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Vertex Energy, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Financial Results

79 Days ago

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

HOUSTON, March 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vertex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTNR), a specialty refiner and marketer of high-quality hydrocarbon products, announced today its 2018 financial results for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2018.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR FOURTH QUARTER 2018

  • Consolidated revenues increased 1% to $41.8 million, compared to $41.3 for the fourth quarter 2017
  • Gross profit was down 38% to $4.9 million compared to $7.9 million in the fourth quarter 2017
  • Total overall volume declined 24% versus the fourth quarter 2017
  • Net loss attributable to Vertex Energy was $201,333 in the fourth quarter of 2018, versus $385,387 for the fourth quarter of 2017

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2018

  • Consolidated revenues increased to $180.7 million, compared to $145.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2017
  • Gross profit increased 38% to $29.4 million compared to $21.3 million in 2017
  • Gross profit margin was 16%, versus 15% for 2017
  • Net loss available to common shareholders was $8.0 million, or $0.23 per share, a reduction compared to a loss of $11.8 million or $0.36 per share in 2017
  • The company collected approximately 30 million gallons of used oil feedstock in 2018, compared to 26 million gallons for the same period of 2017

Benjamin P. Cowart, Chairman and CEO of Vertex Energy, Inc., stated, “During 2018, the market in each of our benchmark commodities was relatively stable, until they hit their lows in the fourth quarter, which caused a sharp decline in pricing. However, our nimble operations enabled us to quickly shift our service model and implement new pricing, allowing our margins to begin to recover in the first quarter 2019.

Additionally, we are very pleased with the 4th quarter performance of our marine fuel business even though throughout the 4th quarter of 2018 we suffered margin compression in our base oil, refining and marketing and our recovery divisions. Recently we have seen pricing and spreads reset going into the new year and we anticipate 2019 financial results to  improve over 2018.”

FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR 2018 FINANCIAL RESULTS CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

Management will host a conference call on March 6, 2019 at 9 A.M. EST.

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 May 31, 2019 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 #13688151.

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 include 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 Michael Porter 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.

 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
For the Twelve Months Ended
 
    December 31,
2018
      December 31,
2017
      December 31,
2018
      December 31,
2017
 
Net (loss) income
attributable to Vertex Energy, Inc.
$ (201,333 )   $ (385,387 )   $ (2,217,767 )   $ (8,433,233 )
Add (deduct):                              
Interest Income   -       -       (659 )     (5,748 )
Interest Expense   833,084       794,668       3,281,855       3,483,062  
Depreciation and amortization   1,756,996       1,700,413       6,991,010       6,643,324  
Tax benefit   -       (274,423 )     -       (274,423 )
                               
EBITDA*   2,388,747       1,835,271       8,054,439       1,412,982  
                               
Add (deduct):                               
Gain (loss) on change in value of derivative warrant liability   (2,888,687 )     556,318       (763,716 )     (2,120,584 )
Add (deduct): Stock-Based compensation    165,057        145,971        659,836        606,446  
                               
Adjusted EBITDA  $  (334,883 )
   $  2,537,560      $  7,950,559      $  (101,156 
                               


* 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 stock-based compensation expense and gain (loss) on change in value of derivative warrant liability. 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
  December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
ASSETS      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,349,831     $ 1,105,787  
Restricted cash 1,500,000      
Accounts receivable, net 9,027,990     11,288,991  
Federal income tax receivable 137,212      
Inventory 8,091,397     6,304,842  
Derivative commodity asset 695,941      
Prepaid expenses 2,740,541     1,771,832  
Total current assets 23,542,912     20,471,452  
       
       
Fixed assets, at cost 67,212,486     65,237,652  
Less accumulated depreciation (19,927,479 )   (16,617,824 )
Fixed assets, net 47,285,007     48,619,828  
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net 12,578,519     14,499,354  
Deferred tax asset 137,211     274,423  
Other assets 616,759     440,417  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 84,160,408     $ 84,305,474  
       
LIABILITIES, TEMPORARY EQUITY AND EQUITY      
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable $ 8,791,529     $ 7,826,016  
Accrued expenses 2,535,347     2,492,722  
Dividends payable 403,002     420,713  
Capital leases-current 95,857      
Current portion of long-term debt, net of unamortized finance costs 1,325,240     1,616,926  
Revolving note 3,844,636     4,591,527  
Total current liabilities 16,995,611     16,947,904  
       
Long-term debt, net of unamortized finance costs 14,402,179     13,531,179  
Capital leases-long-term 276,355      
Contingent consideration 15,564     236,680  
Derivative warrant liability 1,481,692     2,245,408  
Total liabilities 33,171,401     32,961,171  
       
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Note 4)      
       
TEMPORARY EQUITY      
Series B Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share;
10,000,000 shares authorized, 3,604,827 and 3,427,597 shares issued
and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively with liquidation preference of $11,174,964 and $10,625,551 at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
8,900,208     7,190,467  
       
Series B1 Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share;
17,000,000 shares authorized, 10,057,597 and 13,151,989 shares issued
and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively with liquidation preference of $15,689,851 and $20,517,103 at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
13,279,755     15,769,478  
Total Temporary Equity 22,179,963     22,959,945  
       
VERTEX ENERGY, INC
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
UNAUDITED
       
