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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
___________________
FORM 10-K
(MARK ONE)
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For The Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2021
OR
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 1-33926
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TRECORA RESOURCES
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
75-1256622
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
1650 Hwy 6 S, Suite 190
Sugar Land, TX
(Address of principal executive offices)
77478
(Zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (281) 980-5522
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.10 per shareTRECNew York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
None
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes ☐ No ý
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes ☐ No ý



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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (l) 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 every Interactive Data File required to be submitted 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 such files). Yes ý No ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer", “accelerated filer", “smaller reporting company", and “emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer ☐
Accelerated filer ý
Non-accelerated filer ☐
Smaller reporting company
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report. Yes No ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act.) Yes ☐ No ý
The aggregate market value on June 30, 2021, of the registrant’s voting securities held by non-affiliates was approximately $207 million.
Number of shares of registrant’s Common Stock, par value $0.10 per share, outstanding as of February 18, 2022: 24,834,693.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Certain information required to be furnished pursuant to Part III of this Form 10–K will be set forth in, and will be incorporated by reference from, the registrant’s definitive proxy statement for the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be filed by the registrant with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after the registrant’s fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.


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ITEM 1. Business.
General
Trecora Resources (the “Company" or “TREC”) was incorporated in the State of Delaware in 1967. The Company's principal business activities are the manufacturing of various specialty petrochemicals products and specialty waxes and the provision of custom processing services. Unless the context requires otherwise, references to “we,” “us,” “our,” “TREC,” and the “Company" are intended to mean Trecora Resources and its subsidiaries.
This document includes the following abbreviations:
a.TOCCO – Texas Oil & Chemical Co. II, Inc. – Wholly owned subsidiary of TREC and parent of SHR and TC
b.SHR – South Hampton Resources, Inc. – Specialty Petrochemicals segment and parent of GSPL
c.GSPL – Gulf State Pipe Line Co, Inc. – Pipeline support for the Specialty Petrochemicals segment
d.TC – Trecora Chemical, Inc. – Specialty Waxes segment
e.PEVM – Pioche Ely Valley Mines, Inc. – Inactive mine - 55% ownership (legal dissolution in February 2022)
f.AMAK – Al Masane Al Kobra Mining Company – Discontinued operations (sale completed in September 2020)
Business Segments
We operate in two business segments; the manufacturing of various specialty petrochemicals products and the manufacturing of specialty waxes.
Our Specialty Petrochemicals segment is conducted through SHR, a Texas corporation. SHR owns and operates a specialty petrochemicals facility in Silsbee, Texas which produces high purity hydrocarbons and other petroleum based products including isopentane, normal pentane, isohexane and hexane. These products are used in the production of polyethylene, packaging, polypropylene, expandable polystyrene, poly-iso/urethane foams, crude oil from the Canadian tar sands, and in the catalyst support industry. Our Specialty Petrochemicals products are typically transported to customers by rail car, tank truck, iso-container, and by ship. SHR owns all of the capital stock of GSPL, a Texas corporation, which owns and operates pipelines that connect the SHR facility to a natural gas line, to SHR’s truck and rail loading terminal and to a major petroleum products pipeline owned by an unaffiliated third party. SHR also provides custom processing services at its Silsbee facility.
Our Specialty Waxes segment is conducted through TC, a Texas corporation, located in Pasadena, Texas which produces specialty polyethylene and poly alpha olefin waxes and provides custom processing services. The specialty polyethylene waxes are used in markets from paints and inks to adhesives, coatings, and PVC lubricants. The highly specialized synthetic poly alpha olefin waxes are used in applications such as toner in printers and as additives for candles. These waxes are sold in solid form as pastilles or, for large adhesive companies, in bulk liquid form.
See Note 17 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for more information.
In addition, on September 28, 2020, we completed the final closing of the sale of our ownership interest in AMAK, a Saudi Arabian closed joint stock company, which owned and operated mining assets in Saudi Arabia. Our investment was classified as discontinued operations. See Note 6 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for more information.
Specialty Petrochemicals Operations
SHR’s specialty petrochemicals facility is located in Silsbee, Texas approximately 30 miles north of Beaumont and 90 miles east of Houston. The base SHR facility consists of five operating units which, while interconnected, make distinct products through differing processes: (i) a Penhex Unit; (ii) a Reformer Unit; (iii) a Cyclo-pentane Unit; (iv) an Advanced Reformer unit; and (v) an Isomerization Unit. In addition to the base plant, SHR operates three proprietary chemical production facilities for toll processing customers. The Penhex Unit currently has the permitted capacity to process approximately 11,000 barrels per day of fresh feed. The Reformer Unit, the Advanced Reformer unit, and the Cyclo-Pentane Unit further process streams produced by the Penhex Unit.
The facility generally consists of equipment commonly found in most petrochemical facilities such as fractionation towers and hydrogen treaters, except the facility is adapted to produce specialized products that are high purity and very consistent with precise specifications that are utilized in the petrochemical industry as solvents, additives, blowing agents and cooling agents.
Our present total capacity at our Silsbee facility is 13,000 barrels per day of fresh feed; however, our air permits limit us to a maximum processing rate of 11,000 barrels per day. We also have a 4,000 barrels per day Advanced Reformer unit to increase our capability to upgrade by-products produced from the Penhex Unit and to provide security of hydrogen supply to the plant. We believe we have sufficient pentane capacity to maintain our share of market growth for the foreseeable future.
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The Advanced Reformer, Reformer and Isomerization units are operated as needed to support the Penhex and Cyclo-pentane Units. Consequently, utilization rates of these units are driven by production from the Penhex Unit.
Operating utilization rates are affected by product demand, raw material composition, mechanical integrity, and unforeseen natural occurrences, such as weather events. The nature of the petrochemical process demands periodic shut-downs for decoking and other mechanical repairs.
In support of the specialty petrochemicals operation, we own approximately 100 storage tanks with total capacity approaching 294,000 barrels, and 130 acres of land at the plant site, 70 acres of which are developed. We also own a truck and railroad loading terminal consisting of storage tanks, nine rail spurs, and truck and tank car loading facilities on approximately 63 acres of which 36 acres are developed.
We obtain substantially all our feedstock from a sole supplier. The agreement is primarily a logistics arrangement whereby the supplier buys or contracts for feedstock material and utilizes their tank and pipeline connections to transport into our pipeline. We renewed our contract with this supplier in May 2020 for a period extending through the end of July 2026 with subsequent one year renewals unless canceled by either party with 180 days' notice.
GSPL owns and operates two 8-inch diameter pipelines and five 4-inch diameter pipelines, aggregating approximately 70 miles in length connecting SHR’s facility to (1) a natural gas line, (2) SHR’s truck and rail loading terminal and (3) a major petroleum products pipeline system owned by an unaffiliated third party. All pipelines are operated within Texas Railroad Commission and DOT regulations for maintenance and integrity.
We sell our products predominantly to large domestic and international companies. Products are marketed through continued long term relationships. Our commercial team has historically prided itself on regular visits at customer facilities as well as attendance at various petrochemical conferences throughout the world. We also provide information about our products and services through our website. We utilize both formula and non-formula based pricing depending upon a customer’s requirements and competitive situations. Under formula pricing, the price charged to the customer is primarily based on a formula which includes as a component the average cost of feedstock over the prior month. With this pricing mechanism, product prices move in conjunction with feedstock prices. However, the formulas use an average feedstock price from the prior month. Current formula product sales prices trail current market feedstock prices by approximately 30 days. See additional discussion of concentration of revenue and corresponding receivables as disclosed in Note 3 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Specialty Waxes Operations
TC is a leading manufacturer of specialty waxes and also provides custom processing services from its 27.5 acre plant located in Pasadena, Texas. TC provides custom manufacturing, hydrogenation, distillation, blending, forming and packaging of finished and intermediate products and wax products for coatings, hot melt adhesives and lubricants. Situated near the Houston Ship Channel, the facility allows for easy access to international shipping and direct loading to rail or truck. The location is within reach of major chemical pipelines and on-site access to a steam pipeline and dedicated hydrogen line create a platform for expansion of both wax production capacity and custom processing capabilities. We manufacture a variety of hard, high melting point, low to medium viscosity polyethylene wax products along with a wide range of other waxes and lubricants. These products are used in a variety of applications including: performance additives for hot melt adhesives; penetration and melting point modifiers for paraffin and microcrystalline waxes; lubrication and processing aides for plastics, PVC, rubber, and dry stir-in additives for inks. In oxidized forms, applications also include use in textile emulsions.
TC also provides turnkey custom manufacturing services including quality assurance, transportation and process optimization. The plant has high vacuum distillation capability for the separation of temperature sensitive materials. We have a fully equipped laboratory and pilot plant facility and a highly trained, technically proficient team of engineers and chemists suited to handle the rapid deployment of new custom processes and development of new wax products. TC’s custom manufacturing services provide a range of specialized capabilities to chemical and industrial customers including synthesis, hydrogenation, distillation, forming and propoxylation in addition to a number of other chemical processes.
Mineral Interests
We also owned a 55% ownership interest in an inactive mining corporation, PEVM. In November 2019, PEVM entered into a sales contract to sell all of their assets which include 48 patented and 5 unpatented claims totaling approximately 1,500 acres. The sale was completed on November 11, 2021 and resulted in liquidation of substantially all of PEVM's remaining assets. Proceeds from the sale were used to repay outstanding indebtedness of PEVM owed to the Company. PEVM was legally dissolved on February 16, 2022.
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Environmental, Health and Safety Matters
Our operations are subject to a wide range of environmental laws and regulations at the national, state, and local levels. Our facilities and operations are subject to numerous federal, state and local environmental laws and to other laws regarding health and safety matters (the “Environmental and Health Laws”), many of which provide for certain performance obligations, substantial fines and criminal sanctions for violations. Certain Environmental and Health Laws, such as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), impose strict liability as well as joint and several liability for costs required to remediate and restore sites where hazardous substances, hydrocarbons or solid wastes have been stored or released. We may be required to remediate contaminated properties currently or formerly owned or operated by us or facilities of third parties that received waste generated by our operations regardless of whether such contamination resulted from the conduct of others or from our own actions that were in compliance with all applicable laws at the time those actions were taken.
There can be no assurance that we will not incur material costs or liabilities in complying with such laws or in paying fines or penalties for violation of such laws. While we continue to retain insurance coverage that we believe is appropriate for our operations and adequate to cover foreseeable liabilities, our insurance may not cover all risks and costs of each and every environmental claim made against us, depending on particular circumstances. The Environmental and Health Laws and enforcement policies thereunder have in the past resulted, and could in the future result, in significant compliance expenses, cleanup costs (for our sites or third-party sites where our wastes were disposed of), penalties, or other liabilities relating to the handling, manufacture, use, emission, discharge, release or disposal of hazardous or toxic materials or other pollutants at or from our facilities or the use or disposal of certain of its chemical products. Historically, our subsidiaries have incurred significant expenditures in order to comply with the Environmental and Health Laws and are reasonably expected to do so in the future. Those costs could increase if requirements under these Environmental and Health Laws, or agency policies and/or guidance, change. Should we discontinue the operations of a facility, we will also be obligated to manage certain discharge water outlets and monitor groundwater contaminants at our chemical facilities. Matters pertaining to the environment are discussed in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors, Part II, Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and Notes 2 and 14 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Regarding open regulatory matters, in 1993, during remediation of a small spill area, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) required SHR to drill a well to check for groundwater contamination under the spill area. Two pools of hydrocarbons were discovered to be floating on the groundwater at a depth of approximately 25 feet. One pool is under the site of a former gas processing plant owned and operated by Sinclair, Arco as well as others before its purchase by SHR in 1981. Analysis of the material indicates it entered the ground prior to SHR’s acquisition of the property. The other pool is under the original SHR facility and analysis indicates the material was deposited decades ago. Tests conducted have determined that the hydrocarbons are contained on the property and not migrating in any direction. The recovery is proceeding as planned and is expected to continue for many years until the pools are reduced to acceptable levels. Expenses of recovery and periodic migration testing are being recorded as normal operating expenses. Expenses for future recovery are expected to stabilize and be less per annum than the initial set up cost, although there is no assurance of this. The light hydrocarbon recovered from the former gas plant site is compatible with our normal Penhex feedstock and is accumulated and transferred into the Penhex feedstock tank. The material recovered from under the original SHR site is accumulated and sold as a by-product. We have drilled additional wells periodically to further delineate the boundaries of the pools and to ensure that migration has not taken place. These tests confirmed that no migration of the hydrocarbon pools has occurred. The TCEQ has deemed the current action plan acceptable and reviews the plan on a semi-annual basis.
Human Capital Management
Trecora Resources and its subsidiaries hire and retain employees by offering competitive pay and benefits while motivating our workforce through a number of recognition and bonus programs. We are proud to provide our employees the opportunity to grow and advance as we invest in their training, education and career development.
As of December 31, 2021, we had 247 employees, 10 of whom were corporate management and staff and 237 worked at our plant facilities. We employ regular employees defined as active executive, management, professional, technical and wage employees who work full time or part time for the Company and are covered by our benefit plans and programs. We have not experienced any significant work stoppages, either as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or otherwise.
We are committed to providing market-competitive pay and benefits. All regular employees are eligible for performance-based cash incentive programs. The incentive plan reinforces and rewards individuals for achievement of specific business goals, including safety, profitability and productivity.
