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Vertex Energy, Inc.

HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / May 14, 2020 / Vertex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTNR) ("Vertex" or the "Company"), a leading specialty refiner and marketer of high-quality hydrocarbon products, today announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2020.

1Q20 PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Total direct collections +12% year-over-year (y/y)
  • Total net income attributable to Vertex Energy of $2.8 million (+$7.7 million y/y)
  • Total adjusted EBITDA of $1.6 million (+$2.3 million y/y)
  • Total free cash flow of $1.2 million
  • Total cash and available liquidity of $20 million as of March 31, 2020
  • Total term debt outstanding of $6.1 million as of March 31, 2020

COVID-19 BUSINESS RESPONSE

  • Shelter-in-place orders reduced travel, resulting in lower supplies of used motor oil in April 2020
  • Company began planned, extended turnaround at Marrero facility beginning on May 10, 2020
  • Expect to realize approximately $1.8 million in cost reductions during the remainder of 2020
  • Received $4.2 million in cash proceeds from an SBA PPP Loan Program on May 5, 2020

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company reported net income attributable to Vertex Energy of $2.8 million, versus a net loss of ($5.0) million, for the first quarter 2019. Vertex reported Adjusted EBITDA of $1.6 million for the first quarter 2020, versus ($0.5) million in the prior-year period. A schedule reconciling the Company's GAAP and non-GAAP financial results, including Adjusted EBITDA, is included later in this release.

Vertex reported near-record profitability in the first quarter 2020, given strong demand for refined products, improved operating efficiency and a $4.2 million gain on derivative instruments. The Marrero refinery operated at elevated rates during the first quarter of 2020, given a more than 15% year-over-year increase in the production of middle distillates used in the marine bunker fuel market.

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), shelter-in-place orders were issued across most U.S. states and municipalities beginning in March 2020, resulting in a material decline in economic activity and travel. As activity levels declined, the availability of used motor oil (UMO), the Company's primary feedstock, was also reduced. Lower feedstock availability, together with a decline in realized margins on refined products indexed to crude oil values, led the Company to temporarily shutter the TCEP facility during the first quarter 2020 and accelerate planned maintenance at the Marrero refinery during May 2020. During the second quarter of 2020, the Company expects to operate its Marrero and Heartland refineries at reduced rates, given unfavorable refining economics. Vertex anticipates a recovery in refined products spreads as shelter-in-place orders are lifted and economic activity resumes over the coming weeks and months, provided that future shelter-in-place or similar orders could once again have a negative effect on demand, and consequently, product spreads.

Direct collections of UMO increased 12% in the first quarter 2020, when compared to the prior-year's period. UMO collections represented approximately 41% of overall feedstock processed at the Company's refineries in the first quarter of 2020, versus 37% in the first quarter 2019, with the remaining feedstock being sourced from third-party UMO suppliers. Given current market conditions, the Company has aggressively increased its charge-for-oil pricing program.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY

"Entering the first quarter of 2020, our business was on track for strong full-year performance, with the futures markets implying sustained growth in refined products margins following the IMO 2020 transition," stated Benjamin P. Cowart, President and CEO of Vertex. "In the months leading up to the emergence of COVID-19, we entered into derivatives contracts that allowed us to lock-in the favorable margins that existed in the market at that time, effectively shielding much of our business from the volatility that followed. We monetized this hedge position during the first quarter, resulting in a near-record quarter of profitability for the Company."

"During March 2020, the potential impact of COVID-19 became increasingly apparent, leading us to take swift action to protect the safety and welfare of our employees, while ensuring business continuity. During the fourth quarter 2019, we built inventory of lower-priced used motor oil feedstock that allowed us to operate our refineries at normal rates well into April 2020, while others in the re-refining industry shuttered their facilities due to insufficient supplies of UMO feedstock."

"Looking ahead, our management team remains highly engaged, taking actions to mitigate risk, while positioning our business for profitable growth in a post COVID-19 environment. During April 2020, collection volumes were well below normalized levels, but have since improved in May 2020, back up to 70% of normal levels in some markets. In response to the current environment, we intend to conduct extended maintenance at the Marrero refinery during the second quarter 2020. Given our discussions with UMO suppliers, we think the market has bottomed. As shelter-in-place orders are lifted and regional economies reopen, vehicle miles traveled are expected to increase from current levels."

