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Vertex Energy, Inc. Announces 2018 First Quarter Financial Results

Revenue Rose 19% Year-Over-Year; Gross Profit rose 67%

Gross Profit Margin was 16.4%

Conference call to be held today at 9:00 A.M. EDT

HOUSTON, May 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vertex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTNR), a specialty refiner of alternative feedstocks and marketer of high-purity petroleum products, announced today its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR FIRST QUARTER OF 2018

  • Consolidated revenue increased 19% to $41.4 million, compared to $34.8 million for the first quarter of 2017.
  • Gross profit was up 67% to $6.8 million compared to 11.7% for the first quarter of 2017.
  • Gross profit margin was 16.4%.
  • Total overall volume rose 1%, compared to the prior year’s period.
  • Consolidated per barrel margin increased 65% for the first quarter of 2018 over the same period a year ago.
  • Collected volume grew 17% for the first quarter of 2018 over the first quarter of 2017.
  • Net loss attributable to common shareholders was $3.5 million, or a loss of $0.10 per share.

Benjamin P. Cowart, Chairman and CEO of Vertex Energy, Inc., stated, "Overall, we are pleased with the state of our business operations. We managed to hit or surpass many of our internal targets. However, we are not happy with our EBITDA and net income results, which were negatively affected by a heater problem at our Heartland facility and an extended turnaround down time at our Marrero facility. Both of our facilities are now fully operational."

Mr. Cowart added, "Despite the negative impact on our production, there was strong demand for our finished products. We witnessed an improvement in our revenues, gross profit, and gross profit margins. In addition, we managed to protect our spreads by maintaining our charge-for-oil for collected volume. We have recaptured our production capacity and plan to continue to make adjustments at our facilities as necessary in an effort to yield a significant improvement in production volume and our financial performance for 2018."

FIRST QUARTER 2018 FINANCIAL RESULTS CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

Management will host a conference call today at 9 A.M. EDT. Those who wish to participate in the conference call may telephone 1-877-869-3847 from the U.S. and International callers may telephone 1-201-689-8261, approximately 15 minutes before the call. A webcast will also be available under the Investor Relations section at www.vertexenergy.com.

A digital replay will be available by telephone approximately two hours after the completion of the call until July 31, 2018, and may be accessed by dialing 1-877-660-6853 from the U.S. or 1-201-612-7415 for international callers using conference ID #13679493.

ABOUT VERTEX ENERGY, INC.

Vertex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTNR) is a specialty refiner of alternative feedstocks and marketer of high-purity petroleum products. With its headquarters in Houston, Texas, Vertex is one of the largest processors of used motor oil in the U.S. and has processing capacity of over 115 million gallons annually with operations located in Houston and Port Arthur (TX), Marrero (LA), and Columbus (OH). Vertex also has a facility, Myrtle Grove, located on a 41 acre industrial complex along the Gulf Coast in Belle Chasse, LA, with existing hydroprocessing and plant infrastructure assets that includes nine million gallons of storage. Vertex has implemented a cost-effective strategy for building its feedstock supply by establishing a successful self-collection and aggregation system. The Company has built a reputation as a key supplier of Group II+ and Group III base oils to the lubricant manufacturing industry in North America. For more information on Vertex Energy please contact Porter, LeVay & Rose, Inc.'s investor relations representative, Marlon Nurse, D.M. at 212-564-4700 or visit our website at www.vertexenergy.com.

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 also takes no obligation to update or correct information prepared by third parties that are not paid for by Vertex Energy.

    
Vertex Energy, Inc.
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) attributable to Vertex Energy, Inc., to Earnings Before Interest, Taxes,
Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and Adjusted EBITDA*
    
    For the Three Months
Ended March 31, 2018
Net (loss) income   
attributable to Vertex Energy, Inc. $  (2,258,622)
Add (deduct):   
Interest income  $  -  
Interest expense  $  802,515 
Depreciation and amortization  $  1,694,099 
Tax expense (benefit)  $  -  
    
EBITDA*  $  237,992  
    
Add (deduct): Stock-Based compensation  $  145,971 
    
Adjusted EBITDA  $  383,963  
      

* EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA 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 unrealized losses (gains) on derivative contracts and stock-based compensation expense. 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.
    
VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
    
 March 31,
 2018
 December 31,
 2017
ASSETS   
Current assets   
Cash and cash equivalents$52,876  $1,105,787 
Accounts receivable, net11,237,297  11,288,991 
Federal income tax receivable274,423   
Inventory8,112,625  6,304,842 
Prepaid expenses2,635,727  1,771,832 
Total current assets22,312,948  20,471,452 
    
Noncurrent assets   
Fixed assets, at cost65,541,421  65,237,652 
  Less accumulated depreciation(17,673,342) (16,617,824)
  Fixed assets, net47,868,079  48,619,828 
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net14,047,119  14,499,354 
Deferred tax asset  274,423 
Other assets492,417  440,417 
TOTAL ASSETS$84,720,563  $84,305,474 
    
LIABILITIES, TEMPORARY EQUITY, AND EQUITY   
Current liabilities   
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$11,465,453  $10,318,738 
Dividends payable554,917  420,713 
Capital leases-current9,698   
Current portion of long-term debt, net of unamortized finance costs1,158,196  1,616,926 
Derivative liability466,828   
Revolving note4,239,388  4,591,527 
 Total current liabilities17,894,480  16,947,904 
Long-term liabilities   
  Long-term debt, net of unamortized finance costs14,744,333  13,531,179 
Capital leases-long-term19,923   
Contingent consideration236,680  236,680 
Derivative liability2,677,159  2,245,408 
Total liabilities35,572,575  32,961,171 
    
