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Energy : Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels | Small Cap Blend
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Vertex Energy, Inc. (Vertex) is an energy transition company. The Company is focused on the production and distribution of conventional and alternative fuels. It provides services in 15 states, primarily in the Gulf Coast and Central Midwest Region of the United States. Vertex owns an approximately 91,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Mobile refinery and more than 3.2 million barrels of product storage. It is also a processor of used motor oil, with operations located in Houston and Port Arthur (TX), Marrero (LA) and Columbus (OH). Vertex co-owns 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. The Company is a supplier of Group II+ and Group III Base Oils to the lubricant manufacturing industry throughout North America. It operates through three segments: Black Oil, Refining and Marketing, and Recovery.

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Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

4:30 pm ET May 4, 2022 (BusinessWire) Print

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. (Nasdaq: HCCI), a leading provider of parts cleaning, used oil re-refining, and hazardous and non-hazardous waste services primarily focused on small and mid-sized customers, today announced results for the first quarter which ended March 26, 2022.

First Quarter Review

Revenue for the first quarter of 2022 was $139.4 million compared to $105.4 million for the same quarter of 2021, an increase of 32.2%.

Overall Operating Margin increased by $6.5 million but decreased slightly on a percentage of revenue basis to 23.4%, driven primarily by the increase in costs compared to the increase in revenue in our Environmental Services Segment, compared to 24.8% during the first quarter of 2021. Our first quarter corporate SG&A expense was $15.3 million, or 11.0% of revenue, compared to $13.4 million, or 12.8% of revenue, for the first quarter of 2021.

Net income for the first quarter was $12.9 million compared to net income of $9.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Basic earnings per share were $0.55 compared $0.39 in the year-ago quarter.

Segments

Our Environmental Services segment includes parts cleaning, containerized waste, wastewater vacuum, antifreeze recycling, and field services. Environmental Services revenue was $84.7 million during the quarter compared to $69.5 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2021. The 21.9% increase in revenue was mainly due to the increase in demand for our services compared to the prior year quarter and, to a lesser extent, by revenue from acquisitions made during the second half of 2021. We experienced revenue increases across all service lines in the segment when compared to the first quarter of 2021. Environmental Services profit before corporate selling, general, and administrative expenses was $14.1 million, or 16.7% of revenue, compared to $16.0 million, or 23.0% of revenue, in the year-ago quarter. The decrease in operating margin was mainly driven by higher disposal, transportation and container costs caused by extraordinarily high inflation.

President and CEO Brian Recatto commented, "We are very pleased with the level of revenue growth we achieved during the quarter compared to 2021. However, despite actions taken in the fourth quarter and near the end of the first quarter, we were not able to do enough to protect our margin in the segment. During the second quarter we are taking additional steps to help battle the unprecedented inflationary pressure we are experiencing in this segment."

Our Oil Business segment includes used oil collection and re-refining activities, as well as sales of recycled fuel oil. During the first quarter of fiscal 2022, Oil Business revenue was a record high for a 12-week quarter at $54.7 million, an increase of $18.8 million, or 52.3%, compared to $35.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. An increase in base oil prices was the main driver of the increase in revenue along with a slight increase in base oil sales volume compared to the prior year quarter. Oil Business segment operating margin increased to 33.7% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 28.1% in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. The higher operating margin compared to the first quarter of 2021 was mainly due to an increase in the spread between the netback (sales price net of freight impact) on our base oil sales and the price paid/charged to our customers for the removal of their used oil.

Recatto commented, "We're excited to report our Oil Business team continued to execute well during the first quarter in terms of managing pay-for-oil, route collection efficiency and operation of our re-refinery which allowed us to produce a record fifth straight quarter of operating margin above 28.0%."

