Vertex Energy Inc. (VTNR)’s valuation ratios: A closer look

The price of Vertex Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: VTNR) closed at $6.91 in the last session, down -1.29% from day before closing price of $7.00. In other words, the price has decreased by -$0.09 from its previous closing price. On the day, 1365547 shares were traded. VTNR stock price reached its highest trading level at $7.17 during the session, while it also had its lowest trading level at $6.91.

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We take a closer look at VTNR’s different ratios to gain a better understanding of the stock. For the most recent quarter (mrq), Quick Ratio is recorded 0.80 and its Current Ratio is at 1.50. In the meantime, Its Debt-to-Equity ratio is 1.06 whereas as Long-Term Debt/Eq ratio is at 1.01.

Upgrades & Downgrades

Insider Transactions:

An investor can also benefit from insider trades by learning what management is thinking about the future direction of stock prices. A recent insider transaction in this stock occurred on May 12 when Rhame James Gary bought 4,000 shares for $6.33 per share. The transaction valued at 25,310 led to the insider holds 14,648 shares of the business.

Cowart Benjamin P sold 66,666 shares of VTNR for $533,328 on Apr 19. The CEO and President now owns 5,450,608 shares after completing the transaction at $8.00 per share. On Apr 11, another insider, Cowart Benjamin P, who serves as the CEO and President of the company, sold 66,667 shares for $8.29 each. As a result, the insider received 552,669 and left with 5,517,274 shares of the company.

Valuation Measures:

Investors should consider key stock statistics when deciding whether to invest or divest. In the wake of the recent closing price, VTNR now has a Market Capitalization of 490.53M and an Enterprise Value of 704.80M. For the stock, the TTM Price-to-Sale (P/S) ratio is 0.16 while its Price-to-Book (P/B) ratio in mrq is 2.40. Its current Enterprise Value per Revenue stands at 0.21 whereas that against EBITDA is 7.25.

Stock Price History:

Over the past 52 weeks, VTNR has reached a high of $18.10, while it has fallen to a 52-week low of $5.42. The 50-Day Moving Average of the stock is 7.99, while the 200-Day Moving Average is calculated to be 7.69.

Shares Statistics:

According to the various share statistics, VTNR traded on average about 2.89M shares per day over the past 3-months and 2.12M shares per day over the past 10 days. A total of 75.69M shares are outstanding, with a floating share count of 61.26M. Insiders hold about 0.50% of the company’s shares, while institutions hold 54.80% stake in the company. Shares short for VTNR as of Apr 27, 2023 were 19.02M with a Short Ratio of 19.02M, compared to 21.14M on Mar 30, 2023. Therefore, it implies a Short% of Shares Outstanding of 25.04% and a Short% of Float of 32.15%.

Earnings Estimates

The company has 4 analysts who recommend its stock at the moment. On average, analysts expect EPS of $0.09 for the current quarter, with a high estimate of $0.24 and a low estimate of -$0.24, while EPS last year was -$0.98. The consensus estimate for the next quarter is $0.32, with high estimates of $0.75 and low estimates of -$0.18.

Analysts are recommending an EPS of between $2.26 and -$0.33 for the fiscal current year, implying an average EPS of $1.26. EPS for the following year is $1.21, with 3 analysts recommending between $1.91 and $0.35.

Revenue Estimates

According to 6 analysts, the current quarter’s revenue is expected to be $735.35M. It ranges from a high estimate of $831.1M to a low estimate of $606.5M. As of the current estimate, Vertex Energy Inc.’s year-ago sales were $991.84M, an estimated decrease of -25.90% from the year-ago figure. For the next quarter, 6 analysts are estimating revenue of $830.59M, a decrease of -9.10% over than the figure of -$25.90% in the same quarter last year. There is a high estimate of $978.7M for the next quarter, whereas the lowest estimate is $740.7M.

A total of 6 analysts have provided revenue estimates for VTNR’s current fiscal year. The highest revenue estimate was $3.66B, while the lowest revenue estimate was $2.35B, resulting in an average revenue estimate of $3.03B. In the same quarter a year ago, actual revenue was $2.79B, up 8.40% from the average estimate. Based on 5 analysts’ estimates, the company’s revenue will be $3.73B in the next fiscal year. The high estimate is $3.97B and the low estimate is $3.48B. The average revenue growth estimate for next year is up 23.30% from the average revenue estimate for this year.