We offer comprehensive benefit programs to our employees that provide flexibility of choice through our total rewards framework of pay and recognition, health and wellness, work/life balance, learning and development, and culture and community. We recognize and support the growth and development of our employees and encourage employees to participate in external learning programs.
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Management Actions with regard to COVID-19
We took early action regarding employee well-being in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, implementing comprehensive protocols to protect the health and safety of our employees and contractors. Many of our employees were transitioned to a remote work environment in the early stages of the pandemic and are transitioning back to a flexible work environment. We had no reductions in scheduled hours or reductions in force for any of our employees. We also enhanced our benefits programs to offer expanded supplemental paid leave during quarantine periods and waived employee cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing.
Competition
The specialty petrochemicals and specialty waxes industries are highly competitive. There is competition within the industries and also with other industries in supplying the needs of both industrial and individual consumers. We compete with other firms in the sale or purchase of needed goods and services and employ all methods of competition which are lawful and appropriate for such purposes. See further discussion in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors.
Available Information
We will provide paper copies of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, our current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports, all as filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), free of charge upon written or oral request to Trecora Resources, 1650 Hwy 6 S, Suite 190, Sugar Land, TX 77478, (281) 980-5522. These reports are also available free of charge on our website, www.trecora.com, as soon as reasonably practicable after they are filed electronically with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and can also be accessed by visiting the SEC website at www.sec.gov. SHR also has a website at www.southhamptonr.com, and TC has a website at www.trecchem.com. Any of the aforementioned websites and the information contained on or connected to them are not incorporated by reference herein to the SEC filings.
ITEM 1A. Risk Factors.
We are subject to a variety of risks inherent in the global specialty petrochemicals and specialty waxes businesses. Many of these risk factors are not within our control and could adversely affect our business, results of operations or our financial condition.
Risks Related to our Industry and Operations
We rely on a limited number of customers, including one customer that represented more than 10% of our consolidated revenue in 2021. A significant change in customer relationships or in customer demand for our products could materially adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
We rely on a limited number of customers. Our largest customer, ExxonMobil and its affiliates, represented approximately 13.4%, 15.4%, and 15.0% of our consolidated revenues in 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively. A significant reduction in sales to any of our key customers could materially adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows, and could result from our key customers further diversifying their product sourcing, experiencing financial difficulty or undergoing consolidation.
Our industry is highly competitive, and we may lose market share to other producers of specialty petrochemicals, specialty waxes or other products that can be substituted for our products, which may adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
Our industry is highly competitive, and we face significant competition from both large international producers and from smaller regional competitors. Our competitors may improve their competitive position in our core markets by successfully introducing new products, improving their manufacturing processes or expanding their capacity or manufacturing facilities. Further, some of our competitors benefit from advantageous cost positions that could make it increasingly difficult for us to compete in certain markets. If we are unable to keep pace with our competitors product and manufacturing process innovations, cost position or alternative value proposition, it could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
In addition, we face increased competition from companies that may have greater financial resources and different cost structures, alternative values or strategic goals than us. We have a portfolio of businesses across which we must allocate our available resources, while competing companies may specialize in only certain of our product lines. As a result, we may invest less in certain areas of our business than our competitors, and such competitors may have greater financial, technical and marketing resources available to them. Industry consolidation may also affect competition by creating larger, more homogeneous and stronger competitors in the markets in which we compete, and competitors also may affect our business by entering into exclusive arrangements with existing or potential customers or suppliers. We may have to lower the prices of many of our products and services to stay competitive, while at the same time, trying to maintain or improve revenue and gross margin.
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Loss of key employees, our inability to attract and retain new qualified employees or our inability to keep our employees focused on our strategies and goals could have an adverse impact on our operations.
In order to be successful, we must attract, retain and motivate executives and other key employees including those in managerial, technical, safety, operations, sales and marketing positions. We must also keep employees focused on our strategies and goals. The failure to hire, or loss of, key employees in a competitive industry could have a significant adverse impact on our operations. In addition, an important component of our competitive performance is our ability to operate safely and efficiently, including our ability to manage expenses and minimize the production of low margin products on an on-going basis. This requires continuous management focus, including technological improvements, safe operations, cost control and productivity enhancements. The extent to which we manage these factors will impact our performance relative to competition.
If the availability of our raw materials is limited, we may be unable to produce some of our products in quantities sufficient to meet customer demand or on favorable economic terms, which could have an adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
We use natural gasoline as a raw material in the production our products in the Specialty Petrochemicals segment. We use polyethylene waxes in our Specialty Waxes segment. Suppliers may not be able to meet our raw material requirements and we may not be able to obtain substitute supplies from alternative suppliers in sufficient quantities, on economic terms, or in a timely manner. A lack of timely availability of our raw materials in the quantities we require to produce our products (including as a result of supply chain issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other global economic issues) could result in our inability to meet customer demand and could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
Increases in the costs of our raw materials could have an adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations if those costs cannot be passed onto our customers.
Our results of operations are directly affected by the cost of raw materials. Since the cost of these primary raw materials comprise a significant amount of our total cost of goods sold, the selling prices for our products and therefore our total revenue is impacted by movements in these raw material costs, as well as the cost of other inputs. In the past we have experienced erratic and significant changes in the costs of these raw materials, the cost of which has generally correlated with changes in energy prices, supply and demand factors, and prices for natural gas and crude oil. Moreover, the price of raw materials may also be impacted by other external factors, including uncertainties associated with war, terrorist attacks, weather and natural disasters, health epidemics or pandemics (such as the COVID-19 pandemic), civil unrest, the effects of climate change or political instability, plant or production disruptions, strikes or other labor unrest, breakdown or degradation of transportation infrastructure used in the delivery of raw materials or changes in laws or regulations in any of the countries in which we have significant suppliers. In addition, product mix can have an impact on our overall unit selling prices, since we provide an extensive product offering and therefore experience a wide range of unit selling prices. Because of the significant portion of our cost of goods sold represented by these raw materials, our gross profit margins could be adversely affected by changes in the cost of these raw materials if we are unable to pass the increases on to our customers.
In addition, we utilize both formula and non-formula based pricing, depending on customer requirements and competitive situations. Under formula pricing the price charged to the customer is primarily based on a formula which includes, as a component, the average cost of feedstock over the prior month. With this pricing mechanism, product prices generally move in conjunction with feedstock prices. However, because the formulas use an average feedstock price from the prior month, the movement of product prices will trail feedstock prices, and formula prices may or may not reflect our actual feedstock cost for the month during which the product is actually sold. These timing differences have had and may, in the future, have a negative effect on our cash flow. Any raw materials cost increase that we are not able to pass on to our customers could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.
Due to volatile raw material prices, there can be no assurance that we can continue to recover raw material costs or retain customers in the future. For example, our logistics costs have increased substantially within the past three years, narrowing our profit margins. This may force us to increase our pricing, which could cause customers to consider competitors products, some of which may be available at a lower cost. Significant loss of customers could result in a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
If we are unable to access third-party transportation for our raw materials and finished products, we may not be able to fulfill our obligations to our customers in a timely manner, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
We rely upon transportation provided by third parties (including common carriers, rail companies and trans-ocean cargo companies) to receive raw materials used in the production of our products and to deliver finished products to our customers. While we attempt to offset the risks associated with third-party transportation issues, including by owning and operating a truck fleet to meet certain customer demand as well as managing our supplies of raw materials, such mitigation efforts may not be
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successful. If we are unable to access third-party transportation at economically attractive rates, or at all, or if there is any other significant disruption in the availability of third-party transportation, we may not be able to obtain sufficient quantities of raw materials (on favorable terms, or at all) to match the pace of production and/or we may not be able to fulfill our obligations to our customers in a timely manner, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
Failure to successfully consummate extraordinary transactions, including the integration of other businesses, assets, products or technologies, or realize the financial and strategic goals that were contemplated at the time of any such transaction may adversely affect our future business, results of operations and financial condition.
As part of our business strategy, we from time to time explore possible investments, acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, divestitures, outsourcing transactions and other business combinations (collectively, extraordinary transactions) in order to further our business objectives. To pursue this strategy successfully, we must identify suitable candidates for, and successfully complete, extraordinary transactions, some of which may be large and complex, and manage post-closing issues such as the integration of acquired businesses or employees. The expense and effort incurred in exploring and consummating extraordinary transactions, the time it takes to integrate an acquisition or our failure to integrate businesses successfully, could result in additional and/or unexpected expenses and losses. We also may not be successful in negotiating the terms of any potential extraordinary transactions, conducting thorough due diligence, financing an extraordinary transaction or effectively integrating the acquired business, product or technology into our existing business and operations. Our due diligence may fail to identify all of the problems, liabilities or other shortcomings or challenges of an acquired business, product or technology. Moreover, we may incur significant expenses whether or not a contemplated extraordinary transaction is ultimately consummated.
Additionally, in connection with any extraordinary transaction we consummate, we many not fully realize all of the anticipated synergies and other benefits we expect to achieve (on our expected timeframe, or at all), and we may incur unanticipated expenses, write-downs, impairment charges or unforeseen liabilities that could negatively affect our business, financial condition and results of operations, disrupt relationships with current and new employees, customers and vendors, incur significant debt or have to delay or not proceed with announced transactions. Further, managing extraordinary transactions requires varying levels of management and employee resources, which may divert our attention from other business operations. We may also face additional challenges and costs after the consummation of the transaction, including those related to integrating or restructuring our operations, information management and other technology systems, while carrying on our ongoing business.
Maintenance, expansion and refurbishment of our facilities and the development and implementation of new manufacturing processes involve significant risks which may adversely affect our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
Our facilities require periodic maintenance, upgrading, expansion, refurbishment or improvement. Any unexpected operational or mechanical failure, including failure associated with breakdowns and forced outages, could reduce our facilities production capacity below expected levels which would reduce our revenues and profitability. Unanticipated expenditures associated with maintaining, upgrading, expanding, refurbishing or improving our facilities may also reduce profitability.
If we make any major modifications to our facilities, such modifications likely would result in substantial additional capital expenditures and may prolong the time necessary to bring the facility online. We may also choose to refurbish or upgrade our facilities based on our assessment that such activity will provide adequate financial returns. However, such activities require time for development before commencement of commercial operations, and key assumptions underpinning a decision to make such an investment may prove incorrect, including assumptions regarding construction costs, demand growth and timing which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
Finally, we may not be successful or efficient in developing or implementing new production processes. Innovation in production processes involves significant expense and carries inherent risks, including difficulties in designing and developing new process technologies, development and production timing delays, lower than anticipated manufacturing yields, and product defects. Disruptions in the production process can also result from errors, defects in materials, delays in obtaining or revising operating permits and licenses, returns of product from customers, interruption in our supply of materials or resources and disruptions at our facilities due to accidents, maintenance issues, or unsafe working conditions, all of which could affect the timing of production ramps and yields. Production issues can lead to increased costs and may affect our ability to meet product demand, which could adversely impact our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
There are certain hazards and risks inherent in our operations that could adversely affect those operations and results of operations and financial condition.
As a manufacturer and distributor of diversified chemical products, our business is subject to operating risks inherent in chemical manufacturing, storage, handling and transportation. These risks include, but are not limited to, fires, explosions,
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severe weather and natural disasters, mechanical failure, unscheduled downtime, loss of raw materials or our products, transportation interruptions, remediation, chemical spills, terrorist acts or war, discharges or releases of toxic or hazardous substances or gases. These hazards can cause personal injury and loss of life, severe damage to, or destruction of, property and equipment and environmental contamination. In addition, our suppliers are also subject to similar risks that may adversely impact our production capabilities. A significant limitation on our ability to manufacture products due to disruption of manufacturing operations or related infrastructure could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.
While we adapt our manufacturing and distribution processes and controls to minimize the inherent risk of our operations, to promote workplace safety and to minimize the potential for human error, we cannot completely eliminate the risk of accidental contamination or injury from hazardous or regulated materials, including injury of our employees, individuals who handle our products or goods treated with our products, or others who claim to have been exposed to our products, nor can we completely eliminate the unanticipated interruption or suspension of operations at our facilities due to such events. We may be held liable for significant damages or fines in the event of contamination or injury, and such assessed damages or fines could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial conditions. Our property, business interruption and casualty insurance may not fully insure us against all potential hazards incidental to our business.
Conditions in the global economy may adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
The demand for our products have historically correlated closely with general economic growth rates. The occurrence of recessions or other periods of low or negative growth will typically have a direct adverse impact on our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. Other factors that affect general economic conditions in the world or in a major region, such as changes in population growth rates or periods of civil unrest, weather and national disasters or health epidemics and pandemics also impact the demand for our products. Economic conditions that impair the functioning of financial markets and financial institutions also pose risks to us, including risks to the safety of our financial assets and to the ability of our partners and customers to fulfill their commitments to us.
In addition, the revenue and profitability of our operations have historically been subject to fluctuation, which makes future financial results less predictable. Our revenue, gross margin and profit vary among our products, customer groups and geographic markets. Overall gross margins and profitability in any given period are dependent partially on the product, customer and geographic mix reflected in that periods net revenue. In addition, newer geographic markets may be relatively less profitable due to investments associated with entering those markets and local pricing pressures. Market trends, competitive pressures, increased raw material or shipping costs, regulatory impacts and other factors may result in reductions in revenue or pressure on gross margins of certain segments in a given period which may necessitate adjustments to our operations.
We may be adversely affected by the effects of inflation.
