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October 11, 2016 Press Release

American Vanguard Declares Quarterly Dividend

Newport Beach, CA – October 11, 2016 – American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a $0.01 cash dividend payment to be distributed on November 11, 2016 to shareholders of record as of October 28, 2016.

Eric Wintemute, Chairman and CEO of American Vanguard, stated, “This dividend payment continues our history of providing cash returns to our shareholders and is a reflection of our decisive management actions to enhance operational efficiency and strengthen our balance sheet. The Company maintains the necessary resources to expand internationally and drive a significant Precision Agriculture initiative with our prescription planting SIMPAS equipment technology. This dividend payment reflects the recent year-over-year improvement in our financial performance and the long-term confidence that the Board of Directors has in our future prospects. We appreciate our investors’ support as we continue to deliver important solutions that enhance agricultural productivity and safeguard public health worldwide.”

Recent Annual Cash Dividend Payments:

2015 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.02
2014 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.04
2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.20
2012 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.17
2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.08

Note: A “Special dividend” of $0.10 per share was paid at the end of 2012 — bringing the total paid in that year to $0.22 per share.

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® & Russell 3000® Indexes and the Standard & Poors Small Cap 600 Index. To learn more about American Vanguard, please reference the Company’s web site at www.american-vanguard.com.

In its public commentary, the Company 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 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 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
William A. Kuser, Director of Investor Relations
(949) 260-1200
williamk@amvac-chemical.com

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