ELGIN, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2021--

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. (Nasdaq: HCCI), a leading provider of parts cleaning, used oil re-refining, and hazardous and non-hazardous waste services primarily focused on small and mid-sized customers, today announced results for the first quarter which ended March 27, 2021.

First Quarter Review

Revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was $105.4 million compared to $107.3 million for the same quarter of 2020, a decrease of 1.8%.

Overall Operating Margin jumped to 24.8% due to strong Oil Business segment results, compared to 18.4% during the first quarter of 2020. Our first quarter corporate SG&A expense was $13.4 million, or 12.8% of revenues, compared to 12.5 million, or 11.6% of revenues, for the first quarter of 2020.

Net income for the first quarter was $9.2 million compared to $5.3 million in the year earlier quarter. Diluted earnings per share was $0.39 compared to $0.23 in the year-ago quarter.

During the first quarter we amended our credit agreement and paid off our $30 million Term A loan. As of the end of the first quarter we had no debt outstanding under our revolving loan and we had $46.7 million of cash on our balance sheet.

President and CEO Brian Recatto commented, "We are very pleased with the level of profitability achieved during the first quarter and realize it would not have been possible without the support of our loyal customers and the unrelenting efforts of our entire team."

Segments

Our Environmental Services segment includes parts cleaning, containerized waste, wastewater and vacuum, antifreeze recycling, and field services. Environmental Services revenue was $69.5 million during the quarter compared to our record performance in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 of $77.5 million. The 10.3% decrease in revenue was mainly due to a large field services project which occurred during the first quarter of 2020 but did not reoccur during the first quarter of fiscal 2021 as well as lingering impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Environmental Services profit before corporate selling, general, and administrative expenses was $16.0 million, or 23.0% of revenue, compared to $18.8 million, or 24.2% of revenue, in the year-ago quarter. The decrease in operating margin was mainly driven by lower revenue, higher disposal and health and welfare costs as well as lower labor cost efficiency.

Recatto commented, "During the first quarter our team continued to make progress in overcoming the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud of the fact that our team worked hard to provide the great service our customers have come to expect while doing so in a safe manner despite the disruptive winter storms which occurred in several parts of the U.S. market."

Our Oil Business segment includes used oil collection activities, re-refining activities, and sales of recycled fuel oil. During the first quarter of fiscal 2021, Oil Business revenues were a first quarter record of $35.9 million, an increase of $6.1 million, or 21%, compared to $29.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. A 20% increase in lubricating base oil revenue was the main driver of the increase along with an increase in used oil collection revenue compared to the prior year quarter. Oil Business segment operating margin increased sharply to a record 28.1% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to 3.1% in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. The higher operating margin compared to the first quarter of 2020 was mainly due to a $0.34 per gallon increase in the spread between the netback (sales price net of freight impact) on our base oil sales and the price paid/charged to our customers for the removal of their used oil.

Recatto commented, "We continued to execute well at our re-refinery during the first quarter which enabled us to produce 12% more base oil volume compared to the prior year quarter. This allowed us to take advantage of favorable base oil pricing conditions and produce record profitability in our Oil Business segment."

COVID-19 Update

During the first quarter of 2021, we continued executing the Company's pandemic response plan to combat the COVID-19 outbreak-induced downturn in our business and remain focused on ensuring the health and safety of all our employees and their families.

Safe Harbor Statement

All references to the “Company,” “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc., and its subsidiaries. This release contains forward-looking statements that are based upon current management expectations. Generally, the words "aim," "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "should," "will be," "will continue," "will likely result," "would" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause our actual results, performance or achievements or industry results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other important factors include, among others: developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting impact on our business and operations, general economic conditions and downturns in the business cycles of automotive repair shops, industrial manufacturing businesses and small businesses in general; increased solvent, fuel and energy costs and volatility, including a drop in the price of crude oil, the selling price of lubricating base oil, solvent, fuel, energy, and commodity costs; our ability to enforce our rights under the FCC Environmental purchase agreement; our ability to pay our debt when due and comply with our debt covenants; our ability to successfully operate our used oil re-refinery and to cost-effectively collect or purchase used oil or generate operating results; increased market supply or decreased demand for base oil; further consolidation and/or declines in the United States automotive repair and manufacturing industries; the impact of extensive environmental, health and safety and employment laws and regulations on our business; legislative or regulatory requirements or changes adversely affecting our business; competition in the industrial and hazardous waste services industries and from other used oil re-refineries; claims and involuntary shutdowns relating to our handling of hazardous substances; the value of our used solvents and oil inventory, which may fluctuate significantly; our ability to expand our non-hazardous programs for parts cleaning; our dependency on key employees; our level of indebtedness, which could affect our ability to fulfill our obligations, impede the implementation of our strategy, and expose us to interest rate risk; the impact of legal proceedings and class action litigation on us and our ability to estimate the cash payments we will make under litigation settlements; our ability to effectively manage our network of branch locations; the control of The Heritage Group over the Company; and the risks identified in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 2, 2021. Given these uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update or revise them or provide reasons why actual results may differ. The information in this release should be read in light of such risks and in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto included elsewhere in this release.

About Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. provides parts cleaning, used oil re-refining, and hazardous and non-hazardous waste services primarily to small and mid-sized customers in the vehicle maintenance sector as well as manufacturers and other industrial businesses. Our service programs include parts cleaning, containerized waste management, used oil collection and re-refining, wastewater and vacuum, waste antifreeze collection, recycling and product sales, and field services. These services help our customers manage their used chemicals and liquid and solid wastes, while also helping to minimize their regulatory burdens. Our customers include businesses involved in vehicle maintenance operations, such as car dealerships, automotive repair shops, and trucking firms, as well as small-to-medium sized manufacturers, such as metal product fabricators and printers, and other industrial businesses. Through our used oil re-refining program during fiscal 2020, we recycled approximately 61 million gallons of used oil into high quality lubricating base oil, and we are a supplier to firms that produce and market finished lubricants. Through our antifreeze program during fiscal 2020 we recycled approximately 3.7 million gallons of spent antifreeze which was used to produce a full line of virgin-quality antifreeze products. Through our parts cleaning program during fiscal 2020 we recycled 4 million gallons of used solvent into virgin-quality solvent to be used again by our customers. Through our containerized waste program during fiscal 2020 we collected 20 tons of regulated waste which was sent for energy recovery. Through our wastewater and vacuum services program during fiscal 2020 we treated approximately 52 million gallons of wastewater. Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. is headquartered in Elgin, Illinois, and operates through 89 branches serving approximately 89,000 customer locations.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call on Wednesday May 5, 2021 at 9:30 AM Central Time, during which management will give a brief presentation focusing on the Company's operations and financial results. Interested parties can listen to the audio webcast available through our company website, http://crystal-clean.com/investor-relations/, and can participate on the call by dialing (833) 772-0398. After dialing the number, you will be required to provide the following passcode before being joined to the conference call: 4669677.

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

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In Thousands, Except Share and Par Value Amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

March 27,

 

January 2,

2021

2021

 

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

46,669

 

 

$

67,575

 

Accounts receivable - net

 

52,614

 

 

48,479

 

Inventory - net

 

25,530

 

 

24,978

 

Assets held for sale

 

2,446

 

 

2,446

 

Other current assets

 

5,574

 

 

8,005

 

Total current assets

 

132,833

 

 

151,483

 

Property, plant and equipment - net

 

154,747

 

 

153,016

 

Right of use assets

 

76,089

 

 

78,942

 

Equipment at customers - net

 

23,930

 

 

23,111

 

Software and intangible assets - net

 

18,484

 

 

19,576

 

Goodwill

 

35,541

 

 

35,541

 

Other assets

 

677

 

 

 

Total assets

 

$

442,301

 

 

$

461,669

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

31,017

 

 

$

29,663

 

Current portion of lease liabilities

 

18,988

 

 

19,198

 

Contract liabilities - net

 

2,235

 

 

1,983

 

Accrued salaries, wages, and benefits

 

5,201

 

 

6,647

 

Taxes payable

 

10,136

 

 

10,592

 

Other current liabilities

 

5,306

 

 

4,918

 

Total current liabilities

 

72,883

 

 

73,001

 

Lease liabilities, net of current portion

 

57,584

 

 

60,294

 

Long-term debt, less current maturities

 

 

 

29,656

 

Deferred income taxes

 

24,517

 

 

21,218

 

Total liabilities

 

$

154,984

 

 

$

184,169

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:

 

 

 

 

Common stock - 26,000,000 shares authorized at $0.01 par value, 23,390,434 and 23,340,700 shares issued and outstanding at March 27, 2021 and January 2, 2021, respectively

 

$

234

 

 

$

233

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

201,758

 

 

201,148

 

Retained earnings

 

85,325

 

 

76,119

 

Total stockholders' equity

 

287,317

 

 

277,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

$

442,301

 

 

$

461,669

 

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In Thousands, Except per Share Amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

First Quarter Ended,

 

 

March 27,

 

March 21,

2021

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

 

 

 

Service revenues

 

$

57,700

 

 

$

63,757

 

Product revenues

 

42,266

 

 

37,722

 

Rental income

 

5,416

 

 

5,785

 

Total revenues

 

$

105,382

 

 

$

107,264

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

Operating costs

 

$

76,771

 

 

$

83,250

 

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

12,188

 

 

11,522

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

3,782

 

 

5,268

 

Other (income) expense - net

 

(108

)

 

272

 

Operating income

 

12,749

 

 

6,952

 

Interest expense – net

 

324

 

 

214

 

Income before income taxes

 

12,425

 

 

6,738

 

Provision for income taxes

 

3,219

 

 

1,447

 

Net income

 

$

9,206

 

 

$

5,291

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per share: basic

 

$

0.39

 

 

$

0.23

 

Net income per share: diluted

 

$

0.39

 

 

$

0.23

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of weighted average shares outstanding: basic

 

23,373

 

 

23,239

 

Number of weighted average shares outstanding: diluted

 

23,509

 

 

23,422

 

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.