Safe Harbor Statement

All references to the "Company," "we," "our," and "us" refer to Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc., and its subsidiaries. This release contains forward-looking statements that are based upon current management expectations. Generally, the words "aim," "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "should," "will be," "will continue," "will likely result," "would" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause our actual results, performance or achievements or industry results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other important factors include, among others: developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting impact on our business and operations, general economic conditions and downturns in the business cycles of automotive repair shops, industrial manufacturing businesses and small businesses in general; increased solvent, fuel and energy costs and volatility, including a drop in the price of crude oil, the selling price of lubricating base oil, solvent, fuel, energy, and commodity costs; our ability to enforce our rights under the FCC Environmental purchase agreement; our ability to pay our debt when due and comply with our debt covenants; our ability to successfully operate our used oil re-refinery and to cost-effectively collect or purchase used oil or generate operating results; increased market supply or decreased demand for base oil; further consolidation and/or declines in the United States automotive repair and manufacturing industries; the impact of extensive environmental, health and safety and employment laws and regulations on our business; legislative or regulatory requirements or changes adversely affecting our business; competition in the industrial and hazardous waste services industries and from other used oil re-refineries; claims and involuntary shutdowns relating to our handling of hazardous substances; the value of our used solvents and oil inventory, which may fluctuate significantly; our ability to expand our non-hazardous programs for parts cleaning; our dependency on key employees; our level of indebtedness, which could affect our ability to fulfill our obligations, impede the implementation of our strategy, and expose us to interest rate risk; the impact of legal proceedings and class action litigation on us and our ability to estimate the cash payments we will make under litigation settlements; our ability to effectively manage our network of branch locations; the control of The Heritage Group over the Company; and the risks identified in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 2, 2022. Given these uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update or revise them or provide reasons why actual results may differ. The information in this release should be read in light of such risks and in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto included elsewhere in this release.

About Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. provides parts cleaning, used oil re-refining, and hazardous and non-hazardous waste services primarily to small and mid-sized manufacturers and other industrial businesses as well as customers in the vehicle maintenance sector. Our service programs include parts cleaning, containerized waste management, used oil collection and re-refining, wastewater vacuum, waste antifreeze collection, recycling and product sales, and field services. These services help our customers manage their used chemicals and liquid and solid wastes, while also helping to minimize their regulatory burdens. Our customers include small-to-medium sized manufacturers, such as metal product fabricators and printers, and other industrial businesses as well as businesses involved in vehicle maintenance operations, such as car dealerships, automotive repair shops, and trucking firms. Through our used oil re-refining program during fiscal 2021, we recycled approximately 66 million gallons of used oil into high quality lubricating base oil, and we are a supplier to firms that produce and market finished lubricants. Through our antifreeze program during fiscal 2021 we recycled approximately 3.9 million gallons of spent antifreeze which was used to produce a full line of virgin-quality antifreeze products. Through our parts cleaning program during fiscal 2021 we recycled 2 million gallons of used solvent into virgin-quality solvent to be used again by our customers. In addition, we sold 0.5 million gallons of used solvent into the reuse market. Through our containerized waste program during fiscal 2021 we collected 21 thousand tons of regulated waste which was sent for energy recovery. Through our wastewater vacuum services program during fiscal 2021 we treated approximately 49 million gallons of wastewater. Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. is headquartered in Elgin, Illinois, and operates through 91 branches serving approximately 98,000 customer locations.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call on Thursday May 5, 2022 at 9:30 AM Central Time, during which management will give a brief presentation focusing on the Company's operations and financial results. Interested parties can listen to the audio webcast available through our company website, https://crystal-clean.com/investor-relations/, and can participate on the call by dialing (888) 440-4149. After dialing the number, you will be required to provide the following passcode before being joined to the conference call: 8889427.

The Company uses its website to make information available to investors and the public at www.crystal-clean.com.

