

 

    Years Ended December 31,
    2018   2017
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION        
Cash paid during the year for:        
Income taxes   $     $ 11,113,143  

 

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

 

 F- 7

 

GULF RESOURCES, INC.

AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

DECEMBER 31, 2018

(Expressed in U.S. dollars)

 

NOTE 1 – NATURE OF BUSINESS AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

(a)           Basis of Presentation and Consolidation

 

The accompanying audited consolidated financial statements have been prepared by Gulf Resources, Inc (“Gulf Resources”). a Nevada corporation and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”). On November 24, 2015, Gulf Resources, Inc., a Delaware corporation consummated a merger with and into its wholly-owned subsidiary, Gulf Resources, Inc., a Nevada corporation. As a result of the reincorporation, the Company is now a Nevada corporation.

 

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Gulf Resources, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Upper Class Group Limited, a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, which owns 100% of Hong Kong Jiaxing Industrial Limited, a company incorporated in Hong Kong (“HKJI”). HKJI owns 100% of Shouguang City Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited ("SCHC") which owns 100% of Shouguang Yuxin Chemical Industry Co., Limited (“SYCI”) and Daying County Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited (“DCHC”).  All material intercompany transactions have been eliminated on consolidation.

 

Upper Class Group Limited was incorporated with limited liability in the British Virgin Islands on July 28, 2006 and was inactive until October 9, 2006 when Upper Class Group Limited acquired all the issued and outstanding stock of Shouguang City Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited (“SCHC”).  SCHC is an operating company incorporated in Shouguang City, Shangdong Province, the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”) on May 18, 2005.  SCHC is engaged in manufacturing and trading bromine and crude salt in China.  Since the ownership of Upper Class Group Limited and SCHC were the same, the merger was accounted for as a transaction between entities under common control, whereby Upper Class Group Limited recognized the assets and liabilities transferred at their carrying amounts.

 

On December 12, 2006, Gulf Resources, Inc. (formerly Diversifax, Inc.), a public “shell” company, acquired Upper Class Group Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SCHC (together “Upper Class”).  Under the terms of the agreement, all stockholders of Upper Class received a total amount of 13,250,000 (restated for the 2-for-1 stock split in 2007 and the 1-for-4 stock split in 2009) shares of voting common stock of Gulf Resources, Inc. in exchange for all shares of Upper Class’ common stock held by all stockholders.  Under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, the share exchange is considered to be a capital transaction in substance, rather than a business combination.  That is, the share exchange is equivalent to the issuance of stock by Upper Class for the net monetary assets of Gulf Resources, Inc., accompanied by a recapitalization, and is accounted for as a change in capital structure. Accordingly, the accounting for the share exchange will be identical to that resulting from a reverse acquisition, except no goodwill will be recorded.  Under reverse takeover accounting, the post reverse acquisition comparative historical financial statements of the legal acquirer, Gulf Resources, Inc., are those of the legal acquiree, Upper Class, which is considered to be the accounting acquirer.  Share and per share amounts stated have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the merger.

 

On February 5, 2007, SCHC acquired Shouguang Yuxin Chemical Industry Co., Limited (“SYCI”), a company incorporated in PRC on October 30, 2000.  SYCI manufactures chemical products utilized in oil and gas field explorations and as papermaking chemical agents. Under the terms of the merger agreement, all stockholders of SYCI received a total amount of 8,094,059 (restated for the 2-for-1 stock split in 2007 and the 1-for-4 stock split in 2009) shares of voting common stock of Gulf Resources, Inc. in exchange for all shares of SYCI’s common stock held by all stockholders.   Also, upon the completion of the merger, Gulf Resources, Inc. paid a $2,550,000 dividend to the original stockholders of SYCI.  Since the ownership of Gulf Resources, Inc. and SYCI are substantially the same, the merger was accounted for as a transaction between entities under common control, whereby Gulf Resources, Inc. recognized the assets and liabilities of the Company transferred at their carrying amounts.  Share and per share amounts stated have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the merger.

 

On November 11, 2007, Upper Class formed Hong Kong Jiaxing Industrial Limited (formerly known as Jiaxing Technology Limited) (“HKJI”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Upper Class, in Hong Kong. Upper Class transferred its equity interest in SCHC to HKJI.

 

On January 12, 2015, Gulf Resources and SCHC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, entered into an Equity Interest Transfer Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Shouguang City Rongyuan Chemical Co., Ltd (“SCRC”).

 

On February 4, 2015 the Company closed the transactions contemplated by the Agreement between the Company, SCHC and SCRC.

 

 F- 8

 

On the Closing Date, the Company issued 7,268,011 shares of its common stock, par value $0.0005 per share (the “Shares”), at the closing market price of $1.84 per Share on the Closing Date to the four former equity owners of SCRC .The issuance of the Shares was exempt from registration pursuant to Regulation S of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. On the Closing Date, the Company entered into a lock-up agreement with the four former equity owners of SCRC. In accordance with the terms of the lock-up agreement, the shareholders have agreed not to sell or transfer the Shares for five years from the date the stock certificates evidencing the Shares are issued.

 

The sellers of SCRC agreed as part of the purchase price to accept 7,268,011 shares of Gulf Resources stock, based on a valuation of $2.00, which was a 73% premium to the price on the day the agreement was reached. For accounting purposes, these shares are now being valued at $1.84, which was the closing price of Gulf Resources' stock on the day of the closing of the agreement. The price difference between the original $2.00 and the current $1.84 is solely for accounting purposes. There has been no change in the number of shares issued.

 

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”) with registered Capital of RMB50,000,000, and capital of RMB13,848,730 contributed by SCHC as of December 31, 2018. DCHC was established to further explore and develop natural gas and brine resources (including bromine and crude salt) in China.

 

On September 2, 2016, the Company announced the planned merger of two of its 100% owned subsidiaries, ShouguanYuxin Chemical Co., Limited (“SYCI”) and ShouguanRongyuan Chemical Co., Ltd (“SCRC”). On March 24, 2017, the legal process of the merger was completed and SCRC was officially deregistered on March 28, 2017. The results of these two subsidiaries were reported as SYCI in the fiscal year 2018.

 

(b)           Nature of the Business

 

The Company manufactures and trades bromine and crude salt through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Shouguang City Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited ("SCHC") and manufactures chemical products for use in the oil industry, pesticides, paper manufacturing industry and for human and animal antibiotics through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Shouguang Yuxin Chemical Industry Co., Limited ("SYCI") in the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”). DCHC was established to further explore and develop natural gas and brine resources (including bromine and crude salt) in the PRC. DCHC’s business was not fully operational as of December 31, 2018.

 

On September 1, 2017, the Company received notification from the Government of Yangkou County, Shouguang City of PRC that production at all its factories should be halted with immediate effect in order for the Company to perform rectification and improvement in accordance with the county’s new safety and environmental protection requirements.

 

The Company has been working closely with the county authorities to develop rectification plans for both its bromine and crude salt businesses and agreed on a plan in October 2017. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, the Company incurred $16,243,677 in the rectification and improvements of plant and equipment of the bromine and crude salt factories resulting in a cumulative amount of $34,182,329 incurred as of December 31, 2018 recorded in the plant, property and equipment in the consolidated balance sheet. The Company does not expect to incur any additional capital expenditure in the rectification of its bromine and crude salt factories in respect of meeting the county's new safety and environmental protection requirement.

 

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 the date of this report, the Company has not received any official approval from the government in respect of meeting the county's new safety and environmental protection requirement..

 

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. The Company 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 implementation 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 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 government applies the Notice in a consistent manner.

 

On September 21, 2018, the Company received a closing notice from the People's Government of Yangkou Town, Shouguang City informing it that its three bromine factories (Number 3, Number 4, and Number 11.) are not allowed to resume production and hence the Company has to demolish these factories. The crude salt fields surrounding these factories have been reclaimed as cultivated or construction land and hence did not meet the requirement for bromine and crude salt co-production set by the relevant authority.

 

The Company entered into a contract with a third party to allow the Company to use the land adjacent to Factory No. 10 for waste water discharge and invested $1.0 million to build a aqueduct to discharge the waste water to a designated place for treatment by a designated party. This project was completed as of December 31, 2018.

 

The Company believes the issues related to the remaining seven bromine and crude salt factories which have passed inspection are almost resolved. The Company is actively working with the local government to obtain the documentation for approval of project, planning, land use rights and environmental protection evaluation.

 

On November 24, 2017, the Company received a letter from the Government of Yangkou County, Shouguang City notifying the Company to relocate its two chemical production plants located in the second living area of the Qinghe Oil Extraction Plant to the Bohai Marine Fine Chemical Industrial Park (“Bohai Park”). This is because the two plants are located in a residential area and their production activities will impact the living environment of the residents. This is as a result of the country’s effort to improve the development of the chemical industry, manage safe production and curb environmental pollution accidents effectively, and ensure the quality of the living environment of residents. All chemical enterprises which do not comply with the requirements of the safety and environmental protection regulations will be ordered to shut down.

