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Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. Announces Record First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

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

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."


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,, 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.

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                                                                                                                                  Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.
                                                                                                                              Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                                                                                                       (In Thousands, Except Share and Par Value Amounts)
                                                                                                                                                                         March 27,                             January 2,
                                                                                    2021                                                                                            2021                         2021                         2021                         2021
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- ----------------------------------   -------------------- ----------------------------------
Current assets:                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                              $        46,669     $        67,575  
   Cash and cash equivalents
                                                                                                                                                                                       52,614              48,479  
   Accounts receivable - net
                                                                                                                                                                                       25,530              24,978  
   Inventory - net
                                                                                                                                                                                        2,446               2,446  
   Assets held for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                        5,574               8,005  
   Other current assets
                                                                                                                                                                                                 --------------  --------------------                      --------------  --------------------
Total current assets                                                                                                                                                                  132,833             151,483  
                                                                                                                                                                                      154,747             153,016  
   Property, plant and equipment - net
                                                                                                                                                                                       76,089              78,942  
   Right of use assets
                                                                                                                                                                                       23,930              23,111  
   Equipment at customers - net
                                                                                                                                                                                       18,484              19,576  
   Software and intangible assets - net
                                                                                                                                                                                       35,541              35,541  
                                                                                                                                                                                          677      --  
   Other assets
                                                                                                                                                                                                 --------------  --------------------                      --------------  --------------------
Total assets                                                                                                                                                                  $       442,301     $       461,669  
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ======= ======= ====================                      ======= ======= ====================
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                                                                                                                                               
Current liabilities:                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                              $        31,017     $        29,663  
   Accounts payable
                                                                                                                                                                                       18,988              19,198  
   Current portion of lease liabilities
                                                                                                                                                                                        2,235               1,983  
   Contract liabilities - net
                                                                                                                                                                                        5,201               6,647  
   Accrued salaries, wages, and benefits
                                                                                                                                                                                       10,136              10,592  
   Taxes payable
                                                                                                                                                                                        5,306               4,918  
   Other current liabilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                 --------------  --------------------                      --------------  --------------------
Total current liabilities                                                                                                                                                              72,883              73,001  
                                                                                                                                                                                       57,584              60,294  
   Lease liabilities, net of current portion
                                                                                                                                                                               --              29,656  
   Long-term debt, less current maturities
                                                                                                                                                                                       24,517              21,218  
   Deferred income taxes
                                                                                                                                                                                                 --------------  --------------------                      --------------  --------------------
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  
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ----------------------------------                        ----------------------------------
                                                                     Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.
                                                              Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
                                                               (In Thousands, Except per Share Amounts)
                                                                        First Quarter Ended,
                                                  March 27,                             March 21,
                        2021                                 2021                         2021                                  2020
---------------------------------------------------- -------------------- ---------------------------------                        ---------------------------------
                                                       $       57,700     $       63,757  
   Service revenues
                                                               42,266             37,722  
   Product revenues
                                                                5,416              5,785  
   Rental income
                                                                          -------------  --------------------                      -------------  --------------------
Total revenues                                         $      105,382     $      107,264  
Operating expenses                                                         
                                                       $       76,771     $       83,250  
   Operating costs
                                                               12,188             11,522  
   Selling, general, and administrative expenses
                                                                3,782              5,268  
   Depreciation and amortization
                                                                 (108 )                                 272  
   Other (income) expense - net
                                                                          -------------  --------------------                      -------------  --------------------
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  
                                                                                                                             Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.
                                                                                                                    Reconciliation of Operating Segment Information
                                                                                                                                 First Quarter Ended,
                                                                                                                                    March 27, 2021
                             Environmental                                Environmental         Environmental                                and                               
(thousands)                                                                 Services              Services              Oil Business                       Eliminations                              Consolidated
--------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- --------------------                       --------------------                       -----------------------------------------                        ---------------------------------
                                                                        $              53,303   $               4,397   $       --     $       57,700  
   Service revenues
                                                                                       10,747                  31,519           --             42,266  
   Product revenues
                                                                                        5,407                       9           --              5,416  
   Rental income
                                                                                           --------------------                       --------------------                       ---------------------  --------------------                      -------------  --------------------
Total revenues                                                          $              69,457   $              35,925   $       --     $      105,382  
Operating expenses                                                                                            
                                                                                       51,880                  24,891           --             76,771  
   Operating costs
                                                                                        1,579                     948           --              2,527  
   Operating depreciation and amortization
                                                                                           --------------------                       --------------------                       ---------------------  --------------------                      -------------  --------------------
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  
                                                                                                                                                                                 ---------------------  --------------------                      -------------  --------------------
                                                                                                                 First Quarter Ended,
                                                                                                                    March 21, 2020
                             Environmental                                Environmental         Environmental                       and               
(thousands)                                                                 Services              Services              Oil Business              Eliminations              Consolidated
--------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- --------------------                       --------------------                       ------------------------                       --------------------
                                                                        $              60,960   $               2,797   $          --   $              63,757
   Service revenues
                                                                                       10,728                  26,994              --                  37,722
   Product revenues
                                                                                        5,765                      20              --                   5,785
   Rental income
                                                                                           --------------------                       --------------------                       ------------------------                       --------------------
Total revenues                                                          $              77,453   $              29,811   $          --   $             107,264
Operating expenses                                                                          
                                                                                       56,404                  26,846              --                  83,250
   Operating costs
                                                                                        2,271                   2,055              --                   4,326
   Operating depreciation and amortization
                                                                                           --------------------                       --------------------                       ------------------------                       --------------------
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
                                                                                                                                                                                 ------------------------                       --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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.

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