                                                                                                                                               Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.
                                                                                                                                           Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                                                                                                                    (In Thousands, Except Share and Par Value Amounts)
                                                                                                                                                        (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                March 26,                                          January 1,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2022                                                                   2022
                                                                                                                                                                                                 -----------------------------------------------                        -----------------------------------------------
ASSETS                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Current assets:                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                 $  71,066                        $  56,269  
   Cash and cash equivalents
                                                                                                                                                                                 70,047        62,513  
   Accounts receivable - net
                                                                                                                                                                                 30,195        29,536  
   Inventory - net
                                                                                                                                                                                  1,125         1,125  
   Assets held for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                  5,954         6,773  
   Other current assets
                                                                                                                                                                                                 -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Total current assets                                                                                                                                                            178,387       156,216  
                                                                                                                                                                                171,893       166,301  
   Property, plant and equipment - net
                                                                                                                                                                                 91,528        83,865  
   Right of use assets
                                                                                                                                                                                 24,582        24,146  
   Equipment at customers - net
                                                                                                                                                                                 44,676        45,949  
   Software and intangible assets - net
                                                                                                                                                                                 49,695        49,695  
   Goodwill
                                                                                                                                                                                    654           692  
   Other assets
                                                                                                                                                                                                 -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Total assets                                                                                                                                                                                     $ 561,415                        $ 526,864  
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ==================== ======= ====================                      ==================== ======= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Current liabilities:                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                 $  43,055                        $  36,179  
   Accounts payable
                                                                                                                                                                                 21,598        20,146  
   Current portion of lease liabilities
                                                                                                                                                                                  2,570         2,094  
   Contract liabilities - net
                                                                                                                                                                                  6,632         8,980  
   Accrued salaries, wages, and benefits
                                                                                                                                                                                 13,448         8,474  
   Taxes payable
                                                                                                                                                                                 11,944         9,476  
   Other current liabilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                 -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Total current liabilities                                                                                                                                                        99,247        85,349  
                                                                                                                                                                                 72,192        65,041  
   Lease liabilities, net of current portion
                                                                                                                                                                                    591           473  
   Other long term liabilities
                                                                                                                                                                                  1,410         2,819  
   Contingent consideration
                                                                                                                                                                                 31,525        31,126  
   Deferred income taxes
                                                                                                                                                                                                 -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Total liabilities                                                                                                                                                                                $ 204,965                        $ 184,808  
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ==================== ======= ====================                      ==================== ======= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                             
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Common stock - 26,000,000 shares authorized at $0.01 par value, 23,477,764 and 23,473,931 shares issued and outstanding at March 26, 2022 and January 1, 2022, respectively                      $     235                        $     235  
Additional paid-in capital                                                                                                                                                      206,390       204,920  
Retained earnings                                                                                                                                                               149,945       137,067  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                                                                                                               (120 )                           (166 )
                                                                                                                                                                                                 -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Total stockholders' equity                                                                                                                                                                       $ 356,450       342,056  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                                                                 -----------------------------------------------                        -----------------------------------------------

                                                                                   Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.
                                                                            Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
                                                                             (In Thousands, Except per Share Amounts)
                                                                                            (Unaudited)
                                     
                                                                                      First Quarter Ended,
                                                                          ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                         March 26,                                           March 27,
                                                                                                 2022                                                                   2021
                                                                          -----------------------------------------------                        -----------------------------------------------
                                                                      
Revenues                                                                                 
                                                                          $  68,907                        $  57,700  
   Service revenues
                                                          64,482        42,266  
   Product revenues
                                                           5,977         5,416  
   Rental income
                                                                          -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- --------------------
Total revenues                                                            $ 139,366                        $ 105,382  
                                                                      
Operating expenses                                                                       
                                                                          $ 101,783                        $  76,771  
   Operating costs
                                                          13,735        12,188  
   Selling, general, and administrative expenses
                                                           6,507         3,782  
   Depreciation and amortization
                                                            (210 )                           (108 )
   Other (income) - net
                                                                          -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Operating income                                          17,551        12,749  
Interest expense - net                          223           324  
                                                                          -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Income before income taxes                                17,328        12,425  
Provision for income taxes                                 4,450         3,219  
                                                                          -------------------- ------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Net income                                                                $  12,878                        $   9,206  
                                                                          ==================== ======= ====================                      ==================== ======= ====================
                                                                      
Net income per share: basic                                               $    0.55                        $    0.39  
Net income per share: diluted                                             $    0.54                        $    0.39  
                                                                      
Number of weighted average shares outstanding: basic      23,476        23,373  

                                                                                                                                                       Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.
                                                                                                                                              Reconciliation of Operating Segment Information
                                                                                                                                                                (Unaudited)
 
                                                                                                                                                           First Quarter Ended,
                                                                                                                                                              March 26, 2022
(thousands)                                                                            Environmental                     Oil Business                                  Corporate and                                           Consolidated
                                                                                                            Services                                                                                                            Eliminations
-------------------------------------------------------------------------                       ------------------------------                       ------------------------------                       ------------------------------------------------------                        -----------------------------------------------
                                                                                                              
