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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 10-Q
 
þ QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2016
  
¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM _____________ TO _____________
 
Commission File Number 001-11476
 
———————
VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
———————
NEVADA
94-3439569
(State or other jurisdiction of
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
incorporation or organization)
 
 
 
1331 GEMINI STREET, SUITE 250
HOUSTON, TEXAS
77058
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
 
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: 866-660-8156

 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.     Yes ý No  ¨   
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).   Yes  ý    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, and accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer  ¨
Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer  ¨
Smaller reporting company ý

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Yes   ¨ No   ý

State the number of shares of the issuer’s common stock outstanding, as of the latest practicable date: 29,765,702 shares of common stock issued and outstanding as of May 10, 2016 (which number includes 1,108,928 shares of common stock held in escrow in order to satisfy the indemnification obligations of a certain prior acquisition and sale transaction undertaken by us).



TABLE OF CONTENTS

 
 
 
 
 
Page
 
 
PART I
 
Item 1.
 
Financial Statements
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Consolidated  Balance Sheets (unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Consolidated  Statements of  Operations (unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Consolidated  Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)
 
 
 
 
Item 2
 
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
 
 
 
 
Item 3.
 
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
 
 
 
 
Item 4.
 
Controls and Procedures
 
 
 
 
 
 
PART II
 
Item 1.
 
Legal Proceedings
 
 
 
 
Item 1A.
 
Risk Factors
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
 
 
 
 
Item 3.
 
Defaults Upon Senior Securities
 
 
 
 
Item 4.
 
Mine Safety Disclosures
 
 
 
 
Item 5.
 
Other Information
 
 
 
 
Item 6.
 
Exhibits




PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)

 
March 31,
2016
 
December 31,
2015
ASSETS
 
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
1,782,395

 
$
765,364

Accounts receivable, net
3,678,156

 
6,315,414

Inventory
4,563,132

 
3,548,311

Prepaid expenses
938,484

 
1,367,442

Assets being held for sale

 
11,170,243

Total current assets
10,962,167

 
23,166,774

 
 
 
 
Noncurrent assets
 

 
 

Fixed assets, at cost
61,997,364

 
60,846,824

    Less accumulated depreciation
(8,918,048
)
 
(7,818,217
)
    Fixed assets, net
53,079,316

 
53,028,607

Escrow - noncurrent restricted cash and cash equivalents
1,500,434

 

Intangible assets, net
16,520,425

 
16,967,985

Other assets
482,750

 
481,450

Total noncurrent assets
71,582,925

 
70,478,042

TOTAL ASSETS
$
82,545,092

 
$
93,644,816

 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES, TEMPORARY EQUITY, AND EQUITY
 

 
 

Current liabilities
 

 
 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses
$
7,563,438

 
$
13,244,388

Dividends payable
373,706

 
376,571

Capital leases
190,703

 
186,948

Current portion of long-term debt, net of unamortized finance costs
8,937,054

 
18,118,142

Revolving note
550,457

 
1,744,122

Deferred revenue
1,046,681

 
323,891

        Total current liabilities
18,662,039

 
33,994,062

Long-term liabilities
 

 
 

  Long-term debt, net of unamortized finance costs
4,488,934

 
5,211,008

Derivative liability
3,534,924

 
1,548,604

Total liabilities
26,685,897

 
40,753,674

 
 
 
 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

 
 
 
 
TEMPORARY EQUITY
 
 
 
Series B preferred shares, $0.001 par value per share;
10,000,000 shares authorized, 8,283,234 and 8,160,809 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively with a liquidation preference of $25,678,025 at March 31, 2016.
12,718,435

 
11,955,207

 
 
 
 

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March 31,
2016
 
December 31,
2015
EQUITY
 

 
 

50,000,000 of total Preferred shares authorized:
 

 
 

Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value;
5,000,000 shares authorized, 492,716 and 612,943 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively with a liquidation preference of $734,147 and $913,285 at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively.
493

 
613

 
 
 
 
Series C Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value;
44,000 shares designated in 2016, 44,000 and 0 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively with a liquidation preference of $4,400,000 at March 31, 2016.
44

 

 
 
 
 
Common stock, $0.001 par value per share;
750,000,000 shares authorized; 29,765,702 and 28,239,276 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively, with 1,108,928 shares held in escrow at March 31, 2016 .
29,765

 
28,239

Additional paid-in capital
57,381,203

 
53,014,054

Accumulated deficit
(14,270,745
)
 
(12,106,971
)
Total Equity
$
43,140,760

 
$
40,935,935

TOTAL LIABILITIES, TEMPORARY EQUITY, AND EQUITY
$
82,545,092

 
$
93,644,816





































See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements

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

 
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
2016
 
2015
Revenues
$
14,132,604

 
$
37,684,339

Cost of revenues
14,371,128

 
38,008,456

Gross loss
(238,524
)
 
(324,117
)
Operating expenses:
 
 
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses
  (exclusive of acquisition related expenses)
5,495,987

 
5,370,028

  Depreciation and amortization expense
1,593,584

 
1,556,982

  Acquisition related expenses
49,376

 
157,678

Total operating expenses
7,138,947

 
7,084,688

Loss from operations
(7,377,471
)
 
(7,408,805
)
  Other income (expense):
 

 
 

Provision for doubtful accounts

 
(2,650,000
)
Interest income
476

 
8

Gain (loss) on sale of assets
9,701,834

 
(70,478
)
Loss on change in value of derivative liability
(1,986,320
)
 

Gain on futures contracts
55,916

 

Interest expense
(1,915,492
)
 
(1,531,180
)
Total other income (expense)
5,856,414

 
(4,251,650
)
Loss before income tax
(1,521,057
)
 
(11,660,455
)
Income tax benefit/(expense)
117,646

 
(5,306,000
)
Net loss
$
(1,403,411
)
 
$
(16,966,455
)
Net loss attributable to Vertex Energy, Inc.
$
(1,403,411
)
 
$
(16,966,455
)
 
 
 
 
  Accretion of discount on Series B Preferred Stock
$
(386,658
)
 
$

  Accrual of dividends on Series B Preferred Stock
(373,705
)
 

Net loss available to common shareholders
$
(2,163,774
)
 
$
(16,966,455
)
Loss per common share
 

 
 

Basic
$
(0.07
)
 
$
(0.60
)
Diluted
$
(0.07
)
 
$
(0.60
)
Shares used in computing earnings per share
 

 
 

Basic
29,304,722

 
28,118,396

Diluted
29,304,722

 
28,118,396








See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements

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VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2016 AND 2015
(UNAUDITED)
 
Three Months Ended
 
March 31,
2016
 
March 31,
2015
Cash flows from operating activities
 
 
 
Net loss
$
(1,403,411
)
 
$
(16,966,455
)
  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash
  used in operating activities
 

 
 

Stock based compensation expense
124,599

 
88,214

Depreciation and amortization
2,885,457

 
1,556,982

Payment-in-kind interest

 
577,440

Rent paid by common stock
244,000

 

Gain on sale of assets
(9,748,562
)
 

Loss on sale of assets
46,725

 
70,478

Increase in fair value of derivative liability
1,986,320

 

Deferred federal income tax expense/(gain)

 
5,306,000

Changes in operating assets and liabilities
 
 
 
Accounts receivable
2,637,258

 
(418,097
)
Allowance for doubtful accounts

 
2,650,000

Inventory
(1,016,556
)
 
1,095,357

Prepaid expenses
428,958

 
(364,309
)
Costs in excess of billings

 
779,285

Accounts payable and accrued expenses
(3,770,626
)
 
661,617

Deferred revenue
722,789

 
2,447,730

Net cash used in operating activities
(6,863,049
)
 
(2,515,758
)
Cash flows from investing activities
 

 
 

Purchase of fixed assets
(1,216,916
)
 
(312,659
)
Proceeds from sale of Bango assets
29,788,114

 
4,500

Costs related to sale of Bango assets
(10,792,446
)
 

Establish escrow account - restricted cash
(1,500,000
)
 

Proceeds from sale of assets
20,900

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
16,299,652

 
(308,159
)
Cash flows from financing activities
 

 
 

Proceeds from sale of Series C Preferred stock
4,000,000

 

Proceeds from note payable
5,366,584

 

Payments on notes payable
(16,592,492
)
 
(449,818
)
Proceeds from revolving note
20,720,000

 
1,437,500

Payments on revolving note
(21,913,664
)
 

Notes receivable

 
(500,000
)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
(8,419,572
)
 
487,682

Net change in cash and cash equivalents
1,017,031

 
(2,336,235
)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period
765,364

 
6,017,076

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
$
1,782,395

 
$
3,680,841

 
 
 
 






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SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
 
 
 
Cash paid for interest
474,573

 
953,115

Cash paid (received) for income tax expense (benefit)
(117,646
)
 

NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING TRANSACTIONS
 
 
 
Conversion of Series A Preferred Stock into common stock
120

 
17

Accretion of discount on Series B Preferred stock
386,658

 

Series B Preferred dividends accrued
373,706

 

















































 See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements

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VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
MARCH 31, 2016
(UNAUDITED)

NOTE 1.  BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND NATURE OF OPERATIONS

The accompanying unaudited consolidated interim financial statements of Vertex Energy, Inc. (the "Company" or "Vertex Energy") have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto contained in the Company's annual consolidated financial statements as filed with the SEC on Form 10-K on April 4, 2016 (the "Form 10-K"). The December 31, 2015 balance sheet was derived from the audited financial statement of our 2015 Form 10-K. In the opinion of management all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments necessary for a fair presentation of financial position and the results of operations for the interim periods presented, have been reflected herein. The results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year. Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to current period presentation. Notes to the consolidated financial statements which would substantially duplicate the disclosures contained in the audited consolidated financial statements for the most recent fiscal year 2015 as reported in Form 10-K have been omitted.

NOTE 2. GOING CONCERN

During the year ended December 31, 2014, events of default occurred under our Credit Agreement with Goldman Sachs Bank USA (as described in Note 9), which were subsequently waived by Goldman Sachs Bank USA pursuant to amendments to the Credit Agreement. Operating losses in 2014, 2015 and continuing into the first quarter of 2016 have inhibited the Company's ability to generate sufficient cash flows to meet its operating needs. These circumstances raise substantial doubt about the Company's ability to continue as a going concern.  To address the cash flow deficiency and operating losses the Company is currently pursuing a number of actions, including: 1) working on inventory strategies related to charging for collection services in this new low oil cost environment; 2) seeking to obtain additional funds through public or private financing sources; 3) restructuring existing debts from lenders; 4) seeking to reduce operating costs; 5) minimizing projected capital costs for 2016 and 6) exploring opportunities to sell or lease any non-income producing assets. There can be no assurances that sufficient liquidity can be generated from one or more of these initiatives or that these initiatives can be consummated within the period needed to meet certain obligations.
The Company's consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the assumption that it will continue as a going concern, which assumes the continuity of operations, the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities as they come due in the normal course of business. Although the Company believes that it will be able to generate sufficient liquidity from the measures described above, its current circumstances raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue to operate as a going concern. The accompanying consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

NOTE 3.  SUMMARY OF CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

Inventory

Inventories of products consist of feedstocks and refined petroleum products and are reported at the lower of cost or market.   Cost is determined using the first-in, first-out (“FIFO”) method. The Company reviews its inventory commodities whenever events or circumstances indicate that the value may not be recoverable.

Impairment of long-lived assets
The Company evaluates the carrying value and recoverability of its long-lived assets when circumstances warrant such evaluation by applying the provisions of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification ("FASB ASC") regarding long-lived assets. It requires that long-lived assets be reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable through the estimated undiscounted cash flows expected to result from the use and eventual disposition of the assets.  Whenever any such impairment exists, an impairment loss will be recognized for the amount by which the carrying value exceeds the fair value.

Fair value of financial instruments

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Under the FASB ASC, we are permitted to elect to measure financial instruments and certain other items at fair value, with the change in fair value recorded in earnings. We elected not to measure any eligible items using the fair value option. Consistent with the Fair Value Measurement Topic of the FASB ASC, we implemented guidelines relating to the disclosure of our methodology for periodic measurement of our assets and liabilities recorded at fair market value.
Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. A three-tier fair value hierarchy prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value. The hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (level 1 measurements) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (level 3 measurements). These tiers include:
Level 1, defined as observable inputs such as quoted prices for identical instruments in active markets;
Level 2, defined as inputs other than quoted prices in active markets that are either directly or indirectly observable such as quoted prices for similar instruments in active markets or quoted prices for identical or similar instruments in markets that are not active; and
Level 3, defined as unobservable inputs in which little or no market data exists, therefore requiring an entity to develop its own assumptions, such as valuations derived from valuation techniques in which one or more significant inputs or significant value drivers are unobservable.

Our Level 1 assets primarily include our cash and cash equivalents. Valuations are obtained from readily available pricing sources for market transactions involving identical assets or liabilities. The carrying amounts of accounts receivable, accounts payable and accrued liabilities approximate their fair values due to the immediate or short-term maturities of these financial instruments.
Income Taxes

The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with the FASB ASC Topic 740. The Company records a valuation allowance against net deferred tax assets if, based upon the available evidence, it is more likely than not that some or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. The ultimate realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income and when temporary differences become deductible. The Company considers, among other available information, uncertainties surrounding the recoverability of deferred tax assets, scheduled reversals of deferred tax liabilities, projected future taxable income, and other matters in making this assessment.
As part of the process of preparing its consolidated financial statements, the Company is required to estimate its income taxes in each of the jurisdictions in which it operates. This process requires the Company to estimate its actual current tax liability and to assess temporary differences resulting from differing book versus tax treatment of items, such as deferred revenue, compensation and benefits expense and depreciation. These temporary differences result in deferred tax assets and liabilities, which are included within the Company’s consolidated statements of financial condition. Significant management judgment is required in determining the Company’s provision for income taxes, its deferred tax assets and liabilities and any valuation allowance recorded against its net deferred tax assets. In assessing the realization of deferred tax assets, management considers whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will be realized and, when necessary, valuation allowances are established. The ultimate realization of the deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the periods in which temporary differences become deductible. Management considers the level of historical taxable income, scheduled reversals of deferred taxes, projected future taxable income and tax planning strategies that can be implemented by the Company in making this assessment. If actual results differ from these estimates or the Company adjusts these estimates in future periods, the Company may need to adjust its valuation allowance, which could materially impact the Company’s consolidated financial position and results of operations.
Tax contingencies can involve complex issues and may require an extended period of time to resolve. Changes in the level of annual pre-tax income can affect the Company’s overall effective tax rate. Significant management judgment is required in determining the Company’s provision for income taxes, its deferred tax assets and liabilities and any valuation allowance recorded against its net deferred tax assets. Furthermore, the Company’s interpretation of complex tax laws may impact its recognition and measurement of current and deferred income taxes.
The loss during the quarter ended March 31, 2016 put the Company in an accumulated loss position for the cumulative 12 quarters then ended. The Company did not have sufficient positive evidence to overcome the recent losses and determined it was more likely than not the deferred tax assets would not be realized as of December 31, 2015. As a result, we created a net valuation reserve of $(5,306,000) to offset our entire balance of deferred tax assets of $11,702,000 less our $6,436,000 balance of deferred tax liabilities. This resulted in a net book tax expense of $(5,306,000) in 2015. The March 31, 2016 current income tax benefit is the result of a federal income tax refund.