 

The Company believes this relocation process will cost approximately $60 million in total. The Company incurred relocation costs comprising prepaid land lease and professional fees related to the design of the new chemical factory in the amount of $10,925,081 and $9,732,118, which were recorded in the prepaid land leases and property, plant and equipment in the consolidated balance sheets as of December 31, 2018 and 2017. 

 

The Company does not anticipate that the Company’s new chemical factory to be significantly impacted by the Notice. The Company has secured from the government the land use rights for its chemical plants located at the Bohai Park and presented a completed construction design draft and other related documents to the local authorities for approval. The Company is still waiting for the last approval report and is uncertain when the approval will be issued. There could be a delay in the approval process given the ongoing rectification and approvals process for the Company’s other plants. As the construction of the new factory cannot commence until the final approval from the government is received, the delay in the receipt of the final approval will delay the commencement date of the construction of the new factory. 

 

In January 2017, the Company completed the first brine water and natural gas well field construction in Sichuan Province and announced the commencement of trial production. The Company has been working with Xinan Shiyou Daxue (Southwest Petroleum University) and developed a solution to DHCH’s technical drilling problem. In resolving the problem, the Company purchased customized equipment for its natural gas project. The installation of such equipment, including providing piping and electricity, was completed in July 2018. The Company has completed the test production at its first natural gas well in Sichuan Province and has commenced trial production in January 2019.

 

The Company has available cash of approximately $179.0 million at December 31, 2018. The Company intends to retain the cash for the relocation of its chemical factories which it expects to incur additional capital expenditure of approximately $50.0 million, future expansion of its bromine and crude salt businesses through acquisition, construction of extraction wells for its existing bromine and crude salt business which it expects to incur capital expenditure of approximately $28 million, and further development of the new resources in Sichuan Province. The Company does not anticipate paying cash dividends in the foreseeable future. It believe that there is enough funds to cover the rectification and improvement, the setting up of the new chemical factory and the operating expense of the Company during the rectification and relocation period. The Company believes that it has sufficient cash to meet its obligations and anticipated ongoing operating needs as they fall due in the next twelve months.

 

 F- 9

 

NOTE 1 – NATURE OF BUSINESS AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES – Continued

 

(c)           Use of Estimates

 

The Company’s consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and this requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.  The Company bases its estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.  The most significant accounting estimates with regard to these consolidated financial statements that require the most significant and subjective judgments include, but are not limited to, useful lives of property, plant and equipment, recoverability of long-lived assets, determination of impairment losses, assessment of market value of inventories and provision for inventory obsolescence, allowance for doubtful accounts, recognition and measurement of deferred income taxes, valuation allowance for deferred tax assets, and assumptions used for the valuation of share based payments.  Accordingly, actual results may differ significantly from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.

 

(d)           Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

Cash and cash equivalents consist of all cash balances and highly liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less. Because of short maturity of these investments, the carrying amounts approximate their fair values.

 

(e)           Accounts Receivable and Allowance of Doubtful Accounts

 

Accounts receivable is stated at cost, net of allowance for doubtful accounts. The normal credit term extended to customers ranges between 90 and 240 days. The company reviews all receivables that exceed the term. The Company establishes an allowance for doubtful accounts based on management’s assessment of the collectability of trade and other receivables. A considerable amount of judgment is required in assessing the amount of allowance and the Company considers the historical level of credit losses. The Company makes judgments about the credit worthiness of each customer based on ongoing credit evaluations, and monitors current economic trends that might impact the level of credit losses in the future. If the financial condition of the customer begins to deteriorate, resulting in their inability to make payments within credit term provided, a larger allowance may be required.

 

As of December 31, 2018 and 2017, allowances for doubtful accounts were zero. No allowances for doubtful accounts were charged to the consolidated statement of income/(loss) for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017.

 

(f)           Concentration of Credit Risk

 

The Company is exposed to credit risk in the normal course of business, primarily related to accounts receivable and cash and cash equivalents. All of the Company’s cash and cash equivalents are maintained with financial institutions in the PRC, namely, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, China Merchants Bank Company Limited and Sichuan Rural Credit Union, which are not insured or otherwise protected. The Company placed $178,998,935 and $208,906,759 with these institutions as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.  The Company has not experienced any losses in such accounts in the PRC.

 

Concentrations of credit risk with respect to accounts receivable exists as the Company sells a substantial portion of its products to a limited number of customers. However, such concentrations of credit risks are limited since the Company performs ongoing credit evaluations of its customers’ financial condition and extends credit terms as and when appropriate. Approximately 13% of the balances of accounts receivable as of December 31, 2017, were 90 days old or less. There were no accounts receivable as of December 31, 2018 as they were fully collected in the year ended December 31, 2018. 

 

 F- 10

 

NOTE 1 – NATURE OF BUSINESS AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES – Continued

 

(g)           Inventories

 

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost, determined on a first-in first-out cost basis, or net realizable value. Costs of work-in-progress and finished goods comprise direct materials, direct labor and an attributable portion of manufacturing overhead. Net realizable value is based on estimated selling price less costs to complete and selling expenses.

 

(h)            Property, Plant and Equipment

 

Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and any impairment losses. Expenditures for new facilities or equipment, and major expenditures for betterment of existing facilities or equipment are capitalized and depreciated using the straight-line method at rates sufficient to depreciate such costs less 5% residual value over the estimated productive lives. All other ordinary repair and maintenance costs are expensed as incurred.

 

Mineral rights are recorded at cost less accumulated depreciation and any impairment losses. Mineral rights are amortized ratably over the term of the lease, or the equivalent term under the units (in tonnes) of production method, whichever is shorter.

 

Construction in process primarily represents direct costs of construction of property, plant and equipment. Costs incurred are capitalized and transferred to property, plant and equipment upon completion and depreciation will commence when the completed assets are placed in service.

 

The Company’s depreciation and amortization policies on property, plant and equipment other than mineral rights and construction in process are as follows:

 

 

Useful life

(in years) 

Buildings (including salt pans) 8 - 20
Plant and machinery (including protective shells, transmission channels and ducts) 3 - 8
Motor vehicles 5
Furniture, fixtures and equipment 3 - 8

 

Property, plant and equipment under the capital lease are depreciated over their expected useful lives on the same basis as owned assets, or where shorter, the term of the lease, which is 20 years.

 

Producing oil and gas properties are depreciated on a unit-of-production basis over the proved developed reserves. Common facilities that are built specifically to service production directly attributed to designated oil and gas properties are depreciated based on the proved developed reserves of the respective oil and gas properties on a pro-rata basis. Common facilities that are not built specifically to service identified oil and gas properties are depreciated using the straight-line method over their estimated useful lives. Costs associated with significant development projects are not depreciated until commercial production commences and the reserves related to those costs are excluded from the calculation of depreciation.

 

(i)           Asset Retirement Obligation

 

The Company follows Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification (“FASB ASC”), which established a uniform methodology for accounting for estimated reclamation and abandonment costs. FASB ASC 410 requires the fair value of a liability for an asset retirement obligation to be recognized in the period in which the legal obligation associated with the retirement of the long-lived asset is incurred. When the liability is initially recorded, the offset is capitalized by increasing the carrying amount of the related long-lived asset. Over time, the liability is accreted to its present value each period, and the capitalized cost is depreciated over the useful life of the related asset. To settle the liability, the obligation is paid, and to the extent there is a difference between the liability and the amount of cash paid, a gain or loss upon settlement is recorded.

 

Currently, there are no reclamation or abandonment obligations associated with the land being utilized for exploitation by the bromine and crude salt factories. Also, for the two chemical plants that are to be relocated, currently, there are no obligations to restore the land to its original condition.

 

 F- 11

 

NOTE 1 – NATURE OF BUSINESS AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES – Continued

 

(j)           Recoverability of Long Lived Assets

 

In accordance with FASB ASC 360-10-35 “Impairment or Disposal of Long-lived Assets”, long-lived assets to be held and used are analyzed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be fully recoverable or that the useful lives of those assets are no longer appropriate. The Company evaluates at each balance sheet date whether events and circumstances have occurred that indicate possible impairment.

 

The Company determines the existence of such impairment by measuring the expected future cash flows (undiscounted and without interest charges) and comparing such amount to the carrying amount of the assets. An impairment loss, if one exists, is then measured as the amount by which the carrying amount of the asset exceeds the discounted estimated future cash flows. Assets to be disposed of are reported at the lower of the carrying amount or fair value of such assets less costs to sell. Asset impairment charges are recorded to reduce the carrying amount of the long-lived asset that will be sold or disposed of to their estimated fair values. Charges for the asset impairment reduce the carrying amount of the long-lived assets to their estimated salvage value in connection with the decision to dispose of such assets.