Revenues                                                                                                                                            
                Service revenues                                             $     66,299                      $      2,608                      $ --                        $  68,907  
                Product revenues                                12,389         52,093     --        64,482  
                Rental income                                    5,963             14     --         5,977  
                                                                                                -------------------- ----------                      -------------------- ----------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Total revenues                                                                                  $     84,651                      $     54,715                      $ --                        $ 139,366  
Operating expenses                                                                                                                                  
                Operating costs                                 67,618         34,165     --       101,783  
                Operating depreciation and amortization          2,888          2,084     --         4,972  
                                                                                                -------------------- ----------                      -------------------- ----------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Profit before corporate selling, general, and administrative expenses                           $     14,145                      $     18,466                      $ --                        $  32,611  
Selling, general, and administrative expenses                                                                        13,735        13,735  
Depreciation and amortization from SG&A                                                                               1,535         1,535  
                                                                                                                                                                                                          -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Total selling, general, and administrative expenses                                                                           $         15,270                        $  15,270  
Other (income) - net                                                                                                   (210 )                           (210 )
                                                                                                                                                                                                          -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Operating income                                                                                                                                      17,551  
Interest expense - net                                                                                     223           223  
                                                                                                                                                                                                          -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                                           First Quarter Ended,
                                                                                                                                                              March 27, 2021
(thousands)                                                                            Environmental                     Oil Business                                  Corporate and                                           Consolidated
                                                                                                            Services                                                                                                            Eliminations
-------------------------------------------------------------------------                       ------------------------------                       ------------------------------                       ------------------------------------------------------                        -----------------------------------------------
                                                                                                              
Revenues                                                                                                                                            
                Service revenues                                             $     53,303                      $      4,397                      $ --                        $  57,700  
                Product revenues                                10,747         31,519     --        42,266  
                Rental income                                    5,407              9     --         5,416  
                                                                                                -------------------- ----------                      -------------------- ----------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Total revenues                                                                                  $     69,457                      $     35,925                      $ --                        $ 105,382  
Operating expenses                                                                                                                                  
                Operating costs                                 51,880         24,891     --        76,771  
                Operating depreciation and amortization          1,579            948     --         2,527  
                                                                                                -------------------- ----------                      -------------------- ----------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Profit before corporate selling, general, and administrative expenses                           $     15,998                      $     10,086                      $ --                        $  26,084  
Selling, general, and administrative expenses                                                                        12,188        12,188  
Depreciation and amortization from SG&A                                                                               1,255         1,255  
                                                                                                                                                                                                          -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Total selling, general, and administrative expenses                                                                           $         13,443                        $  13,443  
Other (income) - net                                                                                                   (108 )                           (108 )
                                                                                                                                                                                                          -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Operating income                                                                                                                                      12,749  
Interest expense - net                                                                                     324           324  
                                                                                                                                                                                                          -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Reconciliation of our Net Income Determined in Accordance with U.S. GAAP to Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation & Amortization (EBITDA) and to Adjusted EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  First Quarter Ended,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(thousands)                                                                                                                                                                                                         March 26,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       March 27,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2022                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2021
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Net income                                                                                                                                                                                                            $               12,878                      $                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9,206
                                                                                                                                                                                       
Interest expense - net                                                                                                                                                                                   223                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          324
                                                                                                                                                                                       
Provision for income taxes                                                                                                                                                                                          4,450                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3,219
                                                                                                                                                                                       
Depreciation and amortization                                                                                                                                                                                       6,507                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3,782
                                                                                                                                                                                                   -------------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                       
EBITDA (a)                                                                                                                                                                                                            $               24,058                      $                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      16,531
                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Non-cash compensation (b)                                                                                                                                                                                           1,493                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1,218
                                                                                                                                                                                                   -------------------- --------------------                      -------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Adjusted EBITDA (c)                                                                                                                                                                                                   $               25,551                      $                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      17,749
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                  (a)                 EBITDA represents net income before provision for income taxes, interest income, interest expense, depreciation and amortization. We have presented EBITDA because we consider it an important supplemental measure of our performance and believe it is frequently used by analysts, investors, our lenders, and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. Management uses EBITDA as a measurement tool for evaluating our actual operating performance compared to budget and prior periods. Other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA differently than we do. EBITDA is not a measure of performance under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for net income prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under U.S. GAAP. Some of these limitations are:
                                                                                                                                                                                     
EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures, or future requirements, for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
 
EBITDA does not reflect interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt;
                                                                                                                                                                                     
EBITDA does not reflect tax expense or the cash requirements necessary to pay for tax obligations; and
 
Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements.
 
We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our U.S. GAAP results and using EBITDA only as a supplement.
                    
                  (b)                 Non-cash compensation expenses which are recorded in SG&A.
                    
                    
                  (c)                 We have presented Adjusted EBITDA because we consider it an important supplemental measure of our performance and believe it may be used by analysts, investors, our lenders, and other interested parties in the evaluation of our performance. Other companies in our industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of performance under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for net income prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under U.S. GAAP.

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SOURCE: Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.

Mark DeVita, Chief Financial Officer, at (847) 836-5670
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