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Trecora Resources Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results
SUGAR LAND, Texas, March 7, 2018 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Copyright (C) 2018 PR Newswire. All rights reserved

Trecora Resources (NYSE: TREC), a leading provider of high purity specialty hydrocarbons and waxes, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.

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"We delivered a solid quarter of financial results highlighted by the continued growth of prime product volume," said Simon Upfill-Brown, President and CEO. "Adjusted EBITDA increased 47.3% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 as increased profits at SHR drove performance. In addition, AMAK delivered positive results in the quarter as a result of the efforts over the past year to upgrade the facilities and improve production operations.

"Although we delivered financially on a company level, Trecora Chemical (TC) results were significantly below expectations. Our new hydrogenation unit continued to struggle to consistently perform at design rates, and therefore custom processing revenues remain below target levels," Upfill-Brown continued. "The market demand for TC's custom processing capabilities and services remains strong with our customers supporting us as we work through the issues. Our full attention is on improving operations and organizational effectiveness.

"As a result, we have recently made changes to the organizational structure at TC. We created and filled a new position, Custom Processing Manager, to focus on custom processing operational improvements. We also streamlined management and empowered strong operational leaders with years of experience in custom processing and plant management to take responsibility for control of production. We believe these changes will ensure that TC is best positioned to realize the full benefits of recent capital projects in 2018 and beyond.

"As a part of this change, Peter Loggenberg, President of TC, is transitioning to a new, strategic role as Chief Sustainability Officer," said Upfill-Brown. "I would like to thank Peter for his contributions including his role in bringing the B Plant on line and his ongoing efforts to build strong and lasting customer relationships at TC. In his new role Peter will focus on business development and growth projects across all of our businesses.

"As reported on February 20, our Advanced Reformer unit at SHR, which was in the final construction and start-up phase, experienced a fire. While there were no injuries, the resulting damage to equipment has delayed the expected commissioning of the unit until third quarter 2018," added Upfill-Brown. "We are working closely with our insurance carrier and expect prompt reimbursement of repair costs above our $1 million deductible minimizing the impact to cash flow. This is a disappointing delay, but I remain confident in the team's ability to safely get the unit up and running and am encouraged by the business prospects of the Advanced Reformer.

"In light of recurring operational challenges, we are announcing today additional organizational changes designed to ensure we have the right expertise and oversight in place as we look to leverage our assets including recent capital projects." Upfill-Brown continued. "First, I will be assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer in addition to my current responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Nicholas Carter, currently our Chairman of the Board, will temporarily take on the responsibilities of Executive Chairman and will support me in driving performance through the end of 2018.

"Furthermore, we have eliminated the position of Vice President of Manufacturing, providing me direct oversight of our manufacturing processes.

"In total, we are confident these organizational changes will ensure the Company is well positioned to leverage our assets and realize the full benefits of recent capital projects in 2018 and beyond.

"We have described 2017 as a transition year, and while we experienced some setbacks and delays in certain capital projects, we withstood Hurricane Harvey with minimal damage due to the extraordinary efforts of our entire team. We believe the progress we have made across all facets of our business positions us for long-term growth and improved profitability in 2018," concluded Upfill-Brown.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Results Total revenue in the fourth quarter was 66.0 million, compared with $54.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of 21.7%. The increase in reported revenue was driven by a 24.3% increase in petrochemical sales volume and a 2.5% increase in the average sales price of petrochemical products compared with the fourth quarter of 2016. The higher average sales price was partially offset by a 14.6% year-over-year increase in the average per-gallon cost of petrochemical feedstock, which is the basis for the formula pricing for about 60% of the Company's petrochemical product sales. Since formula pricing is based upon prior month feedstock averages, sales price increases tend to lag higher feedstock costs resulting in lower profit margins in the period reported.

Gross profit in the fourth quarter was $10.0 million, or 15.1% of total revenues, compared with $7.7 million, or 14.1% of total revenues, in the fourth quarter of 2016. Operating income for the fourth quarter was $4.8 million, compared with operating income of $2.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $14.0 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $0.8 million, or $(0.03) per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2016. Adjusted net income for the quarter was $3.0 million, or $0.12 per share1. Reported net income in the fourth quarter of 2017 reflected equity in earnings of AMAK of $0.9 million or an estimated $0.03 per diluted share on an after-tax basis along with a tax benefit from the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of approximately $10.3 million or an estimated $0.41 per diluted share as compared to equity in losses of AMAK of $3.7 million or an estimated after tax impact of $(0.10) per diluted share in the year-ago period.

Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was $8.5 million, representing a 12.8% margin, compared with Adjusted EBITDA of $5.7 million, representing a 10.6% margin for the same period a year ago.

South Hampton Resources Petrochemical volume in the fourth quarter was 22.8 million gallons, compared with 18.4 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2016. Prime product volume in the fourth quarter of 2017 was 17.1 million gallons, compared with 14.4 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2016. Byproduct volume increased 0.3% sequentially and 44.8% year-over-year, to 5.7 million gallons. These volumes are sold at lower margins than our prime products; however, fourth quarter 2017 by-product margins were higher compared to third quarter 2017 and fourth quarter of 2016.