Inflation has the potential to adversely affect our business, results of operations, financial position and liquidity by increasing our overall cost structure, particularly if we are unable to achieve commensurate increases in the prices we charge our customers. The existence of inflation in the economy has the potential to result in higher interest rates and capital costs, supply shortages, increased costs of labor and other similar effects. As a result of inflation, we have experienced and may continue to experience, increases in the costs of feedstocks, labor, materials, and other inputs. Although we may take measures to mitigate the impact of this inflation through pricing actions and efficiency gains, if these measures are not effective our business, results of operations, financial position and liquidity could be materially adversely affected. Even if such measures are effective, there could be a difference between the timing of when these beneficial actions impact our results of operations and when the cost inflation is incurred. Additionally, the pricing actions we take could result in a decrease in market share.
The global outbreak of COVID-19 has had, and may continue to have, an adverse impact on the business, results of operations, financial position, and liquidity of the Company and/or its customers, suppliers, and other counterparties.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused, and may continue to cause, a global slowdown of economic activity, particularly, reduced demand in durable goods markets such as automotive and construction, disruptions in global supply chains, significant economic uncertainty and volatility and disruption of financial markets. The COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on the Company’s operations and financial performance, as well as on the operations and financial performance of many of the Company’s customers and suppliers. Across all of our businesses, we are facing increased operational challenges from the continued need to protect employee health and safety by requiring restrictions on the movement of people, which can cause workplace disruptions, reduced productivity, operational disruptions or shutdowns, and the incurrence of additional costs. Due to the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also experiencing, and may continue experiencing, lower demand and volume for products and services from our customers, as well as potential restrictions or delays on deliveries of key raw materials from our suppliers. See Part II, Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, for additional information on how we have been impacted and the steps we have taken in response.
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Because the severity, magnitude and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences are uncertain, rapidly changing and difficult to predict (including as a result of the emergence of the new variants such as Delta and Omicron), the pandemic’s impact on the Company’s operations and financial performance, as well as its impact on our ability to successfully execute our business strategies and initiatives, remains uncertain and difficult to predict. Additionally, the ultimate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operations and financial performance depends on many factors that are not within our control, including, but not limited, to: governmental, business and individuals’ actions that have been and continue to be taken in response to the pandemic (including restrictions on travel and transport and human capital constraints); the impact of the pandemic and actions taken in response on global and regional economies, travel, and economic activity; the availability of federal, state, local or non-U.S. funding programs; general economic uncertainty in key global markets and financial market volatility; the weakening of demand in certain end markets; prolonged disruption in global logistics channels; inflationary pressure on on cost of good sold and global economic conditions and levels of economic growth; and the pace of recovery as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. We expect that the longer the period of economic and global supply chain and disruption continues, the more material the impact could be on our business operations, financial performance and results of operations, and this could include potential charges, impairments and other adverse financial impacts in future periods.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to adversely affect our operating and financial results, it may also have the effect of heightening many of the other risks described in the risk factors herein, the COVID-19 pandemic may also affect our operating and financial results in a manner that is not presently known to us.
Domestic or international natural disasters or other severe weather events, health epidemics or pandemics or terrorist attacks may disrupt our operations or those of our customers or suppliers, decrease demand for our products or otherwise have an adverse impact on our business.
Chemical related assets, and U.S. corporations such as ours, may be at a greater risk of future terrorist attacks (including both physical attacks and cyber–attacks) than other possible targets in the U.S. Moreover, extraordinary events such as natural disasters, other severe weather events (such as the prolonged period of sub-freezing temperatures and snow across the State of Texas and the region in February 2021 (the “Texas freeze event”)) or global or local health epidemics (such as the COVID-19 pandemic) could result in significant damage to our facilities, the pipeline systems and other infrastructure we rely on and/or disruption of our operations and may negatively affect local economies, including those of our customers or suppliers. The occurrence of such events cannot be predicted, although their occurrence can be expected to continue to adversely impact the economy in general and our specific markets.
The resulting damage from a natural disaster, other severe weather events or terrorist attack could include loss of life, property damage or site closure. Several of our facilities are located in regions where natural disasters and other severe weather events have previously disrupted, and may in the future disrupt, our ability to manufacture and deliver products from certain facilities. Any damage resulting in stoppage or reduction of our facilities’ production capacity could reduce our revenues and any unanticipated capital expenditures to repair such damage (to the extent not covered by our insurance policies) may reduce profitability. Any, or a combination, of these factors could also adversely impact our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
We are exposed to local business risks in different countries, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
Although we do not have production operations and assets outside of the U.S., we do have a global portfolio of customers and thus we are subject to a variety of international market risks including, but not limited to: ongoing instability or changes in a country’s or region’s economic or political conditions, including inflation, recession, interest rate fluctuations, civil unrest and actual or anticipated military or political conflicts; longer accounts receivable cycles and financial instability or credit risk among customers and distributors; trade regulations and procedures and actions affecting production, pricing and marketing of products, including domestic and foreign customs and tariffs or other trade barriers; regulations favoring local contractors or requiring foreign contractors to employ citizens of, or purchase supplies from, a local jurisdiction; local labor conditions and regulations and the geographical dispersion of the workforce; changes in the regulatory or legal environment; differing technology standards or customer requirements; import, export or other business licensing requirements or requirements relating to making foreign direct investments, which could affect our ability to obtain favorable terms for labor and raw materials or lead to penalties or restrictions; data privacy regulations; risk of non-compliance with the sanction laws or U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or similar anti-bribery legislation in other countries by agents or other third-party representatives; risk of nationalization of private enterprises by foreign governments; foreign currency exchange restrictions and fluctuations; the outbreak of global or regional health epidemics or pandemics (such as the COVID-19 pandemic); difficulties associated with repatriating cash generated or held abroad in a tax-efficient manner and changes in tax laws; and fluctuations in freight costs and disruptions in the transportation and shipping infrastructure at important geographic points of exit and entry for our products and shipments.
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Such economic and political uncertainties may materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition or results of operations in ways that cannot be predicted at this time. Although it is impossible to predict the occurrences or consequences of any such events, they could result in a decrease in demand for our products, make it difficult or impossible to deliver products to our customers or to receive raw materials from our suppliers and create delays and inefficiencies in our supply chain. We are also predominantly uninsured for losses and interruptions caused by terrorist acts, conflicts and wars.
Our business, operating results and the value of our common stock could be negatively affected as a result of actions by activist stockholders.
We value constructive input from investors and regularly engage in dialogue with our stockholders regarding strategy and performance. Our board of directors and management team are committed to acting in the best interests of all of our stockholders. There is no assurance that the actions taken by our board of directors and management in seeking to maintain constructive engagement with the Company’s stockholders will be successful. Activist stockholders who disagree with our operations, including the composition of our board of directors, our management team or the Company’s strategic direction, may seek to effect change through various strategies that range from private engagement to publicity campaigns, proxy contests, efforts to force transactions not supported by our board of directors and litigation.
If faced with a proxy contest or other stockholder action or request, we may not be able or willing to respond successfully to the contest, action, or request, which could be significantly disruptive to our business. Even if we are successful, our business and operations could be adversely affected by a proxy contest or activist stockholder action or request because:
responding to proxy contests and other actions or requests by activist stockholders, including responding to, or initiating, litigation as a result of a proxy contest or matters arising from a proxy contest, can be costly and time-consuming, disrupting operations and diverting the attention of management and employees, and can lead to uncertainty among employees, customers, suppliers and investors about the strategic direction of our business;
perceived uncertainties as to the future direction of the Company or its business may make it more difficult to attract and retain customers and skilled employees; and
if individuals are elected to our board of directors with a specific agenda, it may adversely affect our ability to effectively implement our strategic plan in a timely manner and create additional value for our stockholders.
In 2021 and early 2022, we engaged in extensive dialogues with certain activist stockholders. In February 2022, we received notice from Pangaea Ventures, L.P. (“Pangaea”) of its intent to nominate six directors to our board of directors at our 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. We may choose to initiate, or may become subject to, litigation as a result of continued action by Pangaea or further actions by other activist stockholders, which could serve as a distraction to our board of directors, management team and employees and could require us to incur additional costs. Additionally, there can be no assurance that Pangaea or a third party will not pursue litigation and no assurance that if the six persons proposed by Pangaea for election at our 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders are elected, which would constitute a change to a majority of our board of directors, they will not attempt to effect changes to our operations, including to our management team or the strategic direction of our business.
Any activist stockholder contests, actions or requests, or the mere public presence of activist stockholders among our stockholder base, could cause the market price for our common stock to experience periods of significant volatility based on temporary or speculative market perceptions that do not necessarily reflect our business operations.
Delaware law and certain provisions of our organizational documents may make a takeover of our company more difficult.
Provisions of our charter and bylaws may have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a change in control of our company. A change of control could be proposed in the form of a tender offer or takeover proposal that might result in a premium over the market price for our common stock. In addition, these provisions could make it more difficult to bring about a change in the composition of our board of directors, which could result in the entrenchment of current management. For example, our charter and bylaws: require that the number of directors be determined, and provide that any vacancy or new board seat may be filled only by the board; do not permit stockholders to call a special meeting; and establish advance notice requirements for nominations for elections to our board of directors or for proposing matters that can be acted upon by stockholders at stockholder meetings.
Our employment agreements and equity arrangements with our executive officers also contain change in control provisions. Under the terms of these arrangements, the executive officers may be entitled to receive significant cash payments and immediate vesting of equity awards in the event their employment is terminated under certain circumstances in connection with or in certain circumstances following, a “corporate change”. We disclose in proxy statements filed with the SEC potential payments to our named executive officers in connection with such “corporate change.” Certain change of control transactions may also constitute an event of default under our agreements with our creditors and other third parties.
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These arrangements and provisions of our organizational documents and Delaware law may have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing changes of control or changes in management of our company, even if such transactions or changes would have significant benefits for our stockholders. As a result, these provisions could limit the price some investors might be willing to pay in the future for shares of our common stock.
Risks Related to Legal and Regulatory Matters
We are subject to numerous regulations that could require us to modify our current business practices and incur increased costs.
We operate in a highly-regulated industry and are subject to numerous regulations, including customs and international trade laws, export control, data privacy, antitrust laws and zoning and occupancy laws that regulate manufacturers generally and/or govern the importation, promotion and sale of our products, the operation of our facilities, and our relationship with our customers, suppliers and competitors. If these laws or regulations were to change (including as a result of policies that may be adopted by the Biden administration, consistent with its stated environmental policy objectives) or were violated by our management, employees, suppliers, buying agents or trading companies, the costs of certain goods could increase, or we could experience delays in shipments of our goods, be subject to fines or penalties, or suffer reputational harm, which could reduce demand for our products and hurt our business and negatively impact our results of operations. In addition, we face risk associated with trade protection laws, policies and measures and other regulatory requirements affecting trade and investment, including loss or modification of exemptions for taxes and tariffs, imposition of new tariffs and duties and import and export licensing requirements. Finally, changes in federal and state minimum wage laws and other laws relating to employee benefits could cause us to incur additional wage and benefits costs, which could negatively impact our profitability.
Legal requirements are frequently changed and subject to interpretation, and we are unable to predict the ultimate cost of compliance with these requirements or their effects on our operations. We may be required to make significant expenditures or modify our business practices to comply with existing or future laws and regulations, which may increase our costs and materially limit our ability to operate our business.
Adverse results of legal proceedings could materially adversely affect us.
We are subject to and may in the future be subject to a variety of legal proceedings and claims that arise out of the ordinary conduct of our business, including legal proceedings brought in non-U.S. jurisdictions. Results of legal proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty. Irrespective of its merits, litigation may be both lengthy and disruptive to our operations and may cause significant expenditure and diversion of management attention. We may be faced with significant monetary damages or injunctive relief against us that could have an adverse impact on our business and results of operations should we fail to prevail in certain matters.
We expect to continue to incur capital expenditures and operating costs as a result of our compliance with existing and future environmental laws and regulations.
Our industry is subject to extensive laws and evolving regulations related to the protection of the environment. These laws and regulations have tended to become more stringent over time, continue to increase in both number and complexity and affect our operations with respect to, among other things: the discharge of pollutants into the environment; emissions into the atmosphere (including greenhouse gas emissions); and restrictions, liabilities and obligations in connection with storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of hazardous substances and waste. We are also subject to laws and regulations that require us to operate and maintain our facilities to the satisfaction of applicable regulatory authorities.
While we are committed to full compliance with all environmental legal requirements, failure to comply with these laws or regulations, or failure to obtain required permits from applicable regulatory authorities, may expose us to fines, penalties or interruptions in operations. To the extent these capital expenditures or operating costs are not ultimately reflected in the prices of our products and services, or that we are subject to fines, penalties or other interruptions in our operations, our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows may be adversely affected.
The adoption of climate change legislation or regulation could result in increased operating costs and reduced demand for our products.
As a business in the fossil fuel industry, the nature of our operations could make us subject to legislation or regulations affecting the emission of greenhouse gases. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has promulgated (and may in the future promulgate) regulations applicable to projects involving greenhouse gas emissions above a certain threshold, and the U.S. and certain states within the U.S. have enacted, or are considering, limitations on greenhouse gas emissions. Such policies are currently being considered by the Biden administration, which has made the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and reduced dependence on fossil fuel consumption, central policy concerns. Jurisdictions outside the U.S. are also addressing greenhouse gases by legislation or regulation. In addition, efforts have been made and continue to be made at the international level toward the adoption of international treaties or protocols that would address global greenhouse gas emissions. These limitations may
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include the adoption of cap and trade regimes, carbon taxes, restrictive permitting, increased efficiency standards and incentives or mandates for renewable energy. For example, in January 2021, President Biden signed executive orders that represent his administrations first actions to fight climate change, which included an executive order to reenter the Paris Agreement international treaty on climate change that requires member countries to review and progress their intended contributions and set greenhouse gas reduction goals every five years beginning in 2020. The implementation of this treaty and other efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could make our products more expensive, lengthen project implementation times and reduce demand for hydrocarbons, as well as shift hydrocarbon demand toward relatively lower-carbon sources. Such legislation, regulation, treaties or protocols may also increase our compliance costs, such as for monitoring or sequestering emissions.
