Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese bromine producer Gulf Resources (NASDAQ:GFRE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Gulf Resources' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Gulf Resources facts


Shouguang City, China

Market Cap

$289 million


Diversified metals and mining

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$94.9 million


CEO Xiao Liu (since March 2009)

CFO Min Li (since October 2006)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 2 Years)



$38 million / $5.7 million

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CAPS Members Bullish on GFRE Also Bullish on

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CAPS Members Bearish on GFRE Also Bearish on

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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 92% of the 63 members who have rated Gulf Resources believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars sloofg and bullishbabo, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Three weeks ago, sloofg tapped Gulf Resources as a good bet to keep getting bigger: "Looks to be potentially creating something of a moat, and the introduction of chemical products may provide for growth, or a back-stop against zero to negative growth. Some customer concentration concerns."

In a pitch from three days ago, bullishbabo let the numbers speak for themselves:

First, check out the very nice sales growth:
2006: $31.7M
2007: $54.2M
2008: $87.5M

Next, check out annual earnings:
2006: $0.18
2007: $0.51
2008: $0.90

Without issuing too many shares, equity has grown quite nicely. Book value is below. Check out the 99% book value growth from 2007 to 2008:
2006: $0.38
2007: $1.06
2008: $2.11

This company is highly profitable and growing quickly. With over $38M in cash and only 23.5M in total liabilities, it's very healthy as well.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. American Oriental is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems selection and a former Global Gains pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.