American Vanguard Reports First Quarter 2019 Results
Newport Beach, CA – May 7, 2019 – American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD), today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.
Financial Highlights Fiscal 2019 First Quarter – versus Fiscal 2018 First Quarter:
Net sales of $99.7 million in 2019, compared with $104.1 million in 2018
Net income of $3.9 million in 2019, compared with $4.7 million in 2018
Earnings per diluted share of $0.13 in 2019, compared with $0.16 in 2018
EBITDA of $12.6 million in 2019, compared with $13.3 million in 2018
Note: Further details are available in the financial schedules attached to this press release
Eric Wintemute, Chairman and CEO of American Vanguard commented, “Thanks to international diversification, our overall top-line performance for this year’s first quarter was moderately below that of last year’s first quarter notwithstanding widespread unfavorable weather in the North American region. While rain and cold slowed procurement activity in many domestic regions, our international business grew by 9% year-over-year. Further, driven by strong manufacturing performance and an optimal product mix, our overall gross margin grew to 42% from 39% as compared to first quarter of 2018. Over the course of the year, we expect to recover most of the domestic sales that were lost during the quarter. In fact, we forecast overall net sales for 2019 to be between $510 million and $530 million, which is above the range that we had previously forecast.”
Mr. Wintemute continued, “Over the coming quarters, we will focus on strengthening our balance sheet by reducing inventory to a target of $145 million, generating cash from increased sales, managing operating expenses, maintaining factory efficiency and reducing debt to $100 million or less. We look forward to giving greater detail on our quarterly performance during the earnings call. Further, we will be reporting on our five-year outlook and the expected financial performance of our SIMPAS technology during the annual shareholders’ meeting this June.”
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 4:10 pm ET / 1:10 pm PT on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing (201) 493-6744 – please dial 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.
William A. Kuser, Director of Investor Relations
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