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Derivative liabilities
The Company, in accordance with ASC 815-40-25 and ASC 815-10-15 Derivatives and Hedging and ASC 480-10-25 Liabilities-Distinguishing from Equity, convertible preferred shares are accounted for net, outside of shareholders' equity and warrants are accounted for as liabilities at their fair value during periods where they can be net cash settled in case of a change in control transaction. The warrants are accounted for as a liability at their fair value at each reporting period. The value of the derivative warrant liability will be re-measured at each reporting period with changes in fair value recorded as earnings. To derive an estimate of the fair value of these warrants, a Dynamic Black Scholes model is utilized that computes the impact of a possible change in control transaction upon the exercise of the warrant shares. This process relies upon inputs such as shares outstanding, estimated stock prices, strike price and volatility assumptions to dynamically adjust the payoff of the warrants in the presence of the dilution effect.


NOTE 4. CONCENTRATIONS, SIGNIFICANT CUSTOMERS, COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 
At March 31, 2016 and 2015 and for each of the three months then ended, the Company’s revenues and receivables were comprised of the following customer concentrations:
 
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016
 
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2015
 
% of
Revenues
 
% of
Receivables
 
% of
Revenues
 
% of
Receivables
Customer 1
15%
 
13%
 
2%
 
6%
Customer 2
12%
 
1%
 
14%
 
13%
Customer 3
11%
 
8%
 
7%
 
8%
Customer 4
11%
 
—%
 
—%
 
—%
Customer 5
1%
 
7%
 
26%
 
25%
Customer 6
—%
 
20%
 
—%
 
—%
 
At March 31, 2016 and 2015 and for each of the three months then ended, the Company's segment revenues were comprised of the following customer concentrations:

 
% of Revenue by Segment
 
% Revenue by Segment
 
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016
 
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2015
 
Black Oil
 
Refining
 
Recovery
 
Black Oil
 
Refining
 
Recovery
Customer 1
100%
 
—%
 
—%
 
100%
 
—%
 
—%
Customer 2
100%
 
—%
 
—%
 
40%
 
60%
 
—%
Customer 3
—%
 
100%
 
—%
 
—%
 
100%
 
—%
Customer 4
100%
 
—%
 
—%
 
—%
 
—%
 
—%
Customer 5
100%
 
—%
 
—%
 
100%
 
—%
 
—%
Customer 6
—%
 
—%
 
100%
 
—%
 
—%
 
—%

The Company purchases goods and services from one company that represented 15% of total purchases for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and one company that represented 11% of total purchases for the three months ended March 31, 2015

The Company has had various debt facilities available for use, of which there was $14,551,271 and $26,954,092 outstanding as of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively. See Note 9 for further details.

In February 2013, Bank of America agreed to lease the Company equipment to enhance the TCEP operation, which went into effect in April 2013.  Under the current terms of the lease agreement, 25 monthly payments remain of approximately $13,328 each.

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The Company’s revenue, profitability and future rate of growth are substantially dependent on prevailing prices for petroleum-based products. Historically, the energy markets have been very volatile, and there can be no assurance that these prices will not be subject to wide fluctuations in the future. A substantial or extended decline in such prices could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position, results of operations, cash flows, and access to capital and on the quantities of petroleum-based products that the Company can economically produce.

The Company, in its normal course of business, is involved in various other claims and legal action. In the opinion of management, the outcome of these claims and actions will not have a material adverse impact upon the financial position of the Company.

Litigation:
The Company, in its normal course of business, is involved in various other claims and legal action. In the opinion of management, the outcome of these claims and actions will not have a material adverse impact upon the financial position of the Company. We are currently party to the following material litigation proceedings:
Vertex Refining, NV, LLC ("Vertex Refining, NV"), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Vertex Operating, and the Company were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed on or about August 3, 2015, in the Tenth Judicial District Court in the State of Nevada, in and for the County of Churchill, case #15-10DC-0502, by Republic Bank N.A. alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment with respect to the Asset Purchase Agreement dated May 2, 2014 between the defendants and Omega Refining, LLC, regarding the sale of refinery assets in Fallon, Nevada. This case has been settled and a stipulation for dismissal was filed on or about March 10, 2016.

Vertex Refining LA, LLC ("Vertex Refining LA"), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Vertex Operating, was named as a defendant, along with numerous other parties, in five lawsuits filed on or about February 12, 2016, in the Second Parish Court for the Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana, Case No. 121749, by Russell Doucet et. al., Case No. 121750, by Kendra Cannon et. al., Case No. 121751, by Lashawn Jones et. al., Case No. 121752, by Joan Strauss et. al. and Case No. 121753, by Donna Allen et. al. The suits relate to alleged noxious and harmful emissions from our facility located in Marrero, Louisiana. The suits seek damages for physical and emotional injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses and deprivation of the use and enjoyment of plaintiffs’ homes. We intend to vigorously defend ourselves and oppose the relief sought in the complaints, provided that at this stage of the litigation, the Company has no basis for determining whether there is any likelihood of material loss associated with the claims and/or the potential and/or the outcome of the litigation.


NOTE 5. DISPOSITION

On January 28, 2016, the Company entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement (the “Sale Agreement”) with Bango Oil, LLC (“Bango Oil”) and Safety-Kleen Systems Inc. (“Safety-Kleen”) pursuant to which the Company agreed to sell to Safety-Kleen the used oil re-refining plant on approximately 40 acres in Churchill County, Nevada (the “Bango Plant”), which we previously rented, and all equipment, tools and other tangible personal property located at the Bango Plant, which relate to or are used in connection with the operations of the Bango Plant (collectively, the “Bango Assets”) for an aggregate purchase price of $35 million. As shown in the table below, a gain on sale of approximately $9.7 million was recorded associated with the sale. The gain on sale is included in the accompanying consolidated statement of operations.

Sales price (fair value)
$
35,000,000

Release of lien on certain equipment at the Bango Plant
(3,100,000
)
Transaction Fees
(2,112,000
)
Net Proceeds
29,788,000

Book Value at January 29, 2016 (date transaction closed)
20,039,438

Gain on Sale
9,748,562

Net proceeds were used to pay an aggregate of $16.1 million toward the Credit Agreement with Goldman Sachs Bank (described in Note 9), $9.3 million to exercise the Purchase Option (described below) and $1.5 million for equipment and rail park lease acquisitions subsequently included in the Sale Agreement.


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Additionally, at the closing, we placed $1.5 million in cash and $1 million worth of our common stock (1,108,928 shares) into escrow with 50% of the shares to be released to us 12 months following the closing and such cash and the remainder of the shares held in escrow to be released to us 18 months after the closing, in order to satisfy any indemnification claims made by Safety-Kleen pursuant to the terms of the Sale Agreement. On June 30 and December 31 of each year that any of our shares of common stock are in escrow, in the event the value of the shares held in escrow is less than $1 million, based on the then market price of our common stock, we are required to increase the number of shares of common stock held in escrow to total $1 million in aggregate value.

Finally, the Sale Agreement required the Company to use sale proceeds to exercise the purchase option set forth in that certain Lease With Option For Membership Interest Purchase (the “Bango Lease”) entered into on April 30, 2015, by and between us, Vertex Refining NV and Bango Oil, whereby, we had the option at any time during the term of the lease to purchase all of the equity interests of Bango Oil (the “Purchase Option”), effectively acquiring ownership of the Bango Plant for $9.3 million. The Membership Interest Purchase Agreement contains standard and customary representations of the parties and indemnification rights, subject in each case to a $3 million cap on aggregate indemnification. Upon the closing of the Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, we effectively obtained ownership of the Bango Plant, which we then sold to Safety-Kleen, and Bango Oil became a wholly- owned subsidiary of Vertex Refining NV.

NOTE 6. ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

Accounts receivable, net, consists of the following at:

 
March 31, 2016
 
December 31, 2015
Accounts receivable
$5,643,500
 
$8,280,749
Allowance for doubtful accounts
(1,965,344)
 
(1,965,335)
Accounts receivable, net
$3,678,156
 
$6,315,414

Accounts receivable represents amounts due from customers. Accounts receivable are recorded at invoiced amounts, net of reserves and allowances, and do not bear interest. The Company uses its best estimate to determine the required allowance for doubtful accounts based on a variety of factors, including the length of time receivables are past due, economic trends and conditions affecting its customer base, significant one-time events and historical write-off experience. Specific provisions are recorded for individual receivables when we become aware of a customer’s inability to meet its financial obligations. The Company reviews the adequacy of its reserves and allowances quarterly.

Receivable balances greater than 30 days past due are individually reviewed for collectability and if deemed uncollectible, are charged off against the allowance accounts after all means of collection have been exhausted and the potential for recovery is considered remote. The Company does not have any significant off balance sheet credit exposure related to its customers. 

NOTE 7. NOTES RECEIVABLE

Current portion of notes receivable, net, consists of the following at:

 
March 31, 2016
 
December 31, 2015
Notes receivable (collateralized by invoiced accounts receivable)
$

 
$
5,346,452

Allowance for doubtful accounts

 
(3,654,790
)
Notes receivable (collateralized by invoiced accounts receivable), net
$

 
$
1,691,662


The current notes receivable represents amounts due from Omega Holdings, LLC. Of the total notes receivable balance, $1,691,662 represents invoiced amounts that did not bear interest as of December 31, 2015.

The remaining portion of the term notes receivable balance of $8,308,000 at December 31, 2015 also represents amounts due from Omega Holdings, LLC. The $8,308,000 balance was based on the purchase price allocated to the Nevada facility ("Bango facility"). The note carried an interest rate of 9.5% per annum and was collateralized by assets at the Bango facility.

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Both of the Omega Holdings, LLC notes receivable (with balances of $1,691,662 and $8,308,000) were re-classified as "Assets held for sale" on the Balance Sheet at December 31, 2015. The Company sold the Bango facility in January, 2016 at which time the note was satisfied in full.

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NOTE 8. ASSETS HELD FOR SALE

During 2015 the Company reclassified amounts due from Omega Holdings, LLC to the Company based on the portion of the acquisition purchase price that was allocated to the Bango facility (see Note 5 - Disposition). The Company sold the Bango facility in January 2016 so the following assets were re-classified as "Assets held for sale" at December 31, 2015. The balance of "Assets held for sale" at March 31, 2016 is zero.
    
Accounts Receivable
$
1,691,662

Note Receivable - Current
8,308,000

Fixed Assets - Construction in Process
1,170,581

  Total Assets held for sale at December 31, 2015
11,170,243

January 2016 sale of assets
(11,170,243
)
  Total Assets held for sale as of March 31, 2016
$


NOTE 9. LINE OF CREDIT AND LONG-TERM DEBT

In May, 2014, the Company entered into a Credit and Guaranty Agreement with Goldman Sachs Bank USA (as amended, the “Credit Agreement”). Pursuant to the agreement, Goldman Sachs Bank USA loaned the Company $40,000,000 in the form of a term loan. As set forth in the Credit Agreement, the Company has the option to select whether loans made under the Credit Agreement bear interest at (a) the greater of (i) the prime rate in effect, (ii) the weighted average of the rates on overnight Federal funds transactions with members of the Federal Reserve System plus ½ of 1%, (iii) the sum of (A) the Adjusted LIBOR Rate and (B) 1%, and (iv) 4.5% per annum; or (b) the greater of (i) 1.50% and (ii) the applicable ICE Benchmark Administration Limited interest rate, divided by (x) one minus, (y) the Adjusted LIBOR Rate. Interest on the Credit Agreement is payable monthly in arrears.

The Credit Agreement is secured by all of the assets of the Company.
On March 26, 2015, the Company entered into a Second Amendment with Goldman Sachs Bank USA to amend the Credit Agreement to among other things, provide for the waiver of the prior defaults and to restructure certain covenants and other financial requirements of the Credit Agreement and to allow for our entry into the MidCap Loan Agreement.
The Credit Agreement contains customary representations, warranties, and covenants for facilities of similar nature and size as the Credit Agreement. The Credit Agreement also includes various covenants binding the Company including limits on indebtedness the Company may incur and maintenance of certain financial ratios relating to consolidated EBITDA and debt leverage. As each credit facility contains cross-default provisions, the default under each lender credit agreement constitutes a default under the agreement with the other lender.
On January 29, 2016, we, Vertex Operating, certain of our other subsidiaries, Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Holdings, Inc., as lender (“Lender”) and Goldman Sachs Bank USA, a New York State-Chartered Bank, as Administrative Agent, Lead Arranger and Collateral Agent (“Agent”) entered into an Amended and Restated Credit and Guaranty Agreement (the “Restated Credit Agreement”), which amended and restated the Credit Agreement. The Restated Credit Agreement changed the Credit Agreement to an $8.9 million multi-draw term loan credit facility (of which approximately $6.4 million was outstanding and $2.5 million was available to be drawn pursuant to the terms of the Restated Credit Agreement on substantially similar terms as the currently outstanding amounts owed to the Lender); modified the Credit Agreement to adjust certain EBITDA calculations in connection with the purchase of Bango Oil and the sale of the Bango Plant as described above; provided for approval for us to exercise the Purchase Option, enter into and effect the transactions contemplated by a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, Subscription Agreement, and the Sale Agreement, and allowed for the issuance of the Fox Note (defined below) and the Mortgage (defined below) confirmed that we are required to make payments of $800,000 per quarter from June 30, 2016 through maturity (May 2, 2019); provided us a moratorium on the prepayment of amounts owed under the Restated Credit Agreement as a result of various financial ratios we are required to meet through December 31, 2016; provided for us to retain any business interruption insurance proceeds received in connection with the Bango Plant; provided for us to pay $16 million received at closing from the sale of the Bango Assets, all amounts released from escrow and any other cash proceeds in excess of $500,000 received from the Sale Agreement after closing to the Lender as prepayment of amounts due under the Restated Credit Agreement; allowed us the right to make certain permitted acquisitions moving forward, without further consent of the Lender, provided that among other requirements, such acquisitions are in the same business or line of business as the Company, that such acquired businesses have

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generated consolidated adjusted EBITDA for the four fiscal quarters preceding such acquisition in excess of capital expenditures for such period (taking into account adjustments acceptable to the Agent for synergies expected to be achieved within the 90 days following the closing of such acquisition), and that the funding for such acquisition comes from certain limited sources set forth in greater detail in the Restated Credit Agreement; adjusted certain fixed charge coverage ratios and leverage ratios we are required to meet on a quarterly basis from September 30, 2016 to maturity; required us to maintain at least $2 million of liquidity at all times; provided that events of default under the Credit Agreement include events of default under the Fox Note; and made various other updates and changes to take into account transactions which had occurred through the date of such agreement, and to remove expired and non-material terms of the prior Credit Agreement. The balance under the Credit Agreement was $6,400,000 at March 31, 2016 and principal payments in the amounts of $2,400,000, $3,200,000 and $800,000 are due in 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Effective March 27, 2015, the Company, Vertex Operating and all of the Company’s other subsidiaries other than E-Source Holdings, LLC ("E-Source") and Golden State Lubricant Works, LLC entered into a Loan and Security Agreement with MidCap Business Credit LLC (“MidCap” and the “MidCap Loan Agreement”). Pursuant to the MidCap Loan Agreement, MidCap agreed to loan us up to the lesser of (i) $7 million; and (ii) 85% of the amount of accounts receivable due to us which meet certain requirements set forth in the MidCap Loan Agreement (“Qualified Accounts”), plus the lesser of (y) $3 million and (z) 50% of the cost or market value, whichever is lower, of our raw material and finished goods which have not yet been sold, subject to the terms and conditions of the MidCap Loan Agreement (“Eligible Inventory”), minus any amount which MidCap may require from time to time in order to over secure amounts owed to MidCap under the MidCap Loan Agreement, as long as no event of default has occurred or is continuing under the terms of the MidCap Loan Agreement. The requirement of MidCap to make loans under the MidCap Loan Agreement is subject to certain standard conditions and requirements.

