AMERICAN VANGUARD REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER & FULL YEAR 2016 RESULTS
Full-Year Revenues Increase 8% and Earnings Grow 94%
Newport Beach, CA – March 6, 2017 – American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.
Fiscal 2016 Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights – versus Fiscal 2015 Fourth Quarter:
• Net sales were $87.5 million in Q4 2016 compared to $83.8 million in Q4 2015.
• Net income was $3.9 million in Q4 2016 compared to $3.0 million in Q4 2015.
• Earnings per diluted share were $0.13 in Q4 2016 compared to $0.10 in Q4 2015.
Fiscal 2016 Financial Highlights – versus Fiscal 2015:
• Net sales were $312.1 million in FY 2016 compared to $289.4 million in FY 2015.
• Net income was $12.8 million in FY 2016 compared to $6.6 million in FY 2015.
• Earnings per diluted share were $0.44 in FY 2016 compared to $0.23 in FY 2015.
Note: Further details are available in the financial schedules attached to this press release
Eric Wintemute, Chairman and CEO of American Vanguard, stated: “Our improved performance in 2016 reflects a solid base business and disciplined management in spite of industry conditions, as low crop commodity prices continue to cause cautious purchasing of all crop inputs, including crop protection products. In 2016 our industry posted revenues that, on average, were about 7% below those of the prior year. In contrast, by following a practice of systematically reducing inventory to meet true demand, maintaining brand value, and optimizing our cost structures, this past year American Vanguard has been able to generate a sequential revenue increase of 8% and earnings growth of 94%.”
Mr. Wintemute continued: “We continue to see stable demand for many of our products both at home and abroad. Revenue growth in 2016 was driven mainly by our herbicide products and by our valuable non-crop portfolio. In addition, we have expanded domestic market access with our YES-Retail program and have promoted several new products in international regions and the US soybean market. Further, our operations team has continued to control manufacturing costs, and we have exceeded our inventory reduction target with a year-end level of $121 million. Improved sales, operating earnings and working capital management have enabled us to generate $125 million in cash over the last 2 years. Our improved cash flow has allowed us to reduce our debt to $41 million, increased our borrowing capacity and, as a result, positioned the Company for product acquisitions that we expect will likely emerge from the current round of industry consolidation.”
Mr. Wintemute concluded: “Our outlook for 2017 is positive. We anticipate a long planting season this Spring, following relatively temperate winter weather conditions, that often stimulate heavier pest pressure. We expect relative stability in the Midwest corn markets; this should drive sales of our corn soil insecticides and herbicides, given that channel inventory levels are now at close to historically normal levels. An expected 10% increase in U.S. cotton acreage favors our foliar insecticide and harvest aid products. Internationally, we are poised for modest growth driven by the market penetration of several newly acquired products. In our non-crop business, we also expect to experience continued expansion. We will, of course, continue to manage working capital and operational costs closely. However, given the shift to precision agriculture, it is important that we continue to invest in technology innovation, such as SIMPAS, as we did in 2016. Finally, we will continue to expand our international footprint through product acquisitions and strategic alliances such as our Hong Kong joint venture. In short, we will continue to do the things that have enabled us to improve our financial performance and balance sheet, while positioning ourselves for the future.”
Eric Wintemute, Chairman & CEO, Bob Trogele, EVP & COO and David T. Johnson, VP & CFO, will conduct a conference call from our manufacturing facility in Axis, Alabama…focusing on the financial results and strategic themes at 9:00 am ET on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. 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.
William A. Kuser, Director of Investor Relations
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