 

Upon the receipt of the closure notice from the People's Government of Yangkou Town, Shouguang City in September 2018 (See Note 1(b)), the Company demolished the affected factories. As a result, the Company wrote off net book value of the affected factories’ property, plant and equipment in the amount of $18,644,473 which was recorded in the loss on demolition of factories in the consolidated statements of loss for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. The Company will negotiate with the local villages over compensation for the payment already made for the land leases and mineral rights of these factories. However, the Company is uncertain of the amount that it could recover and when this could be accomplished. Therefore, the Company wrote off the mineral rights of the affected factories of $1,284,832 included in the write-off/impairment on property, plant and equipment in the consolidated statements of loss for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 and $52,926 of prepaid land lease recorded in other operating loss in the consolidated statements of loss for fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. The Company incurred dismantling fees in the amount of $273,757 recorded in other operating loss in the consolidated statements of loss for fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. In addition, the Company recorded a write-off of $112,481 included in the write-off/impairment of property, plant and equipment for certain wells and equipment damaged by flood from a typhoon that occurred in August 2018.

 

To comply with the new safety and environmental regulations, the Company started the rectification and improvement program for the bromine and crude salt factories towards the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, and as a result recorded an impairment loss of $216,181 and a write-off of $728,740 for certain property, plant and equipment in the year ended December 31, 2017.

 

With the relocation of the two chemical factories and the length of time required to set up the new factory building in the Bohai Park, the Company believes that it is not beneficial to move the existing plant and equipment to the new premises. This is because of the age of the plant and equipment and the impact on the production efficiency at the new plant with using plant and equipment that are idle for a substantial amount of time. In addition, the Company also risks the possibility of not passing the inspection by the government at the new plant if existing plant and equipment are used. Therefore, an impairment loss of $16,636,322 equivalent to the net book values as of October 31, 2017 of all the property, plant and equipment at the two chemical factories were recorded in the year ended December 31, 2017. With the delayed commencement of the production bromine and crude salt factories, the Company is uncertain as to the future plan for the land on which the two factories are sitting on. After considering the current circumstances and situation, Company determined that it is appropriate to write off prepaid land lease related to the land on which the two factories are sitting on of $4,004,788 in the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

(k)           Retirement Benefits

 

Pursuant to the relevant laws and regulations in the PRC, the Company participates in a defined contribution retirement plan for its employees arranged by a governmental organization. The Company makes contributions to the retirement plan at the applicable rate based on the employees’ salaries. The required contributions under the retirement plans are charged to the consolidated statement of income/(loss) on an accrual basis when they are due. The Company’s contributions totaled $1,216,096 and $1,093,716 for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

(l)           Mineral Rights

 

The Company follows FASB ASC 805 “Business Combinations” that certain mineral rights are considered tangible assets and that mineral rights should be accounted for based on their substance. Mineral rights are included in property, plant and equipment.

 

(m)           Leasing arrangements

 

Rentals payable under operating leases are charged to the consolidated statement of income/(loss) on a straight line basis over the term of the relevant lease. For capital leases, the present value of future minimum lease payments at the inception of the lease is reflected as an asset and a liability in the consolidated balance sheet. Amounts due within one year are classified as short-term liabilities and the remaining balance as long-term liabilities. 

 

 F- 12

 

NOTE 1 – NATURE OF BUSINESS AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES – Continued

 

(n)           Reporting Currency and Translation

 

The financial statements of the Company’s foreign subsidiaries are measured using the local currency, Renminbi (“RMB”), as the functional currency; whereas the functional currency and reporting currency of the Company is the United States dollar (“USD” or “$”).

 

As such, the Company uses the “current rate method” to translate its PRC operations from RMB into USD, as required under FASB ASC 830 “Foreign Currency Matters”. The assets and liabilities of its PRC operations are translated into USD using the rate of exchange prevailing at the balance sheet date. The capital accounts are translated at the historical rate. Adjustments resulting from the translation of the balance sheets of the Company’s PRC subsidiaries are recorded in stockholders’ equity as part of accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss). The consolidated statement of income/(loss) and comprehensive income/(loss) is translated at average rates during the reporting period. Gains or losses resulting from transactions in currencies other than the functional currencies are recognized in net income/(loss) for the reporting periods as part of general and administrative expense. Included in the general and administrative expense is a foreign exchange gain of $1,315,454 and a foreign exchange loss $1,557,759 for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017. The consolidated statement of cash flows is translated at the average rate during each quarter, with the exception of issuance of shares and payment of dividends which are translated at historical rates.

 

(o)           Foreign Operations

 

All of the Company’s operations and assets are located in PRC.  The Company may be adversely affected by possible political or economic events in this country.  The effect of these factors cannot be accurately predicted.

 

(p)           Revenue Recognition

 

Net revenue is net of discount and value added tax and comprises the sale of bromine, crude salt and chemical products. Revenue is recognized when the control of the promised goods is transferred to the customers in an amount that reflects the consideration that the Company expects to receive from the customers in exchange for those goods. The acknowledgement of receipt of goods by the customers is when control of the product is deemed to be transferred. Invoicing occurs upon acknowledgement of receipt of the goods by the customers. Customers have no rights to return the goods upon acknowledgement of receipt of goods.

 

(q)           Income Taxes

 

The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with the Income Taxes Topic of the FASB ASC, which requires the use of the liability method of accounting for deferred income taxes. Under this method, deferred income taxes are recorded to reflect the tax consequences on future years of temporary differences between the tax basis of assets and liabilities and their reported amounts at each period end. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using tax rates that are expected to apply to taxable income for the years in which those tax assets and liabilities are expected to be realized or settled. The deferred income tax effects of a change in tax rates are recognized in the period of enactment. If it is more likely than not that some portion or all of a deferred tax asset will not be realized, a valuation allowance is recognized. The guidance also provides criteria for the recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosures of uncertain tax positions. A tax benefit from an uncertain tax position may be recognized if it is “more likely than not” that the position is sustainable based solely on its technical merits. Interests and penalties associated with unrecognized tax benefits are included within the (benefit from) provision for income tax in the consolidated statement of income (loss).

 

(r)           Exploration Costs

 

Exploration costs, which included the cost of researching for appropriate places to drill wells and the cost of well drilling in search of potential natural brine or other resources, are charged to the income statement as incurred. Once the commercial viability of a project has been confirmed, all subsequent costs are capitalized.

 

For oil and gas properties, the successful efforts method of accounting is adopted. The Company carries exploratory well costs as an asset when the well has found a sufficient quantity of reserves to justify its completion as a producing well and where the Company is making sufficient progress assessing the reserves and the economic and operating viability of the project. Exploratory well costs not meeting these criteria are charged to expenses. Exploratory wells that discover potentially economic reserves in areas where major capital expenditure will be required before production would begin and when the major capital expenditure depends upon the successful completion of further exploratory work remain capitalized and are reviewed periodically for impairment.

 

(s)           Contingencies

 

The Company accrues for costs relating to litigation, including litigation defense costs, claims and other contingent matters, including liquidated damage liabilities, when such liabilities become probable and reasonably estimable. Such estimates may be based on advice from third parties or on management’s judgment, as appropriate. Revisions to accruals are reflected in earnings (loss) in the period in which different facts or information become known or circumstances change that affect the Company’s previous assumptions with respect to the likelihood or amount of loss. Amounts paid upon the ultimate resolution of such liabilities may be materially different from previous estimates. 

 

 F- 13

 

NOTE 1 – NATURE OF BUSINESS AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES – Continued

 

(t)           Stock-based Compensation

 

Common stock, stock options and stock warrants issued to employees or directors are recorded at their fair values estimated at grant date using the Black-Scholes model and the portion that is ultimately expected to vest is recognized as compensation cost over the requisite service period.

 

Common stock, stock options and stock warrants issued to other than employees or directors are recorded on the basis of their fair value using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model on the basis of the market price of the underlying common stock on the “valuation date,” which for options and warrants related to contracts that have substantial disincentives to non-performance is the date of the contract, and for all other contracts the measurement date is the date that the service is complete. Expense related to the options and warrants is recognized on a straight-line basis over the period in which services are to be received. Where expense must be recognized prior to a valuation date, the expense is computed under the Black-Scholes model on the basis of the market price of the underlying common stock at the end of the period, and any subsequent changes in the market price of the underlying common stock up through the valuation date is reflected in the expense recorded in the subsequent period in which that change occurs.

