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July 31, 2014 Press Release

AMERICAN VANGUARD REPORTS SECOND QUARTER & MID-YEAR 2014 RESULTS
Performance Reflects Reduced Channel Restocking and Lower Manufacturing Utilization  


Newport Beach, CA – July 31, 2014 – American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) announced financial results for the second quarter and six month period ended June 30, 2014.   

Fiscal 2014 Second Quarter Financial Highlights – versus Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter:
• Net sales of $68.3 million, compared with $86.8 million     
• Net income of $0.1 million, compared with $8.4 million  
• Earnings per diluted share were $0.01, compared with $0.29 

Fiscal 2014 First Half Financial Highlights – versus Fiscal 2013 First Half
• Net sales of $149.4 million, compared with $208.3 million 
• Net income of $2.3 million, compared with $25.3 million
• Earnings per diluted share were $0.08, compared with $0.88
 
Note: Complete details are available in the financial schedules attached to this press release

Eric Wintemute, Chairman and CEO of American Vanguard, stated: “As we previously reported, surplus inventory of corn products in the agriculture distribution channel resulted in significantly lower re-stocking procurement from manufacturers this season. Additionally, as we indicated, reduced production of these products in our manufacturing facilities has resulted in increased unabsorbed fixed factory costs which have negatively impacted profitability for the quarter and year to date.”   

Mr. Wintemute concluded: “We believe that channel inventories have been reduced significantly this spring and that more normal purchasing patterns are likely to resume for the 2015 season which should start later this year and into the pre-planting months of 2015. We are undertaking cost reduction programs to right-size our manufacturing function with the product demand that we are forecasting. We have trimmed our operating expenses and will remain disciplined in our capital expenditures. We look forward to providing additional color on business and financial conditions in our earnings call later today.”    

Conference Call
Eric Wintemute, Chairman & CEO and David Johnson, VP & CFO, will conduct a conference call focusing on the financial results at 4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm PT on Thursday, July 31, 2014.   Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing (201) 493-6744.  Please call in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin, and ask for the American Vanguard call.  The conference call will also be webcast live via the News and Media section of the Company’s web site at www.american-vanguard.com.  To listen to the live webcast, go to the web site at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software.  If you are unable to listen live, the conference call will be archived on the Company’s web site.

About American Vanguard
American Vanguard Corporation is a diversified specialty and agricultural products company that develops and markets products for crop protection and management, turf and ornamentals management and public and animal health.  American Vanguard is included on the Russell 2000® and Russell 3000® Indexes as well as the S&P Small Cap 600 Index.  To learn more about American Vanguard, please reference the Company’s web site at www.amvac-chemical.com.

The Company, from time to time, may discuss forward-looking information.  Except for the historical information contained in the conference call referenced in this release, all forward-looking statements are estimates by the Company’s management and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ from management’s current expectations.  Such factors include weather conditions, changes in regulatory policy and other risks as detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s SEC reports and filings.  All forward-looking statements, if any, in this release represent the Company’s judgment as of the date of this release.

Contact Information
American Vanguard Corporation
William A. Kuser, Director of Investor Relations
(949) 260-1200
williamk@amvac-chemical.com

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