YTD Revenues and Adjusted EBITDA Exceed Guidance;
Forecasting Continued Strategic Growth
American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE: AVD), today announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2022.
Financial Highlights Fiscal 2022 Third Quarter – versus Fiscal 2021 Third Quarter
- Net sales of $152 million in 2022, a 3.4% increase, compared with $147 million in 2021
- Net income of $6.7 million in 2022, a 21.8% increase, compared with $5.5 million in 2021
- Earnings per diluted share of $0.23 in 2022, a 27.8% increase, compared with $0.18 in 2021
- Adjusted EBITDA of $18.9 million in 2022, a 11.2% increase, compared with $17.0 million in 2021
Financial Highlights Fiscal 2022 Nine Months – versus Fiscal 2021 Nine Months
- Net sales of $450 million in 2022, a 13.1% increase, compared with $398 million in 2021
- Net income of $23.5 million in 2022, a 71.5% increase, compared with $13.7 million in 2021
- Earnings per diluted share of $0.78 in 2022, a 73.3% increase, compared with $0.45 in 2021
- Adjusted EBITDA of $61.4 million in 2022, a 29.8% increase, compared to $47.3 million in 2021
Eric Wintemute, Chairman and CEO of American Vanguard commented, “We achieved strong third quarter results and through the first nine months of 2022 and are on pace to meet or exceed our full year performance targets. High crop commodity prices, a strong farm economy and seasonal pest pressure (particularly in corn and cotton) fueled continued growth of our US Crop business. Similarly, our international business recorded strong sales, led by Brazil (particularly our Counter nematicide), Mexico (due largely to soil fumigant sales) and a range of products for use on bananas and pineapples in Central America. Partially offsetting these gains, we experienced a decrease in net sales of our domestic non-crop business, due largely to softening of consumer spending in the lawn and garden markets.”
Mr. Wintemute continued, “Our year-to-date revenue performance exceeds the full-year 2022 growth target for net sales that we had set last March (13% actual growth v. 8-11% target), as does net income (71% actual growth v. 60-70% target) and adjusted EBITDA (30% actual growth v. 24-28% target). Faced with inflationary cost increases, supply chain challenges and high demand, we were able to implement appropriate price increases while maximizing factory activity. These factors contributed to higher net income as a percent of net sales for both the quarter and the first nine months. Additionally, we expect significant year-end debt reduction and a full-year adjusted EBITDA of approximately $80 million or 13% of expected sales. Finally, through a combination of an Accelerated Share Repurchase Plan and a 10b5-1 purchase plan, we acquired 1.5 million shares of AVD common stock during the first nine months of the year. These repurchases demonstrate our belief in the company’s long-term value and serve to enhance shareholder investment.”
Mr. Wintemute concluded, “We continue to pursue strategic growth initiatives to expand our core business and develop new technologies, with particular emphasis on Green Solutions and Precision Application innovations. As we announced over the past few weeks, we have established an alliance with NewLeaf Symbiotics, which will complement our existing portfolio of patented biological plant nutrients and soil health enrichments. In addition, we secured registration approval for use of our Counter nematicide on soybeans in Brazil, which will improve market penetration with a proprietary product, while advancing the adoption of SIMPAS prescription application technology in the largest Agricultural market in the world. We look forward to providing details on current business trends and these growth initiatives in our upcoming quarterly conference call.”
 Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, non-cash stock compensation, and proxy contest activities. Adjusted EBITDA is not a financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), operating income (loss) or any other financial measure so calculated and presented, nor as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. The items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are detailed in the reconciliation attached to this news release. Other companies (including the Company’s competitors) may define Adjusted EBITDA differently.
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.
American Vanguard Corporation
William A. Kuser, Director of Investor Relations