International volume represented 22.7% of total petrochemical volume during the quarter, up from 17.3% sequentially and on par with 22.7% from the fourth quarter of 2016.

Trecora Chemical TC generated revenues of $8.0 million, essentially unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2016. TC revenue included $5.2 million of wax product sales, down 9.1%, and $2.8 million of custom processing fees, up 22.5%, when compared with the fourth quarter of 2016. Demand for custom processing remains high, and despite some lingering production challenges with certain custom processing orders, we have retained all customer contracts and have implemented changes in people, process and procedures to ensure we deliver on customers' needs.

Al Masane Al Kobra Mining Company (AMAK) Trecora reported equity in earnings of AMAK of approximately $0.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2017.

2017 Full Year Results For the year, Trecora generated total revenue of $245.1 million, compared with revenue of $212.4 million in the prior year.

Gross profit for 2017 was $41.6 million, compared with $39.9 million in 2016. The gross profit margin for the year was 17.0%, compared with 18.8% in 2016.

Net income for the full year of 2017 was $18.0 million, compared with $19.4 million in 2016. Diluted EPS was $0.72, compared with $0.78 in 2016. Net income in 2017 was negatively affected by equity in losses of AMAK of $4.3 million but positively impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by $10.3 million for an estimated combined benefit of $0.28 per diluted share on an after-tax basis. In 2016, net income benefitted from a gain from additional equity issued by AMAK of $3.2 million and a bargain purchase gain on the acquisition of B Plant of $11.5 million offset by equity in losses for AMAK of $1.5 million for an estimated combined benefit of $0.34 per diluted share on an after-tax basis.

Adjusted EBITDA for the full year of 2017 was $31.7 million, compared with $31.0 million in 2016. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 12.9% in 2017, compared with 14.6% in 2016.

South Hampton Resources Petrochemical volume in 2017 was 83.3 million gallons, compared with 76.4 million gallons in 2016. Prime product volume in 2017 was 64.0 million gallons, compared with 58.4 million gallons in 2016. Byproduct volume, which is sold at lower margins, was up 7.8% year-over-year to 19.4 million gallons.

Trecora Chemical TC generated revenues of $34.8 million, up 14.5% from $30.4 million in 2016.

We continued to see strong growth in wax sales both domestically and in export sales to Latin America and Europe and reported an increase in year to date wax sales volume of 4.4% compared to the same period a year ago. In 2016 processing fees included, for the last time, $1.7 million that were recognized for annual equipment non-use fees.

"We have made a significant investment in plant assets that ensure Trecora Resources is well positioned to capitalize on the resurgence of the U.S. chemical market," said Upfill-Brown. "We believe our recent changes in people and processes should ensure we are well positioned to utilize these great assets to meet customer needs, with the goal of doubling our EBITDA run rate by 2022 and delivering strong returns to shareholders."

Earnings Call Tomorrow's conference call and presentation slides will be simulcast live on the Internet, and can be accessed on the investor relations section of the Company's website at http://www.trecora.com or at http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=128457. A replay of the call will also be available through the same link.

To participate via telephone, callers should dial in five to ten minutes prior to the 8:00 am Eastern start time; domestic callers (U.S. and Canada) should call 1-800-281-7973 or 1-323-794-2093 if calling internationally, using the conference ID 8902737. To listen to the playback, please call 1-844-512-2921 if calling within the United States or 1-412-317-6671 if calling internationally. Use pin number 8902737 for the replay.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). We believe certain financial measures, such as EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin and Adjusted Net Income, which are non-GAAP measures, provide users of our financial statements with supplemental information that may be useful in evaluating our operating performance. We believe that such non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with our operating results presented under U.S. GAAP, can be used to better assess our performance from period to period and relative to performance of other companies in our industry, without regard to financing methods, historical cost basis or capital structure. Such non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

These non-GAAP measures have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure in the tables below entitled Reconciliation of Selected GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures.

Forward-Looking Statements Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based upon our belief, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to us. Because such statements are based upon expectations as to future economic performance and are not statements of fact, actual results may differ from those projected. These risks, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in Trecora Resources' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Trecora Resources' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, and the Company's subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to the Company as of the date of this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Trecora Resources (TREC) TREC owns and operates a facility located in southeast Texas, just north of Beaumont, which specializes in high purity hydrocarbons and other petrochemical manufacturing. TREC also owns and operates a leading manufacturer of specialty polyethylene waxes and provider of custom processing services located in the heart of the Petrochemical complex in Pasadena, Texas. In addition, the Company is the original developer and a 33.4% owner of Al Masane Al Kobra Mining Co., a Saudi Arabian joint stock company.

Investor Relations Contact: Jean Young The Piacente Group 212-481-2050 trecora@tpg-ir.com

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