On November 9, 2015, we and certain of our subsidiaries entered into a First Amendment to Loan and Security Agreement (the “Midcap First Amendment”). The Midcap First Amendment amended the Midcap Loan Agreement to add Vertex Refining OH, LLC ("Vertex OH") as a party thereto; remove Vertex OH’s requirement to enter into a negative pledge agreement with MidCap; created separate maximum borrowing base credit limits for Vertex OH’s accounts and customers ($100,000 maximum per customer, subject to certain exceptions); excluded customers who are based outside of the U.S. or Canada from the credit limits if backed by a bank letter of credit or covered by a foreign receivables insurance policy; removed inventory of Vertex OH from the definition of Eligible Inventory under the Midcap Loan Agreement; and provided that additional affiliates of the Company may become party to the Midcap Loan Agreement by executing an assumption agreement and revolving note in favor of Midcap.

On January 29, 2016, Vertex OH, borrowed $5.15 million from Fox Encore 05 LLC, the prior owner of Bango Oil ("Fox Encore") and provided a Promissory Note to Fox Encore to reflect such borrowed funds (the “Fox Note”). The Fox Note bears interest at 10% percent per annum (15% upon the occurrence of an event of default), payable monthly in arrears beginning on February 29, 2016. The principal and all accrued and unpaid interest on the Fox Note is due on the earlier of (a) July 31, 2016 (as may be extended by Vertex OH as discussed below, the “Maturity Date”), or (b) upon acceleration of the Fox Note during the existence of an event of default as discussed therein. Provided that no event of default is then existing on the Fox Note or under any other loan document associated therewith, and certain other requirements as described in the Fox Note are met, Vertex OH has the right to three (3) extension options (each, an “Extension Option”) pursuant to which Vertex OH may extend the Maturity Date for six (6) months each. The first extension will extend the Maturity Date of the Fox Note until January 31, 2017, the second extension will extend the Maturity Date of the Fox Note until July 31, 2017, and the third extension will extend the Maturity Date of the Fox Note until January 29, 2018. Upon exercising an Extension Option, Vertex OH is required to pay Fox Encore an extension fee equal to 3% of the then outstanding principal amount of the Fox Note, which amount is separate from, and is not applied toward, the outstanding indebtedness owed under the Fox Note; provided, however, that if Vertex OH elects to exercise the Extension Option to extend the Maturity Date to January 31, 2017, the 3% fee for such extension is not to be paid in cash but is instead added to the outstanding principal balance of the Fox Note. The Fox Note may be prepaid in whole or in part at any time without penalty, provided that if repaid in full by July 31, 2016, the amount to be repaid is decreased by $150,000. The Fox Note is secured by the Mortgage described below. The Fox Note includes certain standard and customary financial reporting requirements, notice requirements, indemnification requirements, covenants and events of default. The Fox Note also includes a provision allowing the Lender (or any other lender party to the Restated Credit Agreement) to purchase the Fox Note upon the occurrence of an event of default under the Restated Credit Agreement.
On January 29, 2016, Vertex OH, entered into an Open-End Mortgage, Security Agreement, Fixture Filing and Assignment of Leases and Rents agreement (the “Mortgage”) with Fox Encore in order to secure the amount owed under the Fox Note discussed above. Pursuant to the Mortgage, Vertex OH granted Fox Encore a security interest in the Columbus, Ohio refinery owned by Vertex OH.

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The Company has notes payable to Texas Citizens Bank bearing interest at 5.5% per annum, maturing on January 7, 2020.  The balance of the notes payable is $1,865,624 at March 31, 2016.

The Company financed insurance premiums through various financial institutions bearing interest rates from 4% to 4.52%. All such premium finance agreements have maturities of less than one year and have a balance of $515,762 at December 31, 2015 and a balance of $310,440 at March 31, 2016.

On May 2, 2014, in connection with the closing of the Omega Refining acquisition, the Company assumed two capital leases totaling $3,154,860. Payments made since 2014 have reduced the balance to $274,750 at March 31, 2016.

For the quarter ending March 31, 2016, we reported interest expense of approximately $1.9 million of which $0.5 million is interest expense on our currently outstanding debt and the remaining $1.3 million is a one-time write off of the Goldman Sachs deferred finance costs and one-time interest related expenses of $.1 million on the Fox Encore Note. The write off of these deferred finance costs was due to the accelerated $16 million payment made on the Goldman Sachs loan as noted above.

The Company's outstanding debt facilities as of March 31, 2016 are summarized as follows:

Creditor
Loan Type
 
Origination Date
 
Maturity Date
 
Loan Amount
 
Balance on March 31, 2016
MidCap Revolving Line of Credit
Revolving Note
 
March, 2015
 
March, 2017
 
$
7,000,000

 
$
550,457

Goldman Sachs USA
Term Loan - Restated Credit Agreement
 
January 29, 2016
 
May 2, 2019
 
8,900,000

 
6,400,000

Fox Encore Promissory Note
Promissory Note
 
January 29, 2016
 
July 31, 2016
 
5,150,000

 
5,150,000

Pacific Western Bank
Capital Lease
 
September, 2012
 
August, 2017
 
3,154,860

 
274,750

Texas Citizens Bank
Term Note
 
January, 2015
 
January, 2020
 
2,045,500

 
1,865,624

Various institutions
Insurance premiums financed
 
Various
 
< 1 year
 
1,789,481

 
310,440

Total
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
14,551,271

Deferred Finance Cost, Net
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(384,121
)
Total, net of Deferred Finance Costs, Net
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
28,039,841

 
$
14,167,150


Future contractual maturities of notes payable are summarized as follows:

Creditor
2016
 
2017
 
2018
 
2019
 
2020
 
Thereafter
MidCap Revolving Line of Credit
$
550,457

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

Goldman Sachs USA
2,400,000

 
3,200,000

 
800,000

 

 

 

Fox Encore Promissory Note
5,150,000

 

 

 

 

 

Pacific Western Bank
141,596

 
133,154

 

 

 

 

Texas Citizens Bank
334,118

 
468,225

 
495,013

 
523,333

 
44,935

 

Various institutions
310,440

 

 

 

 

 

Totals
$
8,886,611

 
$
3,801,379

 
$
1,295,013

 
$
523,333

 
$
44,935

 
$

NOTE 10. EARNINGS PER SHARE

Basic earnings per share includes no dilution and is computed by dividing income available to common shareholders by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the periods presented. The calculation of basic earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2016 includes the weighted average of common shares outstanding. Diluted earnings per share reflect the potential dilution of securities that could share in the earnings of an entity, such as convertible preferred stock, stock

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options, warrants or convertible securities. Due to their anti-dilutive effect, the calculation of diluted earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2016 excludes: 1) options to purchase 2,607,552 shares of common stock, 2) warrants to purchase 4,252,135 shares of common stock, 3) Series B Preferred stock which is convertible into 8,283,234 shares of common stock and 4) Series A Preferred and Series C Preferred stock, also convertible to common stock.

The following is a reconciliation of the numerator and denominator for basic and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015

 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
2016
 
2015
Basic Earnings per Share
 
 
 
Numerator:
 
 
 
Net (loss) income available to common shareholders
$
(2,163,774
)
 
$
(16,966,455
)
Denominator:
 
 
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding
29,304,722

 
28,118,396

Basic earnings per share
$
(0.07
)
 
$
(0.60
)
 
 
 
 
Diluted Earnings per Share
 
 
 
Numerator:
 
 
 
Net (loss) income available to common shareholders
$
(2,163,774
)
 
$
(16,966,455
)
Denominator:
 
 
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding
29,304,722

 
28,118,396

Effect of dilutive securities
 
 
 
Stock options and warrants

 

Preferred stock

 

Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding
29,304,722

 
28,118,396

Diluted earnings per share
$
(0.07
)
 
$
(0.60
)
NOTE 11. COMMON STOCK

The total number of authorized shares of the Company’s common stock is 750,000,000 shares, $0.001 par value per share. As of March 31, 2016, there were 29,765,702 common shares issued and outstanding (which number does not include the 1,108,928 shares of common stock held in escrow in order to satisfy the indemnification obligations of certain prior acquisition and sale transactions undertaken by us).

Each share of the Company's common stock is entitled to equal dividends and distributions per share with respect to the common stock when, as and if declared by the Company's board of directors. No holders of any shares of the Company's common stock have a preemptive right to subscribe for any of the Company's securities, nor are any shares of the Company's common stock subject to redemption or convertible into other securities. Upon liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company and after payment of creditors and preferred shareholders of the Company, if any, the assets of the Company will be divided pro rata on a share-for-share basis among the holders of the Company's common stock. Each share of the Company's common stock is entitled to one vote. Shares of the Company's common stock do not possess any cumulative voting rights.

Common stock activity during the three months ended March 31, 2016 was as follows:

On January 21, 2016, the Company issued 244,000 shares of common stock to pay the January 2016 rent due pursuant to the terms of our lease on our Fallon, Nevada plant.
On January 29, 2016, the Company issued 1,108,928 shares of common stock as part of the escrow fulfillment of the sale of the Vertex Refining Nevada assets to Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. (the "Bango Sale").
On February 4, 2016, the Company issued 53,271 shares of common stock in connection with a former employee's cashless exercise of stock options to purchase 100,000 shares of common stock.
On February 5, 2016, the Company issued 120,227 shares of common stock in the conversion of an equal amount of Series A Preferred shares into common stock.

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NOTE 12.  PREFERRED STOCK AND DETACHABLE WARRANTS

The total number of authorized shares of the Company’s preferred stock is 50,000,000 shares, $0.001 par value per share. The total number of designated shares of the Company’s Series A Convertible Preferred Stock is 5,000,000 (“Series A Preferred”). The total number of designated shares of the Company’s Series B Preferred Stock is 10,000,000. The number of designated shares of the Company's Series C Preferred Stock is 44,000. As of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, there were 492,716 shares and 612,943 shares of Series A Preferred Stock issued and outstanding, respectively. As of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, there were 8,283,234 and 8,160,809 shares of Series B Preferred Stock issued and outstanding, respectively. As of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015 there were 44,000 and 0 shares of Series C Preferred Stock issued and outstanding, respectively.
Series A Preferred
Holders of outstanding shares of Series A Preferred are entitled to receive dividends, when, as, and if declared by our Board of Directors. No dividends or similar distributions may be made on shares of capital stock or securities junior to our Series A Preferred until dividends in the same amount per share on our Series A Preferred have been declared and paid. In connection with a liquidation, winding-up, dissolution or sale of the Company, each share of our Series A Preferred is entitled to receive $1.49 prior to similar liquidation payments due on shares of our common stock or any other class of securities junior to the Series A Preferred. Shares of Series A Preferred are not entitled to participate with the holders of our common stock with respect to the distribution of any remaining assets of the Company.
Each share of Series A Preferred is entitled to that number of votes equal to the number of whole shares of common stock into which it is convertible. Generally, holders of our common stock and Series A Preferred vote together as a single class.
Shares of Series A Preferred automatically convert into shares of our common stock on the earliest to occur of the following:
The affirmative vote or written consent of the holders of a majority of the then-outstanding shares of Series A Preferred;
If the closing market price of our common stock averages at least $15.00 per share over a period of 20 consecutive trading days and the daily trading volume averages at least 7,500 shares over such period;
If we consummate an underwritten public offering of our securities at a price per share not less than $10.00 and for a total gross offering amount of at least $10 million; or
If a sale of the Company occurs resulting in proceeds to the holders of Series A Preferred of a per share amount of at least $10.00.
Each share of Series A Preferred converts into one share of common stock, subject to adjustment.

Series B Preferred Stock and Temporary Equity
Dividends on our Series B Preferred Stock accrue at an annual rate of 6% of the original issue price of the preferred stock ($3.10 per share), subject to increase under certain circumstances, and are payable on a quarterly basis. The dividends are payable by the Company, at the Company’s election, in registered common stock of the Company (if available) or cash. In the event dividends are paid in registered common stock of the Company, the number of shares payable will be calculated by dividing (a) the accrued dividend by (b) 90% of the arithmetic average of the volume weighted average price (VWAP) of the Company’s common stock for the 10 trading days immediately prior to the applicable date of determination (the “Dividend Stock Payment Price”). Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event may the Company pay dividends in common stock unless the applicable Dividend Stock Payment Price is above $2.91. If the Company is prohibited from paying the dividend in cash (due to contractual senior credit agreements or other restrictions) or is unable to pay the dividend in registered common stock, the dividend will be paid in kind in Series B Preferred Stock shares at $3.10 per share.
 
The Series B Preferred Stock include a liquidation preference (in the amount of $3.10 per share) which is junior to the Company’s previously outstanding shares of preferred stock, senior credit facilities and other debt holders as provided in further detail in the designation.

The Series B Preferred Stock (including accrued and unpaid dividends) is convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at the holder’s option at $3.10 per share (initially a one-for-one basis). If the Company’s common stock trades at or above $6.20

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per share for a period of 20 consecutive trading days, the Company may at such time force conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock (including accrued and unpaid dividends) into common stock of the Company.

The Series B Preferred Stock votes together with the common stock on an as-converted basis, provided that each holder’s voting rights are subject to and limited by the Series B Beneficial Ownership Limitation described below.

The Company has the option to redeem the outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock at $3.10 per share, plus any accrued and unpaid dividends on such Series B Preferred Stock redeemed, at any time beginning on June 24, 2017, and the Company is required to redeem the Series B Preferred Stock at $3.10 per share, plus any accrued and unpaid dividends, on June 24, 2020. Notwithstanding either of the foregoing, the Series B Preferred Stock may not be redeemed unless and until amounts outstanding under the Company’s senior credit facility have been paid in full.

The Series B Preferred Stock contains a provision prohibiting the conversion of such Series B Preferred Stock into common stock of the Company, if upon such conversion, the holder thereof would beneficially own more than 9.999% of the Company’s then outstanding common stock (the “Series B Beneficial Ownership Limitation”). The Series B Beneficial Ownership Limitation does not apply to forced conversions undertaken by the Company pursuant to the terms of the Designation (summarized above).

On June 24, 2015, we closed the transactions contemplated by the June 19, 2015 Unit Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) we entered into with certain institutional investors (the “Investors”), pursuant to which the Company sold the Investors an aggregate of 8,064,534 units (the “Units”), each consisting of (i) one share of Series B Preferred Stock and (ii) one warrant to purchase one-half of a share of common stock of the Company (each a “Warrant” and collectively, the “Warrants”). The Units were sold at a price of $3.10 per Unit (the “Unit Price”) (a 6.1% premium to the closing bid price of the Company’s common stock on the NASDAQ Capital Market on the date the Purchase Agreement was entered into which was $2.91 per share (the “Closing Bid Price”)). The Warrants have an exercise price of $2.92 per share ($0.01 above the Closing Bid Price). Total gross proceeds from the offering of the Units (the “Offering”) were $25.0 million.

The Placement Agent received a commission equal to 6.5% of the gross proceeds (less $4.0 million raised from certain investors in the Offering for which they received no fee) from the Offering, for an aggregate commission of $1.365 million which was netted against the proceeds.

We used the net proceeds from the Offering to repay amounts owed under the Credit Agreement in the amount of $15.1 million.
 