  December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
EQUITY      
Series A Convertible Preferred stock, $0.001 par value;
5,000,000 shares authorized and 419,859 and 453,567 shares issued
and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, with a liquidation preference of $625,590 and $675,815 at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.
420     454  
       
Series C Convertible Preferred stock, $0.001 par value per share;
44,000 shares designated in 2016; zero and 31,568
issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively with a liquidation preference of $0 and $3,156,800 at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.
    32  
       
Common stock, $0.001 par value per share;
750,000,000 shares authorized; 40,174,821 and 32,658,176
issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
40,175     32,658  
Additional paid-in capital 75,131,122     67,768,509  
Accumulated deficit (47,800,886 )   (39,816,300
  Total Vertex Energy, Inc. stockholders' equity 27,370,831     27,985,353  
Non-controlling interest 1,438,213     399,005  
  Total Equity 28,809,044     28,384,358  
TOTAL LIABILITIES, TEMPORARY EQUITY AND EQUITY $ 84,160,408     $ 84,305,474  


VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2018 and 2017
UNAUDITED
  2018   2017
Revenues $ 180,720,661     $ 145,499,092  
Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below) 151,314,039     124,226,489  
Gross profit 29,406,622     21,272,603  
       
Operating expenses:      
Selling, general and administrative expenses 21,927,264     21,685,542  
Depreciation and amortization 6,991,010     6,643,324  
Total operating expenses 28,918,274     28,328,866  
Income (loss) from operations 488,348     (7,056,263 )
Other income (expense):      
Other income 659     5,748  
Gain on sale of assets 45,553     445  
Gain on change in value of derivative warrant liability 763,716     2,120,584  
Interest expense (3,281,855 )   (3,483,062 )
Total expense (2,471,927 )   (1,356,285 )
Loss before income taxes (1,983,579 )   (8,412,548 )
Income tax benefit     274,423  
Net loss (1,983,579 )   (8,138,125 )
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest 234,188     295,108  
Net loss attributable to Vertex Energy, Inc. (2,217,767 )   (8,433,233 )
       
Accretion of discount on series B and B-1 Preferred Stock (3,132,414 )   (1,713,736 )
Dividends on series B and B-1 Preferred Stock (2,687,123 )   (1,677,633 )
Net loss available to common stockholders $ (8,037,304 )   $ (11,824,602 )
       
Income (loss) per common share      
Basic $ (0.23 )   $ (0.36 )
Diluted $ (0.23 )   $ (0.36 )
Shares used in computing earnings per share      
Basic 35,411,264     32,653,402  
Diluted 35,411,264     32,653,402  


VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE YEARS ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2018 AND 2017
UNAUDITED
  2018   2017
Cash flows from operating activities      
Net loss $ (1,983,579 )   $ (8,138,125 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:      
Stock-based compensation expense 659,836     606,446  
Depreciation and amortization 6,991,010     6,643,324  
Bad debt recovery (299,110 )    
Gain on commodity derivative contracts (1,062,682 )    
Net cash settlement on commodity derivatives 369,188      
Gain on sale of assets (45,553 )   (445
Gain on disposition (241,416 )    
Amortization of debt discount and deferred costs 584,336     715,112  
Deferred federal income tax     (274,423 )
Decrease in fair value of derivative liability (763,716 )   (2,120,584 )
Reduction in contingent consideration (128,116 )    
Impairment of goodwill 176,349      
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable 2,143,834     (336,772 )
Inventory (1,786,555 )   (1,910,884 )
Prepaid expenses (597,146 )   897,285  
Accounts payable 1,493,324     487,343  
Accrued expenses 42,625     390,699  
Other assets (176,342 )   77,833  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 5,376,287     (2,963,191
Cash flows from investing activities      
Acquisitions (269,826 )   (1,999,580 )
Proceeds from the sale of assets     327,718  
Purchase of fixed assets (2,499,117 )   (2,125,667 )
Net cash used in investing activities (2,768,943 )   (3,797,529
Cash flows from financing activities      
Line of credit proceeds (payments), net (746,891 )   1,865,488  
Payments on capital lease obligations (77,886 )    
Payment of debt issuance costs     (1,718,090 )
Proceeds from notes payable 4,024,964     17,570,929
Payments made on notes payable (4,063,487 )   (13,057,978
Net cash used in (provided by) financing activities (863,300 )   4,660,349  
Net change in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash 1,744,044     (2,100,371
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of the year 1,105,787     3,206,158  
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of year $ 2,849,831     $ 1,105,787  
       
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION      
Cash paid for interest $ 2,722,542     $ 1,952,719  
Cash paid for income taxes $     $  
       
NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING TRANSACTIONS      
Conversion of Series A Preferred Stock into common stock $ 34     $ 39  
Conversion of Series B and B1 Preferred Stock into common stock $ 6,613,052     $ 119,440  
Dividends on Series B and B-1 Preferred Stock $ 2,687,123     $ 1,677,633  
Accretion of discount on Series B and B-1 Preferred Stock $ 3,132,414     $ 1,713,736  
Equipment acquired under capital leases $ 450,098     $  
Contributed assets Vertex Recovery Management LA from non-controlling interest $ 857,738     $  
Contingent consideration on Nickco acquisition $     $ 236,680  
Common restricted shares for Nickco acquisition
$ 93,000     $ 474,000  
Return of common shares for sale escrow $     $ 1,109  


Investor Relations Contact:
Michael Porter
President
Porter, LeVay & Rose
212-564-4700

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