American Vanguard Expects Channel Inventory to Affect Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Performance

  American Vanguard Expects Channel Inventory to Affect Fourth Quarter and
  Full Year 2013 Performance

Business Wire

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- December 20, 2013

American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) today announced that elevated channel
inventories, arising primarily from prolonged wet weather last spring in the
midwestern United States, will affect its fourth quarter and full year 2013
financial performance. Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2013 will be
approximately 30% below those of the comparable period in 2012, and we
anticipate reporting net earnings that are break-even plus or minus a few
cents per share for the quarter. In comparison to full-year 2012 results, net
sales for 2013 are expected to be up about 5%, and net income will likely be
flat to down 15%.

As was reported by the Company last June, persistent wet weather affected both
the corn and cotton markets during the 2013 planting season. Following two
years of strong growth, distributors and retailers increased purchases in
anticipation of another strong growth season. However, a shortened planting
period coupled with a reduction in planted acres, particularly in high
pest-pressure acreage, resulted in reduced use of many products and surplus
inventory in the distribution channel. Despite these challenges, on-the-ground
use of our SmartBox soil insecticides increased 38% year-over-year. In light
of inventory levels in the channel, some of our customers are curtailing their
normal fourth quarter purchases. The company expects that demand will pick up
strongly next quarter as inventories move through the channel.

Eric Wintemute, Chairman and CEO of American Vanguard, stated, “Our corn
products have been key drivers for our growth over the past three years.
Consequently, a shift in demand in this market tends to have a
disproportionate effect upon our overall financial performance. At present,
everyone in our sector is experiencing a hardening of the market for a range
of corn inputs arising from surplus inventories that were accumulated after
the inclement planting season earlier this year. Ironically, many of the
products in their inventory had been in such high demand at the start of the
2013 season, that they were placed on allocation by their suppliers. Now that
supply has caught up with current demand, distribution has found it necessary
to manage its inventory levels much more closely in the short term. Based upon
discussions with our customers, we expect continued growth for our corn
products. We therefore consider this to be a temporary market condition. We
remain in close contact with our channel partners and stand ready to address
the needs of the market as the new planting season unfolds. We will be
answering questions on this matter during our investor call set for later
today.”

American Vanguard will conduct a conference call with analysts and investors
to discuss current business conditions at 9:00 am ET / 6:00 am PT today,
December 20, 2013. 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® & Russell 3000® Indexes and
the Standard & Poors Small Cap 600 Index. To learn more about American
Vanguard, please reference the Company’s web site at
www.american-vanguard.com.

In its public commentary, the Company may discuss forward-looking information.
Except for the historical information contained in the conference call
referenced in this release, all forward-looking statements are estimates by
the Company’s management 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 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:

Contact Information:
American Vanguard Corporation
William A. Kuser,949-260-1200
Director of Investor Relations
williamk@amvac-chemical.com
or
The Equity Group Inc.
Lena Cati, 212-836-9611
Lcati@equityny.com
www.theequitygroup.com
 
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