In addition, under the Purchase Agreement, the Company agreed to register the shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock and upon exercise of the Warrants under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, for resale by the Investors. The Company committed to file a registration statement on Form S-1 by the 30th day following the closing of the Offering (which filing date was met) and to cause the registration statement to become effective by the 90th day following the closing (or, in the event of a “full review” by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the 120th day following the closing), which registration statement was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 6, 2015. The Purchase Agreement provides for liquidated damages upon the occurrence of certain events, including, but not limited to, the failure by the Company to cause the registration statement to become effective by the deadlines set forth above. The amount of the liquidated damages is 1.0% of the aggregate subscription amount paid by an Investor for the Units affected by the event that are still held by the Investor upon the occurrence of the event, due on the date immediately following the event that caused such failure (or the 30th day following such event if the event relates to the suspension of the registration statement as described in the Purchase Agreement), and each 30 days thereafter, with such payments to be prorated on a daily basis during each 30 day period, subject to a maximum of an aggregate of 6% per annum.
 
Under the Purchase Agreement, the Company agreed to indemnify the Investors for liabilities arising out of or relating to (i) any untrue statement of a material fact contained in the registration statement, (ii) any inaccuracy in the representations and warranties of the Company contained in the Purchase Agreement or the failure of the Company to perform its obligations under the Purchase Agreement and (iii) any failure by the Company to fulfill any undertaking included in the registration statement, subject to certain exceptions. The Investors, severally, and not jointly agreed to indemnify the Company against (i) any failure by such Investor to comply with the covenants and agreements contained in the Purchase Agreement and (ii) any untrue statement of a material fact contained in the registration statement to the extent such untrue statement was made in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished by or on behalf of that Investor specifically for use in preparation of the registration statement, subject to certain exceptions.
The Company agreed pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, that until 60 days following effectiveness of the registration statement filed, to register the shares of common stock underlying the Series B Preferred Stock and Warrants (the “Lock-Up Period”), to not

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offer or sell any common stock or securities convertible or exercisable into common stock, except pursuant to certain exceptions described in the Purchase Agreement, and each of the Company’s officers and directors agreed to not sell or offer for sale any shares of common stock until the end of the Lock-Up Period, subject to certain exceptions.
The warrants were valued using the dynamic Black Scholes Merton formula pricing model that computes the impact of share dilution upon the exercise of the warrant shares at approximately $7,028,067. The Black-Scholes inputs used were: expected dividend rate of 0%, expected volatility of 70%-100%, risk free interest rate of 1.59%, and expected term of 5.5 years. This valuation resulted in a beneficial conversion feature on the convertible preferred stock of approximately $5,682,741. This amount will be accreted over the term as a deemed dividend. Fees in the amount of $1.4 million relating to the stock placement were netted against proceeds. The warrants are exercisable beginning on December 26, 2015, and expire December 24, 2020.
The following table represents the carrying amount of the Series B Preferred Stock, classified as Temporary Equity on the Balance Sheet, at inception and as of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015 :
Temporary Equity:
 
 
 
At Inception
June 24, 2015
 

Face amount of Series B Preferred
$
25,000,000

 
 
Less: warrant value
7,028,067

 
 
Less: beneficial conversion feature
5,737,796

 
 
Less: issuance costs and fees
1,442,462

 
 
Carrying amount at inception
$
10,791,675

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 31, 2016
 
December 31, 2015
Face amount of Series B Preferred
$
25,000,000

 
$
25,000,000

Less: unaccreted discount
(12,281,565
)
 
(13,044,793
)
Carrying amount at March 31, 2016
$
12,718,435

 
$
11,955,207


In accordance with ASC 815-40-25 and ASC 815-10-15 Derivatives and Hedging and ASC 480-10-25 Liabilities-Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity as approved by shareholders, the convertible preferred shares are accounted for net outside of stockholders’ equity at $12,718,435 with the warrants accounted for as liabilities at their fair value of $3,534,924 as of March 31, 2016. The value of the derivative warrant liability will be re-measured at each reporting period with changes in fair value recorded as earnings. To derive an estimate of the fair value of these warrants, the Company utilized a dynamic Black Scholes Merton formula that computes the impact of share dilution upon the exercise of the warrant shares. This process relies upon inputs such as shares outstanding, estimated stock prices, strike price and volatility assumptions to dynamically adjust the payoff of the warrants in the presence of the dilution effect. In the event the convertible preferred shares are redeemed, any redemption price in excess of the carrying amount of the convertible preferred stock would be treated as a dividend.
The changes in liabilities measured using significant unobservable inputs for the three months ended March 31, 2016 were as follows:
Level Three Roll-Forward
Item
 
Level 3
Balance at December 31, 2014
 
$

Warrants issued June 24, 2015
 
7,028,067

Change in valuation of warrants
 
(5,479,463
)
Balance at December 31, 2015
 
$
1,548,604

Change in valuation of warrants
 
1,986,320

Balance at March 31, 2016
 
$
3,534,924


The warrants related to the Series B Preferred Stock were revalued at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015 using the Dynamic Black Scholes model that computes the impact of a possible change in control transaction upon the exercise of the warrant shares

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at approximately $3,534,924. The dynamic Black-Scholes inputs used were: expected dividend rate of 0%, expected volatility of 70%-100%, risk free interest rate of 1.21%, and expected term of 4.16 years.
The Certificate of Designation contains customary anti-dilution protection for proportional adjustments (e.g. stock splits).
The beneficial conversion feature (BCF) relates to potential difference between the effective conversion price (measured based on proceeds allocated to the Series B Preferred Stock) and the fair value of the stock into which Preferred B Shares are currently convertible (common stock).
If a conversion option embedded in a debt host instrument does not require separate accounting as a derivative instrument under ASC 815, the convertible hybrid instrument must be evaluated under ASC 470-20 for the identification of a possible BCF.
The BCF will be initially recognized as an offsetting reduction to Series B Preferred Stock (debit) - Temporary Equity, with the credit being recognized in equity (additional paid-in capital).
The resulting debt issuance costs, debt discount, value allocated to warrants, and BCF should be accreted to the Series B Preferred Stock to ensure that the Series B Preferred Stock balance is equal to its face value as of the redemption or conversion date, if conversion is expected earlier.
The BCF was determined by calculating the intrinsic value of the conversion feature as follows:
Face amount of Series B Preferred Stock
$
25,000,000

Less: allocated value of Warrants
7,028,067

Allocated value of Series B Preferred Stock
$
17,971,933

Shares of Common stock to be converted
8,064,534

Effective conversion price
$
2.23

Market price
$
2.94

Intrinsic value per share
$
0.7115

Intrinsic value of beneficial conversion feature
$
5,682,741

For the quarters ending March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively, a total of $ $373,706 and 376,571 of dividends were accrued on our outstanding Series B Preferred Stock (not including shares of Series B Preferred Stock converted into common stock in August 2015, as described above). We were prohibited from paying such dividends in shares of common stock because the applicable Dividend Stock Payment Price was below $2.91. The “Dividend Stock Payment Price” is calculated by dividing (a) the accrued dividends by (b) 90% of the arithmetic average of the volume weighted average price (VWAP) of the Company’s common stock for the 10 trading days immediately prior to the applicable date of determination. In the event the applicable Dividend Stock Payment Price is below $2.91 we are required to pay such dividend in cash or in-kind in additional shares of Series B Preferred Stock. Pursuant to the terms of our Credit Agreement, we are prohibited from paying the dividend in cash and therefore we paid the accrued dividends in-kind for the quarters ending March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively, by way of the issuance of restricted shares of Series B Preferred Stock pro rata to each of the then holders of our Series B Preferred Stock totaling 124,258 and 122,425 in April 2016 and January 2016, respectively. If converted in full, the 124,258 and 122,425 shares of restricted Series B Preferred Stock would convert into 124,258 and 122,425, respectively, shares of our common stock.
Series C Convertible Preferred Stock

On January 29, 2016, we sold 44,000 shares of newly-designated Series C Preferred Stock (as described below) in consideration for $4 million.

The Series C Convertible Preferred Stock ("Series C Preferred Stock"), authorized on January 29, 2016, does not accrue a dividend, but has participation rights on an as-converted basis, to any dividends paid on the Company’s common stock (other than dividends paid solely in common stock). Each Series C Preferred Stock share has a $100 face value, and a liquidation preference (in the amount of $100 per share) which is junior to the Company’s previously outstanding shares of preferred stock, senior credit facilities and other debt holders as provided in further detail in the designation, but senior to the common stock.

The Series C Preferred Stock is convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at the holder’s option at any time at $1.00 per share (initially a 100:1 basis (subject to adjustments for stock splits and recapitalizations)). The Series C Preferred Stock votes

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together with the common stock on an as-converted basis (the "Voting Rights"), provided that each holder’s voting rights are subject to and limited by the Series C Beneficial Ownership Limitation described below and provided further that notwithstanding any of the foregoing, solely for purposes of determining the Voting Rights, the Voting Rights accorded to such Series C Convertible Preferred Stock will be determined as if converted at $1.05 per share (the market value of the common stock as of the close of trading on the day prior to the original issuance date of the Series C Preferred Stock), and subject to equitable adjustment as discussed in the designation. There are no redemption rights associated with the Series C Preferred Stock.

The Series C Preferred Stock contains a provision prohibiting the conversion of the Series C Preferred Stock into common stock of the Company, if upon such conversion or exercise, as applicable, the holder thereof would beneficially own more than 4.999% of the Company’s then outstanding common stock (the “Series C Beneficial Ownership Limitation”). The Series C Beneficial Ownership Limitation may be increased up and down on a per holder basis, with 61 days prior written notice from any holder, provided the Series C Beneficial Ownership Limitation may never be higher than 9.999%.

So long as any shares of Series C Preferred Stock are outstanding, we are prohibited from undertaking any of the following without first obtaining the approval of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Series C Preferred Stock: (a) increasing or decreasing (other than by redemption or conversion) the total number of authorized shares of Series C Preferred Stock; (b) re-issuing any shares of Series C Preferred Stock converted; (c) creating, or authorizing the creation of, or issuing or obligating the Company to issue shares of, any class or series of capital stock unless the same ranks junior to (and not pari passu with) the Series C Preferred Stock with respect to the distribution of assets on the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company, or increasing the authorized number of shares of any additional class or series of capital stock unless the same ranks junior to (and not pari passu with) the Series C Preferred Stock with respect to the distribution of assets on the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company; (d) effecting an exchange, reclassification, or cancellation of all or a part of the Series C Preferred Stock (except pursuant to the terms of the designation); (e) effecting an exchange, or creating a right of exchange, of all or part of the shares of another class of shares into shares of Series C Preferred Stock (except pursuant to the terms of the designation); (f) issuing any additional shares of Series C Preferred Stock; (g) altering or changing the rights, preferences or privileges of the shares of Series C Preferred Stock so as to affect adversely the shares of such series; or (h) amending or waiving any provision of the Company’s Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws relative to the Series C Preferred Stock so as to affect adversely the shares of Series C Preferred Stock in any material respect as compared to holders of other series of shares.

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NOTE 13.  SEGMENT REPORTING
 
The Company’s reportable segments include the Black Oil, Refining & Marketing and Recovery divisions. Segment information for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 is as follows:

THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2016
 
 
Black Oil
 
Refining &
Marketing
 
Recovery
 
Total
Revenues
 
$
10,133,494

 
$
2,626,455

 
$
1,372,655

 
$
14,132,604

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) from operations
 
$
(6,983,184
)
 
$
(276,304
)
 
$
(117,983
)
 
$
(7,377,471
)

THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2015
 
 
Black Oil
 
Refining &
Marketing
 
Recovery
 
Total
Revenues
 
$
24,913,976

 
$
8,266,120

 
$
4,504,243

 
$
37,684,339

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) from operations
 
$
(7,893,676
)
 
$
55,049

 
$
429,822

 
$
(7,408,805
)

NOTE 14. INCOME TAXES
Deferred income taxes reflect the net tax effects of temporary differences between the carrying amount of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and the amounts used for income tax purposes. Income tax expense (benefit) attributable to income from continuing operations differed from the amounts computed by applying the U.S. federal income tax of 34% to pretax income from continuing operations as a result of the following for the estimated fiscal years 2016 and 2015
 
 
2016
 
2015
Statutory tax on book  income
 
$
(477,000
)
 
$
(5,852,000
)
Permanent differences
 
571,000

 
(3,428,000
)
Net operating loss utilization
 

 

Change in valuation allowance
 
(211,000
)
 
15,109,000

Other
 
(646
)
 
(523,000
)
Income tax expense (benefit)
 
$
(117,646
)
 
$
5,306,000

NOTE 15. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

Issuance of Series B Preferred Stock Shares In-Kind

Pursuant to the terms of our Credit Agreement with our senior lender, we are prohibited from paying dividends in cash and therefore we paid the accrued dividends in-kind by way of the issuance of 124,258 restricted shares of Series B Preferred Stock pro rata to each of the then holders of our Series B Preferred Stock in April 2016. If converted in full, the 124,258 shares of restricted Series B Preferred Stock would convert into 124,258 shares of our common stock.

Amendment No. 1 to Amended and Restated Credit and Guaranty Agreement
On May 9, 2016, we entered into Amendment No. 1 to the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (“Amendment No. 1”), which amended the Restated Credit Agreement. Pursuant to Amendment No. 1, we, Vertex Operating, substantially all of our other wholly-owned subsidiaries, the Lender and the Agent, agreed to amend the Restated Credit Agreement to (a) change the threshold constituting a change of control under the Restated Credit Agreement, from any time that Benjamin P. Cowart, our Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and largest stockholder, ceases to beneficially own and control at least 20% on a fully diluted basis of the

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economic and voting interests of our capital stock (“Fully-Diluted Capital Stock”), to any time that Mr. Cowart beneficially owns less than 10% of our Fully-Diluted Capital Stock; (b) extend the date that we are required to meet certain fixed charge coverage ratios from the quarter ending September 30, 2016, to the quarter ending March 31, 2017; (c) adjust the calculation of leverage ratio described in the Restated Credit Agreement; (d) allow for the Offering (described below) and the required payment of $800,000 to the Lender in connection with such Offering (representing the payment originally due June 30, 2016); (e) provide that the financial covenants relating to fixed charge ratios and leverage ratios would not be tested for the quarters ending September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2016, in the event we make the $800,000 payment to the Lender described below (f) amend the required timing for certain other post-closing events to occur under the terms of the Restated Credit Agreement; and (g) include a release whereby we (and substantially all of our wholly-owned subsidiaries) released the Investor and Agent for any claims which we had, or could have had, as of the date the parties entered into Amendment No. 1.

Unit Offering
On May 10, 2016, we entered into a Unit Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with certain accredited investors (the “Investors”), pursuant to which the Company agreed to sell to the Investors an aggregate of approximately 12 million units (the “Units”), each consisting of (i) one share of to-be designated Series B1 Preferred Stock of the Company, $0.001 par value per share (the “Series B1 Preferred Stock”) and (ii) one warrant to purchase one-quarter of a share of common stock of the Company, $0.001 par value per share (each a “Warrant” and collectively, the “Warrants”). The Units were agreed to be sold at a price of $1.56 per Unit (the “Unit Price”) (a 2.6% premium to the closing bid price of the Company’s common stock on the NASDAQ Capital Market on the date the Purchase Agreement was entered into which was $1.52 per share (the “Closing Bid Price”)). The Warrants have an exercise price of $1.53 per share ($0.01 above the Closing Bid Price). Total gross proceeds from the offering of the Units (the “Offering”) will be approximately $19.3 million.