Risks Related to Technology
Increased information systems security threats and more sophisticated and targeted computer crime could pose a risk to our systems, networks, products and services.
Increased information systems security threats and more sophisticated, targeted computer crime pose a risk to the security of our systems and networks and the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of our data, operations, and communications. While we attempt to mitigate these risks by employing a number of measures, including security measures, employee training, comprehensive monitoring of our networks and systems, upgrading our equipment and software and maintenance of backup and protective systems, if these measures prove inadequate, we could be adversely affected by, among other things, loss or damage of intellectual property, proprietary and confidential information, and communications or customer data, having our business operations interrupted, our supply chain interrupted and increased costs to prevent, respond to, or mitigate these cyber security threats. Any significant disruption or slowdown of our systems could cause customers to cancel orders, result in us being unable to manufacture or deliver products (or cause delays), harm our reputation or cause standard business processes to become inefficient or ineffective, which could adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
If we are not able to continue the technological innovation and successful commercial introduction of new products, our customers may turn to other producers to meet their requirements, which may adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
Our industry and the markets into which we sell our products experience periodic technological change and ongoing product improvements. In addition, our customers may introduce new generations of their own products, adopt new or different risk profiles, or require new technological and increased performance specifications that would require us to develop customized products. Our future growth and profitability will depend on our ability to maintain or enhance technological capabilities, develop and market products and applications that meet changing customer requirements and successfully anticipate or respond to technological changes in a cost effective and timely manner. Our inability to maintain a technological edge, innovate and improve our products could cause a decline in the demand and sales of our products and adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
A failure of our information technology systems, including our enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) system, could adversely effect on our business and results of operations or the effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting.
We rely on sophisticated information technology systems and infrastructure to support our business. Any of these systems may be susceptible to outages due to fire, floods, power loss, telecommunications failures, usage errors by employees, computer viruses, cyber-attacks or other security breaches or similar events. For example, in 2017 we implemented a new ERP system at our specialty petrochemicals facility in order to better manage our business, and we continue to implement additional improvements to the system. ERP implementations are complex and time-consuming projects that involve substantial expenditures on system software and implementation activities over a significant period of time. A failure or prolonged interruption in our information technology systems, including our ERP system, or difficulties encountered in upgrading our systems or implementing new systems that compromises our ability to meet our customers’ needs or impairs our ability to record, process and report accurate information, could adversely affect our financial reporting systems and our ability to produce financial reports, the effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting (including our disclosure controls and procedures), and our business and results of operations.
Risks Related to Financing and Tax
Changes in tax laws or exposure to additional income tax liabilities could affect our future profitability.
Factors that could materially affect our future effective tax rates include but are not limited to: changes in tax laws or the regulatory environment; changes in accounting and tax standards or practices; changes in the composition of operating income by tax jurisdiction; and our operating results before taxes.
We are subject to federal and state income taxes in the United States. Significant judgment is required in determining our provision for income taxes. We believe our tax estimates are reasonable, the final determination of tax audits and any related
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litigation could be materially different to that which is reflected in our Consolidated Financial Statements. Should any tax authority take issue with our estimates, our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows could be adversely affected.
We are subject to examination by federal and state tax authorities. While we regularly assess the likelihood of favorable or unfavorable outcomes resulting from examinations by the IRS and other tax authorities to determine the adequacy of our provision for income taxes, there can be no assurance that the actual outcome resulting from these examinations will not materially adversely affect our financial condition and operating results.
The covenants in the instruments that govern our outstanding indebtedness may limit our operating and financial flexibility.
The covenants in the instruments that govern our outstanding indebtedness limit our ability to, among other things: incur indebtedness and liens; make loans and investments; prepay, redeem or repurchase debt; engage in acquisitions, consolidations, asset dispositions, sale-leaseback transactions and affiliate transactions; change our business; amend some of our debt agreements; and grant negative pledges to other creditors.
In addition, the ARC Agreement (as defined herein) also has financial covenants that require TOCCO to maintain a maximum Consolidated Leverage Ratio and minimum Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio (each as defined in the ARC Agreement). See Note 13 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
A failure by us or our subsidiaries to comply with the covenants and restrictions contained in the agreements governing our indebtedness could result in an event of default under such indebtedness, which could adversely affect our ability to respond to changes in our business and manage our operations. Upon the occurrence of an event of default under any of the agreements governing our indebtedness, the lenders could elect to declare all amounts outstanding to be due and payable and exercise other remedies as set forth in the agreements. Further, an event of default or acceleration of indebtedness under one instrument may constitute an event of default under another instrument. If any of our indebtedness were to be accelerated, there can be no assurance that our assets would be sufficient to repay this indebtedness in full, which could have a material adverse effect on our ability to continue to operate as a going concern.
Our indebtedness could limit cash flow available for our operations and could adversely affect our ability to service debt or obtain additional financing if necessary.
As of December 31, 2021, we had no borrowings outstanding under our revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Facility”) and $42.2 million in borrowings outstanding under our term loan facility (the “Term Loan Facility" and, together with the Revolving Facility, the “Credit Facilities”). Pursuant to the terms of the amended and restated credit agreement (as amended, the “ARC Agreement”) governing the Credit Facilities, we also have the option, at any time, to request an increase to the commitment under the Revolving Facility and/or the Term Loan Facility by an additional amount of up to $50.0 million in the aggregate, subject to lenders acceptance of the increased commitment and other conditions.
Although the agreements governing our existing indebtedness contain restrictions on the incurrence of additional indebtedness, these restrictions are subject to a number of important exceptions, and additional indebtedness that we may incur from time to time to finance projects or for other reasons in compliance with these restrictions could be substantial. If we incur significant additional indebtedness, the related risks that we face could increase.
For example, in May 2020, SHR and TC received loan proceeds in an aggregate principal amount of approximately $6.1 million under the Payment Protection Program (“PPP Loans”) established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (“CARES Act”) and administered by the United States Small Business Administration (the “SBA”). The PPP Loans were eligible for partial or full forgiveness if we complied with the provisions of the CARES Act. In the second half of 2021, the Company was notified of full forgiveness for the PPP Loans, including all accrued interest to the applicable date of forgiveness. Although the PPP Loans have been forgiven in full, the SBA reserves the right to audit any loan under the Paycheck Protection Program and these audits may occur after forgiveness has been granted. In accordance with the CARES Act, all borrowers are required to maintain their PPP loan documentation for six years after the PPP loan was forgiven or repaid in full and to provide that documentation to the SBA upon request. If the SBA were to conduct an audit of the PPP Loans, there can be no guarantee that the results will be favorable in determining that SHR and TC were eligible for full forgiveness of the PPP Loans.
Our current, or any future, indebtedness could: limit our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in the markets in which we compete; place us at a competitive disadvantage relative to our competitors with less indebtedness; limit our ability to reinvest in our business; render us more vulnerable to general adverse economic, regulatory and industry conditions; and require us to dedicate a substantial portion of our cash flow to service our indebtedness.
Our ability to meet our cash requirements, including our debt service obligations, is dependent upon our ability to maintain our operating performance, which will be subject to general economic and competitive conditions and to financial, business and other factors, many of which are beyond our control. We cannot provide assurance that our business will generate sufficient cash flow from operations to fund our cash requirements and debt service obligations.
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To service our current, and any future, indebtedness, we will require a significant amount of cash, which may adversely affect our future results.
Our ability to generate cash depends on many factors beyond our control, and any failure to meet our debt service obligations could harm our business, results of operations and financial condition. Our ability to make payments on and to refinance our indebtedness, and to fund working capital needs and planned capital expenditures, will depend on our ability to generate cash in the future. This, to a certain extent, is subject to general economic, financial, competitive, business, legislative, regulatory and other factors that are beyond our control.
If our business does not generate sufficient cash flow from operations or if future borrowings are not available to us in an amount sufficient to enable us to pay our indebtedness, or to fund our other liquidity needs, we may need to refinance all or a portion of our indebtedness (or otherwise seek amendment or relief from the terms of our indebtedness), on or before the maturity thereof, sell assets, reduce or delay capital investments or seek to raise additional capital, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our operations. We might not generate sufficient cash flow to repay indebtedness as currently anticipated. In addition, we may not be able to effect any of these actions, if necessary, on commercially reasonable terms or at all. Our ability to restructure or refinance our indebtedness, will depend on the condition of the capital markets and our financial condition at such time. Any refinancing of our indebtedness could be at higher interest rates and may require us to comply with more onerous covenants, which could further restrict our business operations. The terms of existing or future debt instruments may limit or prevent us from taking any of these actions. Our inability to generate sufficient cash flow to satisfy our debt service obligations, or to refinance or restructure our obligations on commercially reasonable terms or at all, would have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial conditions.
Our variable rate indebtedness subjects us to interest rate risk, which could cause our debt service obligations to increase significantly.
Borrowings under the Credit Facilities are, and additional borrowings in the future may be, at variable rates of interest that expose us to interest rate risk. If interest rates increase, our debt service obligations on the variable rate indebtedness will increase even though the amount borrowed will remain the same, and our net income and cash flows, including cash available for servicing our indebtedness, will correspondingly decrease. We may in the future enter into, interest rate swaps for our variable rate debt whereby we exchange floating for fixed rate interest payments in order to reduce exposure to interest rate volatility. However, any interest rate swaps into which we enter may not fully mitigate our interest rate risk.
In addition, our variable rate indebtedness may use the London Interbank Offer Rate (“LIBOR”) as a benchmark for establishing the interest rate. The LIBOR has been subject of national, international, and other regulatory guidance and proposals for reform. In July 2017, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) announced that it intends to stop persuading or compelling banks to submit rates for calculation of LIBOR after 2021. On March 5, 2021, the ICE Benchmark Administration, which administers LIBOR, and the FCA announced that all LIBOR settings will either cease to be provided by any administrator, or no longer be representative immediately after December 31, 2021, for all non-U.S. dollar LIBOR settings and one-week and two-month U.S. dollar LIBOR settings, and immediately after June 30, 2023 for the remaining U.S. dollar LIBOR settings (the “LIBOR Announcement”).
These reforms and other pressures may cause LIBOR to disappear entirely or to perform differently than in the past. At this time, no consensus exists as to what rate or rates will become accepted alternatives to LIBOR, although on July 29, 2021, the Alternative Reference Rates Committee, a U.S.-based group convened by the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, formally recommended the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) as its preferred replacement rate for LIBOR. Given the inherent differences between LIBOR and SOFR, or any other alternative benchmark rate that may be established, there are many uncertainties regarding a transition from LIBOR, including but not limited to the need to amend all contracts with LIBOR as the referenced rate and how this will impact the cost of variable rate debt and certain derivative financial instruments, or whether the COVID-19 pandemic will have further effect on LIBOR transition plans. In addition, SOFR or other replacement rates may fail to gain market acceptance. The elimination of LIBOR or any other changes or reforms to the determination or supervision of LIBOR could have an adverse impact on the market value of and/or transferability of any LIBOR-linked securities, loans, and other financial obligations or extensions of credit held by or due to us or on our overall financial condition or results of operations.
US dollar borrowings under the Credit Facilities currently bear interest at variable interest rates that use LIBOR. No modification has been made yet to the Credit Facilities as it pertains to US dollar borrowings as a result of the LIBOR Announcement, though changes will be required in the future. Currently, it is anticipated that the new benchmark for our US dollar borrowings will be one or more SOFR-based rates. The shift to SOFR from LIBOR is complex and may adversely affect our business, results of operations, financial condition liquidity and cash flows. The consequences of these developments cannot be entirely predicted, but could include an increase in our financing costs and our ability to access capital. We do not expect the discontinuation of LIBOR as a reference rate in our debt agreements to have a material adverse effect on our financial position or materially affect our interest expense.
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ITEM 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.
None.
ITEM 2. Properties.
Specialty Petrochemicals Facility
SHR owns and operates a specialty petrochemicals facility located in Silsbee, Texas approximately 30 miles north of Beaumont and 90 miles east of Houston. The base SHR facility consists of five operating units which, while interconnected, make distinct products through differing processes: (i) a Penhex Unit; (ii) a Reformer Unit; (iii) a Cyclo-pentane Unit; (iv) an Advanced Reformer unit; and (v) an Isomerization Unit. In addition to the base plant, SHR operates three proprietary chemical production facilities for toll processing customers. The Reformer Unit, the Advanced Reformer unit, and the Cyclo-Pentane Unit further process streams produced by the Penhex Unit.
Our present total capacity at our Silsbee facility is 13,000 barrels per day of fresh feed; however, our air permits limit us to a maximum processing rate of 11,000 barrels per day. We also have a 4,000 barrels per day Advanced Reformer unit which increases our capability to upgrade by-products produced from the Penhex Unit and provides security of hydrogen supply to the plant.
