VTNR Vertex Energy
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
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): April 25, 2020
VERTEX ENERGY, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)||(Commission File Number)||(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)|
1331 Gemini Street
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|
$0.001 Par Value Per Share
The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
(Nasdaq Capital Market)
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
|Item 5.02 (e)||Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers|
On April 25, 2020, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Vertex Energy, Inc. (the “Company”, “we” and “us”), approved an increase in total base salary for fiscal 2020 (retroactive to January 1, 2020) and 2020 targeted bonus compensation for fiscal 2020, for (a) Benjamin P. Cowart, our Chief Executive Officer and President (Mr. Cowart’s total base salary increased to $358,990 for fiscal 2020 (with accrued amounts subject to the Payment Conditions (defined below)), and Mr. Cowart’s 2020 targeted bonus increased to $214,320); (b) Chris Carlson, our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary (Mr. Carlson’s total base salary increased to $233,610, for fiscal 2020 (with accrued amounts subject to the Payment Conditions (defined below)), and Mr. Carlson’s 2020 targeted bonus increased to $132,350); and (c) John Strickland, our Chief Operating Officer (Mr. Strickland’s total base salary increased to $241,120 for fiscal 2020 (with accrued amounts subject to the Payment Conditions (defined below)), and Mr. Strickland’s 2020 targeted bonus compensation for fiscal 2020 was increased to $164,440).
The Compensation Committee also approved bonus compensation for fiscal 2019 for Mr. Cowart, Mr. Carlson and Mr. Strickland of $149,164; $112,588; and $98,720, respectively, on April 25, 2020.
The increase in base salary for the above listed executive officers will be effective January 1, 2020. The bonuses (as described above) for 2019 for each of the executive officers, as applicable, will be deemed accrued as of April 25, 2020. Such 2019 bonuses, and such 2020 pay increases (from January 1, 2020 to April 25, 2020), will be payable at the rate of up to one-third of such amounts quarterly, in future quarters, provided that if the Company does not maintain a current ratio of assets to debt of 1.0 or is not in compliance with all of its debt covenants (collectively, “Payment Conditions”), the accrued amounts shall not be paid in an amount which would cause the Company to violate the Payment Conditions, and any amount not paid will accrue until the following quarter, or until such time as the Payment Conditions are met.
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.
|VERTEX ENERGY, INC.|
|Date: April 29, 2020||By:||/s/ Chris Carlson|