A total of approximately $18.6 million of the securities sold in the Offering came from investors who participated in the Company’s prior June 2015 offering of Series B Preferred Stock and warrants to purchase shares of common stock. 60% of the funds received from such investors will be used to immediately repurchase such investors’ Series B Preferred Stock. As a result, a total of approximately $11.2 million of the proceeds raised in the Offering will be used to immediately repurchase and retire approximately 3.6 million shares of Series B Preferred Stock and pay accrued interest on such repurchased shares through the closing date (the “Repurchases”), leaving net proceeds of approximately $8.1 million, before deducting placement agents’ fees and estimated offering expenses. Of these net proceeds, $800,000 will be used to pay amounts owed to the Lender, as discussed above and the remaining proceeds for working capital purposes and potential acquisitions.

Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC (the “Placement Agent”) acted as exclusive placement agent in connection with the Offering. The Placement Agent will receive a commission equal to 6.5% of the net proceeds after affecting the Repurchases described above, from the Offering, for an aggregate commission of approximately $530,000.

The Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Benjamin P. Cowart and the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Secretary, Chris Carlson, each agreed to purchase 32,052 Units ($50,000 of Units) in the Offering and in connection with such purchases will be issued 32,052 shares of Series B1 Preferred Stock and Warrants to purchase 8,013 shares at the closing of the Offering.

The Purchase Agreement contains customary representations and warranties and covenants of the Company and is subject to customary closing conditions. The Company anticipates that the Offering will close on or about May 13, 2016, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the closing conditions.

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

This Report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the following words: “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “ongoing,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time the statements are made and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from the information expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements in this Report. These factors include:

risks associated with our outstanding credit facilities, including amounts owed, restrictive covenants, security interests thereon and our ability to repay such facilities and amounts due thereon when due;
the level of competition in our industry and our ability to compete;
our ability to respond to changes in our industry;
the loss of key personnel or failure to attract, integrate and retain additional personnel;
our ability to protect our intellectual property and not infringe on others’ intellectual property;
our ability to scale our business;
our ability to maintain supplier relationships and obtain adequate supplies of feedstocks;
our ability to obtain and retain customers;
our ability to produce our products at competitive rates;
material weaknesses in our internal controls over financial reporting;
our ability to execute our business strategy in a very competitive environment;
trends in, and the market for, the price of oil and gas and alternative energy sources;
our ability to maintain our relationship with KMTEX;
the impact of competitive services and products;
our ability to integrate acquisitions;
our ability to complete future acquisitions;
our ability to maintain insurance;
potential future litigation, judgments and settlements;
rules and regulations making our operations more costly or restrictive;
changes in environmental and other laws and regulations and risks associated with such laws and regulations;
economic downturns both in the United States and globally;
risk of increased regulation of our operations and products;
negative publicity and public opposition to our operations;
disruptions in the infrastructure that we and our partners rely on;
an inability to identify attractive acquisition opportunities and successfully negotiate acquisition terms;
our ability to effectively integrate acquired assets, companies, employees or businesses;
liabilities associated with acquired companies, assets or businesses;
interruptions at our facilities;
required earn-out payments and other contingent payments we are required to make;
unexpected changes in our anticipated capital expenditures resulting from unforeseen required maintenance, repairs, or upgrades;

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our ability to acquire and construct new facilities;
certain events of default which have occurred under our debt facilities and previously been waived;
prohibitions on borrowing and other covenants of our debt facilities;
our ability to effectively manage our growth;
repayment of and covenants in our debt facilities;
the lack of capital available on acceptable terms to finance our continued growth; and
other risk factors included under “Risk Factors” below and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K.

You should read the matters described in “Risk Factors” below and disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Commission on April 4, 2016 and the other cautionary statements made in this Report as being applicable to all related forward-looking statements wherever they appear in this Report. We cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements in this Report will prove to be accurate and therefore prospective investors are encouraged not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Other than as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, even though our situation may change in the future.

Please see the “Glossary of Selected Terms” incorporated by reference hereto as Exhibit 99.1, for a list of abbreviations and definitions used throughout this Report.

Certain capitalized terms used below and otherwise defined below, have the meanings given to such terms in the footnotes to our consolidated financial statements included above under “Part I - Financial Information” - “Item 1. Financial Statements”.

In this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, we may rely on and refer to information regarding the refining, re-refining, used oil and oil and gas industries in general from market research reports, analyst reports and other publicly available information.  Although we believe that this information is reliable, we cannot guarantee the accuracy and completeness of this information, and we have not independently verified any of it.

Where You Can Find Other Information

We file annual, quarterly, and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Our SEC filings are available to the public over the Internet at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and are available for download, free of charge, soon after such reports are filed with or furnished to the SEC, on the “Investor Relations,” “SEC Filings” page of our website at www.vertexenergy.com. Information on our website is not part of this Report, and we do not desire to incorporate by reference such information herein. You may also read and copy any documents we file with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. You can also obtain copies of the document upon the payment of a duplicating fee to the SEC. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the operation of the Public Reference Room. The SEC maintains an Internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC like us. Our SEC filings are also available to the public from the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of documents filed by us with the SEC are also available from us without charge, upon oral or written request to our Secretary, who can be contacted at the address and telephone number set forth on the cover page of this Report.

Corporate History:
Vertex Energy, Inc. (the “Company,” “we,” “us,” and “Vertex”) was formed as a Nevada corporation on May 14, 2008. Pursuant to an Amended and Restated Agreement and Plan of Merger dated May 19, 2008, by and between Vertex Holdings, L.P. (formerly Vertex Energy, L.P.), a Texas limited partnership (“Holdings”), us, World Waste Technologies, Inc., a California corporation (“WWT” or “World Waste”), Vertex Merger Sub, LLC, a California limited liability company and our wholly-owned subsidiary (“Merger Subsidiary”), and Benjamin P. Cowart, our Chief Executive Officer, as agent for our shareholders (as amended from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”). Effective on April 16, 2009, World Waste merged with and into Merger Subsidiary, with Merger Subsidiary continuing as the surviving corporation and becoming our wholly-owned subsidiary (the “Merger”). In connection with the Merger, (i) each outstanding share of World Waste common stock was canceled and exchanged for 0.10 shares of our common stock; (ii) each outstanding share of World Waste Series A preferred stock was canceled and exchanged for 0.4062 shares of our Series A preferred stock; and (iii) each outstanding share of World Waste Series B preferred stock was canceled and exchanged for 11.651 shares of our Series A preferred stock.

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Description of Business Activities:
We are an environmental services company that recycles industrial waste streams and off-specification commercial chemical products. Our primary focus is recycling used motor oil and other petroleum by-products. We are engaged in operations across the entire petroleum recycling value chain including collection, aggregation, transportation, storage, re-refinement, and sales of aggregated feedstock and re-refined products to end users. We operate in three divisions Black Oil, Refining and Marketing, and Recovery.
We currently provide our services in 15 states, primarily in the Gulf Coast and Central Midwest regions of the United States. For the rolling twelve month period ending March 31, 2016, we aggregated approximately 108.6 million gallons of used motor oil and other petroleum by-product feedstocks and managed the re-refining of approximately 69.5 million gallons of used motor oil with our proprietary Thermal Chemical Extraction Process (“TCEP”), VGO and Base Oil processes.
Our Black Oil division collects and purchases used motor oil directly from third-party generators, aggregates used motor oil from an established network of local and regional collectors, and sells used motor oil to our customers for use as a feedstock or replacement fuel for industrial burners.
Our Refining and Marketing division aggregates and manages the re-refinement of used motor oil and other petroleum by-products and sells the re-refined products to end customers. We operate a refining facility that uses our proprietary TCEP and we also utilize third-party processing facilities. We also acquired our Marrero, Louisiana facility, which facility re-refines used motor oil and also produces vacuum gas oil ("VGO") and our Myrtle Grove re-refining complex in Belle Chasse, Louisiana in May 2014. At the same time we acquired Golden State Lubricant Works, LLC ("Golden State"), a blending and storage facility in Bakersfield, California which is no longer in operation as of the date of this report.
Our Recovery division includes a generator solutions company for the proper recovery and management of hydrocarbon streams as well as a company named E-Source. E-Source provides dismantling, demolition, decommission and marine salvage services at industrial facilities throughout the Gulf Coast. E-Source also owns and operates a fleet of trucks and other vehicles that are used for shipping and handling equipment and scrap materials.
Black Oil Division
Our Black Oil division is engaged in operations across the entire used motor oil recycling value chain including collection, aggregation, transportation, storage, refinement, and sales of aggregated feedstock and re-refined products to end users. We collect and purchase used oil directly from generators such as oil change service stations, automotive repair shops, manufacturing facilities, petroleum refineries, and petrochemical manufacturing operations. We own a fleet of 26 collection vehicles, which routinely visit generators to collect and purchase used motor oil. We also aggregate used oil from a diverse network of approximately 50 suppliers who operate similar collection businesses to ours.
We manage the logistics of transport, storage and delivery of used oil to our customers. We own a fleet of 15 transportation trucks and more than 150 aboveground storage tanks with over 7.3 million gallons of storage capacity. These assets are used by both the Black Oil division and the Refining and Marketing division. In addition, we also utilize third parties for the transportation and storage of used oil feedstocks. Typically, we sell used oil to our customers in bulk to ensure efficient delivery by truck, rail, or barge. In many cases, we have contractual purchase and sale agreements with our suppliers and customers, respectively. We believe these contracts are beneficial to all parties involved because it ensures that a minimum volume is purchased from collectors and generators, a minimum volume is sold to our customers, and we are able to minimize our inventory risk by a spread between the costs to acquire used oil and the revenues received from the sale and delivery of used oil. We also use our proprietary TCEP technology to re-refine used oil into marine fuel cutterstock and a higher-value feedstock for further processing; however we are currently not utilizing our TCEP technology due to market conditions. In addition, at our Marrero facility we produce a Vacuum Gas Oil (VGO) product that is sold to refineries as well as to the marine fuels market. At our Columbus, Ohio facility (Heartland Petroleum) we produce a base oil product that is sold to lubricant packagers and distributors.
Refining and Marketing Division
Our Refining and Marketing division is engaged in the aggregation of feedstock, re-refining it into higher value end products, and selling these products to our customers, as well as related transportation and storage activities. We aggregate a diverse mix of feedstocks including used motor oil, petroleum distillates, transmix and other off-specification chemical products. These feedstock streams are purchased from pipeline operators, refineries, chemical processing facilities and third-party providers, and are also transferred from our Black Oil division. We have a toll-based processing agreement in place with KMTEX to re-refine feedstock streams, under our direction, into various end products that we specify. KMTEX uses industry standard processing

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technologies to re-refine our feedstocks into pygas, gasoline blendstock and marine fuel cutterstock. We sell all of our re-refined products directly to end-customers or to processing facilities for further refinement.
Recovery Division
The Recovery division is a generator solutions company for the proper recovery and management of hydrocarbon streams. The Recovery division also provides industrial dismantling, demolition, decommissioning, investment recovery and marine salvage services in industrial facilities. The Company (through this division) owns and operates a fleet of eight trucks and heavy equipment used for processing, shipping and handling of reusable process equipment and other scrap commodities.
Biomass Renewable Energy
We are also continuing to work on joint development commercial projects which focus on the separation of municipal solid waste into feedstocks for energy production. We are very selective in choosing opportunities that we believe will result in value for our shareholders. We can provide no assurance that the ongoing venture will successfully bring any projects to a point of financing or successful construction and operation.
Thermal Chemical Extraction Process
We own the intellectual property for our patented TCEP. TCEP is a technology which utilizes thermal and chemical dynamics to extract impurities from used oil which increases the value of the feedstock. We intend to continue to develop our TCEP technology and design with the goal of producing additional re-refined products, including lubricating base oil.
TCEP differs from conventional re-refining technologies, such as vacuum distillation and hydrotreatment, by relying more heavily on chemical processes to remove impurities rather than temperature and pressure. Therefore, the capital requirements to build a TCEP plant are typically much less than a traditional re-refinery because large feed heaters, vacuum distillation columns, and a hydrotreating unit are not required. The end product currently produced by TCEP is used as fuel oil cutterstock. Conventional re-refineries produce lubricating base oils or product grades slightly lower than base oil that can be used as industrial fuels or transportation fuel blendstocks.
We currently estimate the cost to construct a new, fully-functional, commercial facility using our TCEP technology, with annual processing capacity of between 25 and 50 million gallons at another location would be approximately $10 - $15 million, which could fluctuate based on throughput capacity. The facility infrastructure would require additional capitalized expenditures which would depend on the location and site specifics of the facility. As noted above, we are currently not utilizing this technology.
Products and Services
We generate substantially all of our revenue from the sale of five product categories. All of these products are commodities that are subject to various degrees of product quality and performance specifications.
Used Motor Oil
Used motor oil is a petroleum-based or synthetic lubricant that contains impurities such as dirt, sand, water, and chemicals.
Fuel Oil
Fuel Oil is a distillate fuel which is typically blended with lower quality fuel oils. The distillation of used oil and other petroleum by-products creates a fuel with low viscosity, as well as low sulfur, ash, and heavy metal content, making it an ideal blending agent.
Pygas
Pygas, or pyrolysis gasoline, is a product that can be blended with gasoline as an octane booster or that can be distilled and separated into its components, including benzene and other hydrocarbons.

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Gasoline Blendstock
Naphthas and various distillate products used for blending or compounding into finished motor gasoline. These components can include reformulated gasoline blendstock for oxygenate blending (RBOB) but exclude oxygenates (alcohols and ethers), butane, and pentanes plus.
Base Oil
An oil to which other oils or substances are added to produce a lubricant. Typically the main substance in lubricants, base oils are refined from crude oil.
Acquisitions:
Effective as of August 31, 2012, we acquired 100% of the outstanding equity interests of Vertex Acquisition Sub, LLC (“Acquisition Sub”), a special purpose entity consisting of substantially all of the assets of Holdings and real-estate properties of B & S Cowart Family L.P. (“B&S LP” and the “Acquisition”). Prior to closing the Acquisition, Holdings contributed to Acquisition Sub substantially all of its assets and liabilities relating to the business of transporting, storing, processing and re-refining petroleum products, crudes and used lubricants, including all of the outstanding equity interests in Holdings’ wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, Cedar Marine Terminals, L.P. (“CMT”); Crossroad Carriers, L.P. (“Crossroad”); Vertex Recovery, L.P. (“Vertex Recovery”); and H&H Oil, L.P. (“H&H Oil”) and B&S LP contributed real estate associated with the operations of H&H Oil.
Cedar Marine Terminals, L.P. ("Cedar Marine Terminals") operates a 19-acre bulk liquid storage facility on the Houston Ship Channel. The terminal serves as a truck-in, barge-out facility and provides throughput terminal operations. Cedar Marine Terminals is also the site of our proprietary, patented, TCEP (described above).
Crossroad Carriers, L.P. is a third-party common carrier that provides transportation and logistical services for liquid petroleum products, as well as other hazardous materials and product streams.
Vertex Recovery L.P. ("Vertex Recovery") is a generator solutions company for the recycling and collection of used oil and oil-related residual materials from large regional and national customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. It facilitates its services through a network of independent recyclers and franchise collectors.
H&H Oil, L.P. collects and recycles used oil and residual materials from customers based in Austin, Baytown, San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas.

