Exhibit 99.1
 

Trecora Resources Reports First Quarter 2017 Results



Revenue Increased 6.4% Year-over-Year

Record Quarterly Wax Sales at Trecora Chemical

Conference Call at 4:30 pm ET Today

SUGAR LAND, Texas, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Trecora Resources (NYSE: TREC) a leading provider of high purity specialty hydrocarbons and waxes, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

"We are off to a solid start in 2017 as we continue to make progress on our capital projects and prepare the company for long-term growth and profitability," said Simon Upfill-Brown, President and CEO. "Our revenue increased 6.4% as a result of higher petrochemical prices and continued revenue growth at Trecora Chemical (TC), while prime product sales were impacted by lower volumes from our Canadian Oil Sands customer. Excluding the impact on volume from that particular customer, our prime product volume grew a healthy 7.6% year-over-year. We anticipate modest volume growth in the second half of 2017 and remain well positioned for greater growth in 2018 as our new capital projects come online to take advantage of the resurgence in the North American chemical industry.

"We were especially pleased to report another strong quarter at TC driven by a 42.8% year-over-year increase in wax sales and a 13.5% increase on a sequential basis, demonstrating the upward trend we are realizing from this business," continued Upfill-Brown. "We continue to gain approvals of our higher quality wax products and make inroads in our target markets as we shipped quantities of our new Hot Melt Adhesives product to two local customers and have three others working on approval. With our distillation unit online and generating revenues in April, combined with the startup of the hydrogenation unit expected to occur later this month, we expect additional revenue contributions from these projects for the remainder of 2017.

"Finally, with the AMAK mine once again operational, we milled 61,000 tons during the quarter. Although averaging about a third of our target throughput for the mill in the quarter, production was on a solid upward trend. Sales of gold and silver doré contributed to reducing the equity losses we have recently experienced," said Upfill-Brown. "We expect exploration results and mining options for the initial work at Guyan next quarter, with additional drilling set to start in the third quarter, along with a life of mine update for the copper and zinc assets also expected in the third quarter."

First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Total revenue in the first quarter was $55.5 million compared with $52.2 million in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 6.4%. The increase in reported revenue was driven by a 23.0% increase in the average sales price of petrochemical products, partially offset by a 14.9% decrease in petrochemical sales volume, compared with the first quarter of 2016. The higher average sales price was partially offset by a 34.1% year-over-year increase in the average per-gallon cost of petrochemical feedstock which is the basis for the formula pricing for about 60% of the Company's petrochemical product sales. Average feedstock cost per gallon increased approximately 6.0% compared to fourth quarter of 2016 including the impact of minimum volume penalty fees. Since formula pricing is based upon prior month feedstock averages, sales price increases tend to lag higher feedstock costs resulting in lower profit margins.

Gross profit in the first quarter was $10.6 million, or 19.1% of total revenues, compared with $11.8 million, or 22.5% of total revenues, in the first quarter of 2016. Operating income for the first quarter was $4.2 million, compared with operating income of $6.1 million for the first quarter of 2016.

Net income for the first quarter was $1.5 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with $7.2 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2016. Adjusted net income for the quarter was $2.1 million, or $0.08 per share1. Reported net income in the first quarter of 2017 reflected equity in loss of AMAK of $1.0 million, or an estimated $0.03 per diluted share on an after-tax basis. Net income in the first quarter of 2016 reflected equity in earnings AMAK of $5.4 million, or an estimated $0.14 per diluted share on an after-tax basis.

1 Based on adjusted net income of $2.1 million and 25.1 million shares outstanding.

Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was $7.4 million, representing a 13.3% margin, compared with Adjusted EBITDA of $9.2 million and a 17.6% margin in the year-ago period.

South Hampton Resources
Petrochemical volume in the first quarter was 17.3 million gallons, compared with 20.4 million gallons in the first quarter of 2016. Prime product volume in the first quarter of 2017 was 13.9 million gallons, compared with 14.6 million gallons in the first quarter of 2016. Byproduct volume, which is sold at significantly lower margins than prime products, decreased 12.7% sequentially and 40.2% year-over-year, to 3.4 million gallons. Byproduct prices were higher year-over-year and from the fourth quarter of 2016.

International volume represented 19.6% of total petrochemical volume during the quarter, down from 22.7% sequentially and 20.7% from the first quarter of 2016.