 

(u)           Basic and Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share of Common Stock

 

Basic earnings per common share are based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the periods presented.  Diluted earnings per share are computed using weighted average number of common shares plus dilutive common share equivalents outstanding during the period. Potential common shares that would have the effect of increasing diluted earnings per share are considered to be anti-dilutive, i.e. the exercise prices of the outstanding stock options were greater than the market price of the common stock. Anti-dilutive common stock equivalents which were excluded from the calculation of number of dilutive common stock equivalents amounted to 258,737 and 43,541 shares for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings(loss) per share:

 

    Years ended December 31,
    2018   2017
Numerator        
Net income/(loss)   $ (69,963,986 )   $ 7,953,313  
                 
Denominator                
Basic: Weighted-average common shares 
outstanding during the year
    46,803,791       46,796,476  
Add: Dilutive effect of stock options           39,354  
Diluted     46,803,791       46,835,830  
                 
Net income/(loss) per share                
Basic   $ (1.49 )   $ 0.17  
Diluted   $ (1.49 )   $ 0.17  

 

 F- 14

 

NOTE 1 – NATURE OF BUSINESS AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES – Continued

 

(v) Goodwill

 

Goodwill represents the excess of the purchase price over the net of the estimated fair value of the identifiable tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed in business acquisitions. Goodwill is tested for impairment at the reporting unit level annually or when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the fair value of the reporting unit more likely than not is below the carrying amount, including goodwill. Goodwill impairment is assessed based on qualitative factors and if the Company determines that it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount, quantitative test will be performed. As of December 31, 2018, the Company performed the qualitative assessment and determined that it is more likely than not that the fair value of its chemical segment is less than its carrying amount due to the uncertainty in the timing of receipt of the final approval of the design of the new factory, the uncertainty in the forecast of demand for chemical products which may be affected by China’s environmental protection policies and the time that the segment may need to build up the customer base to a level similar to the past. Considering these factors, the Company determined the fair value of its chemical segment based on the discounted cash flow model is less than the carrying amount of its chemical segment to the extent of the entire goodwill and recorded an impairment charge of $27,966,050 in the year ended December 31, 2018. 

 

(w)           New Accounting Pronouncements

 

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

 

In May 2014 and April 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-09 and ASU No. 2016-10, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606). The core principle of the guidance is that an entity should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. In August 2015, FASB issued ASU 2015-14, which deferred the effective date of Update 2014-09 to annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017. The Company adopted this Update as of January 1, 2018. This adoption did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2018 as the amount and timing of all the Company’s revenue will continue to be recognized at a point in time. As required by the Update, the Company disclosed its revenues from contracts with customers into disaggregated categories in Note 14.

 

In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-15, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230), Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments. The Update addresses eight specific changes to how cash receipts and cash payments are presented and classified in the statement of cash flows. The amendments in this Update are effective for public business entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted. An entity that elects early adoption must adopt all of the amendments in the same period. The amendments in this Update should be applied using a retrospective transition method to each period presented. If it is impracticable to apply the amendments retrospectively for some of the issues, the amendments for those issues would be applied prospectively as of the earliest date practicable. The Company adopted this Update as of January 1, 2018 with no material impact on the consolidated financial statements as of and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

 

 In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-04, Intangibles – Goodwill and Other (Topic 350), Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment. To simplify the subsequent measurement of goodwill, Step 2 was eliminated from the goodwill impairment test. Instead, under the amendments in this Update, an entity should perform its annual, or interim, goodwill impairment test by comparing the fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying amount. An entity should recognize an impairment charge for the amount by which the carrying amount exceeds the reporting unit’s fair value; however, the loss recognized should not exceed the total amount of goodwill allocated to that reporting unit. A public business entity that is a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filer should adopt the amendments in this Update for its annual or any interim goodwill impairment tests in fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019. Early adoption is permitted for goodwill impairment tests with a measurement date on or after January 1, 2017. The Company adopted this Update as of December 31, 2018. See Note 1(v).

 

In May 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-09, Compensation – Stock Compensation (Topic 718), Scope of Modification Accounting. The amendments in this Update provide guidance about which changes to the terms or conditions of a share-based payment award require an entity to apply modification accounting. The amendments in this Update are effective for all entities for annual periods, and interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2017. The amendments in this Update should be applied prospectively to an award modified on or after the adoption date. The Company adopted this Update as of January 1, 2018 with no material impact on the consolidated financial statements as of and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

 

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted

 

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). The amendments in this Update specify the accounting for leases. The core principle of Topic 842 is that a lessee should recognize the assets and liabilities that arise from leases. For public business entities, the amendments in this Update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company will adopt this ASU and related amendments on January 1, 2019 and expects to elect certain practical expedients permitted under the transition guidance. The Company will also elect the optional transition method that allows for a cumulative-effect adjustment in the period of adoption and will not restate prior periods’ financial statements. The Company continues to evaluate the effect of the adoption of this ASU on its consolidated financial statements and related disclosure. Based on preliminary estimates, the Company expects the total assets and total liabilities to increase upon the adoption of the ASU but does not expect the effect on its consolidated balance sheet to be material. The Company does not expect adoption of the ASU to have a material effect on the consolidated statement of income.

 

In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (Topic 326), Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. The amendments in this Update affect loans, debt securities, trade receivables, and any other financial assets that have the contractual right to receive cash. The ASU requires an entity to recognize expected credit losses rather than incurred losses for financial assets. For public entities, the amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company is currently evaluating the effect of this on the consolidated financial statements and related disclosure.

 

In June 2018, the FASB issued ASU No.2018-07, Compensation- Stock Compensation (Topic 718). Improvements to Nonemployee Share-Based Payment Accounting. The amendments in this update expand the scope of Topic 718 to include share-based payment transactions for acquiring goods and services from nonemployees. Prior to this update, Topic 718 applied only to share-based transactions to employees. Consistent with the accounting requirements for employee share-based payment awards, nonemployee share-based payment awards within the scope of Topic 718 are measured at grant-date fair value of the equity instruments that an entity is obligated to issue when the good has been delivered or the service has been rendered and any other conditions necessary to earn the right to benefit from the instruments have been satisfied. The amendments in the Update are effective for public business entities form fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within that fiscal year. Early adoption is permitted, but no earlier than an entity’s adoption date of Topic 606. This is not expected to have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

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NOTE 2 – INVENTORIES

 

Inventories consist of:

 

    As of December 31,
    2018   2017
         
Raw materials   $     $ 396,482  
Finished goods     65,169       844,224  
Allowance for obsolete and slow-moving inventories     (65,169 )     (43,921 )
    $     $ 1,196,785  

 

NOTE 3 – PREPAID LAND LEASE

 

The Company prepaid for land leases with lease terms for periods ranging from one to fifty years to use the land on which the production facilities and warehouses of the Company are situated. The prepaid land lease is amortized on a straight line basis.

 

In December 2017, the Company paid $9,732,118 for a 50-year lease of a piece of land for the new factory at Bohai Marine Fine Chemical Industrial Park. The land use certificate is being processed by the government and the commencement date of the lease will be known upon completion of the application process (See Note 1(b)).

 

During the year ended December 31, 2018, amortization of prepaid land lease totaled $761,713 was recorded as direct labor and factory overheads incurred during plant shutdown in the consolidated statement of income (loss), and wrote off $4,004,788 of prepaid land lease (See Note 1(j) for further details).

 

During the year ended December 31, 2017, amortization of prepaid land lease totaled $989,816, of which $634,535 and $355,281 were recorded as cost of net revenue and direct labor and factory overheads incurred during plant shutdown.

 

The Company has the rights to use certain parcels of land located in Shouguang, the PRC, through lease agreements signed with local townships or the government authority. For parcels of land that are collectively owned by local townships, the Company cannot obtain land use rights certificates. The parcels of land of which the Company cannot obtain land use rights certificates covers a total of approximately 38.6 square kilometers of aggregate carrying value of $599,747 and approximately 54.97 square kilometers  of aggregate carrying value of $645,761 as at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

NOTE 4– PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET

 

Property, plant and equipment, net consist of the following:

 

    As of December 31,
    2018   2017
At cost:                
Mineral rights   $ 2,809,977     $ 4,711,822  
Buildings     60,866,462       67,748,512  
Plant and machinery     161,178,816       200,742,652  
Motor vehicles     6,230       8,792  
Furniture, fixtures and office equipment     3,289,010       4,150,588  
Construction in progress     6,535,808       183,036  
Total     234,686,303       277,545,402  
Less: accumulated depreciation and amortization     (134,681,628 )     (163,597,407 )
     Impairment     (17,722,045 )     (18,833,491 )
Net book value   $ 82,282,630     $ 95,114,504  

 

The Company has certain buildings and salt pans erected on parcels of land located in Shouguang, PRC, and such parcels of land are collectively owned by local townships or the government. The Company has not been able to obtain property ownership certificates over these buildings and salt pans. The aggregate carrying values of these properties situated on parcels of the land are $20,409,998 and $27,432,351 as at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2018, depreciation and amortization expense totaled $17,176,306, of which $16,209,588 and $966,718 were recorded in direct labor and factory overheads incurred during plant shutdown and administrative expenses, respectively in the consolidated statement of income (loss).