In support of the Specialty Petrochemicals segment, we own approximately 100 storage tanks with total capacity of approximately 294,000 barrels, and 130 acres of land at the plant site, 70 acres of which are developed. We also own a truck and railroad loading terminal consisting of storage tanks, nine rail spurs, and truck and tank car loading facilities on approximately 63 acres of which 36 acres are developed.
GSPL owns three 8-inch diameter pipelines (of which two are operational) and five 4-inch diameter pipelines, aggregating approximately 70 miles in length connecting SHR’s facility to (1) a natural gas line, (2) SHR’s truck and rail loading terminal and (3) a major petroleum products pipeline system owned by an unaffiliated third party. All pipelines are operated within Texas Railroad Commission and DOT regulations for maintenance and integrity.
Specialty Waxes Facility
TC owns and operates a specialty waxes facility from its 27.5 acre plant site located in Pasadena, Texas. The plant contains several stainless steel reactors ranging in size from 3,300 to 16,000 gallons with overhead condensing systems, two 4,000 gallon glass line reactors, five Sandvik forming belts with pastillating capabilities, five high vacuum wiped film evaporators varying in size from 12 to 20 m2 steel batch column with 10,000 gallon still pot and 20 theoretical stages of structured packing. This plant has the ability to crystallize and recover solids from the crystallization process. There are also three fully equipped, on-site laboratories. With a base product offering of polyethylene waxes, TC is well suited to manage high molecular weight materials that must be managed in the molten state. TC offers pastillating for waxes, polymers and resins, flaking capabilities, as well as solids packaging services.
TC also has a hydrogenation/distillation unit which expands its processing capabilities by providing state-of-the-art distillation and high-pressure hydrogenation capabilities.
Offices
Outside of the facilities that we own, the Company has a leased corporate office in Sugar Land, Texas.
ITEM 3. Legal Proceedings.
The Company is periodically named in legal actions arising from normal business activities. We evaluate the merits of these actions and, if we determine that an unfavorable outcome is probable and can be reasonably estimated, we will establish the necessary reserves. We are not currently involved in legal proceedings that could reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on our business, prospects, financial condition or results of operations. We may become involved in material legal proceedings in the future.
ITEM 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.
Not applicable.
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PART II

ITEM 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters, and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.
Our common stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the symbol “TREC".
As of February 25, 2022, there were approximately 410 recorded holders (including brokers' accounts) of the Company’s common stock. We have not paid any dividends since our inception and have instead deployed earnings to fund the development of our business. Any future determination to pay dividends will be at the discretion of our board of directors and will depend on our financial condition, results of operations, capital expenditure requirements, restrictions contained in current and future financing instruments, and other factors that our board of directors deems relevant. In addition, our ability to pay dividends depends in part on our receipt of cash dividends and distributions from our subsidiaries. The terms of certain of our current debt instruments restrict the ability of our subsidiaries to pay dividends, as may the terms of any of our future debt or preferred securities.
Total Stockholder Return
The following graph compares the cumulative total stockholder return on our common stock against the NYSE Composite Index and the S&P Specialty Chemical Index, for the five years ending December 31, 2021. The graph was constructed on the assumption that $100 was invested in our common stock and each comparative on December 31, 2016, and that any dividends were fully reinvested.
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Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Please see the below table for information regarding repurchases of the Company’s common stock made by the Company during the three months ended December 31, 2021.
Period(a)
Total Number of Shares (or Units) Purchased
(b)
Average Price Paid Per Share (or Unit)
(c)
Total Number of Shares (or Units) Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Plans or Programs(2)
(d)
Approximate Dollar Value of Shares that May Yet Be Purchased Under the Plans or Programs(2)
October 1, 2021 - October 31, 2021— $— — $— 
November 1, 2021 - November 30, 2021791,900 $8.16 791,900 $8,761,104 
December 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
7,500(1)
8.41(1)
— $— 
Total799,400 $8.16 791,900 $8,761,104 
(1) Represents shares of our common stock withheld for satisfaction of tax liabilities of a holder of restricted shares. The value of such shares was calculated based on the closing price of our common stock on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) on the date when the withholding was made.
(2) Represents shares of our common stock purchased on the open market pursuant to the Company’s previously announced repurchase program for up to $20 million of the Company's common stock, which will expire in March 2023 (the “Share Repurchase Program”). The value of such shares was calculated based on the average purchase price of our common stock on the NYSE at the time the purchase was made. Repurchases under the Share Repurchase Program may be made at management's discretion from time to time on the open market, through privately negotiated transactions or through broker-negotiated purchases, in compliance with applicable securities law, including through a 10b5-1 Plan. The Company is not obligated to acquire any specific number of shares of our common stock under the Share Repurchase Program, which may be suspended for periods or discontinued at any time. The timing and the amount of any shares to be repurchased will be determined by management based on an evaluation of market conditions and other factors, including the Company’s stock price.
ITEM 6. [Reserved].
ITEM 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations should be read in conjunction with Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.
Forward Looking Statements
Some of the statements and information contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements regarding the Company’s financial position, business strategy and plans and objectives of the Company’s management for future operations and other statements that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often characterized by the use of words such as “outlook,” “may,” “will,” “can,” “shall,” “should,” “could,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “contemplates,” “proposes,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” “potential,” “continue,” “intend,” or the negative of such terms and other comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions.
Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or our achievements, or industry results, to differ materially from historical results, any future results, or performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, financial results and financial condition and that of our customers, suppliers, and other counterparties; general economic and financial conditions domestically and internationally including the impact of rising inflation; insufficient cash flows from operating activities; our ability to attract and retain key employees; feedstock and product prices; feedstock availability and our ability to access third party transportation; competition; industry cycles; natural disasters or other severe weather events, health epidemics and pandemics (including the COVID-19 pandemic) and terrorist attacks; our ability to consummate extraordinary transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions and other business combinations, and realize the financial and strategic goals of such transactions; technological developments and our ability to maintain, expand and upgrade our facilities; regulatory changes; environmental matters; lawsuits; outstanding debt and other financial and legal obligations; difficulties in obtaining additional financing on favorable conditions, or at all; local business risks in foreign countries, including civil unrest and military or political conflict, local regulatory and legal environments and foreign currency fluctuations; and other risks detailed in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors and this Part II, Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of
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Operations in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in our other filings with the SEC. Many of these risks and uncertainties are currently amplified by and will continue to be amplified by, or in the future may be amplified by, the COVID-19 pandemic and other natural disasters such as severe weather events.
There may be other factors of which we are currently unaware or deem immaterial that may cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. In addition, to the extent any inconsistency or conflict exists between the information included in this report and the information included in our prior releases, reports and other filings with the SEC, the information contained in this report updates and supersedes such information.
Forward-looking statements are based on current plans, estimates, assumptions and projections, and, therefore, you should not place undue reliance on them. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.
Overview
The following discussion and analysis of our financial results, as well as the accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes to Consolidated Financial Statements to which they refer, are the responsibility of our management. Our accounting and financial reporting fairly reflect our business model which is based on the manufacturing and marketing of specialty petrochemicals products and waxes and providing custom manufacturing services.
Our preferred supplier position into the specialty petrochemicals market is derived from the combination of our reputation as a reliable supplier established over many years, the very high purity of our products, and a focused approach to customer service. In specialty waxes, we are able to deliver to our customers a product performance and price point that we believe is unique to our market; while the diversity of our custom processing assets and capabilities offers solutions to our customers that we believe are uncommon along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The specialty waxes business also delivers environmental circularity by using proprietary technology to convert waste products generated by suppliers' polyethylene production to high value solutions for our customers.
Enabling our success in these businesses is a commitment to operational excellence which establishes a culture that prioritizes the safety of our employees and communities in which we operate, the integrity of our assets and regulatory compliance. This commitment drives a change to an emphasis on forward-looking, leading-indicators of our results and proactive steps to continuously improve our performance. We bring the same commitment to excellence to our commercial activities where we focus on the value proposition to our customers while understanding opportunities to maximize our value capture through service and product differentiation, supply chain and operating cost efficiencies and diversified supply options. We believe our focus on execution, meeting the needs of our customers, and growing our business while maintaining prudent control of our costs, will significantly contribute to enhanced stockholder value.
Business Environment and Risk Assessment
We continue to monitor the progression of COVID-19 and the recommended measures to curb the spread of the virus. Our guiding principle is, and has always been, the protection of our people and the communities in which we work, as well as maintaining the overall integrity of our assets. While the majority of our workforce has transitioned to a flexible work environment, we are continuing to follow the orders and guidance of federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as we maintain our own stringent protocols in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect the health of our employees, customers, and suppliers as well as the communities in which we work. Since the start of 2021, we have encouraged our workforce to receive vaccinations against COVID-19. However, new variants, particularly the Omicron and Delta variants, have engendered a resurgence of the virus in many regions. In the midst of changing conditions, we have nevertheless been able to continue to manage our business with minimal impact as we have throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout 2021, we have seen a continued resurgence of demand due to the ongoing recovery of our business and the economy as a whole from the COVID-19 pandemic, which we expect to continue into 2022. However, numerous uncertainties remain regarding the potential future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (including how the impact of the pandemic on our business and results of operations may change from quarter to quarter), including uncertainties related to the severity of the disease and the emergence of new variants, the continued duration of the pandemic, additional actions that may be taken by governmental authorities and other unintended consequences.
Our management will continue to actively monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our business, results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, suppliers, industry, investments, and workforce. We do not currently anticipate any material impairments, with respect to intangible assets, long–lived assets, or right of use assets, increases in allowances for credit losses from our customers, restructuring charges, other expenses, or changes in accounting judgments to have a material impact on our Consolidated Financial Statements.
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To date, our plants have continued to operate as normal, and the majority of our supply chain has remained intact, with adequate availability of raw materials. Although there have been some disruptions in global logistics channels, we have not experienced significant delays in fulfillment of customer orders. Inflation has negatively impacted our input costs, including those associated with logistics, over the course of 2021 and we are attempting to recover as much of these costs from customers as possible.
In February 2021, there was a prolonged period of sub-freezing temperatures and snow across the State of Texas and the region. This Texas freeze event resulted in significant negative impacts not only to our business but also to our customers along the Gulf Coast. As previously disclosed, we had an estimated negative impact to Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $3.5 million.
We believe we are well-positioned to participate in the U.S. chemical industry growth driven by new investments and overall economic growth. While petrochemical prices are volatile on a short-term basis and depend on the demand of our customers' products, our investment decisions are based on our long-term business outlook using a disciplined approach in selecting and pursuing the most attractive investment opportunities.
Specialty Petrochemicals Segment
SHR’s specialty petrochemicals revenues and volumes increased in 2021 compared to 2020 due to the continued economic recovery following the pandemic downturn. Product sales revenue increased 36.7% driven by significant price increases in our feedstock. Product prices were higher in 2021 compared to 2020 as we passed along price increases resulting from higher feedstock costs. During 2021, SHR continued to emphasize our competitive advantages achieved through our high quality products and outstanding customer service and responsiveness. We also continued to make strides in improving safety and plant reliability.
During 2021, natural gasoline feedstock costs were approximately 82% higher than 2020, reflecting higher crude oil prices. Approximately 68% of our prime products are sold under formula pricing whereby feedstock price is passed along to the customer typically with a one month lag. Rising feedstock costs throughout 2021 continued to cause a narrowing of margins in 2021, similar to what we saw in the second half of 2020. Our by-product margins improved compared to 2020 due to higher by-product component prices.
Specialty Waxes Segment
Sales revenues for our specialty waxes business was relatively flat in 2021 as compared to 2020 as we had slightly lower wax product revenues and higher custom processing revenues. Wax sales volumes were depressed due to extended disruptions to feed supply and production limitations at our Pasadena facility in the first quarter of 2021 resulting from the Texas freeze event. Our wax feed is based on certain by-products produced as a result of polyethylene production at major polyethylene producers' facilities on the US Gulf Coast. Our wax feed supply was negatively impacted by producers' plant shut downs during the Texas freeze event.
Our Specialty Waxes products are used in a variety of applications including: performance additives for hot melt adhesives; penetration and melting point modifiers for paraffin and microcrystalline waxes; lubrication and processing aides for plastics, PVC, rubber, and dry stir-in additives for inks. In oxidized forms, applications also include use in textile emulsions.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We include in this Annual Report on Form 10-K the non-GAAP financial measures of EBITDA from continuing operations and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations and provide reconciliations from our most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to those measures.
We believe these financial measures provide users of our financial statements with supplemental information that may be useful in evaluating our operating performance. We also believe that such non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with our operating results presented under 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. These measures are not measures of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, analysis of our results under GAAP.
We define EBITDA from continuing operations as net income (loss) from continuing operations plus interest expense, income tax expense (benefit), and depreciation and amortization. In the third quarter of 2021, we redefined our non-GAAP measure Adjusted EBITDA to also exclude costs for professional services associated with M&A and strategic initiatives. We define Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations as EBITDA from continuing operations net of the impact of items we do not consider indicative of our ongoing operating performance, including share-based compensation, gains or losses on disposal of assets, gains or losses on extinguishment of debt and costs for professional services associated with M&A and strategic initiatives. The historical presentation of Adjusted EBITDA in this Annual Report on Form 10-K has been recast to conform to the revised definition.
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The following table presents a reconciliation of net income (loss), our most directly comparable GAAP financial performance measure for each of the periods presented, to EBITDA from continuing operations and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations.
