Is Vertex Energy Inc. (VTNR) Stock Cheap Or Risky?


As of Friday close, Vertex Energy Inc.’s (NASDAQ:VTNR) stock was up $0.22, moving up 2.81 percent to $8.05. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 5,367,480 shares. 1 time new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a -$0.48 fall in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 4,104,075, while in the previous 50 days, it was 2,971,444.

Since last month, VTNR stock retreated -3.94%. Shares of the company fell to $7.02 on 03/15/23, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $18.10 was reached on 03/06/23 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $5.42. Since the beginning of this year, VTNR’s stock price has risen by 29.84% or $1.85, and marked a new high 17 times. However, the stock has declined by -55.52% since its 52-week high.

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VTNR stock investors should be aware that Vertex Energy Inc. (VTNR) stock had its last reported insider trading activity 12 days ago on Mar 06. Stratton Christopher Allen, the Director of the company, disposed of 25,000 shares for $10.08 on Mar 06. It resulted in a $251,928 divestment by the insider. Cowart Benjamin P sold 66,667 shares at an average price of $10.05 on Mar 02. The insider now owns 5,583,941 shares following the transaction. On Feb 27, CEO and President Cowart Benjamin P sold 66,666 shares at $8.10 apiece. The transaction was valued at $539,995.

Valuation Metrics

The stock’s beta is 2.11. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 0.24, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 3.73, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 32.43 may also be considered.

Financial Health

In the three months ended September 29, Vertex Energy Inc.’s quick ratio stood at 1.00, while its current ratio was 1.50, showing that the company is able to pay off its debt. According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending September 29 was 1.31, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 1.41. On the profitability front, the trailing twelve-month gross margin is 6.40% percent. In the year ended September 29, operating margins totaled 1.70%. Based on annual data, VTNR earned $180.01 million in gross profit and brought in $2.79 billion in revenue.

A company’s management is another factor that investors consider when determining the profitability of an investment. In the past year, return on investment (ROI) was 14.10%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was -4.40%.

In Vertex Energy Inc.’s quarter-end financial report for September 29, it reported total debt of $170.01 million. According to the earnings report, the company had a higher net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. VTNR’s revenue rose 103.88% to $806.16 million during the quarter, while net income inched up to $940.07 million. While analysts expected Vertex Energy Inc. to report $0.15 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $0.28 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 86.70%. During the quarter, the company generated $81.38 million in EBITDA. The liabilities of Vertex Energy Inc. were 523.97 million at the end of its most recent quarter ended September 29, and its total debt was $398.0 million. The value of shareholders’ equity is $75.67 million.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Vertex Energy Inc.’s (VTNR) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 79.09%, the RSI 9-day stood at 43.52% on 17 March.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Vertex Energy Inc. price is down by -5.63% percent or -$0.48. At present, VTNR shares trade -3.94% below its 20-day simple moving average and +2.68% percent above its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately +36.90% above its SMA50 and -42.46% below its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 16.59% and Stochastic coefficient D was 11.63%, while ATR was 0.75. Given the Stochastic reading of 24.64% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 46.68%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at -0.84, while the 14-day reading stands at -1.43.

Analyst Ratings

TD Cowen launched its rating on Vertex Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: VTNR) to a Market perform in a note to investors on March 10, 2023. Vertex Energy Inc. (VTNR) has been rated Overweight by analysts. According to 0 brokerage firms, VTNR is a sell, and 2 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 0 analysts who say the stock is underweight. A total of 0 analysts rate Vertex Energy Inc. stock as buy, with 5 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $15.00, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $8.00 – $15.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Vertex Energy Inc. (VTNR) will achieve an average price target of $13.04.


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