Benjamin P. Cowart, our Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman and largest shareholder, directly or indirectly owned a 77% interest in Holdings and a 100% interest in B&S LP. Additionally, Chris Carlson, our Chief Financial Officer, owned a 10% interest in Holdings.
We had numerous relationships and related-party transactions with Holdings and its subsidiaries prior to closing the Acquisition, including, but not limited to, our lease of a storage facility, our subletting of office space, and agreements to operate the TCEP facility and to transport and store feedstock and end products. The closing of the Acquisition eliminated these related party transactions. The description of our operations below reflects the closing of the Acquisition, unless otherwise stated or the discussion requires otherwise.
Effective October 1, 2013, Vertex acquired a 51% interest in E-Source Holdings, LLC (“E-Source”), a company that leases and operates a facility located in Houston, Texas, and provides dismantling, demolition, decommission and marine salvage services at industrial facilities throughout the Gulf Coast. E-Source also owns and operates a fleet of trucks and other vehicles used for shipping and handling equipment and scrap materials. E-Source falls under our Recovery division. Effective January 1, 2014, the Company purchased an additional 19% ownership interest in E-Source. On September 4, 2014, the Company acquired the remaining 30% interest in E-Source and as of such date the Company owns 100% of E-Source.
On May 2, 2014, we completed the Initial Closing (defined below) contemplated under that certain Asset Purchase Agreement entered into on March 17, 2014 (as amended, the “Omega Purchase Agreement”) by and among the Company, Vertex Refining LA, LLC and Vertex Refining NV, LLC (“Vertex Refining Nevada”), both wholly-owned subsidiaries of Vertex Energy Operating, LLC, our wholly-owned subsidiary (“Vertex Operating”), Louisiana LV OR LLC f/k/a Omega Refining, LLC (“Omega Refining”), Bango Refining NV, LLC (“Bango Refining”) and Omega Holdings Company LLC (“Omega Holdings” and collectively with Omega Refining and Bango Refining, “Omega” or the “sellers”).

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Pursuant to the Omega Purchase Agreement, we agreed to acquire certain of Omega’s assets related to (1) the operation of oil re-refineries and, in connection therewith, purchasing used lubricating oils and re-refining such oils into processed oils and other products for the distribution, supply and sale to end-customers and (2) the provision of related products and support services. Specifically, the assets included Omega’s Marrero, Louisiana and Bango, Nevada, re-refineries (which re-refine approximately 80 million gallons of used motor oil per year). Additionally, the Marrero, Louisiana plant produces vacuum gas oil (VGO) and the Bango, Nevada plant produces base lubricating oils. Omega also operated Golden State Lubricants Works, LLC, a strategic blending and storage facility located in Bakersfield, California, which we acquired in the acquisition and have since ceased operations at. In connection with the acquisition, we also acquired certain of Omega's prepaid assets and inventory.
The acquisition was to close in two separate closings, the first of which relating to the acquisition of Omega Refining (including the Marrero, Louisiana re-refinery and Omega’s Myrtle Grove complex in Belle Chaise, Louisiana) and ownership of Golden State, as described above (the “Acquired Business”), closed on May 2, 2014 (the “Initial Closing”), and the second of which relating to the acquisition of Bango Refining and the Bango, Nevada plant, was planned to close thereafter, subject to certain closing conditions being met prior to closing (the “Final Closing”).
The purchase price paid at the Initial Closing was $30,750,000 in cash, 500,000 shares of our restricted common stock (valued at approximately $4 million) and the assumption of certain capital lease obligations and other liabilities relating to contracts and leases of Omega Refining in connection with the Initial Closing. We also agreed to provide Omega a loan in the amount of up to approximately $13.8 million (described below).
The required closing date of the Final Closing was extended by the parties until January 31, 2015, provided that such Final Closing failed to occur by such date, and on February 25, 2015, we provided Omega Refining, Bango Refining, and Omega Holdings, formal notice of the termination of the Company’s rights to complete the Final Closing, provided that as disclosed below under “Recent Events” in January 2016, we acquired and then immediately sold the Bango Plant.
In connection with the Initial Closing, Omega Refining and Bango Refining provided Vertex Refining Nevada a Secured Promissory Note (the “Omega Secured Note”) in the aggregate amount of $13,858,067, which was due and payable on March 31, 2015, which was not paid on such date, which is in default and which accrues interest at 18% per annum until paid in full. The repayment of the Omega Secured Note is guaranteed by Omega Holdings pursuant to a Guaranty Agreement and secured by a security interest granted pursuant to the terms of the Omega Secured Note and a Leasehold Deed of Trust, Security Agreement, Assignment of Leases and Rents and Fixture Filing.
The assets and operations acquired from Omega fall under our Black Oil division.
On December 5, 2014 (the “Closing”), we closed the transactions contemplated by the October 21, 2014 Asset Purchase Agreement by and among the Company; Vertex Refining OH, LLC (“Vertex OH”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vertex Operating; Vertex Operating and Warren Ohio Holdings Co., LLC, f/k/a Heartland Group Holdings, LLC (“Heartland”)(as amended, the “Heartland Purchase Agreement”).
In connection with the Closing, we acquired substantially all of the assets of Heartland related to and used in an oil re-refinery and, in connection with the collecting, aggregating and purchasing of used lubricating oils and the re-refining of such oils into processed oils and other products for the distribution, supply and sale to end-customers, including raw materials, finished products and work-in-process, equipment and other fixed assets, customer lists and marketing information, the name ‘Heartland’ and other related trade names, Heartland’s real property relating to its used oil refining facility located in Columbus, Ohio, used oil storage and transfer facilities located in Columbus, Zanesville and Norwalk, Ohio (provided that the acquisition of the Norwalk, Ohio location is subject to the terms and conditions of the Second Amendment), and leases related to storage and transfer facilities located in Zanesville, Ohio, Mount Sterling, Kentucky, and Ravenswood, West Virginia (collectively, the “Heartland Assets”) and assumed certain liabilities of Heartland associated with certain assumed and acquired agreements (collectively, the “Acquired Business”). The main assets excluded from the purchased assets pursuant to the Heartland Purchase Agreement were Heartland’s cash and cash equivalents, receivables, certain prepaid expenses, refunds and related claims, rights to certain tax refunds, certain assets used in the operations of Heartland which are used more than incidentally by Heartland’s majority equity owner (Warren Distribution, Inc. (“Warren”)) in connection with the operation of its other businesses and certain real property.
The purchase price paid in consideration for the Heartland Assets was the assumption of the assumed liabilities and an aggregate of 2,257,467 shares of restricted common stock (the “Heartland Shares”), representing a total of 1,189,637 shares valued at $8,276,792, as agreed pursuant to the terms of the original Heartland Purchase Agreement, 303,957 shares which were due in consideration for the purchase of various inventory of Heartland acquired by the Company at the closing in connection with the purchase of inventory, valued at $792,270, and a total of 763,873 shares due in consideration for the Reimbursement of Operating Losses (described below). A total of 150,000 shares of restricted common stock issued at Closing are being held in escrow and

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will be used to satisfy indemnification claims (the “Escrow Shares”). An aggregate of an additional $200,000 was owed to Heartland in connection with an inventory true-up after Closing and as such, we issued Heartland an additional 56,180 shares of restricted common stock ($200,000 divided by $3.56).
Pursuant to a Consulting Agreement previously entered into with Heartland in July 2014, Vertex Operating agreed to provide consulting services to Heartland while the parties negotiated the definitive terms of the Heartland Purchase Agreement (the “Consulting Agreement”), and to reimburse Heartland for its operating losses (on a cash basis net of interest, depreciation, corporate overhead expenses and insurance proceeds received), which totaled $2,716,561 as of closing (the “Reimbursement for Operating Losses”).
Heartland also has the right pursuant to the terms of the Heartland Purchase Agreement to earn additional earn-out consideration of up to a maximum of $8,276,792, based on total EBITDA related to the Heartland Business during the twelve month period beginning on January 1, 2016 (the “Earnout Period”), as follows (as applicable, the “Contingent Payment”):
EBITDA generated during Earnout Period
Contingent Payment Due
Less than $1,650,000
$0
At least $1,650,000
$4,138,396
More than $1,650,000 and less than $3,300,000
Pro-rated between $4,138,396 and $8,276,792
$3,300,000
$8,276,792
Any Contingent Payment due is payable 50% in cash and 50% in shares of the Company’s common stock based on VWAP commencing on the trading day immediately following the last day of the Earnout Period and ending on such tenth trading day thereafter. Additionally, the amount of any Contingent Payment is reduced by two-thirds of the cumulative total of required capital expenditures incurred at Heartland’s refining facility in Columbus, Ohio, which are paid or funded by Vertex OH after the closing, not to exceed $866,667, which capital expenditures are estimated to total $1.3 million in aggregate. In December 2015 the Company wrote off the $6,069,000 that was included in liabilities as a contingency because the projections indicated there would more likely than not be a payout during the Earnout Period.
Notwithstanding the above, the maximum number of shares of common stock to be issued pursuant to the Heartland Purchase Agreement (including shares sold in connection with certain Subscription Agreements entered into with trusts beneficially owned by our Chief Executive Officer on or around the same date) cannot (i) exceed 19.9% of the outstanding shares of common stock outstanding on October 21, 2014, (ii) exceed 19.9% of the combined voting power of the Company on October 21, 2014, or (iii) otherwise exceed such number of shares of common stock that would violate applicable listing rules of the NASDAQ Stock Market in the event the Company’s stockholders do not approve the issuance of such shares (the “Share Cap”). In the event the number of shares to be issued exceeds the Share Cap, then Vertex OH is required to instead pay any such additional consideration in cash or obtain the approval of the Company’s stockholders under applicable rules and requirements of the NASDAQ Capital Market for the additional issuance of shares.
The assets and operations acquired from Heartland fall under our Black Oil division.
Aaron Oil Acquisition
Effective August 6, 2015, H&H Oil acquired a collection route consisting of collecting, shipping and selling used oil, oil filters, antifreeze and other related services in the state of Louisiana, but excluding industrial customers, maritime customers, off shore customers, dockside locations, industrial services, used absorbent services, wastewater generating customers and collectors/transporters of crankcase used oil, petroleum fuel reclamation customers and crude oil producers/processing/recovery/reclamation customers of Aaron Oil Company, Inc. (“Aaron Oil”). Included in the purchase were certain trucks and other assets owned by Aaron Oil and certain contract rights. The President, Chief Executive Officer and owner of Aaron Oil is Dan Cowart, the brother of our Chief Executive Officer and largest stockholder, Benjamin P. Cowart. The acquisition price paid at closing was approximately $1 million, which included a reimbursement for certain prepaid contract rights. Aaron Oil also agreed to provide account servicing services to us for a period of sixty days following the closing at an agreed upon price per gallon of oil serviced. Aaron Oil also agreed to a non-compete provision prohibiting Aaron Oil from competing against the Company in the Louisiana market for a period of two years from the closing.


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Recent Events:
Purchase and Sale Agreement, Churchill County, Nevada Plant
On January 28, 2016, we entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement (the “Sale Agreement”) with Vertex Operating and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Vertex Refining Nevada, Bango Oil, LLC (“Bango Oil”)(provided that Bango Oil did not become a party to the agreement until we exercised the Purchase Option, described below) and Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. (“Safety-Kleen”).
Pursuant to the Sale Agreement, which closed on January 29, 2016, we (through Bango Oil after we acquired Bango Oil as described below pursuant to our exercise of the Purchase Option) sold Safety-Kleen the used oil re-refining plant located on approximately 40 acres in Churchill County, Nevada (the “Bango Plant”), which we previously rented, and all equipment, tools and other tangible personal property located at the Bango Plant, which relate to or are used in connection with the operations of the Bango Plant (collectively, the “Bango Assets”). Safety-Kleen assumed certain liabilities associated with contracts assumed in the purchase and related to bringing the Bango Plant back into operational status. The aggregate purchase price for the Bango Assets was $35 million, subject to adjustment as described in the Sale Agreement for certain taxes, costs and expenses incurred by Safety-Kleen after closing. A total of $1.3 million of the purchase price was used by us in order to exercise the options we had pursuant to two Lease and Purchase Agreements (the “Equipment Leases”) we were party to, which provided for the use of a rail facility and related equipment and a pre-fabricated metal building located at the Fallon, Nevada, facility, and which provided us (through Vertex Refining Nevada) the right to acquire the applicable property/equipment subject to each Equipment Lease at any time prior to the expiration of the leases for $914,000 and $400,000, respectively. Additionally, $100,000 of the purchase price was retained by Safety-Kleen to acquire certain water rights necessary for operation of the Bango Plant. Finally, a required closing condition of the Sale Agreement was that we use a portion of the purchase price to exercise the purchase option set forth in that certain Lease With Option For Membership Interest Purchase (the “Bango Lease”) entered into on April 30, 2015, by and between us, Vertex Refining Nevada and Bango Oil, whereby, we had the option at any time during the term of the lease to purchase all of the equity interests of Bango Oil (the “Purchase Option”), effectively acquiring ownership of the Bango Plant. The Purchase Option was exercised by us on January 29, 2016, in connection with the closing of the Sale Agreement, at which time Bango Oil became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vertex Refining Nevada, and we paid approximately $9 million of consideration to Bango Oil in connection with the Purchase Option as described in greater detail below under “Membership Interest Purchase Agreement”. The terms of the Bango Lease and Equipment Leases are described in greater detail in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 5, 2015. Additionally, an aggregate of $16 million of the purchase price paid by Safety-Kleen in connection with the Sale Agreement was required to be paid by us to our senior lender, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, at closing, which amount was paid at closing, and which funds were used to pay down amounts owed to Goldman Sachs Bank USA under our Credit Agreement, as described in greater detail below under “Amended and Restated Credit and Guaranty Agreement”.
Additionally, at the closing, we placed $1.5 million in cash and $1 million worth of our common stock (1,108,928 shares) into escrow with 50% of the shares to be released 12 months following the closing and such cash and the remainder of the shares held in escrow to be released 18 months after the closing, in order to satisfy any indemnification claims made by Safety-Kleen pursuant to the terms of the Sale Agreement. On June 30 and December 31 of each year that any of our shares of common stock are in escrow, in the event the value of the shares held in escrow is less than $1 million, based on the then market price of our common stock, we are required to increase the number of shares of common stock held in escrow to total $1 million in aggregate value.
The Sale Agreement includes standard indemnification obligations of the parties, subject to certain caps on indemnification and deductibles. The closing of the transactions contemplated by the Sale Agreement was subject to usual and customary closing conditions, including requiring that we and Safety-Kleen enter into a Swap Agreement and Base Oil Agreement (each as described in greater detail below), all of which were satisfied prior to or at closing.
The Sale Agreement includes a provision preventing us from directly or indirectly, hiring or soliciting any person who is or was employed in the operations conducted at the Bango Plant for a period of five (5) years after the closing, except pursuant to a general solicitation which is not directed specifically to any such employees; provided, that nothing prohibits the Company from hiring (i) any employee whose employment has been terminated by Safety-Kleen or (ii) after 180 days from the date of termination of employment, any employee whose employment has been terminated by the employee.
Houlihan Lokey acted as exclusive financial advisor to the Company in connection with the transaction.
The Company received net cash of approximately $17.3 million in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Sale Agreement, after deducting legal, administrative and banker fees; amounts paid in connection with the exercise of the Purchase Option; cash amounts set aside in escrow; and the purchase price of the equipment related to the Bango Plant as described above,