Reconciliation of Operating Segment Information

(Unaudited)

First Quarter Ended,

March 27, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate

 

 

Environmental

 

 

 

and

 

 

(thousands)

Services

 

Oil Business

 

Eliminations

 

Consolidated

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service revenues

 

$

53,303

 

$

4,397

 

$

 

 

$

57,700

 

Product revenues

 

10,747

 

31,519

 

 

 

42,266

 

Rental income

 

5,407

 

9

 

 

 

5,416

 

Total revenues

 

$

69,457

 

$

35,925

 

$

 

 

$

105,382

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating costs

 

51,880

 

24,891

 

 

 

76,771

 

Operating depreciation and amortization

 

1,579

 

948

 

 

 

2,527

 

Profit before corporate selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

$

15,998

 

$

10,086

 

$

 

 

$

26,084

 

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

 

 

 

 

12,188

 

 

12,188

 

Depreciation and amortization from SG&A

 

 

 

 

 

1,255

 

 

1,255

 

Total selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

 

 

 

 

$

13,443

 

 

$

13,443

 

Other (income) - net

 

 

 

 

 

(108

)

 

(108

)

Operating income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,749

 

Interest expense – net

 

 

 

 

 

324

 

 

324

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

12,425

 

First Quarter Ended,

March 21, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate

 

 

Environmental

 

 

 

and

 

 

(thousands)

Services

 

Oil Business

 

Eliminations

 

Consolidated

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service revenues

 

$

60,960

 

$

2,797

 

$

 

$

63,757

Product revenues

 

10,728

 

26,994

 

 

37,722

Rental income

 

5,765

 

20

 

 

5,785

Total revenues

 

$

77,453

 

$

29,811

 

$

 

$

107,264

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating costs

 

56,404

 

26,846

 

 

83,250

Operating depreciation and amortization

 

2,271

 

2,055

 

 

4,326

Profit before corporate selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

$

18,778

 

$

910

 

$

 

$

19,688

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

 

 

 

 

11,522

 

11,522

Depreciation and amortization from SG&A

 

 

 

 

 

942

 

942

Total selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

 

 

 

 

$

12,464

 

$

12,464

Other expense - net

 

 

 

 

 

272

 

272

Operating income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,952

Interest expense – net

 

 

 

 

 

214

 

214

Income before income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

6,738

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.

Reconciliation of our Net Income Determined in Accordance with U.S. GAAP to Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation & Amortization (EBITDA) and to Adjusted EBITDA

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter Ended,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(thousands)

 

 

March 27, 2021

 

March 21, 2020

Net income

 

$

9,206

 

$

5,291

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense – net

 

324

 

214

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes

 

3,219

 

1,447

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

3,782

 

5,268

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA (a)

 

 

$

16,531

 

$

12,220

 

 

 

 

 

Non-cash compensation (b)

 

1,218

 

1,070

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA (c)

 

$

17,749

 

$

13,290

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a)

EBITDA represents net income before provision for income taxes, interest income, interest expense, depreciation and amortization. We have presented EBITDA because we consider it an important supplemental measure of our performance and believe it is frequently used by analysts, investors, our lenders, and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. Management uses EBITDA as a measurement tool for evaluating our actual operating performance compared to budget and prior periods. Other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA differently than we do. EBITDA is not a measure of performance under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for net income prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under U.S. GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures, or future requirements, for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;

 

EBITDA does not reflect interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt;

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA does not reflect tax expense or the cash requirements necessary to pay for tax obligations; and

 

Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements.

 

We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our U.S. GAAP results and using EBITDA only as a supplement.

 

 

(b)

Non-cash compensation expenses which are recorded in SG&A.

 

 

(c)

We have presented Adjusted EBITDA because we consider it an important supplemental measure of our performance and believe it may be used by analysts, investors, our lenders, and other interested parties in the evaluation of our performance. Other companies in our industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of performance under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for net income prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under U.S. GAAP.

 

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

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA ILLINOIS

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: OIL/GAS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT OTHER AUTOMOTIVE AUTOMOTIVE

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