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March 20, 2014
13:53 EDTVTNRVertex Energy trades at 52-week high after strategic acquisition
Shares of Vertex Energy (VTNR), an environmental services company, are exploding to the upside after announcing last night that it made a strategic acquisition that adds over 80M gallons of re-refining capacity and significantly expands engineering talent and capabilities. WHAT'S NEW: Vertex agreed to acquire certain assets of Omega Holdings related to the re-refining and processing of used motor oil and the distribution of fuel oils and base lubricating oils. The purchase price for the acquisition is $30.75M in cash, 2M shares of Vertex’s common stock, and the assumption of approximately $9.7M in capital leases and other liabilities. 1M shares of stock will be held in escrow to satisfy post-closing obligations, liabilities and indemnities. Vertex CEO Benjamin Cowart stated, "We are pleased by this agreement with Omega Holdings Company as it highlights Vertex's strategy to enhance its footprint and value nationally. Omega represents over 80M gallons of re-refining capacity of use motor oil in the U.S. We expect the acquisition to be accretive immediately. At the completion of this acquisition, we will have a combined re-refining capacity of approximately 110M gallons of Used Motor Oil." PRICE ACTION: Shares of Vertex are up 17% to $4.47 in afternoon trading.
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February 3, 2016
07:14 EDTVTNRVertex Energy sells Nevada facility for $35M to Clean Harbors
Vertex Energy (VTNR) has sold its Nevada re-refinery facility, which is located in Churchill County, to Clean Harbors (CLH) for $35M, of which approximately $14M was immediately used at closing to purchase the facility and equipment previously leased by Vertex Energy in order to facilitate such sale. Benjamin P. Cowart, Chairman and CEO of Vertex Energy, said, "This transaction benefits Vertex Energy in a variety of ways, not the least of which is by strengthening our balance sheet. As we noted in our third quarter Form 10-Q filing and on the conference call that followed, the Churchill County facility had an average carrying cost of $1.5 million per quarter. We eliminate those costs with this transaction. At the end of the third quarter of 2015, our cash and cash equivalents were over $4 million. This sale and related transactions will bring that cash position to more than $10 million. We also used $16 million of sale proceeds to pay down our term debt."

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