20212020201920182017
Net income (loss)$4,963 $31,175 $(14,974)$(2,332)$18,009 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax— 26,209 (2,090)(604)(3,503)
Income (loss) from continuing operations4,963 4,966 (12,884)(1,728)21,512 
Interest expense1,205 2,491 5,139 4,100 2,931 
Derivative (gains) losses on interest rate swap— — — — (3)
Depreciation and amortization17,297 16,148 16,201 14,358 10,961 
Income tax (benefit) expense*(2,364)(3,963)(3,566)(646)(6,228)
EBITDA from continuing operations21,101 19,642 4,890 16,084 29,173 
Share-based compensation**2,247 1,912 1,319 1,422 2,707 
(Gain) loss on disposal of assets(279)39 680 — — 
Impairment of goodwill and certain intangibles— — 24,152 — — 
(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt(6,123)— — 315 — 
Restructuring and severance expenses— — — 2,347 — 
Professional services associated with M&A and strategic initiatives4,655 558 — — — 
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations$21,601 $22,151 $31,041 $20,168 $31,880 
* The Company estimated current taxable income to be zero and calculated deferred taxes using a statutory rate of 21% based on the enacted tax rate. (See Note 16 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.)
** Reduced to reflect amount included in Restructuring and severance expenses.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Working Capital
Our approximate working capital days are summarized as follows:
December 31, 2021December 31, 2020December 31, 2019
Days sales outstanding in accounts receivable40.5 40.0 37.1 
Days sales outstanding in inventory26.1 20.5 19.2 
Days sales outstanding in accounts payable14.9 22.9 20.6 
Days of working capital51.6 37.7 35.7 
Our days sales outstanding in accounts receivable were relatively flat from 2020 to 2021.
Our days sales outstanding in inventory increased from 2020 to 2021 due to higher inventory values, specifically in our Specialty Petrochemicals segment due to rising feedstock prices.
Our days sales outstanding in accounts payable decreased from 2020 to 2021 due primarily to lower accrued payables in our Specialty Petrochemicals segment.
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Sources and Uses of Cash
Cash and cash equivalents decreased $25.1 million during the year ended December 31, 2021. The change in cash and cash equivalents is summarized as follows:
202120202019
Net cash provided by (used in)(in thousands)
Operating activities$4,375 $25,565 $25,121 
Investing activities(13,298)55,329 (6,031)
Financing activities(16,206)(31,375)(19,680)
Increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents$(25,129)$49,519 $(590)
Cash and cash equivalents30,535 55,664 6,145 
Operating Activities
Operating activities generated cash of $4.4 million during fiscal 2021 as compared with $29.6 million of cash provided during fiscal 2020, excluding operating cash used in discontinued operations of $4.0 million. Net income decreased by $26.2 million while cash provided by operations decreased by $21.2 million from 2020 to 2021. Net income for 2020 included net income from discontinued operations related to the sale of AMAK of $26.2 million, which was not repeated in 2021. Additionally, in 2021, working capital was impacted by the increases in feedstock costs and utilities. In 2020, we converted a significant portion of our deferred tax assets, specifically our net operating losses, to cash by filing NOL carryback claims under the CARES Act.
Operating activities generated cash of $25.6 million during fiscal 2020 as compared with $25.1 million of cash provided during fiscal 2019. Net income increased by $46.1 million while cash provided by operations increased by $0.4 million from 2019 to 2020. Net income for 2020 included net income from discontinued operations related to the sale of AMAK of $26.2 million while net loss for 2019 included a non-cash impairment charge for goodwill and certain intangible assets of $24.2 million.
Investing Activities
Cash used in investing activities during fiscal 2021 was approximately $13.3 million, representing a decrease of approximately $68.6 million compared to fiscal 2020. Included in 2020 was approximately $68.5 million of investing cash provided by discontinued operations. The majority of the funds used in investing activities were for additions of plant, pipeline and equipment of approximately $14.2 million, partially offset by proceeds from the sale of PEVM and gains on disposals of assets.
Cash provided by investing activities during fiscal 2020 was approximately $55.3 million, representing an increase of approximately $61.4 million compared to fiscal 2019. The primary source of the funds provided by investing activities was $68.5 million of proceeds, net of the deposit previously paid, received in connection with the sale of our ownership interest in AMAK, discussed in Note 6 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, offset by additions of plant, pipeline and equipment of approximately $13.4 million.
Financing Activities
Cash used in financing activities during fiscal 2021 was approximately $16.2 million as compared to $31.4 million during fiscal 2020. The primary use of funds in 2021 was the purchase of treasury stock of approximately $11.5 million in value of our common stock pursuant to the Share Repurchase Program, while in 2020 we reduced our debt with a $30 million prepayment toward our Term Loan Facility. We also made scheduled payments of $4.4 million on our Term Loan Facility.
Cash used in financing activities during fiscal 2020 was approximately $31.4 million as compared to $19.7 million during fiscal 2019. In the first quarter of 2020, we drew $20.0 million under our Revolving Facility as a precaution in light of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We also received PPP Loans of $6.1 million to maintain the continuity of our workforce, including maintaining compensation and benefits. Utilizing a portion of the net proceeds from the sale of our investment in AMAK, together with cash on hand, we repaid our outstanding balance on our Revolving Facility of $23 million at the end of the second quarter and further reduced our debt with a $30 million prepayment toward our Term Loan Facility. We also made scheduled payments of $4.4 million on our Term Loan Facility.
Capital Resources and Requirements
Capital expenditures increased $0.8 million, or 6%, from 2020 to 2021. During 2021 we expended approximately $3.8 million on upgrades to the pipeline for GSPL, approximately $1.5 million to replace and upgrade tanks and towers, and $1.1 million on a new consolidated truck entrance resulting in improved security and plant access.
At December 31, 2021, we had $30.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and borrowing availability of approximately $75.0 million on our Revolving Facility. We believe the Company is able to support its operating requirements and capital expenditures through internally generated funds supplemented with cash on our balance sheet and availability under our ARC
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Agreement in both the short-term (i.e., the next 12 months) and the long-term (i.e. beyond the next 12 months). See Note 13 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional discussion regarding credit availability.
Our material cash requirements include the following contractual and other obligations.
Debt. Long-term debt obligations approximate $42.2 million as discussed in Note 13 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Leases. The majority of our approximately $8.7 million of operating lease obligations are for railcars as discussed in Note 9 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Other Purchase Obligations. Purchase obligations of approximately $19.7 million are primarily related to commitments for our undelivered feedstock and capital construction projects as discussed in Note 14 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Results of Operations
Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 includes a discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the year ended December 31, 2019 in Item 7 of Part II, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
Comparison of Years 2021 and 2020
The tables containing financial and operating information set forth below are presented to facilitate the discussion of the results of operations, and should not be considered a substitute for, and should be read in conjunction with, the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Specialty Petrochemicals Segment
20212020Change% Change
(thousands of dollars) 
Specialty Petrochemicals Product Sales$228,293 $167,054 $61,239 36.7 %
Processing5,798 5,296 502 9.5 %
Gross Revenue$234,091 $172,350 $61,741 35.8 %
Volume of Sales (gallons)
Specialty Petrochemicals Products78,236 75,101 3,135 4.2 %
Prime Products65,044 61,650 3,394 5.5 %
By-products13,192 13,451 (259)(1.9)%
Cost of Sales$207,271 $145,166 $62,105 42.8 %
Gross Margin11.5 %15.8 %(4.3)%
Total Operating Expense*77,186 70,224 6,962 9.9 %
Natural Gas Expense*7,189 3,737 3,452 92.4 %
Operating Labor Costs*12,605 16,138 (3,533)(21.9)%
Transportation Costs*22,550 22,181 369 1.7 %
General & Administrative Expense11,809 10,618 1,191 11.2 %
Depreciation**11,183 10,611 572 5.4 %
Adjusted EBITDA25,895 26,398 (503)(1.9)%
Capital Expenditures11,633 11,334 299 2.6 %
*Included in cost of sales
**Includes $10,398 and $9,872 for 2021 and 2020 which is included in cost of sales and operating expenses
Gross Revenue
Gross revenue for the Specialty Petrochemicals segment increased from 2020 to 2021 by approximately 35.8% due to an increase in specialty petrochemicals sales volume and an increase in average selling prices. Increase in selling price was primarily attributable to higher feedstock costs in 2021, which impacts pricing for our formula customers.
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Specialty Petrochemicals Product Sales
Specialty petrochemicals product sales revenue increased 36.7% from 2020 to 2021 due to an increase in total sales volume of 4.2% and an increase in average selling price of 31.2%. Much of the increase in sales volume was due to higher demand as the industry continued to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, primarily driven by higher sales to polyethylene end-use markets. Sales to other end-use markets were also generally stronger compared to 2020, with the exception of oil sands, which has continued to decline. By-product sales volumes declined 1.9% as compared to 2020 as we operated our Advanced Reformer at lower rates to build prime product inventory in preparation for turnaround work early in 2022. By-products are produced as a result of prime product production and their margins are significantly lower than margins for our prime products.
Our average selling price increased primarily because of higher feedstock costs. A large portion of our prime products sales are contracted with pricing formulas which are tied to prior month natural gasoline prices which is our primary feedstock. Average delivered feedstock price for 2021 was approximately 83% higher than 2020 as natural gasoline prices rose with crude oil prices throughout 2021. Additionally, prices for by-products in 2021 were higher than in 2020 due to higher prices for the components in our by-products stream. This also contributed to higher overall selling price.
Foreign sales volume accounted for approximately 18.5% of specialty petrochemicals sales volume and approximately 19.9% of revenue for specialty petrochemicals product sales during 2021 as compared to approximately 23.6% of volume and approximately 25.4% of revenue for specialty petrochemicals product sales during 2020. Excluding oil sands, foreign sales volumes in 2021 were 0.6 million gallons, an increase of approximately 5%, as compared to 2020, primarily due to recovery of customer demand resulting from global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Processing Fees
Processing fees increased approximately 9.5% from 2020 to 2021 primarily due to renegotiated contracts which raised revenues.
Cost of Sales (includes but is not limited to raw materials, total operating expense, natural gas, operating labor and transportation)
Cost of Sales increased 42.8% from 2020 to 2021 due to higher raw material costs, higher operating expense and the increase in sales volume. Our average delivered feedstock cost per gallon increased approximately 83% from 2020 to 2021 mostly tracking the increase in crude oil price. The price of natural gasoline is highly correlated with the price of crude oil. Natural gasoline is the heavier liquid component remaining after ethane, propane and mixed butanes are removed from liquids produced by natural gas wells. The material is a commodity product in the oil/petrochemical markets and generally is readily available.
Total Operating Expense (includes but is not limited to natural gas, operating labor, depreciation, and transportation)
Total Operating Expense increased 9.9% from 2020 to 2021 or approximately $7.0 million. The key driver for the increase was higher natural gas costs.
Natural gas expense increased approximately 92% from 2020 to 2021 primarily due to a increase in the average per unit cost. Consumption was slightly higher than in 2020 primarily due to higher sales volume. The average price per MMBTU for 2021 was higher by approximately 107% from 2020 while volume remained relatively flat.
Gross Margin
Gross margin decreased from 15.8% of gross revenue in 2020 to 11.5% of gross revenue in 2021. The decrease in gross margin was driven by a decrease in margins for prime products offset by an increase in margins for by-products. Prime product margins were reduced due to higher feedstock and operating costs primarily for freight and utilities, while by-product margins increased due to higher component prices.
General and Administrative Expense
General and Administrative costs increased 11.2% from 2020 to 2021 primarily due to higher insurance costs.
Capital Expenditures
Capital expenditures in 2021 decreased 2.6% or approximately $0.3 million from 2020.
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Specialty Waxes Segment
20212020Change% Change
(thousands of dollars)
Product Sales$29,246 $25,321 $3,925 15.5 %
Processing9,353 10,955 (1,602)(14.6)%
Gross Revenue$38,599 $36,276 $2,323 6.4 %
Volume of specialty waxes sales (pounds)35,838 36,387 (549)(1.5)%
Cost of Sales$36,843 $34,782 $2,061 5.9 %
Gross Margin (Loss)4.5 %4.1 %0.4 %
General & Administrative Expense4,653 5,160 (507)(9.8)%
Depreciation and Amortization*6,108 5,522 586 10.6 %
Adjusted EBITDA3,119 1,961 1,158 59.1 %
Capital Expenditures2,519 1,995 524 26.3 %
*Includes $6,017 and $5,428 for 2021 and 2020, respectively, which is included in cost of sales
Product Sales
Product sales revenue increased 15.5% while product sales volume decreased 1.5% from 2020 to 2021. The increase in revenues was primarily driven by higher selling prices as compared to 2020. Polyethylene wax sales saw volume remain flat and revenue from polyethylene wax increased approximately 16.2% as a result of higher sales prices. Average wax sales price increased approximately 17.5% in 2021 compared to 2020.
Processing Fees
Processing fees decreased 14.6% from 2020 to 2021. Processing fees were negatively impacted by the Texas freeze event in February 2021 and reduced customer demand for custom processing services driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cost of Sales
Cost of Sales increased approximately $2.1 million, or 5.9%, from 2020 to 2021. This increase was driven by higher polyethylene wax feed cost.
General and Administrative Expense
General and Administrative costs decreased 9.8% from 2020 to 2021 driven by lower bonus accruals and compensation costs, partially offset by increased insurance costs.
Capital Expenditures
Capital expenditures increased from approximately $2.0 million to $2.5 million or 26.3% from 2020 to 2021, primarily due to restoration costs associated with the damage to pipes and other plant equipment resulting from the Texas freeze event in February 2021.