"COVID-19 has created a temporary demand shock with the global base oil markets," continued Cowart, "Importantly, Vertex has significant base oil production volumes under contract that provide surety of off-take, positioning us to weather current market volatility at the Heartland refinery. At our Marrero refinery, demand for marine fuel remains strong. Coming out of the ongoing turnaround, we plan to run the refinery at full rates, as we continue to supply our distribution partner, Bunker One USA, with the entirety of our middle distillates production."

BALANCE SHEET

As of March 31, 2020, the Company had total cash and availability on its lending facility of $16.3 million and $3.9 million, respectively. Vertex had total term debt outstanding of $6.1 million as of March 31, 2020. Included in total cash amounts is the SPV amounts of Myrtle Grove and Heartland which are $2.5 million and $7.2 million, respectively, which are limited to use by each SPV respectively.

On April 24, 2020, Vertex secured an extension on its $10 million credit facility pursuant to which the lending partner agreed to extend the due date of such lending facility by one year, from February 1, 2021 to February 1, 2022.

On May 5, 2020, Vertex received funds under the Paycheck Protection Program (the "PPP") which is part of the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"). The program is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration through Texas Citizens Bank. The Company received total proceeds of $4.2 million from the PPP loan program. Under the terms of the PPP loan program, certain amounts of the PPP Loans may be forgiven if they are used for qualifying expenses as described in the CARES Act.

SERIES B AND B1 PREFERRED STOCK

Given current market volatility and under the terms of the Company's current credit facilities which prevent such redemption, the Company does not expect to redeem the outstanding $23 million of Series B and B1 Preferred Stock until June 30, 2021, at the earliest. The preferred stock terms contemplated the Company's potential inability to redeem such preferred stock on the June 24, 2020 redemption date, and provide for an increase in the dividend rate payable on such Series B and B1 Preferred Stock from 6.0% to 10.0% per annum, from June 24, 2020, until such preferred stock can be redeemed pursuant to the terms of the Company's outstanding credit facilities. The Company anticipates that dividends will continue to be paid through the payment of in-kind equity grants, as the Company seeks to conserve cash and liquidity to support its operations.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

A conference call will be held today at 9:00 A.M. ET to review the Company's financial results, discuss recent events and conduct a question-and-answer session.

A webcast of the conference call and accompanying presentation materials will be available in the Investor Relations section of Vertex's website at www.vertexenergy.com. To listen to a live broadcast, go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register, download, and install any necessary audio software.

To participate in the live teleconference:

Domestic Live: 844-369-8770

To listen to a replay of the teleconference, which will be available through May 21, 2020:

Domestic Replay: 877-481-4010

Conference ID: 33812

ABOUT VERTEX ENERGY

Houston-based Vertex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: VTNR) is a specialty refiner of alternative feedstocks and marketer of high-purity petroleum products. Vertex is one of the largest processors of used motor oil in the U.S., with operations located in Houston and Port Arthur (TX), Marrero (LA) and Heartland (OH). Vertex also co-owns a facility, Myrtle Grove, located on a 41-acre industrial complex along the Gulf Coast in Belle Chasse, LA, with existing hydro-processing and plant infrastructure assets, that include nine million gallons of storage. The Company has built a reputation as a key supplier of Group II+ and Group III base oils to the lubricant manufacturing industry throughout North America.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information about management's view of Vertex Energy's future expectations, plans and prospects, within the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"). In particular, when used in the preceding discussion, the words "believes," "hopes," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," or "may," and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act, and are subject to the safe harbor created by the Act. Any statements made in this news release other than those of historical fact, about an action, event or development, are forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the results of Vertex Energy, its divisions and concepts to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. These risk factors and others are included from time to time in documents Vertex Energy files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on Vertex Energy's future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Vertex Energy cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Finally, Vertex Energy undertakes no obligation to update these statements after the date of this release, except as required by law, and takes no obligation to update or correct information prepared by third parties that are not paid for by Vertex Energy.