 

During the year ended December 31, 2017, depreciation and amortization expense totaled $19,930,786 of which $13,443,298 and $1,213,010 were recorded as cost of net revenue and administrative expenses, respectively in the consolidated statement of income (loss). During the year ended December 31, 2017, depreciation and amortization expense related to property, plant and equipment of $5,274,478 was recorded in direct labor and factory overheads incurred during plant shutdown in the consolidated statement of income (loss).

 

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NOTE 4 – PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET – Continued

 

In the fiscal year 2018, the Company incurred approximately $16.2 million to perform the rectification and improvements of the bromine and crude salt factories and approximately $1.2 million in relocation cost of the chemical factories.

 

In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company built new extraction wells for bromine facilities at costs of approximately $5.8 million to replace wells damaged by flood from a typhoon during the third quarter of 2018. The construction of this project was completed as of December 31, 2018. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company built new extraction wells for bromine facilities at costs of approximately $5.3 million to replace the old bromine wells. This project is expected to complete in June 30, 2019.

 

In the third quarter of 2017, the Company incurred enhancement works for rectification and improvement in order to meet the new environmental rules in China at costs of approximately $0.6 million. In the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company incurred enhancement works for rectification and improvement in order to meet the new environmental rules in China at costs of approximately $17.3 million. The construction of these projects was completed as of December 31, 2017.

 

For the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, ordinary repair and maintenance expenses were $2,590,003 and $130,842, respectively.

 

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NOTE 5 – PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT UNDER CAPITAL LEASES, NET

 

Property, plant and equipment under capital leases, net consist of the following:

 

    As of December 31,
    2018   2017
At cost:                
Buildings   $ 119,899     $ 125,939  
Plant and machinery     2,193,375       2,314,196  
Total     2,313,274       2,440,135  
Less: accumulated depreciation and amortization     (2,062,517 )     (1,947,897 )
Net book value   $ 250,757     $ 492,238  

 

The above buildings erected on parcels of land located in Shouguang, PRC, are collectively owned by local townships. The Company has not been able to obtain property ownership certificates over these buildings as the Company could not obtain land use rights certificates on the underlying parcels of land.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2018, depreciation and amortization expense totaled $267,012, which was recorded as cost of net revenue.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2017, depreciation and amortization expense totaled $266,527, of which $198,998 and $67,529 were recorded as cost of net revenue and administrative expenses, respectively.

 

NOTE 6 – ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND ACCRUED EXPENSE

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses consist of the following:

 

    As of December 31,
    2018   2017
         
Salary payable   $ 241,343     $ 393,617  
Social security insurance contribution payable     140,326       135,203  
Other payables     523,589       503,263  
Total   $ 905,258     $ 1,032,083  

 

NOTE 7 – DUE TO A RELATED PARTY AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

On September 25, 2012, the Company purchased five floors of a commercial building in the PRC, through SYCI, from Shandong Shouguang Vegetable Seed Industry Group Co., Ltd. (the “Seller”) at a cost of approximately $5.7 million in cash, of which Mr. Ming Yang, the Chairman of the Company, had a 99% equity interest in the Seller. During the first quarter of 2018, the Company entered into an agreement with the Seller, a related party, to provide property management services for an annual amount of approximately $90,897 for five years from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2022. The expense associated with this agreement for the December 31, 2018 was approximately $90,897.

 

During the fiscal year 2018 and 2017, the Company borrowed $355,212 and $450,000, and fully repaid later during the same period, from Jiaxing Lighting Appliance Company Limited (Jiaxing Lighting”), in which Mr. Ming Yang, a shareholder and the Chairman of the Company, has a 100% equity interest. The amounts due to Jiaxing Lighting were unsecured, interest free and repayable on demand.

 

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NOTE 8 – TAXES PAYABLE

 

Taxes payable consists of the following:
    As of December 31,
    2018   2017
         
Natural resource tax   $     $ 156,147  
Land use tax payable     1,188,687       810,841  
Other tax payables           74,604  
Total current taxes payable   $ 1,188,687     $ 1,041,592  

 

NOTE 9 – CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATIONS 

 

The components of capital lease obligations are as follows:

 

    Imputed   As of December 31,
    Interest rate   2018   2017
Total capital lease obligations   6.7%   $ 2,267,025     $ 2,507,201  
Less: Current portion         (197,480 )     (203,206 )
Capital lease obligations, net of current portion       $ 2,069,545     $ 2,303,995  

 

Interest expense from capital lease obligations amounted to $159,839 and $163,184, which were charged to the consolidated statement of income for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017. See Note 18 for future minimum lease payments disclosure.

 

NOTE 10 –EQUITY

 

(a) Authorized shares

 

During the annual general meeting held on June 18, 2013, the shareholders of the Company approved the amendment to the Certificate of Incorporation to decrease the number of the authorized shares of the Company’s common stock to 80,000,000. The Company has completed the filing of the amendment and restatement of the Certificate of Incorporation with the Secretary of the State of Delaware to decrease the number of authorized shares of the Company’s common stock. Accordingly, 80,000,000 is disclosed as the authorized shares of the Company’s common stock in the consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2018.

 

(b) Retained Earnings - Appropriated

 

In accordance with the relevant PRC regulations and the PRC subsidiaries’ Articles of Association, the Company’s PRC subsidiaries are required to allocate a portion of its profit after tax to the following reserve:

 

Statutory Common Reserve Funds

 

SCHC, SYCI and DCHC are required each year to transfer at least 10% of the profit after tax as reported under the PRC statutory financial statements to the Statutory Common Reserve Funds until the balance reaches 50% of the registered share capital.  This reserve can be used to make up any loss incurred or to increase share capital.  Except for the reduction of losses incurred, any other application should not result in this reserve balance falling below 25% of the registered capital. The Statutory Common Reserve Fund for SCHC, SYCI and DCHC is 46%, 14% and 0% of its registered capital as of December 31, 2018 and 2017. 

 

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NOTE 11 – TREASURY STOCK

 

In September 2017, the Company issued 10,000 shares of common stock from the treasury shares to one of its consultants. The shares were valued at the closing market price on the date of the agreement and recorded as general and administrative expense in the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income for the fiscal year 2017. The shares issued were deducted from the treasury shares at weighted average cost and the excess of the cost over the closing market price was charged to additional paid-in-capital.

 

NOTE 12 – STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION

 

Pursuant to the Company’s Amended and Restated 2007 Equity Incentive Plan approved in 2011(“Plan”), the aggregate number of shares of the Company’s common stock available for grant and issuance of stock options is 4,341,989 shares. On October 5, 2015, during the annual meeting of the Company’s stockholders, the aggregate number of shares reserved and available for grant and issuance pursuant to the Plan was increased to 10,341,989. As of December 31, 2018, the number of shares of the Company’s common stock available for issuance under the Plan is 5,005,489.

 

The fair value of each option award below is estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. The risk free rate is based on the yield-to-maturity in continuous compounding of the US Government Bonds with the time-to-maturity similar to the expected tenor of the option granted, volatility is based on the annualized historical stock price volatility of the Company, and the expected life is based on the historical option exercise pattern.

 

On December 3, 2018, the Company granted to 17 members of the management staff options to purchase 497,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, at an exercise price of $0.713 per share and the options vested immediately. The options were valued at $121,000 fair value, with assumed 39.91% volatility, a four-year expiration term with an expected tenor of 1.64 years, a risk free rate of 2.78% and no dividend yield.

 

On December 3, 2018, the Company granted to our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer options to purchase 1,200,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, at an exercise price of $0.713 per share and the options vested immediately. The options were valued at $354,700 fair value, with assumed 41.72% volatility, a four-year expiration term with an expected tenor of 2.62 years, a risk free rate of 2.83% and no dividend yield.

 

On December 3, 2018, the Company granted to four independent directors and a consultant options to purchase 80,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $0.713 per share and the options vested immediately. The options were valued at $20,500 fair value, with assumed 38.87% volatility, a three-year expiration term with expected tenor of 1.97 years, a risk free rate of 2.82% and no dividend yield.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, total compensation costs for options issued recorded in the consolidated statement of income (loss) were $496,200 and $372,400. There were no related tax benefits as a full valuation allowance was recorded in the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017.

 

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NOTE 12 – STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION – Continued

 

The following table summarizes all Company stock option transactions between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018.

 

    Number of Option
and Warrants
Outstanding and exercisable
  Weighted- Average Exercise price of Option
and Warrants
  Range of
Exercise Price per Common Share
Balance, January 1, 2017     185,000     $ 2.19     $1.54 - $4.80
Granted and vested during the year ended December 31, 2017     661,000     $ 1.47     $1.44 - $1.98
Expired during the year ended December 31, 2017     (37,500 )   $ 2.18     $1.83-$2.55
Balance, December 31, 2017     808,500     $ 1.61     $1.44 - $4.80
Granted and vested during the year ended December 31, 2018     1,777,000     $ 0.71     $0.71
Expired during the year ended December 31, 2018     (67,500 )   $ 1.96     $1.71-$2.55
Balance, December 31, 2018     2,518,000     $ 0.97     $0.71 - $4.80

 

    Stock and Warrants Options Exercisable and Outstanding
            Weighted Average
    Outstanding       Remaining
   

at December 31,

 2018

 

Range of

Exercise Prices 

 

Contractual Life

 (Years) 

Exercisable and outstanding   2,518,000   $0.71 - $4.80   3.42

 

All options exercisable and outstanding at December 31, 2018 are fully vested.