SHR SEGMENT INFORMATION*


THREE MONTHS ENDED




MARCH 31,




2017

2016

% Change

  Product sales

$44,391

$42,624

4%

  Processing fees

1,488

1,441

3%

  Net revenues

$45,879

$44,065

4%

  Operating profit before depreciation and amortization

8,214

8,412

(2%)

  Operating profit

6,658

7,075

(6%)

  Depreciation and amortization

1,556

1,337

16%

  EBITDA

8,040

8,413

(4%)

  Capital expenditures

$  8,756

$  5,662

55%





  *Dollar amounts in thousands/rounding may apply

Trecora Chemical
In the first quarter, TC generated revenues of $9.7 million, up 18.8% from $8.1 million in the first quarter of 2016. First quarter revenues were the highest of any quarter since TC was acquired in 2014. TC revenue included $6.5 million of wax product sales, up 42.8%, and $3.2 million of custom processing fees, lower by 11.8%, both compared with the first quarter of 2016. In the first quarter of 2016, custom processing fees included, for the last time, $1.7 million that were recognized for annual equipment non-use fees.

The distillation portion of the hydrogenation/distillation unit project at TC is now operational and starting to contribute revenue. Start up of the hydrogenation section continues to make progress with completion expected during the second quarter. Once fully operational, this unit will provide TC with new capabilities to leverage relationships with existing petrochemical customers and drive new custom processing revenue.

EBITDA in the first quarter was $0.7 million, compared with $2.1 million in the first quarter of 2016.

TC SEGMENT INFORMATION*


THREE MONTHS ENDED



MARCH 31,



2017

2016

% Change

  Product sales

$6,508

$4,557

43%

  Processing fees

3,155

3,578

(12%)

  Net revenues

$9,663

$8,135

19%

  Operating profit before depreciation and amortization

745

2,062

(64%)

  Operating profit (loss)

(271)

1,011

(127%)

  Depreciation and amortization

1,016

1,051

(3%)

  EBITDA

726

2,057

(65%)

  Capital expenditures

$ 5,125

$  1,940

164%





  *Dollar amounts in thousands/rounding may apply

Al Masane Al Kobra Mining Company (AMAK)
Trecora reported equity in losses of AMAK of approximately $1.0 million during the first quarter of 2017. Operations are improving according to schedule. Although there were no copper or zinc concentrate sales in the period, some inventory was built at the port. Guyan exploration results as well as exploration results extending the life of the copper and zinc mine assets are expected in coming quarters. Additional drilling expected to start in the third quarter of 2017 in Al Aqiq, which is adjacent to Guyan and possesses similar geology.

Earnings Call
Today's conference call and presentation slides will be simulcast live on the Internet, and can be accessed on the investor relations section of the Company's website at http://www.trecora.com or at http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=123905. A replay of the call will also be available through the same link.

To participate via telephone, callers should dial in five to ten minutes prior to the 4:30 pm Eastern start time; domestic callers (U.S. and Canada) should call 1-877-440-5803 or 1-719-325-4761 if calling internationally, using the conference ID 8307737. To listen to the playback, please call 1-844-512-2921 if calling within the United States or 1-412-317-6671 if calling internationally. Use pin number 8307737 for the replay.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures
The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). This press release contains the non-GAAP measures: EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, and Adjusted Net Income. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based upon our belief, as well as, assumptions made by and information currently available to us. Because such statements are based upon expectations as to future economic performance and are not statements of fact, actual results may differ from those projected. These risks, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in Trecora Resources' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Trecora Resources' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, and the Company's subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to the Company as of the date of this press release.

About Trecora Resources (TREC)
TREC owns and operates a facility located in southeast Texas, just north of Beaumont, which specializes in high purity hydrocarbons and other petrochemical manufacturing. TREC also owns and operates a leading manufacturer of specialty polyethylene waxes and provider of custom processing services located in the heart of the Petrochemical complex in Pasadena, Texas. In addition, the Company is the original developer and a 33.4% owner of Al Masane Al Kobra Mining Co., a Saudi Arabian joint stock company.

Investor Relations Contact:
Laurie Little
The Piacente Group
212-481-2050
trecora@tpg-ir.com

TRECORA RESOURCES AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



MARCH 31,
2017
 (unaudited)

DECEMBER
31,
2016

ASSETS

(thousands of dollars)