CONTACT

Investor Relations

720.778.2415

[email protected]

VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)

 
  March 31,
2020
    December 31,
2019
 
ASSETS
           
Current assets
           
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 16,295,062     $ 4,099,655  
Restricted cash
    100,134       100,170  
Accounts receivable, net
    9,853,500       12,138,078  
Federal income tax receivable
    137,211       68,606  
Inventory
    4,435,020       6,547,479  
Derivative commodity asset
    805,796       -  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    2,130,463       4,452,920  
Total current assets
    33,757,186       27,406,908  
 
               
Noncurrent assets
               
Fixed assets, at cost
    69,911,728       69,469,548  
Less accumulated depreciation
    (25,833,624 )     (24,708,151 )
Fixed assets, net
    44,078,104       44,761,397  
Finance lease right-of-use assets
    798,449       851,570  
Operating lease right-of use assets
    35,126,827       35,586,885  
Intangible assets, net
    10,837,076       11,243,800  
Deferred income taxes
    -       68,605  
Other assets
    928,005       840,754  
TOTAL ASSETS
  $ 125,525,647     $ 120,759,919  
 
               
LIABILITIES, TEMPORARY EQUITY, AND EQUITY
               
Current liabilities
               
Accounts payable
  $ 6,016,951     $ 7,620,098  
Accrued expenses
    1,746,542       5,016,132  
Dividends payable
    344,485       389,176  
Finance lease liability-current
    219,121       217,164  
Operating lease liability-current
    5,864,534       5,885,304  
Current portion of long-term debt, net of unamortized finance costs
    1,191,293       2,017,345  
Derivative commodity liability
    -       375,850  
Revolving note
    -       3,276,230  
Total current liabilities
    15,382,926       24,797,299  
Long-term liabilities
               
Long-term debt, net of unamortized finance costs
    5,208,000       12,433,000  
Finance lease liability-long-term
    555,375       610,450  
Operating lease liability-long-term
    29,262,293       29,701,581  
Derivative warrant liability
    270,469       1,969,216  
Total liabilities
    50,679,063       69,511,546  
 
               
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Note 3)
    -       -  
 
               
TEMPORARY EQUITY
               
Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share;
10,000,000 shares designated, 3,883,449 and 3,826,055 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively with a liquidation preference of $12,038,692 and $11,860,771 at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.
    11,598,216       11,006,406  
 
               
Series B1 Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share;
17,000,000 shares designated, 7,004,236 and 9,028,085 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively with a liquidation preference of $10,926,608 and $14,083,813 at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.
    10,103,956       12,743,047  
 
               
Redeemable non-controlling interest
    26,825,469       4,396,894  
Total Temporary Equity
    48,527,641       28,146,347  
EQUITY
               
50,000,000 of total Preferred shares authorized:
               
Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value;
5,000,000 shares designated, 419,859 and 419,859 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively with a liquidation preference of $625,590 and $625,590 at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.
    420       420  
 
               
Series C Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value;
44,000 shares designated, no shares issued or outstanding.
    -       -  
 
               
Common stock, $0.001 par value per share;
750,000,000 shares authorized; 45,554,841 and 43,395,563 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.
    45,555       43,396  
Additional paid-in capital
    94,076,832       81,527,351  
Accumulated deficit
    (68,700,505 )     (59,246,514 )
Total Vertex Energy, Inc. stockholders' equity
    25,422,302       22,324,653  
Non-controlling interest
    896,641       777,373  
Total Equity
    26,318,943       23,102,026  
TOTAL LIABILITIES, TEMPORARY EQUITY, AND EQUITY
  $ 125,525,647     $ 120,759,919  

VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)

 
  Three Months Ended March 31,  
 
 
  2020     2019  
Revenues
  $ 36,203,429     $ 39,320,712  
Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)
    26,836,854       34,844,349  
Gross profit
    9,366,575       4,476,363  
 
               
Operating expenses:
               
Selling, general and administrative expenses
    6,700,518       5,347,741  
Depreciation and amortization
    1,634,547       1,737,013  
Total operating expenses
    8,335,065       7,084,754  
Income (loss) from operations
    1,031,510       (2,608,391 )
Other income (expense):
               
Other income
    80       -  
Gain on sale of assets
    -       2,293  
Gain (loss) on change in value of derivative warrant liability
    1,698,747       (1,705,094 )
Interest expense
    (340,086 )     (757,803 )
Total other income (expense)
    1,358,741       (2,460,604 )
Income (loss) before income tax
    2,390,251       (5,068,995 )
Income tax benefit (expense)
    -       -  
Net income (loss)
    2,390,251       (5,068,995 )
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest and redeemable non-controlling interest
    (398,609 )     (105,431 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Vertex Energy, Inc.
    2,788,860       (4,963,564 )
 
