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March 9, 2020 AVD Press Release.2

American Vanguard Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results 

Newport Beach, CA – March 9, 2020 – American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE: AVD) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.

Fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights – versus Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter:
• Net sales of $131 million in 2019, as compared to $131 million in 2018
• Net income of $3.4 million in 2019, as compared to $7.4 million in 2018
• Earnings per diluted share of $0.12 in 2019, as compared to $0.25 in 2018 
• EBITDA  of $12.0 million in 2019, as compared to $16.6 million in 2018
Fiscal 2019 Full Year Financial Highlights – versus Fiscal 2018 Full Year:
• Net sales of $468 million in 2019, as compared to $454 million in 2018
• Net income of $13.6 million in 2019, as compared to $24.2 million in 2018 
• Earnings per diluted share of $0.46 in 2019, as compared to $0.81 in 2018 
• EBITDA1 of $48.9 million in 2019, as compared to $61.1 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, stated, “Our 2019 financial performance closely corresponds to the guidance that we provided during the fourth quarter and updated in January. In the face of adverse weather, tariffs and supply disruptions that affected the entire industry, we achieved mixed results, with a modestly higher top line and declining profitability as compared to 2018. As has been the case for the past several quarters, revenue growth was driven by our international business, which now constitutes nearly 40% of our consolidated revenue. This growth was partially offset by weather-related declines in our domestic sales.” 

Mr. Wintemute continued, “Our gross profit margin came in where predicted, while both operating expenses and overall corporate tax rate were more favorable than had been anticipated. However, higher volume sales of lower-margin products in our international businesses, higher interest costs from acquisition-related borrowing and reduced factory activity led to reduced net income for the year.”

Mr. Wintemute concluded, “With respect to our 2020 outlook, assuming a return to more normal weather patterns and minimal disruption in trade and supply from COVID-19 or other factors, we are targeting our global revenues to grow at a low double-digit rate, aided by larger corn acreage in the U.S., renewed availability of bromacil herbicides, ten new product introductions, and the growth of our LATAM businesses. At the same time, we will continue to exercise financial discipline in order to strengthen our balance sheet. We look forward toward giving you a more detailed presentation on 2020 during our upcoming earnings call.”  

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 and strategic themes…at 4:30 pm ET on March 9, 2020. 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 Securities and Exchange Commission 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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