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of which $16 million was immediately paid to the Lender (defined below under “Amended and Restated Credit and Guaranty Agreement”) to pay down amounts owed to Lender under the Credit Agreement (defined below under “Amended and Restated Credit and Guaranty Agreement”).
Swap Agreement and Base Oil Agreement
A required condition to closing the transactions contemplated by the Sale Agreement was that we (through Vertex Operating) and Safety-Kleen enter into a Swap Agreement (the “Swap Agreement”), which was entered into on January 29, 2016. The Swap Agreement has a term of five years, beginning when the Bango Plant is operational, and automatically renews for additional one year terms thereafter unless either party provides the other 90 days prior written notice of their intention not to renew prior to any automatic extension. Pursuant to the Swap Agreement, we and Safety-Kleen agreed to swap certain quantities of used oil feedstock (the agreement includes monthly maximums, quarterly minimums and maximums, and annual maximums of used oil feedstock volume required to be ‘swapped’) between the Bango Plant (which will then be owned and operated by Safety-Kleen) and our Marrero, Louisiana plant and/or the Cedar Marine Terminal in Baytown, Texas, on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis, with any shortfall in the amount of used oil feedstock ‘swapped’ on a quarterly basis, being paid for in cash based on a discount to U.S. Platts mid-range per gallon rate for Gulf Coast No. 6, 3% oil (the “Platts”). The Swap Agreement can be terminated with 30 days prior written notice in the event either party fails to meet the specifications for oil feedstock set forth in the agreement, a party fails to deliver the required minimum quarterly volumes of oil feedstock during any three consecutive quarters, or a party materially breaches a term of the agreement.
Additionally, we (through Vertex Operating) and Safety-Kleen also entered into a Base Oil Agreement in connection with, and as a required condition of, the closing (the “Base Oil Agreement”). The Base Oil Agreement provides for us to purchase from Safety-Kleen, and Safety-Kleen to sell to us, certain required quantities of base oils and other finished lubricants described in greater detail in the Base Oil Agreement (the “Base Oil”)(the agreement contains quarterly and annual maximum volumes of Base Oil to be acquired by us). The agreement has a term of five years and automatically renews for additional one year terms thereafter unless either party provides the other 90 days prior written notice of their intention not to renew prior to any automatic extension.
Membership Interest Purchase Agreement
Pursuant to a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement entered into in connection with the closing of the Sale Agreement, by and among Vertex Refining Nevada, as buyer, Fox Encore 05 LLC, the sole owner of Bango Oil, as seller (“Fox Encore”), and certain other parties, Vertex Refining Nevada acquired 100% of Bango Oil pursuant to the Purchase Option described above under “Purchase and Sale Agreement, Churchill County, Nevada Plant”. The purchase price payable by Vertex Refining Nevada to Fox Encore was approximately $9 million, which funds were paid with proceeds received pursuant to the Sale Agreement. The Membership Interest Purchase Agreement contains standard and customary representations of the parties and indemnification rights, subject in each case to a $3 million cap on aggregate indemnification. Upon the closing of the Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, we effectively obtained ownership of the Bango Plant, which we then sold to Safety-Kleen, and Bango Oil became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vertex Refining Nevada.
Subscription Agreement
On January 29, 2016, separate from and subsequent to the closing of the transactions contemplated by the Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, Fox Encore entered into a Subscription Agreement with the Company whereby Fox Encore subscribed for and purchased 44,000 shares of newly-designated Series C Preferred Stock (as described below) in consideration for $4 million. The 44,000 shares of Series C Preferred Stock are convertible into 4,400,000 shares of the Company’s common stock subject to the terms of a Certificate of Designation of the Series C Preferred Stock (see terms of the Series C Preferred Stock described in greater detail below in Note 12 to the financial statements included in “Part I” - “Item 1. Financial Statements”.

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$5.15 Million Promissory Note
On January 29, 2016, following the closing of, and separate from the transactions contemplated by, the Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, Vertex OH, borrowed $5.15 million from Fox Encore and provided a Promissory Note to Fox Encore to reflect such borrowed funds (the “Fox Note”). The Fox Note bears interest at 10% percent per annum (15% upon the occurrence of an event of default), payable monthly in arrears beginning on February 29, 2016. The principal and all accrued and unpaid interest on the Fox Note is due on the earlier of (a) July 31, 2016 (as may be extended by Vertex OH as discussed below, the “Maturity Date”), or (b) upon acceleration of the Fox Note during the existence of an event of default as discussed therein. Provided that no event of default is then existing on the Fox Note or under any other loan document associated therewith, and certain other requirements as described in the Fox Note are met, Vertex OH has the right to three (3) extension options (each, an “Extension Option”) pursuant to which Vertex OH may extend the Maturity Date for six (6) months each. The first extension will extend the Maturity Date of the Fox Note until January 31, 2017, the second extension will extend the Maturity Date of the Fox Note until July 31, 2017, and the third extension will extend the Maturity Date of the Fox Note until January 29, 2018. Upon exercising an Extension Option, Vertex OH is required to pay Fox Encore an extension fee equal to 3% of the then outstanding principal amount of the Fox Note, which amount is separate from, and is not applied toward, the outstanding indebtedness owed under the Fox Note; provided, however, that if Vertex OH elects to exercise the Extension Option to extend the Maturity Date to January 31, 2017, the 3% fee for such extension is not to be paid in cash but is instead added to the outstanding principal balance of the Fox Note. The Fox Note may be prepaid in whole or in part at any time without penalty, provided that if repaid in full by July 31, 2016, the amount to be repaid is decreased by $150,000. The Fox Note is secured by the Mortgage described below. The Fox Note includes certain standard and customary financial reporting requirements, notice requirements, indemnification requirements, covenants and events of default. The Fox Note also includes a provision allowing the Lender (or any other lender party to the Restated Credit Agreement each as described below under “Amended and Restated Credit and Guaranty Agreement”) to purchase the Fox Note upon the occurrence of an event of default under the Restated Credit Agreement.
Open-End Mortgage, Security Agreement, Fixture Filing and Assignment of Leases and Rents
On January 29, 2016, Vertex OH, entered into an Open-Open-End Mortgage, Security Agreement, Fixture Filing and Assignment of Leases and Rents agreement (the “Mortgage”) with Fox Encore in order to secure the amount owed under the Fox Note discussed above. Pursuant to the Mortgage, Vertex OH granted Fox Encore a security interest in the Columbus, Ohio refinery owned by Vertex OH.
Unit Offering
On May 10, 2016, we entered into a Unit Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with certain accredited investors (the “Investors”), pursuant to which the Company agreed to sell to the Investors an aggregate of approximately 12 million units (the “Units”), each consisting of (i) one share of to-be designated Series B1 Preferred Stock of the Company, $0.001 par value per share (the “Series B1 Preferred Stock”) and (ii) one warrant to purchase one-quarter of a share of common stock of the Company, $0.001 par value per share (each a “Warrant” and collectively, the “Warrants”). The Units were agreed to be sold at a price of $1.56 per Unit (the “Unit Price”) (a 2.6% premium to the closing bid price of the Company’s common stock on the NASDAQ Capital Market on the date the Purchase Agreement was entered into which was $1.52 per share (the “Closing Bid Price”)). The Warrants have an exercise price of $1.53 per share ($0.01 above the Closing Bid Price). Total gross proceeds from the offering of the Units (the “Offering”) will be approximately $19.3 million.
A total of approximately $18.6 million of the securities sold in the Offering came from investors who participated in the Company’s prior June 2015 offering of Series B Preferred Stock and warrants to purchase shares of common stock. 60% of the funds received from such investors will be used to immediately repurchase such investors’ Series B Preferred Stock. As a result, a total of approximately $11.2 million of the proceeds raised in the Offering will be used to immediately repurchase and retire approximately 3.6 million shares of Series B Preferred Stock and pay accrued interest on such repurchased shares through the closing date (the “Repurchases”), leaving net proceeds of approximately $8.1 million, before deducting placement agents’ fees and estimated offering expenses. Of these net proceeds, $800,000 will be used to pay amounts owed to the Lender, as discussed above and the remaining proceeds for working capital purposes and potential acquisitions.
Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC (the “Placement Agent”) acted as exclusive placement agent in connection with the Offering. The Placement Agent will receive a commission equal to 6.5% of the net proceeds after affecting the Repurchases described above, from the Offering, for an aggregate commission of approximately $530,000.
The Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Benjamin P. Cowart, and the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Secretary, Chris Carlson, each agreed to purchase 32,052 Units ($50,000 of Units) in the Offering and in connection with such purchases will be issued 32,052 shares of Series B1 Preferred Stock and Warrants to purchase 8,013 shares at the closing of the Offering.

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The Purchase Agreement contains customary representations and warranties and covenants of the Company and is subject to customary closing conditions. The Company anticipates that the Offering will close on or about May 13, 2016, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the closing conditions. The Offering terms and the terms of the Series B1 Preferred Stock is described in greater detail in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 10, 2016.
Amended and Restated Credit and Guaranty Agreement
On January 29, 2016, we, Vertex Operating, certain of our other subsidiaries, Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Holdings, Inc., as lender (“Lender”) and Goldman Sachs Bank USA, a New York State-Chartered Bank, as Administrative Agent, Lead Arranger and Collateral Agent (“Agent”) entered into an Amended and Restated Credit and Guaranty Agreement (the “Restated Credit Agreement”), which amended and restated that certain $40 million Credit and Guaranty Agreement entered into between the parties on May 2, 2014 (as amended and modified to date, the “Credit Agreement”). The Restated Credit Agreement changed the Credit Agreement to an $8.9 million multi-draw term loan credit facility (of which approximately $6.4 million was outstanding and $2.5 million was available to be drawn pursuant to the terms of the Restated Credit Agreement on substantially similar terms as the currently outstanding amounts owed to the Lender); modified the Credit Agreement to adjust certain EBITDA calculations in connection with the purchase of Bango Oil and the sale of the Bango Plant as described above; provided for approval for us to exercise the Purchase Option, enter into and effect the transactions contemplated by the Membership Interest Purchase Agreement, Subscription Agreement, and the Sale Agreement, and allowed for the issuance of the Fox Note and the Mortgage; confirmed that we are required to make payments of $800,000 per quarter from June 30, 2016 through maturity (May 2, 2019); provided us a moratorium on the prepayment of amounts owed under the Restated Credit Agreement as a result of various financial ratios we are required to meet through December 31, 2016; provided for us to retain any business interruption insurance proceeds received in connection with the Bango Plant; provided for us to pay $16 million received at closing from the sale of the Bango Assets, all amounts released from escrow and any other cash proceeds in excess of $500,000 received from the Sale Agreement after closing to the Lender as prepayment of amounts due under the Restated Credit Agreement; allowed us the right to make certain permitted acquisitions moving forward, without further consent of the Lender, provided that among other requirements, such acquisitions are in the same business or line of business as the Company, that such acquired businesses have generated consolidated adjusted EBITDA for the four fiscal quarters preceding such acquisition in excess of capital expenditures for such period (taking into account adjustments acceptable to the Agent for synergies expected to be achieved within the 90 days following the closing of such acquisition), and that the funding for such acquisition comes from certain limited sources set forth in greater detail in the Restated Credit Agreement; adjusted certain fixed charge coverage ratios and leverage ratios we are required to meet on a quarterly basis from September 30, 2016 to maturity; required us to maintain at least $2 million of liquidity at all times; provided that events of default under the Credit Agreement include events of default under the Fox Note; and made various other updates and changes to take into account transactions which had occurred through the date of such agreement, and to remove expired and non-material terms of the prior Credit Agreement.
Amendment No. 1 to Amended and Restated Credit and Guaranty Agreement
On May 9, 2016, we entered into Amendment No. 1 to the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (“Amendment No. 1”), which amended the Restated Credit Agreement. Pursuant to Amendment No. 1, we, Vertex Operating, substantially all of our other wholly-owned subsidiaries, the Lender and the Agent, agreed to amend the Restated Credit Agreement to (a) change the threshold constituting a change of control under the Restated Credit Agreement, from any time that Benjamin P. Cowart, our Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and largest stockholder, ceases to beneficially own and control at least 20% on a fully diluted basis of the economic and voting interests of our capital stock (“Fully-Diluted Capital Stock”), to any time that Mr. Cowart beneficially owns less than 10% of our Fully-Diluted Capital Stock; (b) extend the date that we are required to meet certain fixed charge coverage ratios from the quarter ending September 30, 2016, to the quarter ending March 31, 2017; (c) adjust the calculation of leverage ratio described in the Restated Credit Agreement; (d) allow for the Offering (described below) and the required payment of $800,000 to the Lender in connection with such Offering (representing the payment originally due June 30, 2016); (e) provide that the financial covenants relating to fixed charge ratios and leverage ratios would not be tested for the quarters ending September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2016, in the event we make the $800,000 payment to the Lender described herein; (f) amend the required timing for certain other post-closing events to occur under the terms of the Restated Credit Agreement; and (g) include a release whereby we (and substantially all of our wholly-owned subsidiaries) released the Investor and Agent for any claims which we had, or could have had, as of the date the parties entered into Amendment No. 1.


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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Description of Material Financial Line Items:
Revenues
We generate revenues from three existing operating divisions as follows:
BLACK OIL - Revenues for our Black Oil division are comprised primarily of product sales from our re-refineries and feedstock sales (used motor oil) which are purchased from generators of used motor oil such as oil change shops and garages, as well as a network of local and regional suppliers.  Volumes are consolidated for efficient delivery and then sold to third-party re-refiners and fuel oil blenders for the export market.  In addition, through used oil re-refining, we re-refine used oil into different commodity products.  The Houston, Texas TCEP facility finished product is then sold by barge as a fuel oil cutterstock. Through the operations at our Marrero, Louisiana facility, we produce a Vacuum Gas Oil (VGO) product from used oil re-refining which is then sold via barge to crude refineries to be utilized as an intermediate feedstock in the refining process. Through the operations at our Columbus, Ohio facility we produce a base oil finished product which is then sold via truck or rail car to end users for blending, packaging and marketing of lubricants.
REFINING AND MARKETING - The Refining and Marketing division generates revenues relating to the sales of finished products. The Refining and Marketing division gathers hydrocarbon streams in the form of petroleum distillates, transmix and other chemical products that have become off-specification during the transportation or refining process. These feedstock streams are purchased from pipeline operators, refineries, chemical processing facilities and third-party providers, and then processed at a third-party facility under our direction. The end products are typically three distillate petroleum streams (gasoline blendstock, pygas and fuel oil cutterstock), which are sold to major oil companies or to large petroleum trading and blending companies. The end products are delivered by barge and truck to customers.
RECOVERY - The Recovery division is a generator solutions company for the proper recovery and management of hydrocarbon streams. This division also provides dismantling, demolition, decommission and marine salvage services at industrial facilities. We own and operate a fleet of trucks and other vehicles used for shipping and handling equipment and scrap materials.
Our revenues are affected by changes in various commodity prices including crude oil, natural gas, #6 oil and metals.
Cost of Revenues
BLACK OIL - Cost of revenues for our Black Oil division are comprised primarily of feedstock purchases from a network of providers. Other cost of revenues include processing costs, transportation costs, purchasing and receiving costs, analytical assessments, brokerage fees and commissions, and surveying and storage costs.
REFINING AND MARKETING - The Refining and Marketing division incurs cost of revenues relating to the purchase of feedstock, purchasing and receiving costs, and inspection and processing of the feedstock into gasoline blendstock, pygas and fuel oil cutter by a third party. Cost of revenues also includes broker’s fees, inspection and transportation costs.
RECOVERY - The Recovery division incurs cost of revenues relating to the purchase of hydrocarbon products, purchasing and receiving costs, inspection, demolition and transporting of metals and other salvage and materials. Cost of revenues also includes broker’s fees, inspection and transportation costs.
Our cost of revenues are affected by changes in various commodity indices, including crude oil, natural gas, #6 oil and metals. For example, if the price for crude oil increases, the cost of solvent additives used in the production of blended oil products, and fuel cost for transportation cost from third party providers will generally increase. Similarly, if the price of crude oil falls, these costs may also decline.
General and Administrative Expenses
Our general and administrative expenses consist primarily of salaries and other employee-related benefits for executive, administrative, legal, financial and information technology personnel, as well as outsourced and professional services, rent, utilities, and related expenses at our headquarters, as well as certain taxes.