Corporate Segment
20212020Change%Change
(in thousands)
General & Administrative Expense$14,838 $9,125 $5,713 62.6 %
Corporate expenses increased $5.7 million from 2020 to 2021 primarily due to one-time costs for professional services associated with M&A and strategic initiatives of approximately $4.7 million as well as higher insurance costs.
Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements
In December 2019, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2019-12, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes (ASU 2019-12), which simplifies the accounting for income taxes. This guidance was effective for us in the first quarter of 2021. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.
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Recent Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted
In March 2020, the FASB issued ASU No. 2020–04, Reference Rate Reform (Topic 848): Facilitation of the Effects of Reference Rate Reform on Financial Reporting (ASU 2020-04), which provides guidance to alleviate the burden in accounting for reference rate reform by allowing certain expedients and exceptions in applying generally accepted accounting principles to contracts, hedging relationships, and other transactions impacted by reference rate reform. The provisions of ASU 2020-04 apply only to those transactions that reference LIBOR or another reference rate expected to be discontinued due to reference rate reform. This guidance is effective from March 12, 2020 through December 31, 2022 and adoption is optional. We are currently evaluating the impact of ASU 2020-04 on our Consolidated Financial Statements.
Critical Accounting Estimates
Our Consolidated Financial Statements are based on the selection and application of significant accounting policies. The preparation of Consolidated Financial Statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the reported amounts of net sales, expenses and allocated charges during the reported period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. However, we are not currently aware of any reasonably likely events or circumstances that would result in materially different results.
We believe the following accounting policies and estimates are critical to understanding the financial reporting risks present currently. These matters, and the judgments and uncertainties affecting them, are essential to understanding our reported results. See Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for further information.
Discontinued Operations
Assets that are sold or classified as held for sale are classified as discontinued operations provided that the disposal represents a strategic shift that has (or will have) a major effect on our operations and financial results (e.g., a disposal of a major geographical area, a major line of business, a major equity method investment or other major parts of an entity).
Inventories
For SHR, finished products and feedstock are recorded at the lower of cost, determined on the first-in, first-out method (“FIFO”), or market. For TC, inventory is recorded at the lower of cost or market as follows: (1) raw material cost is calculated using the weighted-average cost method and (2) product inventory cost is calculated using the specific cost method. See Note 5 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for more information.
Revenue recognition
Accounting Policy
Revenue is measured based on a consideration specified in a contract with a customer. The Company recognizes revenue when it satisfies a performance obligation by transferring control over a product or service to a customer. In evaluating when a customer has control of the asset we primarily consider whether the transfer of legal title and physical delivery has occurred, whether the customer has significant risks and rewards of ownership, and whether the customer has accepted delivery and a right to payment exists. Taxes assessed by a governmental authority that are both imposed on and concurrent with a specific revenue-producing transaction, that are collected by the Company from a customer, are excluded from revenue. Shipping and handling costs associated with outbound freight after control over a product has transferred to a customer are accounted for as a fulfillment cost and are included in cost of product sales and processing. The Company does not offer material rights of return or service-type warranties.
Nature of goods and services
The following is a description of principal activities – separated by reportable segments – from which the Company generates its revenue. For more detailed information about reportable segments, disaggregation of revenues, and contract balance disclosures, see Note 17 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Specialty Petrochemicals Segment
The Specialty Petrochemicals segment of the Company produces eight high purity hydrocarbons and other petroleum based products including isopentane, normal pentane, isohexane and hexane. These products are used in the production of polyethylene, packaging, polypropylene, expandable polystyrene, poly-iso/urethane foams, crude oil from the Canadian tar sands, and in the catalyst support industry. SHR’s Specialty Petrochemicals products are typically transported to customers by rail car, tank truck, iso-container and ship.
Product Sales - The Company sells individual (distinct) products to its customers on a stand-alone basis (point-of-sale) without any further integration. There is no significant modification of any one or more products sold to fulfill another promised product or service within any of the Company’s product sale transactions. The amount of consideration received for product
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sales is stated within the executed invoice with the customer. Payment for prime product sales is typically due and collected 30 to 60 days subsequent to point of sale.
Processing Fees - The Company’s services consist of processing customer supplied feedstocks into custom products including, if requested, services for forming, packaging, and arranging shipping. Pursuant to tolling agreements the customer retains title to the feedstocks and processed products. The performance obligation in each tolling agreement transaction is the processing of customer provided feedstocks into custom products and is satisfied over time. The amount of consideration received for product sales is stated within the executed invoice with the customer. Payment is typically due and collected within 30 days subsequent to point of sale.
Specialty Waxes Segment
The Specialty Waxes segment of the Company manufactures and sells specialty polyethylene and poly alpha olefin waxes and also provides custom processing services for customers.
Product Sales - The Company sells individual (distinct) products to its customers on a stand-alone basis (point-of-sale) without any further integration. There is no significant modification of any one or more products sold to fulfill another promised product or service within any of the Company’s product sale transactions. The amount of consideration received for product sales is stated within the executed invoice with the customer. Payment is typically due and collected within 30 days subsequent to point of sale.
Processing Fees - The Company’s promised services consist of processing customer supplied feedstocks into custom products including, if requested, services for forming, packaging, and arranging shipping. Pursuant to tolling agreements and purchase order arrangements, the customer typically retains title to the feedstocks and processed products. The performance obligation in each tolling agreement transaction and purchase order arrangement is the processing of customer provided feedstocks into custom products and is satisfied over time. The amount of consideration received for product sales is stated within the executed invoice with the customer. Payment is typically due and collected within 30 days subsequent to point of sale.
Long-lived Assets
Long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable from estimated future undiscounted cash flows. If the estimated future undiscounted cash flows are less than the carrying value of the assets, the impairment amount is calculated as the amount by which carrying value exceeds the fair value of the long-lived assets. Our long-lived assets include our specialty petrochemicals facility and our specialty waxes facility.
Our specialty petrochemicals facility and specialty waxes facility are currently our revenue generating assets. The facilities were in full operation at December 31, 2021.
Goodwill and other intangible assets
Goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets are tested for impairment at least annually; however, these tests are performed more frequently when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the asset may be impaired. Impairment exists when carrying value exceeds fair value.
Definite-lived intangible assets are being amortized using discounted estimated future cash flows over the term of the related agreements. We continually evaluate the reasonableness of the useful lives of these assets. Once these assets are fully amortized, they will be removed from the consolidated balance sheets.
See Note 10 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.
Investment in AMAK (Discontinued Operations)
Prior to the completion of the sale of our ownership interest in AMAK, we accounted for our investment in AMAK using the equity method of accounting under which we recorded in income our share of AMAK’s income or loss for each period. The amount recorded was also adjusted to reflect the amortization of certain differences between the basis in our investment in AMAK and our share of the net assets of AMAK as reflected in AMAK’s financial statements. Any proceeds received from or payments made to AMAK were recorded as decreases or increases in the balance of our investment. See Note 6 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Environmental Liabilities
Our operations are subject to the rules and regulations of the TCEQ which inspects the facilities at various times for possible violations relating to air, water and industrial solid waste requirements. As noted in Item 1. Business, evidence of groundwater contamination was discovered at SHR in 1993. The recovery process, initiated in 1998, is proceeding as planned and is expected to continue for many years. See Note 14 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
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Share-Based Compensation
We expense the cost of director and employee services received in exchange for an award of equity instruments based on the grant date fair value of such instruments. For options we use the Black-Sholes model to calculate the fair value of the equity instrument on the grant date. See Note 15 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
Income Taxes
We record deferred tax assets and liabilities to account for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been recognized in our financial statements and our tax returns. We routinely assess our deferred tax assets and reduce such assets by a valuation allowance if we deem it is more likely than not that some portion, or all, of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. In assessing the need for adjustments to existing valuation allowances, we consider all available positive and negative evidence.
We regularly assess and, if required, establish accruals for uncertain tax positions that could result from assessments of additional tax by taxing jurisdictions where we operate. We recognize a tax benefit from an uncertain tax position when it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained upon examination, based on the technical merits of the position. These accruals for uncertain tax positions are subject to a significant amount of judgment and are reviewed and adjusted on a periodic basis in light of changing facts and circumstances considering the progress of ongoing tax audits, court proceedings, changes in applicable tax laws, including tax case rulings and legislative guidance, or expiration of the applicable statute of limitations. See Note 16 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
ITEM 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.
The market risk inherent in our financial instruments represents the potential loss resulting from adverse changes in interest rates, foreign currency rates and commodity prices. Our exposure to interest rate changes results from our variable rate debt instruments which are vulnerable to changes in short term United States prime interest rates. At December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019, we had approximately $43.3 million, $46.6 million, and $83.9 million, respectively, in variable rate debt outstanding, excluding deferred financing costs. A hypothetical 10% change in interest rates underlying these borrowings would result in annual changes in our earnings and cash flows of approximately $0.1 million, $0.1 million, and $0.4 million at December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
We do not view exchange rates exposure as significant and have not acquired or issued any foreign currency derivative financial instruments.
We purchase all of our raw materials, consisting of feedstock and natural gas, on the open market. The cost of these materials is a function of non-formula market oil and gas prices. As a result, our revenues and gross margins could be affected by changes in the price and availability of feedstock and natural gas.
At the end of 2021, market risk for 2022 was estimated as a hypothetical 10% increase in the cost of natural gas and feedstock over the market price prevailing on December 31, 2021. Assuming that 2022 total specialty petrochemicals product sales volumes stay at the same rate as 2021, the 10% market risk increase will result in an increase in the cost of natural gas and feedstock of approximately $14.8 million in fiscal 2022.
ITEM 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.
The Consolidated Financial Statements of the Company and the consolidated financial statement schedules, including the report of our independent registered public accounting firm (Firm ID 5127) thereon, are set forth beginning on Page F-1.
ITEM 9. Changes In and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.
None.
ITEM 9A. Controls and Procedures.
(a)Disclosure Controls and Procedures.
We maintain disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) under the Exchange Act that are designed to provide reasonable assurance that the information that we are required to disclose in the reports we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Office and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. It should be noted that because of inherent limitations, our disclosure controls and procedures, however well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable, and not absolute, assurance that the objective of the disclosure controls and procedures are met.
As required by paragraph (b) of Rules 13a-15 and 15d-15 under the Exchange Act, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as such term is defined in Rules
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13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on such evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded, as of the end of the period covered by this report, that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective at a reasonable assurance level to ensure that the information that we are required to disclose in the reports we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in SEC rules and forms and such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure because of the material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting described below.
(b)Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting.
Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. Our internal control over financial reporting is a process that is designed under the supervision of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, and effected by our Board of Directors, management and other personnel, to provide assurance regarding financial reporting and the preparation of the financial statements for external purposes in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Our internal control of financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that:
Pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of our assets;
Provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, and that receipts and expenditures recorded by us are being made only in accordance with authorizations of our management and Board of Directors; and
Provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of our assets that could have a material effect on our financial statements.
Internal control over financial reporting has inherent limitations. Internal control over financial reporting is a process that involves human diligence and compliance and is subject to lapses in judgment and breakdowns resulting from human failures. Internal control over financial reporting also can be circumvented by collusion or improper management override. Because of such limitations, there is a risk that material misstatements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis by internal control over financial reporting. However, these inherent limitations are known features of the financial reporting process. Therefore, it is possible to design into the process safeguards to reduce, though not eliminate, this risk. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies and procedures may deteriorate.
Management has conducted its evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2021, based upon the framework in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Management’s assessment included an evaluation of the design of our internal control over financial reporting and testing the operating effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting. Management reviewed the results of the assessment with the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Based on its assessment and review with the Audit Committee, management concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31, 2021.
(c)Attestation Report of the Registered Public Accounting Firm.
BKM Sowan Horan, LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, has audited the Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and, as part of their audit, has issued their report, included herein, on the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting.
(d) Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting.
There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the fourth quarter of 2021 that have materially affected, or are reasonable likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting. From time to time, we make changes to our internal control over financial reporting that are intended to enhance its effectiveness and which do not have a material effect on our overall internal control over financial reporting.
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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
To the Board of Directors and
Stockholders of Trecora Resources
Opinion on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
We have audited Trecora Resources’ (the Company’s) internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2021, based on criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). In our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2021, based on criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework (2013) issued by COSO.
We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the balance sheets and the related statements of operations, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows of the Company, and our report dated March 10, 2022, expressed an unqualified opinion.
Basis for Opinion
The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audit also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Definition and Limitations of Internal Control over Financial Reporting
A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.



/s/ BKM Sowan Horan, LLP
Dallas, Texas
March 10, 2022


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ITEM 9B. Other Information.
None.
ITEM 9C. Disclosure Regarding Foreign Jurisdictions That Prevent Inspections.
None.
PART III
ITEM 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.
Incorporated by reference from our Proxy Statement for our 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be filed with the SEC pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after the end of the year ended December 31, 2021.
We have adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that applies to all of the Company’s directors, officers and employees, including its principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer and controller, and to persons performing similar functions. A copy is available on our website at www.trecora.com. We intend to disclose future amendments to our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and any grant of a waiver from a provision of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics requiring disclosure under applicable SEC rules on our website.
ITEM 11. Executive Compensation.
Incorporated by reference from our Proxy Statement for our 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be filed with the SEC pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after the end of the year ended December 31, 2021.
ITEM 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.
Incorporated by reference from our Proxy Statement for our 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be filed with the SEC pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after the end of the year ended December 31, 2021.
