American Vanguard Corporation AVD posted profit of $3.4 million or 12 cents per share for the fourth quarter of 2019, down around 54% from $7.4 million or 25 cents it earned a year ago. However, earnings per share for the quarter surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 11 cents.
Revenues were $131 million for the reported quarter, flat year over year. It missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $133 million. Higher sales in the company’s international business were offset by weather-related declines in its domestic sales.
Earnings for 2019 were 46 cents per share, down from 81 cents per share a year ago.
Revenues were roughly $468.2 million for the full year, up around 3% year over year. Sales were driven by the addition of sales from newly acquired businesses.
Total U.S. sales fell 6% year over year to around $282.2 million in 2019. The company's international business saw a 21% increase in sales to roughly $186 million for the year.
Revenues from American Vanguard’s insecticides business for the full year rose around 2% year over year to roughly $153.4 million.
Sales from the herbicides/soil fumigants/fungicides business went down 1% to around $181.7 million.
Revenues from the other business, including plant growth regulators, climbed 15% to around $67.3 million.
American Vanguard ended 2019 with cash and cash equivalents of roughly $6.6 million, up around 7% year over year. Long-term debt was roughly $148.8 million, up around 54% year over year.
American Vanguard expects its global revenues for 2020 to rise at a low double-digit rate assuming minimal disruption in trade and supply from the coronavirus outbreak and a return to more normal weather patterns. This is expected to be supported by higher corn acreage in the United States, renewed availability of bromacil herbicides, new product introductions and growth in the company’s Latin American businesses.
American Vanguard’s shares are down 24.8% over a year, compared with the 11% decline of the industry it belongs to.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
American Vanguard currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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