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March 11, 2019 AVD Press Release.2


American Vanguard Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

Newport Beach, CA – March 11, 2019 – American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE: AVD) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.   

Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights – versus Fiscal 2017 Fourth Quarter:
  • Net sales were $131 million, compared to $116 million in 2017, an increase of 13%   
  • Operating income was $11.4 million in 2018, compared to $8.4 million in 2017, an increase of 33%   
  • Net income was $7.4 million in 2018, compared to $8.4 million in 2017 (which included a one-time $3.4 million tax benefit)   
  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.25 in 2018, compared to $0.28 in 2017 (which included a one-time tax benefit of approximately $0.11)   
  • EBITDA1 of $16.6 million in 2018, compared to $14.6 million in 2017   

Fiscal 2018 Financial Highlights – versus Fiscal 2017:
  • Net sales were $454 million in 2018, compared to $355 million in 2017, an increase of 28%   
  • Operating income was $39 million in 2018, compared to $26.8 million in 2017, an increase of 46%   
  • Net income was $24.2 million in 2018, compared to $20.3 million in 2017 (which included a one-time $3.4 million tax benefit)   
  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.81 in 2018, compared to $0.68 in 2017 (which included a one-time tax benefit of approximately $0.11)   
  • EBITDA of $61.1 million in 2018, compared to $48.8 million in 2017

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

Financial Note: Fourth Quarter 2017 and Full-Year 2017 Net Income and Earnings per share includes a one-time tax benefit gained by the Company upon the enactment of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act on December 22, 2017. The effect on 2017 was an increase of $3.4 million in Net income for both the quarter and full year periods. This amounts to an earnings per share adjustment of $0.11 for the same periods. 

Eric Wintemute, Chairman and CEO of American Vanguard, stated: “Our 46% improvement in operating income was driven by both our existing businesses (approximately one third) and the new products and businesses acquired during the second half of 2017 (approximately two thirds). These acquisitions broadened and diversified our product portfolio and expanded the footprint of our international business, which now constitutes one-third of our consolidated revenue. All of these assets were purchased at attractive investment values, leaving us with ample borrowing capacity to pursue additional acquisitions in 2019 and beyond.”
 
Mr. Wintemute continued: “Our full-year gross profit margin remained strong at 40%, and we experienced outstanding factory utilization with under absorption costs down about $11 million year-over-year. Net income rose 19% for the full year, and, if adjusted for the $3.4 million one-time tax benefit recorded in 2017, it would have been 43%. During the same period, EBITDA   increased by 25%.”

Mr. Wintemute concluded: “Late last year, during a period of overall equity market volatility, the Board of Directors authorized a share repurchase program, under which we have repurchased approximately $10 million in company common stock. We believe this has served to enhance stock price stability, while reversing dilution from past equity grants. With a full year’s experience in integrating our new businesses, our outlook for 2019 remains positive. Despite early season wet weather conditions in the US, we expect our global revenues for 2019 will exceed $500 million, our gross profit margins should remain in the 38% to 40% range, and our operating expenses are targeted at 31% of sales. We look forward toward giving you a more detailed presentation on the 2018 year 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 11, 2019. 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

William A. Kuser, Director of Investor Relations
(949) 260-1200
williamk@amvac-chemical.com


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