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Depreciation and Amortization Expenses
Our depreciation and amortization expenses are primarily related to the property, plant and equipment and intangible assets acquired in connection with the Holdings, E-Source, Omega Refining acquisitions and Warren Ohio Holdings Co., LLC f/k/a Heartland Group Holdings, LLC ("Heartland") asset purchase, described in greater detail above under "Part 1"-"Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations"-"Material Acquisitions".

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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2016 COMPARED TO THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2015
 
Set forth below are our results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015.

 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
 
 
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
$ Change
 
% Change
Revenues
$
14,132,604

 
$
37,684,339

 
$
23,551,735

 
62
 %
Cost of revenues
14,371,128

 
38,008,456

 
23,637,328

 
62
 %
Gross profit (loss)
(238,524
)
 
(324,117
)
 
85,593

 
(26
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses
(exclusive of acquisition related expenses)
5,495,987

 
5,370,028

 
(125,959
)
 
(2
)%
Depreciation and amortization
1,593,584

 
1,556,982

 
(36,602
)
 
(2
)%
Acquisition related expenses
49,376

 
157,678

 
108,302

 
69
 %
Total operating expenses
7,138,947

 
7,084,688

 
(54,259
)
 
(1
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss from operations
(7,377,471
)
 
(7,408,805
)
 
31,334

 
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other income (expense):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Provision for doubtful accounts

 
(2,650,000
)
 
2,650,000

 
100
 %
Other income (loss)
476

 
8

 
468

 
5,850
 %
Gain on change in value of derivative liability
(1,986,320
)
 

 
(1,986,320
)
 
100
 %
Gain (loss) asset sales
9,701,834

 
(70,478
)
 
9,772,312

 
13,866
 %
Gain on futures contracts
55,916

 

 
55,916

 
100
 %
Interest expense
(1,915,492
)
 
(1,531,180
)
 
(384,312
)
 
(25
)%
Total other income (expense)
5,856,414

 
(4,251,650
)
 
10,108,064

 
(238
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss before income tax
(1,521,057
)
 
(11,660,455
)
 
10,139,398

 
(87
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income tax benefit (expense)
117,646

 
(5,306,000
)
 
5,423,646

 
102
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss
$
(1,403,411
)
 
$
(16,966,455
)
 
$
15,563,044

 
92
 %


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Each of our segments’income (loss) from operations during the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 was as follows: 

Three Months Ended
March 31,




Black Oil Segment
2016

2015

$ Change

% Change
Total revenue
$
10,133,494


$
24,913,976


$
(14,780,482
)

(59
)%
Total cost of revenue
11,202,238


27,141,124


15,938,886


59
 %
Gross profit (loss)
(1,068,744
)

(2,227,148
)

1,158,404


52
 %
Reduction in contingent consideration

 

 

 
100
 %
Selling general and administrative expense
4,630,169

 
4,295,805

 
(334,364
)
 
(8
)%
Depreciation and amortization
1,234,895

 
1,213,045

 
(21,850
)
 
(2
)%
Acquisition related expenses
49,376

 
157,678

 
108,302

 
69
 %
Loss from operations
$
(6,983,184
)
 
$
(7,893,676
)
 
$
(910,492
)
 
(12
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Refining Segment











Total revenue
$
2,626,455

 
$
8,266,120


$
(5,639,665
)
 
(68
)%
Total cost of revenue
2,099,665

 
7,305,402


5,205,737

 
71
 %
Gross profit
526,790


960,718


(433,928
)
 
(45
)%
Selling general and administrative expense
568,977

 
685,818

 
116,841

 
17
 %
Depreciation and amortization
234,117

 
219,851

 
(14,266
)
 
100
 %
Income from operations
$
(276,304
)
 
$
55,049

 
$
(331,353
)
 
(602
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Recovery Segment











Total revenue
$
1,372,655

 
$
4,504,243


$
3,131,588

 
70
 %
Total cost of revenue
1,069,225

 
3,561,930


2,492,705

 
70
 %
Gross profit
303,430


942,313


(638,883
)
 
(68
)%
Selling general and administrative expense
296,841

 
388,405

 
(91,564
)
 
(24
)%
Depreciation and amortization
124,572

 
124,086

 
486

 
 %
Income (loss) from operations
$
(117,983
)
 
$
429,822

 
$
(547,805
)
 
127
 %
 

The following schedule separates revenues and gross profit contributed by our recently acquired business entities and operations, Omega Refining and Heartland, during the three month period ending March 31, 2016. The isolated figures are presented in dollars and as a percentage of total consolidated revenue.
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2016
 
Consolidated Results
 
Omega Refining
 
% Contributed by Omega Refining
Total revenue
$
14,132,604

 
$
6,153,253

 
44%
Gross profit (loss)
(238,524
)
 
(917,155
)
 
385%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Consolidated Results
 
Heartland
 
% Contributed by Heartland
Total revenue
14,132,604

 
2,882,301

 
20%
Gross loss
(282,524
)
 
(182,023
)
 
76%
Our revenues and cost of revenues are significantly impacted by fluctuations in commodity prices; decreases in commodity prices typically result in decreases in revenue and cost of revenues. Our gross profit is to a large extent a function of the market discount we are able to obtain in purchasing feedstock, as well as how efficiently management conducts operations.

Total revenues decreased by 62% for the three months ended March 31, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, due to lower commodity prices and volumes during the three months ended March 31, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Total volume decreased 30% largely as a result of not running TCEP during the first quarter of 2016, as well as the impact of not running the Heartland facility due to the fire for the second half of the quarter compared to the same period in 2015. Gross profit increased

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by 26% for the three months ended March 31, 2016 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2015. Prices of our finished products continue to be impacted across the industry by the lower commodity prices. Additionally, our per barrel margin decreased 6% relative to the three months ended March 31, 2015. This decrease was a result of decreased volumes related to our TCEP, Refining and Marketing division, as well as our Heartland facilities, we've seen improvement in our feedstock pricing and finished product values during the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to the same period during 2015. The 62% decrease in cost of revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2016 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2015 is mainly a result of the overall decrease in commodity prices along with the transition to charging for our services versus paying for the feedstocks which has an impact on our cost of revenues.

Our Black Oil division's volume decreased approximately 33% during the three months ended March 31, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. This decrease was due to the decreased amount of volume managed through our TCEP and Heartland facilities which produces a Cutterstock product and base oil respectively. Volumes collected through our H&H Oil and Heartland collection facilities decreased 1% during the three months ended March 31, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Our focus continues to be on growing our own volumes of collected oil and displacing third party oil processed in our facilities.

Overall volumes of product sold decreased 30% for the first quarter of 2016 versus the first quarter of 2015. This is important for our business as it illustrates our reach into the market.

We experienced a 100% decrease in the volume of our TCEP refined product during the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to the same period in 2015. This decrease was a result of strategic decisions that were made during the quarter not to produce our TCEP finished product and to ship the feedstock we would have otherwise used at our TCEP facility to our Marrero facility due to market pricing impacts on the margins of the product produced in the Houston market vs. the Marrero, Louisiana market, in order to keep the volumes up and move lower priced feedstock through the Marrero facility. In addition, commodity prices decreased approximately 53% for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to the same period in 2015. The average posting (U.S. Gulfcoast Residual Fuel No. 6 3%) for the three months ended March 31, 2016 decreased $23.29 per barrel from a three month average of $44.30 for the three months ended March 31, 2015 to $21.01.

Our TCEP technology did not generate any revenues or gross profit during the three months ended March 31, 2016 compared to revenues of $2,257,371 during the three months ended March 31, 2015 with cost of revenues of $2,579,892, producing a gross loss of $322,521.

Overall volume for the Refining and Marketing division decreased 52% during the three months ended March 31, 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015. This division experienced a decrease in production of 78% for its gasoline blendstock for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to the same period in 2015. Our fuel oil cutter volumes decreased 53% for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to the same period in 2015. Our pygas volumes decreased 35% for the three months ended March 31, 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015.

Our Recovery division includes the business operations of Vertex Recovery as well as the business of E-Source (of which we own a 100% interest). Revenues for this division decreased 70% mostly as a result of decreased commodity prices as well as decreased project work during the period at our E-Source division for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to the prior period. Gross profit for the recovery division decreased 68% for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to the same period in 2015. Our volumes increased 115% for the three months ended March 31, 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015. This division through E-Source periodically participates in project work that is not ongoing thus we expect to see fluctuations in revenue and gross profit from this division from period to period.

Overall gross profit increased 26% due to improved charge for oil pricing on the street related to the feedstocks at each of our refineries, as well as the impact of lower production at our Heartland facility which eliminated the amount of feedstock we had to purchase for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to the same period in 2015.

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The following table sets forth the high and low spot prices during the three months ended March 31, 2016 for our key benchmarks.

2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benchmark
 
High
 
Date
 
Low
 
Date
U.S. Gulfcoast No. 2 Waterborne (dollars per gallon)
 
$
1.04

 
January 4
 
$
0.78

 
January 20
U.S. Gulfcoast Unleaded 87 Waterborne (dollars per gallon)
 
$
1.38

 
March 24
 
$
0.89

 
February 9
U.S. Gulfcoast Residual Fuel No. 6 3% (dollars per barrel)
 
$
25.23

 
March 22
 
$
16.24

 
January 19
NYMEX Crude oil (Dollars per barrel)
 
$
41.45

 
March 22
 
$
26.21

 
February 9
Reported in Platt's US Marketscan (Gulf Coast)
 
 
 
 

 
 

The following table sets forth the high and low spot prices during the three months ended March 31, 2015 for our key benchmarks.

2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benchmark
 
High
 
Date
 
Low
 
Date
U.S. Gulfcoast No. 2 Waterborne (dollars per gallon)
 
$
1.88

 
March 3
 
$
1.44

 
January 15
U.S. Gulfcoast Unleaded 87 Waterborne (dollars per gallon)
 
$
1.81

 
February 25
 
$
1.21

 
January 13
U.S. Gulfcoast Residual Fuel No. 6 3% (dollars per barrel)
 
$
52.04

 
February 17
 
$
36.89

 
January 13
NYMEX Crude oil (Dollars per barrel)
 
$
53.53

 
February 17
 
$
43.46

 
March 17
Reported in Platt's US Marketscan (Gulf Coast)
 
 
 
 

 
 

We saw a significant decrease during the first three months of 2016 in each of the benchmark commodities we track compared to the same period in 2015.

Our margins are a function of the difference between what we are able to pay for raw materials and the market prices for the range of products produced. The various petroleum products produced are typically a function of crude oil indices and are quoted on multiple exchanges such as the New York Mercantile Exchange ("NYMEX"). These prices are determined by a global market and can be influenced by many factors, including but not limited to supply/demand, weather, politics, and global/regional inventory levels. As such, we cannot provide any assurances regarding results of operations for any future periods, as numerous factors outside of our control affect the prices paid for raw materials and the prices (for the most part keyed to the NYMEX) that can be charged for such products. Additionally, for the near term, results of operations will be subject to further uncertainty, as the global markets and exchanges, including the NYMEX, continue to experience volatility.

As our competitors bring new technologies to the marketplace, which will likely enable them to obtain higher values for the finished products created through their technologies from purchased black oil feedstock, we anticipate that they will be able to pay more for feedstock due to the additional value received from their finished product (i.e., as their margins increase, they are able to increase the prices they are willing to pay for feedstock). If we are not able to continue to refine and improve our technologies and gain efficiencies in the TCEP technology(which is not currently being operated due to market conditions), our VGO technology through our Marrero facility, and our base oil technology at Heartland we could be negatively impacted by the ability of our competitors to bring new processes to market which compete with our processes, as well as their ability to outbid us for feedstock supplies.

If we are unable to effectively compete with additional technologies brought to market by our competitors, our finished products could be worth less and if our competitors are willing to pay more for feedstock than we are, they could drive up prices, which would cause our revenues to decrease (as described above, our revenues track the spread between the prices we purchase feedstock for and the prices we can sell finished product at), and cause our cost of sales to increase, respectively. Additionally, if we are forced to pay more for feedstock, our cash flows will be negatively impacted and our margins will decrease.

We had total operating expenses of $7,138,947 for the three months ended March 31, 2016 which included minimal acquisition related expenses, compared to $7,084,688 of total operating for the prior year’s period (including $157,678 of acquisition related

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expenses), an increase of $54,259 or 1% from the prior period. This increase is primarily due to an increase of $125,959 in selling, general and administrative expenses as well as an increase of $(36,602) in depreciation and amortization offset by a decrease of $108,302 in acquisition related expenses.

We had a loss from operations of $7,377,471 for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to a loss from operations of $7,408,805 for the three months ended March 31, 2015, an increase in loss from operations of $31,334 or 0% from the prior year’s period. The increase was mainly due to market and operational conditions as well as the additional selling general and administrative expenses associated with new product lines, and acquired operations.

We also had interest expense of $1,915,492 for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to interest expense of $1,531,180 for the three months ended March 31, 2015, an increase in interest expense of $384,312 or 25% from the prior period mainly due to the $1.3 million write off of "Deferred finance costs, net" offset by a reduction in our debt facilities with Goldman Sachs and Midcap as described below.

We had $1,986,320 of loss on change in value of derivative liability for the three months ended March 31, 2016, in connection with a beneficial conversion feature on certain warrants granted in June 2015, as described in greater detail in Note 12 to the unaudited financial statements included herein under "Part I"-"Item 1. Financial Statements".

We had a gain on futures contracts of $55,916 for the three months ended March 31, 2016, we use futures contracts to offset the effects of the market value changes in our hedged items, as well as to avoid significant volatility that might arise due to market exposure in our inventory.

We had a net loss of $1,403,411 for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared to a net loss of $16,966,455 for the three months ended March 31, 2015, a decrease in net loss of $15,563,044 or 92% from the prior period for the reasons described above.

During the three months ended March 31, 2016, the processing costs for our Refining and Marketing division located at KMTEX were $544,528. In addition, we have provided the results of operations for this segment of our business below during the same three month period.
Three Months Ended March 31, 2016
 
Refining and Marketing
Revenues
$
2,626,455

 
 
Income from operations
$
(276,304
)




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Set forth below, we have disclosed a quarter-by-quarter summary of our statements of operations and our quarter by quarter gross profit by segment for the first quarter of 2016, fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2014.

 
Fiscal 2016
 
Fiscal 2015
 
Fiscal 2014

First
 
Fourth
 
Third
 
Second
 
First
 
Fourth
 
Third
 
Second
 
First

Quarter
 
Quarter
 
Quarter
 
Quarter
 
Quarter
 
Quarter
 
Quarter
 
Quarter
 
Quarter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues
$
14,132,604

 
$
20,875,827

 
$
39,262,584

 
$
49,119,711

 
$
37,684,339

 
$
62,572,071

 
$
76,903,516

 
$
72,079,622

 
$
47,349,658

Cost of Revenues
14,371,128

 
20,497,691

 
34,104,949

 
43,635,177

 
38,008,456

 
67,049,736

 
73,761,171

 
63,844,569

 
42,343,633

Gross Profit
(238,524
)
 
378,136

 
5,157,635

 
5,484,534

 
(324,117
)
 
(4,477,665
)
 
3,142,345

 
8,235,053

 
5,006,025

Reduction of contingent liability

 
(6,069,000
)
 

 

 

 
(3,371,836
)
 
(1,876,752
)
 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses
5,495,987

 
6,982,422

 
6,052,764

 
5,641,250

 
5,370,028

 
7,303,475

 
4,706,104

 
4,363,617

 
2,716,349

Depreciation and amortization
1,593,584

 
1,920,416

 
1,597,881

 
1,561,314

 
1,556,982

 
1,296,450