ITEM 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.
Incorporated by reference from our Proxy Statement for our 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be filed with the SEC pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after the end of the year ended December 31, 2021.
ITEM 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services.
Incorporated by reference from our Proxy Statement for our 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be filed with the SEC pursuant to Regulation 14A within 120 days after the end of the year ended December 31, 2021.
PART IV
ITEM 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules.
(a) 1. The following financial statements are filed with this Report:
Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Consolidated Balance Sheets dated December 31, 2021 and 2020
Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three years ended December 31, 2021
Consolidated Statement of Stockholders' Equity for the three years ended December 31, 2021
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three years ended December 31, 2021
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
2. The following financial statement schedules are filed with this Report:
Schedule II -- Valuation and Qualifying Accounts for the three years ended December 31, 2021
3. The following documents are filed or incorporated by reference as exhibits to this Report. Exhibits marked with an asterisk (*) are filed herewith. Exhibits marked with a plus sign (+) are management contracts or a compensatory plan, contract or arrangement. The below exhibit marked with a degree sign (°) has been redacted in part, in compliance with Regulation S-K Item 601. The Company agrees to furnish supplementally an unredacted copy of such exhibit to the Securities and Exchange Commission upon its request.
Exhibit
Number
Description
2.1
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Exhibit
Number
Description
2.2
2.3
2.4
3.1
3.2
4.1
10.1+
10.2+
10.3+
10.4+
10.5+
10.6+
10.7+*
10.8+*
10.9+
10.10+
10.11+*
10.12+
10.13+
10.14+
10.15+
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Exhibit
Number
Description
10.16+
10.17
10.18
10.19+
10.20+
10.21°
10.22
10.23
10.24
10.25
10.26
10.27
10.28
10.29
21*
23.1*
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Exhibit
Number
Description
24*
31.1*
31.2*
32*
101.INSXBRL Instance Document
101.SCHXBRL Taxonomy Schema Document
101.CALXBRL Taxonomy Calculation Linkbase Document
101.LABXBRL Taxonomy Label Linkbase Document
101.PREXBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document
101.DEFXBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
104*Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as inline XBRL and included as Exhibit 101)
ITEM 16. Form 10-K Summary.
None.
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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
TRECORA RESOURCES
Dated: March 10, 2022
By:
 /s/ Patrick Quarles
Patrick Quarles
Chief Executive Officer and President
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS that each of the undersigned directors and officers of Trecora Resources hereby constitutes and appoints Patrick Quarles and Sami Ahmad his or her true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, with full power to act alone, to sign any and all amendments to this Report, and to file each such amendment to the Report, with all exhibits thereto, and any and all other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, hereby granting unto said attorney-in-fact and agent full power and authority to do and perform any and all acts and things requisite and necessary to be done in and about the premises as fully to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorney-in-fact and agent may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this Report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant in the capacities indicated on March 10, 2022.
SignatureTitle
/s/ Patrick Quarles
Patrick Quarles
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
(principal executive officer)
/s/ Sami Ahmad
Sami Ahmad
Chief Financial Officer
 (principal financial officer)
/s/ Christopher Groves
Christopher Groves
Corporate Controller
 (principal accounting officer)
/s/ Karen A. Twitchell
Karen A. Twitchell
Chair of the Board and Director
/s/ Gary K. Adams
Gary K. Adams
Director
/s/ Pamela R. Butcher
Pamela R. Butcher
Director
/s/ Nicholas Carter
Nicholas Carter
Director
/s/ Adam C. Peakes
Adam C. Peakes
Director
/s/ Janet S. Roemer
Janet S. Roemer
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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
To the Board of Directors and
Stockholders of Trecora Resources
Opinion on the Consolidated Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Trecora Resources and Subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, and the related consolidated statements of operations, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2021 and the related notes and schedules listed in the index at Item 15(a) (collectively referred to as the “Consolidated Financial Statements”). In our opinion, the Consolidated Financial Statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2021, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2021, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), and our report dated March 10, 2022, expressed an unqualified opinion.
Basis for Opinion
These Consolidated Financial Statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the Consolidated Financial Statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the Consolidated Financial Statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the Consolidated Financial Statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the Consolidated Financial Statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Critical Audit Matter
The critical audit matter communicated below is a matter arising from the current-period audit of the Consolidated Financial Statements that were communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relates to accounts or disclosures that are material to the Consolidated Financial Statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of a critical audit matter does not alter in any way our opinion on the Consolidated Financial Statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matters below, providing a separate audit opinion on the critical audit matter or on the accounts or disclosures to which it relates.
Recoverability of the Specialty Waxes segment long-lived assets
The Company’s Specialty Waxes segment has total assets of $79.9 million, including Net Plant, Pipeline, and Equipment of $58.1 million and Net Intangibles Assets of $11.1 million. The Company considers the Specialty Waxes segment to be a single long lived asset group. A long-lived asset (asset group) shall be tested for recoverability whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that it’s carrying amount may not be recoverable. For the year ended December 31, 2021, the Specialty Waxes segment had a net loss of $0.8 million.
We identified the recoverability of the Specialty Waxes segment long-lived assets as a critical audit matter because of the significant estimates and assumptions management used in the undiscounted cash flow analysis. Performing audit procedures to evaluate the reasonableness of these estimates and assumptions required a high degree of auditor judgment and an increased extent of effort.
How the Critical Audit Matter Was Addressed in the Audit
Our audit procedures related to the following:
We obtained an understanding and evaluated the design of internal controls over management’s evaluation of the recoverability of long-lived assets based on the Company’s undiscounted cash flows analysis.
We evaluated management’s ability to forecast future sales, gross profit and future capital needs by comparing actual results to management’s historical forecasts.
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We evaluated the reasonableness of significant assumptions in the undiscounted cash flow analysis, including future sales, operating costs, gross profit, and capitalization rates. In addition, we tested the mathematical accuracy of the undiscounted cash flows analysis.
We evaluated whether the assumptions were consistent with evidence obtained in other areas of the audit.


/s/ BKM Sowan Horan, LLP
We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2010.
Dallas, Texas
March 10, 2022
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TRECORA RESOURCES AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
December 31,
20212020
(thousands of dollars)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents$30,535 $55,664 
Trade receivables, net (Note 4)32,811 25,301 
Inventories (Note 5)21,134 12,945 
Prepaid expenses and other assets (Note 7)4,313 9,198 
Taxes receivable 2,788 
Total current assets88,793 105,896 
PLANT, PIPELINE, AND EQUIPMENT, NET (Note 8)185,521 187,104 
OPERATING LEASE ASSETS, NET (Note 9)8,170 10,528 
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET (Note 10)11,056 12,893 
MINERAL PROPERTIES (Note 11) 412 
TOTAL ASSETS$293,540 $316,833 
LIABILITIES
 CURRENT LIABILITIES
Accounts payable$12,075 $14,447 
Accrued liabilities (Note 12)5,873 6,857 
Current portion of long-term debt (Note 13)4,194 4,194 
Current portion of operating lease (Note 9)3,227 3,195 
Current portion of other liabilities626 891 
Total current liabilities25,995 29,584 
 CARES ACT, PPP Loans 6,123 
 LONG-TERM DEBT, net of current portion (Note 13)37,707 41,901 
 OPERATING LEASE LONG TERM (Note 9)4,923 7,333 
 OTHER LIABILITIES, net of current portion417 968 
 DEFERRED INCOME TAXES (Note 16)24,525 26,517 
Total liabilities93,567 112,426 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Note 14)
EQUITY
 Common Stock ‑ authorized 40 million shares of $.10 par value; issued 25.0 and 24.8 million in 2021 and 2020, respectively, and outstanding 23.6 and 24.8 million in 2021 and 2020, respectively
2,499 2,483 
Additional Paid-in Capital63,260 61,311 
Common Stock in Treasury, at cost 1.4 and nil million shares in 2021 and 2020, respectively
(11,486) 
Retained Earnings145,700 140,324 
Total Trecora Resources Stockholders' Equity199,973 204,118 
Non-controlling interest 289 
Total equity199,973 204,407 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY$293,540 $316,833 
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TRECORA RESOURCES AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
For the years ended December 31,
202120202019
(thousands of dollars)
Revenues
Product sales$257,539 $192,375 $243,314 
Processing fees15,151 16,251 15,645 
272,690 208,626 258,959 
Operating costs and expenses
Cost of sales and processing (including depreciation and amortization of $16,415, $15,300, and $15,361, respectively)
244,114 179,948 220,444 
Gross Profit28,576 28,678 38,515 
General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative26,123 24,334 24,386 
Professional services associated with M&A and strategic initiatives4,655 558  
Impairment of goodwill and certain intangibles (Note 10)  24,152 
Depreciation882 848 840 
31,660 25,740 49,378 
Operating income (loss)(3,084)2,938 (10,863)
Other expenses
Interest expense1,205 2,491 5,139 
Gain on extinguishment of debt(6,123)  
(Gain) loss on disposal of assets(279)39 680 
Miscellaneous income(486)(595)(232)
(5,683)1,935 5,587 
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income tax benefit2,599 1,003 (16,450)
Income tax benefit2,364 3,963 3,566 
Income (loss) from continuing operations4,963 4,966 (12,884)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax 26,209 (2,090)
Net income (loss)$4,963 $31,175 $(14,974)
Basic income (loss) per common share:
Net income (loss) from continuing operations (dollars)$0.20 $0.20 $(0.52)
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax (dollars)$ $1.06 $(0.08)
Net income (loss) (dollars)$0.20 $1.26 $(0.60)
Basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding24,459 24,802 24,698 
Diluted income (loss) per common share:
Net income (loss) from continuing operations (dollars)$0.20 $0.20 $(0.52)
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax (dollars)$ $1.03 $(0.08)
Net income (loss) (dollars)$0.20 $1.23 $(0.60)
Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding25,081 25,356 24,698 
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TRECORA RESOURCES AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
For the years ended December 31, 2021, 2020, and 2019
TRECORA RESOURCES STOCKHOLDERS
AdditionalNon-
Common StockPaid-InTreasuryRetainedControllingTotal
SharesAmountCapitalStockEarningsTotalInterestEquity
(thousands)
January 1, 201924,626 $2,463 $58,294 $(8)$124,123 $184,872 $289 $185,161 
Stock options
Issued to Directors— — — — —  —  
Issued to Employees— — — — —  —  
Restricted stock units
Issued to Directors— — 353 — — 353 — 353 
Issued to Employees— — 883 — — 883 — 883 
Common stock
Issued to Directors20 1 — 8 — 9 — 9 
Issued to Employees104 11 — — — 11 — 11 
Net Loss— — — — (14,974)(14,974)— (14,974)
December 31, 201924,750 $2,475 $59,530 $ $109,149 $171,154 $289 $171,443 
Restricted stock units
Issued to Directors— — 1,369 — — 1,369 — 1,369 
Issued to Employees— — 420 — — 420 — 420 
Common stock
Issued to Directors56 5 (5)— —  —  
Issued to Employees27 3 (3)— —  —  
Net Loss— — — — 31,175 31,175 — 31,175 
December 31, 202024,833 $2,483 $61,311 $ $140,324 $204,118 $289 $204,407 
Restricted stock units
Issued to Directors— — 436 — — 436 — 436 
Issued to Employees— — 1,529 — — 1,529 — 1,529 
Common stock
Issued to Directors72 7 (7)— —  —  
Issued to Employees85 9 (9)— —  —  
Disposition of Non-Controlling Interest— — — — 413 413 (289)124 
Stock Repurchases— — — (11,486)— (11,486)— (11,486)
Net Income— — — — 4,963 4,963 — 4,963 
December 31, 202124,990 $2,499 $63,260 $(11,486)$145,700 $199,973 $ $199,973 

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TRECORA RESOURCES AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
For the years ended December 31,
202120202019
(thousands of dollars)
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net Income (Loss)$4,963 $31,175 $(14,974)
Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations 26,209 (2,090)
Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations$4,963 $4,966 $(12,884)
Adjustments to reconcile Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:
Depreciation and Amortization
15,459 14,306 14,345 
Amortization of Intangible Assets
1,837 1,842 1,856 
Stock-based Compensation
2,247 1,912 1,250 
Deferred Income Taxes
(1,992)14,553 (2,993)
Bad Debt Expense (Recoveries)
  (23)
Amortization of Loan Fees
181 181 181 
Gain on Extinguishment of Debt(6,123)  
(Gain) Loss on Disposal of Assets(279)39 680 
Impairment of Goodwill and Certain Intangibles
  24,152 
Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities:
(Increase) Decrease in Trade Receivables
(7,510)1,018 816 
(Increase) Decrease in Taxes Receivable
2,788 (2,606) 
(Increase) Decrease in Inventories(8,189)680 2,914 
(Increase) Decrease in Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets
4,885 (2,403)(304)
Increase (Decrease) in Other Liabilities(599)(5,746)543 
Increase (Decrease) in Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities
(3,293)831 (4,944)
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities - Continuing Operations
4,375 29,573 25,589 
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities - Discontinued Operations (4,008)(468)
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
4,375 25,565 25,121 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Additions to Plant, Pipeline and Equipment
(14,152)(13,351)(10,079)
Proceeds from Sale of Property, Plant and Equipment319   
Proceeds from PEVM535 150 27 
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities - Continuing Operations
(13,298)(13,201)(10,052)
Net Cash Provided by Investing Activities - Discontinued Operations 68,530 4,021 
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities(13,298)