8-K 1 vtnr-8k_050420.htm CURRENT REPORT





Washington, D.C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): May 4, 2020


(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Nevada 001-11476 94-3439569
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation) (Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 1331 Gemini Street

Suite 250

Houston, Texas 77058

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (866) 660-8156

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock,

$0.001 Par Value Per Share


The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

(Nasdaq Capital Market)


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On May 4, 2020, Vertex Energy, Inc. (the “Company”, “we” and “us”), applied for a loan (the “Loan”) from Texas Citizens Bank, NA (the “Lender”) in the principal amount of $4.222 million, pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), which was enacted on March 27, 2020. On May 5, 2020, the Company received the Loan funds.


The Loan is evidenced by a promissory note (the “Note”), dated effective April 28, 2020, issued by the Company to the Lender. The Note is unsecured, matures on April 28, 2022, and bears interest at a rate of 1.00% per annum, payable monthly commencing on November 15, 2020, following an initial deferral period as specified under the PPP. The Note may be prepaid at any time prior to maturity with no prepayment penalties. Proceeds from the Loan will be available to the Company to fund designated expenses, including certain payroll costs, rent, utilities and other permitted expenses, in accordance with the PPP. Under the terms of the PPP, up to the entire amount of principal and accrued interest may be forgiven to the extent Loan proceeds are used for qualifying expenses as described in the CARES Act and applicable implementing guidance issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the PPP (including that up to 75% of such Loan funds are used for payroll). The Company intends to use the entire Loan amount for designated qualifying expenses and to apply for forgiveness of the respective Loan in accordance with the terms of the PPP. No assurance can be given that the Company will obtain forgiveness of the Loan in whole or in part.


With respect to any portion of the Loan that is not forgiven, the Loan will be subject to customary provisions for a loan of this type, including customary events of default relating to, among other things, payment defaults, breaches of the provisions of the Note and cross-defaults on any other loan with the Lender or other creditors.


Prior to entering into the Loan, the Company received the consent of its senior creditor, Encina Business Credit, LLC, to enter into and to obtain the funds provided for by the Loan.


The foregoing description of the Note does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Note attached to this Form 8-K as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference.


Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.


The disclosures regarding the Loan and the Note as set forth above in Item 1.01 are incorporated by reference in this Item 2.03.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.


Exhibit No.   Description
  10.1*   $4.222 Million Promissory Note payable by Vertex Energy, Inc. to Texas Citizens Bank N.A. dated effective April 28, 2020

* Filed herewith. 





Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.

Date: May 6, 2020 By: /s/ Chris Carlson
    Chris Carlson
    Chief Financial Officer







Exhibit No.   Description
  10.1*   $4.222 Million Promissory Note payable by Vertex Energy, Inc. to Texas Citizens Bank N.A. dated effective April 28, 2020

* Filed herewith.