 

The aggregate intrinsic value is calculated as the difference between the exercise price of the underling options and the stock price of $0.78 and $1.47 for the Company’s common stock on December 31, 2018 and 2017.

 

The aggregate intrinsic value of options outstanding and exercisable as of December 31, 2018 was $119,059.

 

The aggregate intrinsic value of options outstanding and exercisable as of December 31, 2017 was $10,571.

 

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NOTE 13 – INCOME TAXES

 

The Company utilizes the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes in accordance with FASB ASC 740-10.

 

(a)           United States (“US”)

 

Gulf Resources, Inc. may be subject to the United States of America Tax law at tax rate of 21%. No provision for the US federal income taxes has been made as the Company had no US taxable income for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, and management believes that its earnings are permanently invested in the PRC.

 

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) was enacted in law. With the new tax law, the corporation income tax rate is reduced from 35% to 21% and there is a one-time mandatory transition tax on accumulated foreign earnings. The Company computed this one-time mandatory transition tax on accumulated foreign earnings to be approximately $5.4 million. However, as the Company has available US federal net operating loss carry forwards and foreign tax credit to fully offset the mandatory inclusion of the accumulated foreign earnings, no net tax liability arose from the inclusion of these accumulated foreign earnings.  

 

(b)           British Virgin Islands (“BVI”)

 

Upper Class Group Limited was incorporated in the BVI and, under the current laws of the BVI, it is not subject to tax on income or capital gain in the BVI. Upper Class Group Limited did not generate assessable profit for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017.

 

(c)           Hong Kong

 

Hong Kong Jiaxing Industrial Limited was incorporated in Hong Kong and is subject to Hong Kong profits tax. The Company is subject to Hong Kong taxation on its activities conducted in Hong Kong and income arising in or derived from Hong Kong.  No provision for profits tax has been made as the Company has no assessable income for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017.  The applicable statutory tax rates for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 are 16.5%.

 

(d)           PRC

 

Enterprise income tax (“EIT”) for SCHC, SYCI and DCHC in the PRC is charged at 25% of the assessable profits.

 

The operating subsidiaries SCHC, SYCI and DCHC are wholly foreign-owned enterprises (“FIE”) incorporated in the PRC and are subject to PRC Local Income Tax Law. The PRC tax losses may be carried forward to be utilized against future taxable profit for ten years for High-tech enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises of science and technology and for five years for other companies. Tax losses of the operating subsidiaries of the Company may be carried forward for five years.

 

On February 22, 2008, the Ministry of Finance (“MOF”) and the State Administration of Taxation (“SAT”) jointly issued Cai Shui [2008] Circular 1 (“Circular 1”). According to Article 4 of Circular 1, distributions of accumulated profits earned by a FIE prior to January 1, 2008 to foreign investor(s) in 2008 will be exempted from withholding tax (“WHT”) while distribution of the profit earned by an FIE after January 1, 2008 to its foreign investor(s) shall be subject to WHT at 5% effective tax rate.

 

As of December 31, 2018 and 2017, the accumulated distributable earnings under the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) of PRC that are subject to WHT are $240,563,868 and $282,660,981, respectively. Since the Company intends to reinvest its earnings to further expand its businesses in mainland China, its foreign invested enterprises do not intend to declare dividends to their immediate foreign holding companies in the foreseeable future. Accordingly, as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, the Company has not recorded any WHT on the cumulative amount of distributable retained earnings of its foreign invested enterprises that are subject to WHT in China. As of December 31, 2018 and 2017, the unrecognized WHT are $11,035,843 and $14,133,049, respectively.

 

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NOTE 13 – INCOME TAXES – Continued

 

The Company’s income tax returns are subject to the various tax authorities’ examination. The federal, state and local authorities of the United States may examine the Company’s income tax returns filed in the United States for three years from the date of filing. The Company’s US income tax returns since 2015 are currently subject to examination.

 

Inland Revenue Department of Hong Kong (“IRD”) may examine the Company’s income tax returns filed in Hong Kong for seven years from date of filing. For the years 2011 through 2017, HKJI did not report any taxable income. It did not file any income tax returns during these years except for 2014. For companies which do not have taxable income, IRD typically issues notification to companies requiring them to file income tax returns once in every four years. The tax returns for 2014 are currently subject to examination.

 

 The components of the provision for income taxes/(tax benefits) from continuing operations are:

 

    Years ended December 31,
    2018   2017
         
Current taxes – PRC   $     $ 7,737,087  
Deferred tax – PRC     (13,087,855 )     (4,126,947 )
    $ (13,087,855 )   $ 3,610,140  

 

The effective income tax expenses (benefits) differ from the PRC statutory income tax rate of 25% from continuing operations in the PRC as follows:-

 

    Years ended December 31,
    2018   2017
         
Statutory income tax rate-PRC     (25 %)     25 %
Non-deductible net of Non-taxable items     9 %     4 %
Change in valuation allowance-US federal net operating loss           2 %
Effective tax rate     (16 %)     31 %

 

As of December 31, 2018 and 2017, the Company had a US federal net operating loss (“NOL”) of approximately $0.6 million and $15.3 million available to offset against future federal income tax liabilities, respectively. The NOL can be carried forward up to 20 years from the year the loss was incurred and will begin to expire after 2019. It is however subject to limitation of the US tax regulations arising from previous changes in ownership and business of the Company. Due to these limitations, the NOL carryovers as of December 31, 2017 are no longer available for use to offset against future US federal taxable income.

 

Differences between the application of accounting principles and tax laws cause differences between the bases of certain assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and tax purposes. The tax effects of these differences, to the extent they are temporary, are recorded as deferred tax assets and liabilities. Significant components of the Company’s deferred tax assets and liabilities at December 31, 2018 and 2017 are as follows:

 

    As of December 31,
    2018   2017
Deferred tax liabilities   $     $  
                 
Deferred tax assets:                
Allowance for obsolete and slow-moving inventories   $ 16,292     $ 10,980  
Impairment on property, plant and equipment     3,696,332       4,610,228  
Impairment on prepaid land lease     840,284        
Exploration costs     1,813,965       1,905,347  
Compensation costs of unexercised stock options     194,016       98,092  
PRC tax losses     12,663,985        
US federal net operating loss     119,000        
Total deferred tax assets     19,343,874       6,624,647  
Valuation allowance     (313,016 )     (98,092 )
Net deferred tax asset   $ 19,030,858     $ 6,526,555  

 

The increases in valuation allowance for the year ended December 31, 2018 was $214,924. This relates to the tax effect of NOL and compensation costs of unexercised stock options as of December 31, 2018. As the Company intends to reinvest its earnings in its business in mainland China, it recorded a 100% valuation allowance for these deferred tax effect assets as of December 31, 2018 and 2017.

 

The decrease in valuation allowance for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $11,597,894. This was mainly due to the change in tax rate in the amount of $4,681,528, the utilization of NOL to offset the one-time mandatory transition tax on accumulated foreign earnings in the amount of $3,721,336 and the NOL limitation adjustment in the amount of $3,220,530.

 

There were no unrecognized tax benefits as of January 1, 2017 and hence the Company did not recognize any interest or penalties during 2018 and 2017 related to unrecognized tax benefits. There has been no change in unrecognized tax benefits during 2018 and 2017 and there was no accrual for uncertain tax positions as of December 31, 2018 and 2017.

 

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NOTE 14 – BUSINESS SEGMENTS

 

The Company has four reportable segments:  bromine, crude salt, chemical products and natural gas. The reportable segments are consistent with how management views the markets served by the Company and the financial information that is reviewed by its chief operating decision maker.

 

An operating segment’s performance is primarily evaluated based on segment operating income, which excludes share-based compensation expense, certain corporate costs and other income not associated with the operations of the segment. These corporate income (costs) are separately stated below and also include costs that are related to functional areas such as accounting, treasury, information technology, legal, human resources, and internal audit. All intersegment transactions have been eliminated. The Company believes that segment operating income, as defined above, is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of its segments. All the customers are located in PRC.