 Current Assets



  Cash and cash equivalents

$  4,045

$  8,389

  Trade receivables, net

24,248

22,193

  Inventories

14,957

17,871

  Prepaid expenses and other assets

3,481

3,511

  Taxes receivable

4,143

3,983

          Total current assets

50,874

55,947




  Plant, pipeline and equipment, net

151,606

140,009




  Goodwill

21,798

21,798

  Other intangible assets, net

22,204

22,669

  Investment in AMAK

48,420

49,386

  Mineral properties in the United States

588

588

  Other assets

63

87




     TOTAL ASSETS

$ 295,553

$ 290,484




LIABILITIES



  Current Liabilities



    Accounts payable

$  13,062

$  13,306

    Current portion of derivative instruments

34

58

    Accrued liabilities

3,247

2,017

    Current portion of post-retirement benefit

314

316

    Current portion of long-term debt

8,061

10,145

    Current portion of other liabilities

1,112

870

          Total current liabilities

25,830

26,712




  Long-term debt, net of current portion

76,092

73,107

  Post-retirement benefit, net of current portion

897

897

  Other liabilities, net of current portion

1,977

2,309

  Deferred income taxes

24,261

23,083

     Total liabilities

129,057

126,108




EQUITY



  Common stock authorized 40 million shares of $.10 par value; issued 24.5 million in 2017 and 2016 and outstanding  24.3 million and 24.2 million shares in 2017 and 2016, respectively

2,451

2,451

  Additional paid-in capital

54,077

53,474

  Common stock in treasury, at cost

(254)

(284)

  Retained earnings

109,933

108,446

  Total Trecora Resources Stockholders' Equity

166,207

164,087

  Noncontrolling Interest

289

289

   Total equity

166,496

164,376




     TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$ 295,553

$ 290,484

TRECORA RESOURCES AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED) 



THREE MONTHS ENDED


MARCH 31,


2017

2016

REVENUES

(thousands of dollars)




  Petrochemical and Product Sales

$ 50,899

$ 47,181

  Processing Fees

4,643

5,019


55,542

52,200




OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES



  Cost of  Sales and Processing



    (including depreciation and amortization of  $2,383 and $2,219, respectively)

44,924

40,429




   GROSS PROFIT

10,618

11,771




GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES



  General and Administrative

6,221

5,449

  Depreciation

205

177


6,426

5,626




OPERATING INCOME

4,192

6,145




OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)



  Interest Income

2

4

  Interest Expense

(636)

(628)

  Equity in Earnings (Losses) of AMAK

(966)

5,367

  Miscellaneous Expense

(44)

(17)


(1,644)

4,726




  INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

2,548

10,871




  INCOME TAXES

1,061

3,647




  NET INCOME

1,487

7,224




 NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO NONCONTROLLING INTEREST

--

--




 NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO TRECORA RESOURCES

$ 1,487

$ 7,224




Basic Earnings per Common Share



  Net Income Attributable to Trecora Resources (dollars)

$ 0.06

$ 0.30




  Basic Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding

24,240

24,484




Diluted Earnings per Common Share



  Net Income Attributable to Trecora Resources (dollars)

$ 0.06

$ 0.29




  Diluted Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding

25,054

25,085

TRECORA RESOURCES AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF SELECTED GAAP MEASURES TO NON-GAAP MEASURES(1)

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

(rounding may apply)



THREE MONTHS ENDED 3/31/17


THREE MONTHS ENDED 3/31/16


TC

SHR

CORP

TREC


TC

SHR

CORP

TREC

NET INCOME (LOSS)

$(290)

$3,828

$(2,051)

$1,487


$1,006

$4,200

$2,018

$7,224

Interest

-

635

1

636


-

626

2

628

Taxes

-

2,021

(960)

1,061


-

2,250

1,397

3,647

Depreciation and amortization

21

167

16

204


20

149

8

177

Depreciation and amortization in cost of sales

995

1,389

-

2,384


1,031

1,188

-

2,219

EBITDA

726

8,040

(2,994)

5,772


2,057

8,413

3,425

13,895

Share based compensation

-

-

633

633


-

-

647

647

Equity in losses (earnings) of AMAK

-

-

966

966


-

-

(5,367)

(5,367)

Adjusted EBITDA

$726

$8,040

$(1,395)

$7,371


$2,057

$8,413

$(1,295)

$9,175











Revenue

9,663

45,879


55,542


8,135

44,065


52,200

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

7.5%

17.5%


13.3%


25.3%

19.1%


17.6%

(adjusted EBITDA/revenue)










Adjusted Net Income and Estimated EPS Impact

(rounding may apply)



Three months ended
 March 31,


2017

2016

Net Income

$ 1,487

$ 7,224




        Equity in losses (earnings) of AMAK

$    966

$(5,367)

    Taxes at statutory rate of 35%

338

(1,878)

    Tax effected equity in losses (earnings)

628

(3,489)

Adjusted Net Income

$ 2,115

$ 3,735

Diluted weighted average number of shares

25,054

25,203

Estimated effect on diluted EPS
(-tax effected equity in AMAK/diluted weighted average number of shares)

($.03)

$0.14

(1) This press release includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.




The following information was filed by Trecora Resources (TREC) on Thursday, May 4, 2017 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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