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Note 3)   
    
TEMPORARY EQUITY   
Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share;
10,000,000 shares designated, 3,479,016 and 3,427,597 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017,
respectively with a liquidation preference of $10,784,950 and $10,625,551 at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.
7,583,722  7,190,467 
    
Series B1 Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share;
17,000,000 shares designated, 12,947,916 and 13,151,989 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017,
respectively, with a liquidation preference of $20,198,749 and $20,517,103 at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.
15,659,226  15,769,478 
Total Temporary Equity23,242,948  22,959,945 
EQUITY   
50,000,000 Preferred shares authorized:   
Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value;
5,000,000 shares designated, 453,567 and 453,567 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017,
respectively, with a liquidation preference of $675,815 and $675,815 at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.
454  454 
    
Series C Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value;
44,000 shares designated, 31,568 and 31,568 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017,
respectively, with a liquidation preference of $3,156,800 and $3,156,800 at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.
32  32 
    
Common stock, $0.001 par value per share;
750,000,000 shares authorized; 33,158,176 and 32,658,176 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and
December 31, 2017, respectively.
33,158  32,658 
Additional paid-in capital68,693,980  67,768,509 
Accumulated deficit(43,272,128) (39,816,300)
Total Vertex Energy, Inc. stockholders' equity25,455,496  27,985,353 
Non-controlling interest449,544  399,005 
Total Equity$25,905,040  $28,384,358 
TOTAL LIABILITIES, TEMPORARY EQUITY, AND EQUITY$84,720,563  $84,305,474 
        


VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)
    
   Three Months Ended March 31,
   2018 2017
Revenues  $41,368,195  $34,770,614 
Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)  34,588,749  30,701,554 
Gross profit  6,779,446  4,069,060 
      
Operating expenses:     
Selling, general and administrative expenses  5,645,442  5,229,837 
Depreciation and amortization  1,694,099  1,600,060 
Total operating expenses  7,339,541  6,829,897 
Loss from operations  (560,095) (2,760,837)
Other income (expense):     
Interest income    1,952 
Gain (loss) on sale of assets  42,680  (13,100)
Gain (loss) on change in value of derivative liability  (431,751) 920,672 
Gain (loss) on futures contracts  (456,402)  
Interest expense  (802,515) (1,336,487)
Total other income (expense)  (1,647,988) (426,963)
Loss before income tax  (2,208,083) (3,187,800)
Income tax benefit (expense)     
Net loss  (2,208,083) (3,187,800)
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest  50,539  8,607 
Net loss attributable to Vertex Energy, Inc.  (2,258,622) (3,196,407)
      
Accretion of discount on Series B and B-1 Preferred Stock  (457,853) (433,201)
Accrual of dividends on Series B and B-1 Preferred Stock  (739,354) (417,636)
Net loss available to common shareholders  $(3,455,829) $(4,047,244)
Loss per common share     
Basic and diluted  $(0.10) $(0.12)
Shares used in computing earnings per share     
Basic and diluted  33,063,732  32,953,812 
        


VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2018 AND 2017 (UNAUDITED)
  
 Three Months Ended
 March 31,
 2018
 March 31,
 2017
Cash flows from operating activities   
Net loss$(2,208,083) $(3,187,800)
 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by (used in) operating activities   
Stock based compensation expense145,971  148,736 
Depreciation and amortization1,694,099  1,600,060 
(Gain) loss on sale of assets(42,680) 13,100 
(Increase) decrease in fair value of derivative liability431,751  (920,672)
  (Increase) decrease in future contracts456,402   
  Net cash settlements on commodity derivatives(763,997)  
  Amortization of debt discount and deferred costs143,477  318,512 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   
Accounts receivable51,694  3,934,346 
Inventory(1,807,783) (381,981)
Prepaid expenses(89,472) 1,273,772 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses1,146,716  (1,322,370)
Other assets(52,000) (253,000)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities(893,905) 1,222,703 
Cash flows from investing activities   
Acquisition of Acadiana  (320,700)
Purchase of fixed assets(490,361) (1,100,962)
Proceeds from sale of  fixed assets75,230  62,594 
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities(415,131) (1,359,068)
Cash flows from financing activities   
Payment of debt issuance costs  (1,656,350)
Line of credit (payments) proceeds, net(352,139) (1,818,744)
Proceeds from note payable1,667,426  12,160,194 
Payments on note payable(1,059,162) (10,241,622)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities256,125  (1,556,522)
Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash(1,052,911) (1,692,887)
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of the period1,105,787  3,206,158 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period$52,876  $1,513,271 
    


SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION   
Cash paid for interest$477,583  $260,352 
Cash received for income tax benefit$  $ 
NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING TRANSACTIONS   
Conversion of Series A Preferred Stock into common stock  30 
Conversion of Series B-1 Preferred Stock into common stock$779,500  $119,440 
Accretion of discount on Series B and B-1 Preferred Stock$457,853  $433,201 
Dividends-in-kind  accrued on Series B and B-1 Preferred Stock$739,354  $417,636 
Return of common shares for sale escrow$  $1,109 
        

Investor Relations Contact:
Marlon Nurse, D.M.
Senior Vice President
212-564-4700

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