 

Year Ended

December 31,2018

  Bromine *  

Crude

 Salt *  

 

Chemical

 Products  

  Natural Gas  

Segment

 Total  

  Corporate   Total
Net revenue
(external customers)
  $     $ 1,981,573     $ 613,368     $     $ 2,594,941     $     $ 2,594,941  
Net revenue (intersegment)                                          
Income (loss) from operations before income taxes benefit     (40,504,752     (8,336,305     (34,757,750 )     (204,517 )     (83,803,324     250,793       (83,552,531
Income taxes benefit     (10,304,897     (1,902,111     (880,847 )           (13,087,855     -       (13,087,855
Income (loss) from operations after
income taxes (benefit)
    (30,199,855     (6,434,194     (33,876,903 )     (204,517 )     (70,715,469     250,793       (70,464,676
Total assets     115,233,773       37,254,518       144,172,070       1,883,419       298,543,780       3,010       298,546,790  
Depreciation and amortization     11,979,985       4,983,636       479,697             17,443,318             17,443,318  
Capital expenditures     31,904,288       2,145,440       1,192,963       30,616       35,273,307             35,273,307  

 

Year Ended

December 31, 2017

  Bromine *  

Crude

 Salt *

 

Chemical

 Products

  Natural Gas  

Segment

 Total

  Corporate   Total
Net revenue
(external customers)
  $ 42,224,901     $ 8,986,080     $ 56,311,460     $     $ 107,522,441     $     $ 107,522,441  
Net revenue (intersegment)     6,305,642                         6,305,642             6,305,642  
Income from operations before income taxes     12,460,230       2,426,137       (1,024,569 )     (116,465 )     13,745,333       (2,573,722 )     11,171,611  
Income taxes     3,156,016       585,521       (131,397 )           3,610,140       -       3,610,140  
Income from operations after income taxes     9,304,214       1,840,616       (893,172 )     (116,465 )     10,135,193       (2,573,722 )     7,561,471  
Total assets     147,124,127       51,512,530       186,677,501       2,119,756       387,433,914       65,509       387,499,423  
Depreciation and amortization     14,533,169       2,452,737       3,211,407             20,197,313             20,197,313  
Capital expenditures     465,655       17,411,762             61,235       17,938,652             17,938,652  
Goodwill                 29,374,909             29,374,909             29,374,909  

 

* Common production overheads, operating and administrative expenses and asset items (mainly cash and certain office equipment) of bromine and crude salt segments in SCHC were split by reference to the average selling price and production volume of respective segment.

 

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NOTE 14 – BUSINESS SEGMENTS – Continued

 

    Years ended December 31,
Reconciliations   2018   2017
         
Total segment operating income(loss)   $ (83,803,324 )   $ 13,745,333  
Corporate costs     (1,064,661 )     (1,015,963 )
Unrealized gain/(loss) on translation of intercompany balance     1,315,454       (1,557,759 )
Income (loss) from operations     (83,552,531 )     11,171,611  
Other income net of expense     500,690       391,842  
Income (loss) before income taxes   $ (83,051,841 )   $ 11,563,453  

 

The following table shows the major customer(s) (10% or more) for the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

Number   Customer  

Bromine

(000’s)

 

Crude Salt

(000’s)  

 

Chemical Products

(000’s)

 

Total

Revenue

 (000’s)

 

Percentage of

Total

Revenue (%)

1   Shandong Morui Chemical Company Limited   $     $ 656     $ 155     $ 811       31 %
2   Shandong Brother Technology Limited, Kuerle Xingdong Trading Limited   $     $ 783     $     $ 783       30 %
3   Shouguang Weidong Chemical Company Limited   $     $ 543     $     $ 543       21 %

 

The following table shows the major customer(s) (10% or more) for the year ended December 31, 2017.

 

Number   Customer  

Bromine

(000’s)  

 

Crude Salt

(000’s)  

 

Chemical Products

(000’s)

 

Total

Revenue

 (000’s)

 

Percentage of

Total

Revenue (%)

1   Shandong Morui Chemical Company Limited   $ 7,852     $ 2,952     $ 3,463     $ 14,267       13.3 %

 

 

NOTE 15 – CUSTOMER CONCENTRATION

 

The Company sells a substantial portion of its products to a limited number of customers. During the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company sold 90% of its products to its top five customers, respectively. At December 31, 2018, amount due from these customers were $0.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company sold 36.7% of its products to its top five customers. At December 31, 2017, amount due from these customers were $22,804,914. 

 

NOTE 16 – MAJOR SUPPLIERS

 

During the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company did not purchase any raw materials. During the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company purchased 68.2% of its raw materials from its top five suppliers.  At December 31, 2017, amounts due to those suppliers included in accounts payable were $0.

 

NOTE 17 – FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

 

The carrying values of financial instruments, which consist of cash and other payables, approximate their fair values due to the short-term nature of these instruments.  There were no material unrecognized financial assets and liabilities as of December 31, 2018 and 2017.

 

NOTE 18 – CAPITAL COMMITMENT AND OPERATING LEASE COMMITMENTS

 

As of December 31, 2018, the Company leased real property adjacent to Factory No. 1, with the related production facility, channels and ducts, other production equipment and the buildings located on the property, under a capital lease. The future minimum lease payments required under the capital lease, together with the present value of such payments, are included in the table shown below.

 

The Company has eight parcels of land under non-cancelable operating leases, with fixed rentals and expire through, December 2021, December 2023, December 2030, April 2038, December 2040, February 2059, August 2059 and June 2060, respectively. The remaining lease obligations of lease agreements related to the factories that were not allowed to resume production as required by the government (See Note 1(b)) were excluded from the Operating Lease Obligations below as the lease agreements are considered terminated.

 

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NOTE 18 – CAPITAL COMMITMENT AND OPERATING LEASE COMMITMENTS – Continued

 

The following table sets forth the Company’s contractual obligations as of December 31, 2018

 

    Capital Lease Obligations   Operating Lease Obligations   Property Management Fees   Capital Expenditure
Payable within:                                
the next 12 months   $ 273,479     $ 774,948     $ 90,897     $ 28,167,276  
the next 13 to 24 months     273,479       785,488       90,897        
the next 25 to 36 months     273,479       799,432       90,897        
the next 37 to 48 months     273,479       647,683       90,897        
the next 49 to 60 months     273,479       654,652       90,897        
thereafter     1,914,353       12,281,658              
Total   $ 3,281,748     $ 15,943,861     $ 454,485     $ 28,167,276  
Less: Amount representing interest     (1,014,723 )                        
Present value of net minimum lease payments   $ 2,267,025                          

 

Rental expenses related to operating leases of the Company amounted to $1,046,486 and $1,044,611 were charged to the consolidated statements of income/(loss) for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

NOTE 19 – SUBSEQUENT EVENT

 

On January 28, 2019, 96,969 shares of common stock were issued upon cashless exercise of 245,000 options.

 

In January 2019, the Company issued 20,000 shares of common stock from the treasury shares to one of its consultants. The shares issued will be deducted from the treasury shares at weighted average cost and the excess of the cost over the closing market price will be charged to additional paid-in-capital.

 

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SCHEDULE I – PARENT ONLY FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

The following presents condensed parent company only financial information of Gulf Resources, Inc.

 

Condensed Balance Sheets

 

    As of December 31,
    2018   2017
         
Current Assets                
Prepayments and deposits   $     $  
Total Current Assets            
Non-Current Assets                
Interests in subsidiaries     230,229,081       317,771,899  
Amounts due from group companies     64,017,517       64,578,603  
Total non-current assets     294,246,598       382,350,502  
Total Assets   $ 294,246,598     $ 382,350,502  
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity                
Current Liabilities                
Other payables and accrued expenses   $ 250,493     $ 245,605  
Amounts due to group companies     142,701       142,701  
Total Current Liability     393,194       388,306  
                 
Total Liabilities   $ 393,194     $ 388,306  
                 
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; 46,803,791 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively     23,525       23,525  
Treasury stock; 249,149 shares, at cost, as of December 31, 2018 and 2017     (554,870 )     (554,870 )
Additional paid-in capital     95,020,808       94,524,608  
Retained earnings unappropriated     185,608,445       255,572,431  
Retained earnings appropriated     24,233,544       24,233,544  
Cumulative translation adjustment     (10,478,048 )     8,162,958  
Total Stockholders’ Equity     293,853,404       381,962,196  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   $ 294,246,598     $ 382,350,502  

 

Condensed Statements of Income(loss) 

 

    Years Ended December 31,
    2018   2017
         
OPERATING EXPENSES                
General and administrative expenses   $ (1,061,674 )   $ (1,011,593 )
TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES     (1,061,674 )     (1,011,593 )
OTHER EXPENSES                
Interest expense     (500 )     (414 )
TOTAL OTHER EXPENSES     (500 )     (414 )
TOTAL EXPENSES     (1,062,174 )     (1,012,007 )
Equity in net income (loss) of subsidiaries     (68,901,812 )     8,965,320  
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE TAXES     (69,963,986 )     7,953,313  
INCOME TAXES            
NET INCOME(LOSS)   $ (69,963,986 )   $ 7,953,313  
                 

 

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Condensed Statements of Cash Flows

 

    Years Ended December 31,
    2018   2017
         
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES                
Net income (loss)   $ (69,963,986 )   $ 7,953,313  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to
net cash provided by operating activities:
               
Equity loss (earnings) in unconsolidated subsidiaries     68,901,812       (8,965,320 )
Stock-based compensation expense-options     496,200       372,400  
Shares issued from treasury stock for services           17,800  
Changes in assets and liabilities:                
Other payables and accrued expenses     4,888       2,760  
Net cash used in operating activities     (561,086 )     (619,047 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES                
Advances from group companies     561,086       619,047  
Net cash provided by financing activities     561,086       619,047  
NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS            
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - BEGINNING OF YEAR            
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF YEAR   $     $  

 

  (i) Basis of presentation

 

In the condensed parent-company-only financial statements, the Company’s investment in subsidiaries is stated at cost plus equity in undistributed earnings of subsidiaries since the date of acquisition. The Company’s share of net income(loss) of its subsidiaries is included in condensed statements of income(loss) using the equity method. These condensed parent-company-only financial statements should be read in connection with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto.

