Financial ImpactGulf Resources is operating at a relatively low utilization ratio. For the first nine months of 2016, the utilization rate for Bromine was 40%. Gulf Resources expects that virtually all sales from Factory #6 will be transferred to other factories. This should result in higher utilization for the company as a whole.Costs should be reduced because Gulf Resources will be operating one less factory. This will mean lower rent, labor costs, utilities expenditures, depreciation and amortization. With higher utilization and lower costs, profits should benefit. In addition, the government may force the demolition of other small bromine factories near the location of our Factory #6. This could lead to lower competition and further increases in utilization. Mr. Xiaobin Liu, the CEO of Gulf Resources stated, "The demolition of Factory #6 will allow the government of Weifang to develop the Taiwan Island Ecological Culture City Project. We will transfer all business from Factory #6 to our other factories. Given our current low level of utilization in Bromine and the low margins in crude salt, demolishing this factory should allow us to increase our utilization and profits. While we never like to see one of our factories demolished, in this instance the demolition and sale should benefit our company." About Gulf Resources, Inc.Gulf Resources, Inc. operates through four wholly-owned subsidiaries, Shouguang City Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited ("SCHC"), Shouguang Yuxin Chemical Industry Co., Limited ("SYCI"), Shouguang City Rongyuan Chemical Co, Limited ("SCRC") and Daying County Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited ("DCHC"). The company believes that it is one of the largest producers of bromine in China. Elemental Bromine is used to manufacture a wide variety of compounds utilized in industry and agriculture. Through SYCI, the company manufactures chemical products utilized in a variety of applications, including oil and gas field explorations and papermaking chemical agents. SCRC is a leading manufacturer of materials for human and animal antibiotics in China and other parts of Asia. DCHC was established to further explore and develop natural gas and brine resources (including bromine and crude salt) in China. For more information, visit www.gulfresourcesinc.com. Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements in this news release contain forward-looking information about Gulf Resources and its subsidiaries business and products within the meaning of Rule 175 under the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are subject to the safe harbor created by those rules. The actual results may differ materially depending on a number of risk factors including, but not limited to, the general economic and business conditions in the PRC, future product development and production capabilities, shipments to end customers, market acceptance of new and existing products, additional competition from existing and new competitors for bromine and other oilfield and power production chemicals, changes in technology, the ability to make future bromine asset purchases, and various other factors beyond its control. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this Cautionary Statement and the risks factors detailed in the company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Gulf Resources undertakes no duty to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.
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