               
Accretion of redeemable noncontrolling interest to redemption value
    (10,966,349 )     -  
Accretion of discount on Series B and B1 Preferred Stock
    (932,003 )     (560,675 )
Dividends on Series B and B1 Preferred Stock
    (344,499 )     (406,795 )
Net loss available to common shareholders
  $ (9,453,991 )   $ (5,931,034 )
Loss per common share
               
Basic
  $ (0.21 )   $ (0.15 )
Diluted
  $ (0.21 )   $ (0.15 )
Shares used in computing earnings per share
               
Basic
    45,372,358       40,195,925  
Diluted
    45,372,358       40,195,925  

VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2020 AND 2019
(UNAUDITED)

  Three Months Ended March 31, 2020  
 
  Common Stock     Series A Preferred     Series C Preferred                          
 
  Shares     $.001 Par     Shares     $0.001 Par     Shares     $.001 Par     Additional Paid-In Capital     Retained Earnings     Non-controlling Interest     Total Equity  
Balance on January 1, 2020
     43,395,563     43,396        419,859     420        -     -     81,527,351     (59,246,514 )   777,373     23,102,026  
Purchase of shares of consolidated subsidiary
    -       -       -       -       -       -       (71,171 )     -       -       (71,171 )
Adjustment of carrying mount of non-controlling interest
    -       -       -       -       -       -       9,091,068       -       -       9,091,068  
Share based compensation expense, total
    -       -       -       -       -       -       163,269       -       -       163,269  
Conversion of Series B1 Preferred stock to common
    2,159,278       2,159       -       -       -       -       3,366,315       -       -       3,368,474  
Dividends on Series B and B1
    -       -       -       -       -       -       -       (344,499 )     -       (344,499 )
Accretion of discount on Series B and B1
    -       -       -       -       -       -       -       (932,003 )     -       (932,003 )
Accretion of redeemable non-controlling interest to redemption value
    -       -       -       -       -       -       -       (10,966,349 )     -       (10,966,349 )
Net income
    -       -       -       -       -       -       -       2,788,860       119,268       2,908,128  
Balance on March 31, 2020
    45,554,841     45,555       419,859     420     $               -     94,076,832     (68,700,505 )   896,641     26,318,943  
  Three Months Ended March 31, 2019  
 
  Common Stock     Series A Preferred     Series C Preferred                          
 
  Shares     $.001 Par     Shares     $.001 Par     Shares     $0.001 Par     Additional Paid-In Capital     Retained Earnings     Non-controlling Interest     Total Equity  
Balance on January 1, 2019
     40,174,821     40,175        419,859     420       -     -     75,131,122     (47,800,886 )   1,438,213     28,809,044  
Share based compensation expense, total
    -       -       -       -       -       -       143,063       -       -       143,063  
Conversion of Series B1 Preferred stock to common
    96,160       96       -       -       -       -       149,914       -       -       150,010  
Dividends on Series B and B1
    -       -       -       -       -       -       -       (406,795 )     -       (406,795 )
Accretion of discount on Series B and B1
    -       -       -       -       -       -       -       (560,675 )     -       (560,675 )
Net loss
    -       -       -       -       -       -       -       (4,963,564 )     (105,431 )     (5,068,995 )
Balance on March 31, 2019
    40,270,981     40,271       419,859     420       -     -     75,424,099     (53,731,920 )   1,332,782     23,065,652  

VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2020 AND 2019 (UNAUDITED)

 
  Three Months Ended  
 
 
  March 31,
2020
    March 31,
2019
 
Cash flows from operating activities
           
Net income (loss)
  $ 2,390,251     $ (5,068,995 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by (used in) operating activities
               
Stock based compensation expense
    163,269       143,063  
Depreciation and amortization
    1,634,547       1,737,013  
Gain on sale of assets
    -       (2,293 )
Bad debt and reduction in allowance for bad debt
    23,925       (303,796 )
(Decrease) increase in fair value of derivative warrant liability
    (1,698,747 )     1,705,094  
(Gain) Loss on commodity derivative contracts
    (4,427,782 )     759,767  
Net cash settlements on commodity derivatives
    4,507,370       (657,577 )
Amortization of debt discount and deferred costs
    47,826       143,477  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
               