 

As of December 31, 2018, the Company itself has no purchase commitment, capital commitment and operating lease commitment.

 

  (ii) Restricted Net Assets

 

Schedule I of Rule 5-04 of Regulation S-X requires the condensed financial information of registrant shall be filed when the restricted net assets of consolidated subsidiaries exceed 25 percent of consolidated net assets as of the end of the most recently completed fiscal year. For purposes of the above test, restricted net assets of consolidated subsidiaries shall mean that amount of the registrant’s proportionate share of net assets of consolidated subsidiaries (after intercompany eliminations) which as of the end of the most recent fiscal year may not be transferred to the parent company by subsidiaries in the form of loans, advances or cash dividends without the consent of a third party (i.e., lender, regulatory agency, foreign government, etc.).

 

The condensed parent company financial statements have been prepared in accordance with Rule 12-04, Schedule I of Regulation S-X as the restricted net assets of the subsidiaries of Gulf Resources, Inc. exceed 25% of the consolidated net assets of Gulf Resources, Inc. The ability of the Company’s Chinese operating subsidiaries to pay dividends may be restricted due to the foreign exchange control policies and availability of cash balances of the Chinese operating subsidiaries. Because a significant portion of the Company’s operations and revenues are conducted and generated in China, a significant portion of the revenues being earned and currency received are denominated in RMB. RMB is subject to the exchange control regulation in China, and, as a result, the Company may be unable to distribute any dividends outside of China due to PRC exchange control regulations that restrict the Company’s ability to convert RMB into US Dollars.

 

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Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.

 

None.

 

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedure   We maintain “disclosure controls and procedures”, as such term is defined under Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(e), that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our Exchange Act reports is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures. In designing and evaluating the disclosure controls and procedures, our management recognized that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving the desired control objectives and in reaching a reasonable level of assurance our management necessarily was required to apply its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible controls and procedures. We have carried out an evaluation as required by Rule 13a-15(d) under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of December 31, 2018. Based upon their evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that, as of December 31, 2018, the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

 

Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting  Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f). Internal control over financial reporting refers to the process designed by, or under the supervision of, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, and effected by our Board of Directors, management and other personnel, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and includes those policies and procedures that:

 

(1) Pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of our assets;

 

(2) Provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that our receipts and expenditures are being made only in accordance with authorization of our management and directors; and

 

(3) Provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisitions, use or disposition of our assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

Internal control over financial reporting cannot provide absolute assurance of achieving financial reporting objectives because of its inherent limitations. Internal control over financial reporting is a process that involves human diligence and compliance and is subject to lapses in judgment and breakdowns resulting from human failures. Internal control over financial reporting also can be circumvented by collusion or improper management override. Because of such limitations, there is a risk that material misstatements may not be prevented or detected on a timely basis by internal control over financial reporting. However, these inherent limitations are known features of the financial reporting process. Therefore, it is possible to design into the process safeguards to reduce, though not eliminate, this risk. Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting for the company.

 

Management has used the framework set forth in the report entitled Internal Control—Integrated Framework published by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (2013 framework), known as COSO, to evaluate the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting.

 

A material weakness is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control over financial reporting, such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the Company’s annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. Based on such evaluation our CEO and CFO have concluded that, as of December 31, 2018, our internal controls over financial reporting was effective.

 

This annual report does not include an attestation report of our registered public accounting firm regarding internal control over financial reporting. Management’s report was not subject to attestation by our registered public accounting firm pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which permits us to provide only management’s report in this annual report.

 

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

 

There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act) during our most recently completed fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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Item 9B. Other Information.

 

None.

 

PART III

 

We are incorporating by reference the information required by Part III of this report on Form 10-K from our proxy statement relating to our 2019 annual meeting of stockholders (the “2019 Proxy Statement”), which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days after the end of our fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

 

Item 10. Directors and Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.

 

The information required by this item is included under the captions “Election of Directors — Nominees,” “Information Concerning Executive Officers” and “Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance” in the 2019 Proxy Statement and incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 11. Executive Compensation.

 

The information required by this item is included under the captions “Election of Directors — Compensation of Non-Employee Directors,” “Election of Directors — Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation,” “Compensation Discussion and Analysis,” and “Compensation Committee Report” in the 2019 Proxy Statement and incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.

 

The information required by this item is included under the captions “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management” and “Equity Compensation Plan Information” in the 2019 Proxy Statement and incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.

 

The information required by this item is included under the captions “Certain Relationships and Related Person Transactions, and Director Independence” and “Election of Directors — Board Meetings and Committees” in the 2019 Proxy Statement and incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services.

 

The information required by this item is included under the caption “Audit Committee Report” in the 2019 Proxy Statement and incorporated herein by reference.

 

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PART IV

 

Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules.

 

(a)        Financial Statements and Schedules

 

  (1) Financial Statements – The financial statements filed as part of this filing are listed on the index to the Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, Item 8 of Part II, on page F-1.
     
  (2) Financial Statement Schedules – “Schedule I – Parent Only Financial Information” filed as part of this filing is listed on the Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, Item 8 of Part II, on pages S-1 and S-2. All other financial statement schedules have been omitted because they are not applicable, or the information required is set forth in the Consolidated Financial Statements or related notes thereto.

 

(b)        Exhibit Index

 

2.1   Agreement and Plan of Merger dated December 10, 2006, among the Registrant, DFAX Acquisition vehicle, Inc., Upper Class Group Limited and the shareholders of UCG, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10 to the Registrant's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 12, 2006.
     
2.2   Share Exchange Agreement among the Registrant, Upper Class Limited, Shouguang Yuxin Chemical Industry Company Limited and shareholders of Shouguang Yuxin Chemical Industry Company Limited, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on February 9, 2007.
     
2.3   Agreement and Plan of Merger dated November 24, 2015, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 2.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 1, 2015.
     
3.1   Articles of Incorporation of Gulf Resources Inc., incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 1, 2015.
     
3.2   Bylaws of Gulf Resources Inc., incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 1, 2015.
     
10.20   Taiwan Island Ecological Culture City Project Demolition Compensation Agreement for Factory #6, dated November 25, 2016, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s current report on Form 8-K, filed on November 29, 2016.
     
14   Code of Ethics, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 14 to the Registrant’ annual report on Form 10-K filed on March 16, 2009.
     
21.1   List of Subsidiaries, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 21.1 to the Registrant’s annual report on Form 10-K filed on March 16, 2018.
     
23.1    

Consent of Morison Cogen LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm.*

 

31.1   Certification pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. *
     
31.2   Certification pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. *
     
32.1   Certification pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. *
     

* Filed herewith.

 

Item 16. Form 10-K Summary.

 

Not applicable.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities and Exchange Act, the Company has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Company has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: March 15, 2019 By:    /s/ Xiaobin Liu
    By:     Xiaobin Liu
    Title:   Chief Executive Officer
     

 

  By:    /s/ Min Li
    By:     Min Li
    Title:  Chief Financial Officer

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, this Report has been signed below by the following person on behalf of the Company and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

SIGNATURE   TITLE   DATE
         
/s/ Xiaobin Liu       March 15, 2019
Xiaobin Liu   Chief Executive Officer and Director    
         
/s/ Min Li       March 15, 2019
Min Li   Chief Financial Officer    
         
/s/ Ming Yang       March 15, 2019
Ming Yang   Director    
         
/s/ Naihui Miao       March 15, 2019
Naihui Miao   Director    
         
/s/ Tengfei Zhang       March 15, 2019
Tengfei Zhang   Director    
         
/s/ Yang Zou       March 15, 2019
Yang Zou   Director    
         
/s/ Nan Li       March 15, 2019
Nan Li   Director    
         
/s/ Shi Tong Jiang       March 15, 2019
Shi Tong Jiang   Director    

 

 

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