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February 26, 2015 Press Release

Newport Beach, CA – February 26, 2015 – American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014.
Fiscal 2014 Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights – versus Fiscal 2013 Fourth Quarter:

  • Net sales were $77.6 million in Q4 2014 compared to $75.5 million in Q4 2013.
  • Net income was $1.8 million in Q4 2014 compared to $0.3 million in Q4 2013.
  • Earnings per diluted share were $0.06 in Q4 2014 versus $0.01 in Q4 2013.
Fiscal 2014 Financial Highlights – versus Fiscal 2013:
  • Net sales were $298.6 million in FY 2014 compared to $381.0 million in FY 2013.
  • Net income was $4.8 million in FY 2014 compared to $34.4 million in FY 2013.
  • Earnings per diluted share were $0.17 in FY 2014 versus $1.19 in FY 2013.

Note: Further details are available in the financial schedules attached to this press release 

Eric Wintemute, Chairman and CEO of American Vanguard, stated: “Our performance in 2014 was significantly influenced by reduced procurement of our corn products by the Midwest distribution channel. Persistent rainfall during the spring of 2013 led to substantial unplanted acres, significant amounts of unapplied crop protection inputs and a build-up of unused inventories stockpiled at distributors, retailers and growers. Understandably, these large carryover inventories prompted a sharp reduction in restocking orders during 2014, as excess supplies were worked down. Reduced sales of our corn products were the primary drivers of our 2014 revenue decline, offsetting the stability and modest growth of our sales in other crop segments.” 

Mr. Wintemute continued: “The prospects for 2015 planting inputs remain uncertain, as lower corn commodity prices and lower corn grower profitability may lead to cautious purchasing in the Midwest. However, the level of inventory of our corn products in the distribution channel has substantially normalized and as a result, more typical procurement patterns may resume in 2015. While such a recovery could be impacted by near-term commodity prices and crop rotation decisions on the farm, we expect demand for our yield enhancing corn products to continue to grow in the long term.” 

Mr. Wintemute concluded: “During recent years of outstanding earnings and revenue growth, American Vanguard expanded its infrastructure. In light of current market conditions, however, management has taken significant steps to streamline manufacturing costs and reduce operating expenses through workforce reductions, compensation adjustments and vendor contract renegotiations. These measures will enable us to attain greater operating efficiency while continuing to make progress on product innovation, equipment systems development and international expansion. Also, we continue to strengthen our balance sheet through tightened working capital control, particularly with regard to inventory.”

Conference Call
Eric Wintemute, Chairman & CEO, Bob Trogele, EVP & COO, and David T. Johnson, VP & CFO, will conduct a conference call focusing on the financial results at 4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm PT on Thursday, February 26, 2015.  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 and the Standard & Poor’s Small Cap 600 Index.  To learn more about American Vanguard, please reference the Company’s web site at www.american-vanguard.com.

The Company, from time to time, may discuss forward-looking information.  Except for the historical information contained 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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