Accounts receivable
    2,260,654       (4,375,379 )
Inventory
    2,112,459       1,820,641  
Prepaid expenses
    1,061,222       1,173,298  
Accounts payable
    (1,603,145 )     1,359,493  
Accrued expenses
    (3,269,590 )     (408,686 )
Other assets
    (87,251 )     (2,000 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
    3,115,008       (1,976,880 )
Cash flows from investing activities
               
Internally developed software
    (49,229 )     -  
Purchase of fixed assets
    (442,180 )     (774,897 )
Proceeds from sale of fixed assets
    -       10,000  
Net cash used in investing activities
    (491,409 )     (764,897 )
Cash flows from financing activities
               
Payments on finance leases
    (53,119 )     (23,382 )
Contributions received from redeemable noncontrolling interest
    21,000,000       -  
Line of credit (payments) proceeds, net
    (3,276,230 )     2,525,874  
Proceeds from note payable
    -       187,501  
Payments on note payable
    (8,098,879 )     (1,021,239 )
Net cash provided by financing activities
    9,571,772       1,668,754  
Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
    12,195,371       (1,073,023 )
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of the period
    4,199,825       2,849,831  
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period
  $ 16,395,196     $ 1,776,808  
 
               
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
               
Cash paid for interest
  $ 352,806     $ 602,732  
Cash paid for taxes
  $ -     $ -  
NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING TRANSACTIONS
               
Conversion of Series B1 Preferred Stock into common stock
  $ 3,368,474     $ 150,010  
Accretion of discount on Series B and B1 Preferred Stock
  $ 932,003     $ 560,675  
Dividends-in-kind accrued on Series B and B1 Preferred Stock
  $ 344,499     $ 406,795  
Initial adjustment of carrying amount redeemable noncontrolling interest
  $ 9,091,068     $ -  
Accretion of redeemable noncontrolling interest to redemption value
  $ 10,966,349     $ -  

Reconciliation of Net Loss attributable to Vertex Energy, Inc., to Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and Adjusted EBITDA*

 
  For the Three Months Ended     For the Trailing Twelve Months  
 
                       
 
  March 31, 2020     March 31, 2019     March 31, 2020     March 31, 2019  
 
                       
Net income (loss)
  $ 2,390,251     $ (5,068,995 )   $ 1,973,693     $ (4,844,491 )
Add (deduct):
                               
Interest Income
    (80 )     -       (2,777 )     (659 )
Interest Expense
    340,086       757,803       2,652,354       3,237,143  
Depreciation and amortization
    1,634,547       1,737,013       7,077,623       7,033,924  
EBITDA
    4,364,804       (2,574,179)       11,700,893       5,425,917  
 
                               
Add (deduct):
                               
Loss (gain) on change in value of derivative warrant liability
    (1,698,747 )     1,705,094       (2,916,317 )     509,627  
Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative instruments
    (1,181,647 )     246,138       (355,993 )     (916,682 )
Stock-based compensation
    163,269       143,063       663,047       656,928  
Adjusted EBITDA *
  $ 1,647,679     $ (479,884)     $ 9,091,630     $ 5,675,790  
Add (deduct):
                               
Capital expenditures
    (491,409 )     (774,897 )     (3,574,972 )     (3,053,479 )
Free cash flow
    1,156,270       (1,254,781 )     5,516,658       2,622,311  
 
     
 
     

*EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flows are non-GAAP financial measures. These measurements are not recognized in accordance with GAAP and should not be viewed as an alternative to GAAP measures of performance.

EBITDA represents net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA before stock-based compensation expense and gain (loss) on change in value of derivative warrant liability and unrealized gains and losses on derivative instruments for hedging activities. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are presented because we believe they provide additional useful information to investors due to the various noncash items during the period. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our operating results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect cash expenditures, or future requirements for capital expenditures, or contractual commitments;
  • EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital needs;
  • EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on debt or cash income tax payments;
  • Although depreciation and amortization are noncash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; and
  • Other companies in this industry may calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently than Vertex Energy does, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Free cash flow represents adjusted EBITDA minus capital expenditures.

SOURCE: Vertex Energy, Inc. 

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