American Vanguard Corporation ) posted profit of $3.1 million or 11 cents per share for the second quarter of 2019, down around 45% from $5.6 million or 19 cents it earned a year ago. Earnings per share for the reported quarter topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 9 cents. AVD Revenues went up around 6% year over year to $113.1 million in the reported quarter. It beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $111.3 million. The company faced challenges from unfavorable weather in the United States in the reported quarter. This affected its U.S. crop business, in particular, in Midwest and Southeastern regions. However, the company saw double-digit gains in its domestic non-crop and international businesses. Sales from the U.S. crop business dropped 9% year over year while sales from U.S. non-crop business jumped 37% in the reported quarter. International business saw a 14% increase in sales in the quarter. Segment Highlights Revenues from American Vanguard’s insecticides business for the quarter fell 5% year over year to $36.5 million. Sales from the herbicides/soil fumigants/fungicides business went up 7% to $37.2 million. Revenues from the other business, including plant growth regulators, rose 5% to $22.2 million. Financials American Vanguard ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of roughly $6.3 million, down around 11% year over year. Long-term debt was $164.6 million, up around 122% year over year. Outlook American Vanguard sees strong performance from its soil fumigants, cotton harvest products and the Central and South American businesses in the second half. The company backed its revenue guidance for 2019 of roughly $500 million. American Vanguard also expects its gross profit margins to be roughly 38% for 2019. Price Performance American Vanguard’s shares are down 10.4% so far this year, underperforming the 16% rise of the industry it belongs to.
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